New Project: 1949 Alvis TA14 Saloon
Reposted from the "New Member Introductions" forum, since this properly belongs here.
Yes, I have yet another "Other British Car" to add to the collection. This one's in addition to the Jensen Healey and the Metropolitan that you see in my signature (which begs the question: "How many British cars do you need?" Answer: "One more than you have!").
I wasn't looking, honest. This one just kind of dropped in my lap and I could NOT pass it up for the price. It's a 1949 Alvis TA 14 Saloon, Mulliner bodied. Obviously a bit of a project, but nowhere as bad as it looks in the picture: mechanically it's very sound and actually almost driveable except that the brakes (yes, mechanical) need to be adjusted properly. Legal to drive? Well, no, as there are no lights of any kind attached. They're over there, in a box. Actually there are several boxes, which is good because for the most part all of the bits seem to be there, just needing to be reinstalled. The bodywork is very, very solid. The structural wood is also very solid. Basically, the wood trimwork needs to be refinished, the upholstery needs to be refreshed, and the bodywork just needs a final going over before paint. Brand new tires were part of the deal, which made it much easier to fork over the cash. Most of the exterior brightwork such as headlamp housings, bumpers, etc. are already quite good and should polish up nicely.
I purchased it as an abandoned project (the previous owner had done the mechanicals, most of the body work, and then decided it wasn't really his cup of tea) so I take over from here. The paint you see is just paint he sprayed as he was working on it to cover the bare metal. In a perfect world, it needs nothing but my time (well, and paint) to finish. In the imperfect world we live in, I'm sure there will be some bits that need to be scavenged (not like there are a lot of Alvis parts suppliers out there) and cleaned up, etc. Still, it promises to be an interesting project.
The problem I've run into thus far is that there isn't a whole lot of information out there about specifics on these, manuals are non existent, and since I am not likely to see another one out in the field I'm pretty much resigned to looking at pictures on Google and trying to figure out exactly how things should appear, how they should go together, and little niggly things like what type of weatherstripping to use around the doors and such. All the details. Any advice is cheerfully accepted!
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