Happy Belated Thanksgiving

In the past month, there have been a few scattered items which I didn’t end up posting on here.  It’s amazing how few parts have come available.  I was going through some old emails today and found that one member of the ABS raised a very good point when I was a complete newbie.  To paraphrase, be patient, these cars and their parts are out there; sometimes there are dry spells and sometimes there are more items than can find owners.  Right now, with the holidays, people have more on their mind than working on their cars and cleaning out their garage.

The last couple weeks have resulted in my efforts slowing with the near culmination of assembling my 1940 Bantam chassis.  It needs to come apart again so I can begin restoring the bits to newish condition, but it’s nice to see something that has existed as scrap for decades become something fairly car like.  I’m trying to figure out the front shock absorbers and finalize the braking configuration.  However, even with all of these things, the car has been on the back burner.

I made a tally of cars in the process of being restored and their owners.  Currently, there are at least 50 American Austin/Bantam cars in various stages of resurrection among at least 30 owners.  So, if you’re afraid that you’re alone in your quest, rest assured that you’re in good company.

Around here, I’ve started doing some work chronicling the history of the Brennan IMP.  If you’re a long time reader, you know of my fondness and intrigue regarding that little motor.  Right now, there are a couple of old brochures up, but soon, I should have it’s 30 year history documented for those who do have them.

I hope you had a happy holiday and that you are looking forward to the upcoming ones as well.  Stay tuned for updates!





A couple of worthy additions to your collection:

Three American Bantam Hubcaps:

Here are some great photos of American Bantam Hubcaps.  As was covered a few months ago, there are a few different style hubcaps available during the Bantam production run.  The photos of the inside show that these hubcaps have the separately embossed skin applied to the standard baby moon hubcap, as done at the factory.  Unlike a lot of the hubcaps out there, these could be used as is or refreshed with a minimum of work.  Although the price seems high to me, they are probably priced fairly.  The caps which were selling previously were going for about $33 – $75 each and were suffering from curb rash (see: February 2015 Post)

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Click here to see the listing: American Bantam Hubcaps THREE Asking price $399, sale price unknown.  Update Perfect set of 5 listed in AABC newsletter for $500 total (June 2016)

New Old Replacement Stock American Austin 0.020″ piston rings

Click here to see the listing: 1931 to1935 AUSTIN 2.2 inch .020 PISTON RINGS HASTINGS $39.95

Also, for your convenience, I went through the entire blog and posted the completed listing prices for the items featured in the past.  If there is no price, ebay removed the page and I was unable to retrieve it.

Some Bantam items to suit your fancy:

BRC with minor upgrades:

Isn’t this how most people modify their Bantams?  On a more serious note, if this is something you want, remember to bid early and often as there is nearly guaranteed to be a sniper waiting at the end of the auction for this one.

BRC Tank Killer 1

Click here to see the listing: WWII T2E1 37mm Gun Motor Carriage (Version 3) Bantam BRC-40 Jeep Press Photo Sold for: 47.00

Some back issues of the AABC club news:

aabc 1965 8 aabc 1965 10 aabc 1969




A new BRC plastic model:

BRC kitClick here to see the listing: NEW Asuka model 1/24 American Bantam reconnaissance car plamo Japan Toy Model

An American Austin coupe rear cross member

Austin rear cross memberClick here to see the listing: 1930 – 1935 American Austin Coupe / Sedan rear frame crossmember

An original proof copy of the AABC Authenticity Manual:

Unless you are buying this as a keepsake, it has been recommended by the AABC that you do not buy this to ensure your car is Authentically Restored.  This is likely one of the early proofs which was circulated to Bantam Enthusiasts before the Authenticity Manual was released and may contain errors.

authenticity manual proofClick here to see the listing: Details about American Austin Bantam Car Club Authenticity Book $29.95

American Bantam Factory Post Card

Bantam Factory post card


American Austin/ Bantam intake manifold:

Broken intake manualClick here to see the listing: BANTAM – AMERICAN AUSTIN EARLY INLET MANIFOLD B1397 1930 1931 1932 19.95

American Austin / Bantam Clutch Springs

Pressure plate springsClick here to see the listing: American Austin pressure plate arm springs 1930 – 1935 Sold for: 19.00

NOS starter brushes

Starter BrushesClick here to see the listing: NOS STARTER BRUSHES1930s AMERICAN AUSTIN – BANTAM – CROSLEY LOOK!!!

After a week absence, Joe Gingerich is back with more goodies.

