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Old 06-10-2012, 07:25 PM   #1
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Hi;

Totally off subject here, but a fun story.

My parents grew up in the 50's in Vancouver, BC. Post war Britain shipped lots of cars to try and rebuild their shattered economy. Vancouver's English roots found a strong appeal with these cars.

Fast forward. Dad suggests he would like another Austin A40 like he had as a teenager. We found one and he had a friend of ours, Ed, supervise the resurrection.

Most of the front end was hand made as the fenders were swiss cheese. The colour is not a factory choice, but Dad picked it.





My Mom's contribution came from her souvenir trunk. She kept the original shifter knob from Dad's car all these years. She had carved her name in it way back and then covered each letter in nail polish. Ed happily installed it on the new Austin.



The car was first rolled out for my parents on my Dad's 70th birthday last year. It is named Little Toot II in honour of the sound of the horn in the first one. (Check the licence plate.) It was quite a hit.

He drives it as often as he can and proudly has bug strikes on the front end. This is no hanger queen.

The photos were taken in the back of Pntyrmvd's home today.

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Old 06-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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neat!
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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Great story. The family connection is far more important than the actual vehicle, but that one is pure history.


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Old 06-10-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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Very... well,... Very!
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Thats a super great story especially the shift knob...The car is neat as is the color...
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:51 PM   #6
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Sweet looking ride whit a great story behind it making it even sweeter to those in the know.


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Hi,

I'm adding one last photo to this post to bump it.

My Dad in Little Toot II when he first drove it post restoration back in 2011. I drove it a few times in the past week as we went south to see my Mom and deal with my Dad's sudden passing on Feb 7.



Dad never understood the SMB thing, but he sure as hell liked his privacy and respected people who could build things. Fitting in a way.

He was 74 years old and with my Mom since high school. They were married for 52+ years and lived in 17 homes.

A great life and sorely missed.

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*murmurs* cool dad
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Sorry to hear it man. Your Dad sounds like a good guy.

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Condolences from me too about your Dad's passing----does sound like a guy we'd all liked to have known or met.

Great story too, especially about Mom's shifter knob---just too cool all the way around.

Thanks for sharing!
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