Red and Maroon forensics in progress

We discussed some of the evidence for cherry red here. Frank Curry’s 1934 Nippy is presently having restoration work done – a car which he has owned for nearly 60 years. Looking at the stripped body today, it was interesting to see the forensic evidence for colours on the metal. This bright colour has been on the car since he first knew it, but it has a grey primer underneath which looks suspiciously un-thirties. Chris Gould suggested looking at the metal backing for the dash, and this image shows where the grey primer has been scratched through to reveal a … Continue reading Red and Maroon forensics in progress

Thoughts on Nippy boot lid retaining straps

Charles Holford reports: Nippys are owned by a great variety individuals who have differing views on the importance of originality. Some are enthusiasts for it and will go to great lengths to find original components and materials. Others are happy to modify their cars for a variety of reasons, often to improve safety and drivability. Let it be said there is room for all on this matter but as for myself if there is an area of my car that may easily be put back to, or close to, its original state when it is known I tend to do … Continue reading Thoughts on Nippy boot lid retaining straps

Original sidescreens

There is now evidence from two late cars – 1937 – that suggest that Austin screens were to this pattern, in two folding pieces. Very different to the other, more common, pattern parts from aftermarket suppliers, as they were designed only for use with the wind deflectors also fitted to 1937 cars. Many cars have been retrofitted with side screens as per the other post here – fitting in the entire space between hood, door and windscreen. Can you add more information to support the hypothesis? It is suggested that all other patterns are aftermarket, and that cars prior to the … Continue reading Original sidescreens

Steering column cover plate

The 65/Nippy steering column cover plate screws onto the floorplan near the pedals, and is specific to the model. The pressing is the same basic shape as the one found on the earlier Ulster (below) but the angle is different, the pressing deeper and the upper rim longer. Chris Gould created a wooden mould to re-create an Ulster one and by removing its angled base, the greater depth of the 65/Nippy one could be hammered out in a sheet of thin mild steel screwed down to the hardwood former. This is the comparison of the results with the base to … Continue reading Steering column cover plate

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, … Continue reading Hood evidence

Windscreen rubber for Nippy & 65

June 2016 Update: This is the new rubber that Chris Gould sourced from a tiny section of his original rubber and has now had manufactured.

windscreen rubber

screen rubber1Here is a period drawing of the screen rubber in a 1933 roadtest. It appears to be flat rather than curved, and coming from the centre of the attachment profile. Any thoughts on choices from the selection of modern profiles listed below? What have you used? Continue reading “Windscreen rubber for Nippy & 65”