Bantam M10 B Carb:
Bantam Tillotson M10B  Click here for the eBay listing: Bantam M10 B Carb Sold for: 190.50

American Austin Hubcaps:

american austin hubcaps 4  Click here for the eBay listing: American Austin Hubcaps 45.44

American Austin / Bantam Starter

austin bantam starter

  Click here for the eBay listing: American Austin / Bantam Starter  Sold for: 111.00

American Bantam Reproduction Grille Badge

Note, this is a reproduction, but it does not look like not a WM Spear unit.  It is missing the “Made in U.S.A. mark which was placed on the original units and the reproduction notice on the rear.

bantam emblem repro  Click here for the eBay listing: American Bantam Reproduction Grille Badge Sold for: 30.00

Late Austin / Bantam Generator and Fan Mount

bantam austin generator bracket

  Click here for the eBay listing: Late Austin / Bantam Generator and Fan Mount

These parts below, I’m not sure about, they are listed as being American Austin, but I don’t believe they are.  If I am wrong, please send me a message to let me know.

Ampere Meter

Amp gauge

  Click here for the eBay listing:

Window Regulator

American Austin Window Regulators

  Click here for the eBay listing: Window Regulator  Sold for: 77.00

Rear View Mirror

Rear view mirror

  Click here for the eBay listing: Rear View Mirror Sold for: 22.50

Spring Is Here Early! Seriously, Austin and Bantam Springs are for sale.

A seller, calling the birth place of the Bantam home, has listed some essential parts for our little cars.  If you are putting a car together, you know you’d like to have some new springs that otherwise may seem like consumables.  This seller has throttle pedal return springs and clutch finger springs.  I will be placing my orders tonight if there are some left.  (save some for me)

Pedal return springs:
Note the seller has two spring variations reflecting the differences between Bantams and Austins

pedal springs
Click here to see the springs: American Austin – American Bantam throttle return springs Sold for: 18.00

Clutch springs:
clutch springs

Click below to see the seller’s offerings:

Set of 3 springs:  American Austin – American Bantam (set of 3) clutch finger springs “mousetrap” Sold for: 28.00

Single springs: American Austin – American Bantam ONE clutch finger springs “mousetrap” Sold for: 10.00

More offerings from JoeGingerichJr, including a very nice Bantam speedometer!

For the past few weeks, JoeGingerichJr has been populating eBay with a steady stream of Bantam parts.  Last night, he listed a nice rebuilt Bantam speedometer for sale with a face having a nice amount of patina.  If you need one, this could be a great opportunity for you.  The bezel even looks great!

Bantam / BRC speedometer

bantam speedometerspeedometer 2 speedometer 3 speedometer 4

Click here to see the eBay listing: Bantam Speedometer- Rebuilt Sold for: 660.00

Taillight Bracket 1:

From the angle of these photos, it’s difficult to determine what the first bracket actually fits.  From the pitting, I would venture to guess it is an original part, but the photos don’t allow us to see whether the cross-section of the stalk is u shaped.  From the length, this look like it could be a bracket for a 34 Austin or a 38-40 Bantam roadster, but I am not sure.  At 10, it may be worth trying to pick it up.

taillight bracketClick here to see the eBay listing: Austin / Bantam Tail Light Bracket  Sold for: 27.99

Austin Taillight with Bracket (Bantam) and license plate bracket

If you look closely at this photo, you will see the curve I mentioned in the above post.  I was under the believe that all Austin and Bantam stalk style tail light brackets have some degree of a curve.  This one more closely resembles what I have seen on some cars.  This style may be what you’re looking for; please check your application.

taillight with bracket1

Click here to see the eBay listing:Austin Tail Light and Bracket Sold for:

A pair of Austin Headlights

This pair of lights looks fairly complete minus the lenses.  Note, the rims should have circular holes for the retaining screws at the bottom.

austin headlights

Click here to see the eBay listing: Austin Headlights Sold for: 102.50

Austin / Bantam Clutch parts

Clutch parts

Click here to see the eBay listing: Austin / Bantam Clutch  Sold for: 198.00

More parts have shown up on eBay: joegingerichjr strikes again

Joegingerichjr has posted some more items.  Although I haven’t had too many things to bid on, I may have to cast a bid in on the NOS window regulator.  I’m not sure how mine are, but it would be great to have one guaranteed to operate properly (and to give me an idea of what is wrong with all of my parts).  The last set of parts that sold are all things we have seen before on ebay, so the prices were fairly predictable.  Now, we have a wholly different group of items, and my guess as to what they will go for is as good as yours.

