Hints and Tips - A7 Chassis Numbers

Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
To: British-Cars-Pre-War
From: Ron Dodge
Subject: A7, numberless in Canada

Hi guys, That is right, my Austin Seven chassis appears to have no car number stamped in the frame. according to the book I have, the number should be stamped in the top of the near side rail between the engine mounts. I scraped the paint off both sides and found nothing. Is it passable that the location of the numbers might be different on the export models with the left hand steering? or is this just a weird car, that somehow slipped threw the factory escaping the number stamp? If anyone has any ideas about this, please lit me know your thoughts.

Cheers!
Ron.


Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
To: british-cars-pre-war
From: Peter Adams
Subject: Re: A7, numberless in Canada

I have exactly the same problem with my 1924 Morris Oxford. The number should be stamped on the right dumb iron, but despite scraping away the paint and using a magnifying glass, all I could find was a capital letter P. As I have no log book, or any original documents, you can imagine the problem of trying to prove the car's identity.

Everyone in the Bullnose Morris Club was equally baffled - until one old member said: "P stands for part. I thought any fool would know that."

It seems likely that the original chassis frame was damaged and a new one was bought from Morris. This must have been a common occurrence, because chassis replacements are shown in the 1930 Illustrated List of Spare Parts at a cost of six pounds fifteen shillings.

Unfortunately, those who replaced the frame did not think of stamping it with the old number, not realising the grief they were preparing for me.

--
Peter Adams,


Date: Wed, 19 May 1999
From: Barry Lovelock
To: Peter Adams
cc: Henrik Olsson
Subject: Re: A7, numberless in Canada

Hi all,

The Olsson's of Sweden, who regularly correspond with me have a LHD Austin, it has a body plate, but not sure about the chassis itself

Barry Lovelock.


From: Peter Thompson
To:
Subject: Re: A7, numberless in Canada
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999

The usual position for the A7 chassis number id on the top of the left chassis rail, not between the engine mounts, but just behind the back one. When I found mine it opened a can of worms as the number did not match either the one shown on the plate attached to the body bulkhead, or the one shown in the log book. I had had the car for 12 years but never bothered to check. Now I have a new registration number and log book with a chassis number which matches that on the body plate, but not that on the chassis, and a complete identity for a 1931 car which doesn't exist! I think I'll have to build another one to get out of that fix!

Peter Thompson


Date: Fri, 21 May 1999
To: British-Cars-Pre-War
From: Ron Dodge
Subject: Re: A7, numberless in Canada

Thanks all for the responses to my question.

Peter, That is a can of worms! Sounds like some one replaced the chassis at some point and forgot to record it in the log book. Perhaps you could grind the number of and stamp the right one in it's place.

I scraped some more paint today but there is no number behind the rear mount on ether side. there are remnants of an alloy plate on the right side, but not enough left of it to read. If I can't find a number anywhere. I guess I just have to find a registration for a mid to late 1930's A7 and stamp the matching numbers on my frame.

Cheers!
Ron.


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