Hood evidence

The discovery of this picture from the late 1936 Paris Motor show clarifies some of the non-Austin designs that have crept into Nippy usage. The presumably 1937 model car – one of the last – clearly shows the same style of hood seen in the 1933 technical drawing.

The two images of the same car (below) shows what has happened through time, with a lovely comparison (perhaps taken in the 1960s and the 1990s?) of what looks like a new hood uppermost, flap provision for side screens, and a curved door line. The lower picture shows a later hood replacement, perhaps in vinyl, with the fashion for the curved door line having become more radical. Again, for side-screens, which looked more elegant with their single arc outline, but resulted in a hood with poorer outward vision.

Ian Williams has been researching hoods for his own restoration and his 2016 re-creation of an original hood is shown below although he is still continuing to research and improve the design.

Several cars in the UK are nearing the end of restoration are seeking new hoods and the specification list is now:

1. simple edge to door aperture (no sidescreen flap, as sidescreens were not noted by Austin UNTIL 1937, post 257842 when the 3 bearing engine was introduced. Even the Paris Motor Show car appears not to have sidescreen flaps. The John Moon 1945 Motorsport article – archived here – also said that 1935 Nippys didn’t have them)
2. webbing not secured to front hood rail (from Austin handbook drawing below) 
3. The webbing straps look at least four inches in width but perhaps not as wide as the webbing exposed on the right hand side of this German car in a contemporary shot:
4. 16” x 5 1/2” back
Chris Gould reports that John Harding’s window was 16″ by 5 1/2″, copied from an original one. Chris Gould estimated the size from the Pitman’s illustration of how to furl the hood; the number plate helped to estimate it. His estimation was 16″ by 5″ and an estimation is less likely to be correct than a measurement from an original. But assuming that the latter was done accurately the estimate confirms that John Harding’s dimensions are correct.
5. NO hood fastening point at intermediate position between rear panel just behind door and the edge of the upper deck. (see image below) But there may be a press stud for the hood cover underneath as the 1933 test car shows lower down the page. 

6. Space above the door bordered by horizontal top line leading into another straight line with a small radius between them. No sweeping curve to give a trendy fastback sidescreen.

Hood sticks stowing strap
Does this lift the dot also provide the fixing for the hood webbing which tensions the hood when in place?

Hood cover attachment points might not be as numerous as the hood fasteners. The picture immediately below shows three visible from the rear with the same car (below that) appearing to infer 5 total on the back.

The 1933 test car image appears to show domed head studs for the hood cover, larger than those available today. Are they still available? The final stud on each side makes 7 total, but remember the two pictures above are a German car.

The June 1933 Autocar article has 4 press studs visible on the hood cover. One has to ask why you might have different fixing points for hood and hood cover?

This Austin publication from early 1934 confirms both press studs being used for the hood fastenings, and 8 in all.

So, a bit of work required on clarifying fastenings on the 65/early Nippy with photo evidence needed, but 8 total, with two on the lower sides and two on the ‘shoulders’ means 4 along the back; which means no central fixing position. As the exposed rear rail shows every past hole, it should be possible to work out whether this changed on later cars.

Hood cover fastener evidence, 1936 (tieing with the last position, on the ‘shoulder’ of the Austin magazine drawing):

Please send in any evidence – we particularly need contemporary shots of cars with hoods up, as the German images may show different specifications. Also late cars with sidescreens – what specification are they and there fixings?

Questions to be answered:

Did hood and hood cover fixings use the same locations where possible?

Was the hood removeable, or were the webbing straps screwed down make it permanently attached to the car?















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