Pistons 1:

Pistons 1If anyone knows more about the pistons, please let me know.  They look completely different from any of the Bantam pistons I have seen, and have much thicker walls than I am used to.  The only piston I have seen that bears a resemblance to these is a late 50’s replacement I saw with a 3 main engine that blew up, but was never rebuilt.  Please note the correct bore sizes for your application.

Click here to see the eBay listing: 8 American Austin Bantam Pistons No Sale

American Austin/ Bantam Generator support

 Generator bracket

This mount should work for 1934-1940 Applications, with some 1933’s thrown in for good luck.

Click here to see the eBay listing: Bantam (American Austin) Front Engine Piece Sold for: 42.99

American Austin / Bantam Cooling Fan and Pulley

Bantam Fan

Somehow, these fans and pulleys always seem to get lost.  This unit looks as though it will fit an Austin or Bantam with a V-belt and a traditional generator.  However, note that there are some differences in the fan blades themselves.  I believe one of the variations of the fan blade looked as though it had a doubly thick mounting section.

Click here to see the eBay listing: American Austin Engine Fan & Pully  Sold for: 20.00

Austin / Bantam Piston 2

bantam pistons 2Same thing as the pistons above, they don’t look like the pistons I’ve seen come out of engines.  Maybe they are old replacements?

Click here to see the eBay listing: 2nd set of pistons  Sold for: ??

Bantam Outside Door Handles:

$_57This is a nice matched set of original Bantam outside door handles.  If you must have a door handle with a lock, you may want to bid as only non-locking handles are available NOS at this time.  Another thought is, since there is no key, unless you have a lock smith who can reverse engineer a key the lock will only be for decoration as there is no key.  Also, don’t forget, the lock goes on the passenger side.  Looking at the photos again, I realize that there may be missing parts from the locking door handle.  I have one, which is basically missing the same parts.  Does anyone have a photo of a complete unit that I can post for comparison?

Click here to see the eBay listing: American Bantam Outside Door Handles Sold for: 20.00

Period Correct Horn:

bantam horn

Here’s one that I’m not very sure of.  The horn is a Bosch.  From my recollection Bantams and Austins did not use a Bosch horn.  I believe they are listed as using E.A. Labs, Schwarze, and Motovox horns.  You may want to make sure this is right for your car before bidding.  However, finding a horn for a Bantam is like finding a needle in a haystack; so if you like this period horn, why not enlist its services to let everyone know you’re coming through.

Click here to see the eBay listing: Bosch Horn Sold for: 107.50

NOS window regulator:

Bantam window regulator

I’m not sure if there are any differences between the window regulators used in Bantams and Austins.  Either way, this is a nicely preserved example, which at the very least will give me some photos to help rebuild mine.

Click here to see the eBay listing: American Bantam WIndow Regulator Sold for: 153.15

1939-1940 Bantam Hood Sides

Bantam Hood sides 1These hood sides appear to have no holes punched for either two vertical stripes of trim or Bantam emblems.  It is most likely that these are for a commercial truck or a passenger car with lower trim designation.  They look nice and straight and can be a bear to find in any condition.

Click here to see the eBay listing:American Bantam Hood Sides  Sold for: 100.00

Attention viewers! Do you have any spare parts you’d like to sell?

Besides linking you to the most current eBay auctions, trustinrust.com is about much more.  The concept embodied by this website is a lot broader than I can let on at this point, as developing it one stage at a time is the only way to do it properly.  Revealing the complete plans would leave you wondering why I am so slow at getting this thing together.  So, besides providing you with a frequent blog of items for sale and a listing of vehicles for sale, I am now listing parts both for sale and wanted.

Please take a few moments to check out the new used parts for sale sections and the NOS / reproduction parts for sale sections.  The purpose of these pages is to make your restoration just a little bit easier.  Remember, eBay auctions only last several days and craigslist ads have mysterious lifespans that no one fully understands, however a listing here runs until sold.  The idea behind this system is to keep leads alive as long as possible, this way parts and cars don’t slip back into the woodwork to be forgotten about until the next time an owner is motivated to put the effort into selling.  I want people who are looking for parts to be able to get exactly what they need so their project isn’t put on hold at the whim of some rare piece.  I want you to have options available, so not only are you getting a part you need, but the best one for you.

Right now, there are only a few listings; but browse a bit and show your support.  If you have anything you’re looking for, contact me to place an ad.  If you have somethings you wouldn’t mind selling to clear some space in your garage, there is plenty of room here.  If you manufacture reproduction parts or perform some essential service for our hobby, your listing is wanted.

Working together, we can create something amazing; and I would love for you to be part of it.



