Monthly Archives: May 2014

A bit of sparkle!

1070 is one of the original 400 odd cars bought into England in 1937 without bumper bars, paint, interior finish, tyres etc. It seems Lancia England fitted modified front and rear bumpers from Ford Model Ys, not the more attractive, but fragile, Italian aluminium ones.

After 70 odd years the bumpers were starting to look a bit average. On the rear the chrome was peeling and some rust was showing through and the front had been banged around a bit in the past plus had numerous extra holes drilled for different number plates. The Puce Goose practiced his new found mig welding skills and filled in the holes and I’ve made a new number plate bracket to fit it out of the way on the top left side.

I’ve also taken out the radiator grill insert to have that plated as well. Originally they were finished in black with just chrome on the front slats showing so we are going to have a go at reproducing that. John Maestralie at Solar Plating in Mordialloc is not too confident how good the grill will come up but assures me it won’t be destroyed when he strips the old paint and plating off! Should be ready in three to four weeks.

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English front bumper bar and number plate location

English front bumper bar and current number plate location. And painted radiator grill insert.

English rear bumper bar

English rear bumper bar

 

Italian 1st series front bumper bar

Italian 1st series front bumper bar