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Austn Champ restoration

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Some time ago I purchased an Austin Champ for spares. After a full inspection the floors,lower panels, arches were needing  a total reconstruction .The chassis was in good condition and the engine ran so I decided to repair  it as a last project , to take  2or 3 years. I am in the second year and have completed the  floors in  heavy 16 gauge  steel mad new body panels in 18  gauge steel rather than the thinner 20 gauge steel.  I have been surprised several times  on the condition of the mechanics  as the body was   extremely poor and the vehicle looked a dog.

The fuel tank was like new  suspension , steering etc were  good and easy  to restore only requiring rubber gaiters  The rear axle  I replaced the crown wheel and pinion with a  modern one having a better grade steel .

At present the underbody suspensions,  diffs,  steering , new brake shoe and cylinders have been done .  A new brake master  cylinder  and brake pipes are to be fitted then internal work electrics and body work to be completed. I will attach more picture and updates as it progresses 

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Regardless of statements in House of Parliament  ,  IMHO  probably the greatest 4x4  of all time.

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some more pictures of the build .The engine  and gearbox is now out ready to be overhauled and the engine bay is resprayed

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