Piston2: Bantam parts from NY (but not from me)

Thankfully New York has a decent population of Bantam enthusiasts.  Unfortunately, I have only met two Bantam owners in my own state so far.  However, I have to say, our cars attract truly great people and our clubs are populated by these same folks.  If you are reading this, and have any interest in Austins or Bantams and have not yet joined the clubs; you really should.  A lot of clubs are just groups of people with a similar car, with the Bantam clubs, you get that and so much more.  The level of camaraderie and helpfulness is unlike anything you may encounter elsewhere.

Anyway, before I get carried away with how great this hobby is, I would like to present you with some new items listed this week by seller piston2 in New York.  Over my short tenure in the clubs, I have seen a few items popup from this seller occasionally such as a three main zenith and an nos Hupmobile gauge cluster.  With the large offering this time, it is possible there will be more listings, so I’ll keep my eyes open for you.

American Bantam Reproduction Fiberglass Headlight Bucket:

American Bantam Reproduction Fiberglass Headlight Bucket

In the world of Bantams, there are some parts that are difficult to find.  However, the parts that top the list of difficult to find are headlights.  Ideally there were over 12,000 headlights made, and they are more difficult to find on occasion than 3 main engines of which only around 500 were made.  If you can explain that, please feel free to post in the comments section.  The headlights used on the Bantams were Stabilite with Corcoran Brown lenses.  Unlike some other parts for the Bantam which were interchangeable with other marques, the headlights were wholly original for our little cars.  There have been numerous attempts to make these out of fiberglass, or even to spin them from steel, but these efforts never really caught on with the club for various reasons.  If you need a headlight, this may be a decent part to hold you over if you can figure out a replacement for the stainless rim, as this bucket looks good.  If you need a lens, NOS lenses are available.

Click here to see more of this headlight: American Bantam Reproduction Fiberglass Headlight Bucket Sold for: 43.51

American Bantam original Grille Badge:

bantam emblemThese emblems are available brand new from a club member.  If you’re looking for something for a driver or an original car this may be perfect for you, however if you are after that newly minted look, do not despair there is an option.  In speaking with a club member (I didn’t ask if I could put his name here, so I don’t want to do so without asking), the original grille badges should have enamel applied to the rear of the thin badge.  The reason for this application of additional enamel was to stabilize the emblem and prevent the material from lifting off of the face due to the tension it would create on the thin casting.

Click here to check it out: American Bantam original Grill Badge Sold for: 66.00

American Bantam – inside door handle and window crank:

bantam inside handles

Please note these handles are very similar to an early Ford.  If you are after brand new handles, they are available.  In fact, I’ve been meaning to order a set for my project for a few months now.  To match my project, which I haven’t really mentioned here, I have contemplated employing a wooden knob to match other details of the car; but I haven’t decided yet.

Click here to check out the handles: American Bantam – inside door handle and crank Sold for: 42.51

American Austin Amp Gauge and Dash Backing:

American Austin Amp Gauge and Dash Backing

According to the seller, the Amp gauge may work.  Also, please note that if you are working on an American Austin and you can’t seem to secure your gauges properly, you probably need one of these retaining brackets.

Click here to check out the gauge: American Austin Amp Gauge and Dash Backing  Sold for: 115.29

And We’re Back! More parts are on eBay with a new seller on the market.

The last few weeks have been something for Austin and Bantam enthusiasts.  There has been at least one useful part on every day, and not just useless bulbs that spammers list as appropriate for every car built.  Unfortunately, while caught in the midst of this windfall of parts, both my computer and myself were in less that prime shape.  I would like to apologize for missing some of the great items listed last week, but I don’t see a similar slip up happening in the near future.  We have a few sellers with great items, so I will break it down by seller:

Today I am posting the listings of joegingerichjr.  More to follow.

Bantam hubcap 1:

bantam hubcap 1

Click here to check out: Bantam Hubcap 1    Sold for: 33.25

Bantam Hubcap 2:

Bantam Hubcap 2

Click here to check out: Bantam Hubcap 2  Sold for: 68.25

Bantam (American Austin) Starter:

Bantam (American Austin) Starter

Click here to check out: Bantam (American Austin) Starter   Sold for: 88.88

American Austin Headlight Buckets:

American Austin Headlight Buckets

Note, one of these headlights has the lower retaining ring screw hole off center which would likely make its original application a late 33-34 American Austin without a headlight bar.  Thank you for the tip Drew!

Click here to check out: American Austin Headlight Buckets    Sold for: 280.00

American Austin Parabeam Headlamp Lenses

American Austin Parabeam Headlamp Lenses

Click here to check out: American Austin Parabeam Headlamp Lenses  177.50

See you tomorrow!