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  1. John here's some decent pic's of the Aus AMI 12/50 Coupe, I've posted it previously but added here for your record, I think a handsome looking car the Vitesse bonnet definitely sets the car off. From memory AMI had to source 20% of the car locally to get import tax credits so such things as exhausts , electrics (Lucas Aus), interior trim, glass, brakes (PBR), filters, chrome bumper covers etc were supplied by local manufacturers I'll send the AMI article direct separately. Peter T
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  2. Andy you remember correct all small chassis cars are 3/8" x24 unf wheel studs @ 38/ 42lbft MAX being quite small dia. is so easy for a gorilla to strip them and old tired studs fracture hence many move to 7/16unf ( ie big saloons) or 12mm landrover/ford etc Pete
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  3. Mathew

    That was a year that was..

    Looks like the light at the end of the tunnel has been switched back on
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  4. good to see you have got the Buzz back Pete
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  5. Bfg

    That was a year that was..

    Moving on, a couple of days ago mark sent me the latest photos ..as the car now comes to completion. . . ^Not the best of photos, but aside from the primer colour of the sill, were now looking at door gaps.. which as you can see is now much better at the top rear corner (where it was 14mm tapering down to 3mm). The gap along the sill is also even. This is pretty amazing considering nothing has been done to the door or wings, only the sill. ^ whilst not perfect, it's probably as good as the factory ever built the cars to and very respectable for a driver's car that was mostly restored 22+ years ago (..most of what has recently been done cannot now be seen). Once I spray that sill red., these door gaps will hardly be noticeable. To achieve better still, would have involved M&T reshaping the door skin and rear wing (which Mark tells me have been replaced at some time) and possibly cutting out and moving the A and B posts too.! and that sort of work would necessitate a respray ..and cost a whole lot more. ^ Driver's side is a little larger than Mark's ideal, but again perfectly acceptable in my opinion. ^ All back together and on the road. Indeed the car is being used on the road this week, its tracking is to be done and then will be taken for an MOT. ^ so to the tail end of the chassis swap. The car is yet to settle onto its suspension but is near ready for collection, which I'm hoping to do next week. I think you'll agree the work done by M&T has been great, not least because of my limited budget they've emphatically worked to. Fortunately, the overall cost ..although a bitter pill to swallow, was workable (at this moment in time - thanks to a gift of inheritance from my aunt), especially since I've sold the car's original chassis and wire wheels. I've now got a car which has been thoroughly been attended to (chassis strengthening, suspension & pipes, body rubbers to door gaps) and so ought to good to go touring in, and which also invests in the value of the car. I look forward to seeing the pressed steel wheels on her, and then having a really decent driver where all the maintenance and jobs are done.! Cheers, Pete
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  6. One of life`s factors that we all tend not to consider, thinking that the needle was positively seated when hard home is one of them I suspect?. The taper is critical, as is wear in the Jet, I have known guys use piano wire or even a small drill to clear a blocked jet and then complain they cannot get a decent a mixture!. Too much "slack" in spindles, is another cause of frustration!, with irregular fluctation of air flow causing issues. Little wonder the world went to fuel injection as one of the ways to better control "emisions". BTW, One trick I learned, If you suspect the Throttle spinde of leaking to much air, Putting some "putty" around the spindle as a temporary seal, (blue tack?) can show if your right. With my 13/60, still some way from "completion" I have all this to come, I guess? Pete
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  7. poppyman

    Joke

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  8. Been doing the refinishing but have been slowed down by a broken compressor (see other thread). So onto the trim bits . Fed up with hanging up the bars i decided to make a frame to take them. I have done many of these bits of trim in the past and ironically after i have made a frame to spray them i probably won't do any more!
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  9. Here's some info on AMI Aussie Triumph Heralds, note Aust 12/50's Coupe & Saloon had the Vitesse 1600 bonnet. If interested I'll post separately the article I wrote on AMI & Spitfire production for the Courier
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  10. Heralds (1200, 12/50), Spits (Mks 1,2,3) and Saloons (both Mk1 & Mk2) were CKD here in Aus by AMI (Aust Motor Industries @ Fisherman's Bend Melbourne from the late 50;s to mid 79's), excepting numbers built there is little other info available & virtually no photo's, because when Toyota took over the plant in the late 70's they binned everything!!! The cars were really CKD ie all seperate panels for assembly here, chassis were complete, only mechanicals were assembled I wrote an article for the Courier a couple of years ago (Suzie S, Spits 1,2,3 section) with authority, from a recent TSOA Vic members history booklet from info gleaned from previous members and AMI employees, but the main publication was unfortunately copyright.
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  11. More spraying today . Gray Scotch wipe over the body and a few bits 600 grade. Two coats over the body and the other bits sprayed. Apart from a bug on the wing and a small run by the front of the passinger sill its come up well. Did have a disaster, my 1.3 gun decided to start dripping over the boot lid on the first pass! Had to strip out and put the bits in my 1.8 gun. Funny but it sprayed much better from this gun with the 1.3 needle and cup on it! I used a medium hardener due to the heat today, it did help it flow out better.
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  12. I think the most frightening thing is------------------- I can remember the First Blue Peter Programes in Grainy Black and White 405line T-V!!!!!!!. AND thought I was far to old to watch such a kids programme!!!, probably why I never got a badge😂. Pete
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