hi chaps, my lad has just bought his first project car, an austin a40 farina, now, as he has been brought up around avon park and santa pod all his life he wants to rebuild with a kind of mini gasser type how it was done in the 60s. so any body clued up on possible engines, axles etc that can be used, we don't mind fabricating mounts etc but don't really want to get into the realms of new chassis and cutting bulkheads etc, so, hot a series? any info appreciated ;D
A40's were basically rebodied A35's and so share their mechanical bits with them but also Sprites/Midgets as well.
How old's the A40? IIRC the pre-'61 Series One cars come with the hydraulic front/rod-operated rear brakes and 948cc lump from the A35, Series 2 cars (like the red one below) had full hydraulics, a slightly longer wheelbase and (as standard) 1098cc as fitted to the Morris Minor.
Whatever he decides to do to it he's in the right place for some serious inspiration/help. Get him to stick a Readers Rides thread up!!
I'm trying not to buy one of these off a mate at the moment. Very cute little cars. Anything "gasser" like will require surgery. For a start you'll need to geta straight axle under the front and that means chopping and fabricating.