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tempusfugitive
03-02-2005, 04:46 PM
hey all, this is my first post here, so hopefully this is in the right section.

i'm doing research for a friend of mine who has recently aquired and is restoring a 1950 austin A40 sports. he bought it off a guy in seattle who stripped all the paint off the body and fortunetly completely filled the motor with oil before parking it outside for a good number of years. overall condition is not too bad, the motor is good, the alluminum body is in great shape, the only major poblems are that the steel floor is rusted out, seats are wrecked, and the convertable top is wrecked as well, actually all that's left of the top is the steel hoops. what i'm looking for is any and all engine specs (1200 cc 4 cylinder) like valve clearence, cylinder bore, piston size, stroke, torque settings, plugs, plug gap, stock carb settings. also any reference pictures of what the interior, convertable top, and engine bay should look like. pretty much anything that'll help him get this thing back to its original condition.
any help would be much apreciated
thanks alot
steve

btw it looks like the blue one, minus the hub caps.
https://www.motorbase.com/profiles/vehicle/picture.ehtml?i=278;p=1433759189

tempusfugitive
03-02-2005, 04:54 PM
also my email is tempusfugitive@hotmail.com

Sherlock
03-02-2005, 10:27 PM
This is an excellent website out of California - https://www.austinworks.com , the guy who runs the business has a wealth of knowledge.

Also, off-line... your friend might want to consider joining the British Saloon Car Club of Canada (cross-Canada, 550 or so membership) - https://www.geocities.com/motorcity/7967 , lots of knowledge within the group of people there...

tempusfugitive
03-02-2005, 11:02 PM
thanks alot, lots of good info at that austin works site

nobby
03-13-2005, 04:27 PM
Have'nt ever come across a shop manual specific to the Sports however the generic A40 manual should cover most things for you including chassis suspension etc. The engine is the same except yours is tuned with the Twin SU's which will not be in the manual. There is one on ebay right now here is the link.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS...ssPageName=WDVW (https://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=6762&item=79605483 73&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW)

I can scan my engine pages if you like when I have time from my manual.

I am a member of the Counties Club in the UK, a good parts source as well. Listed below is their link as well as another UK parts link. Australia is another good A series source. You already have the Austinworks link I see

https://www.austincounties.org.uk/
https://www.earl-part.co.uk/

cheers
Nobby

tempusfugitive
03-14-2005, 12:57 AM
hey nobby
u have email, if you could send me those scans that'd be great
thanks alot
steve