slam panel stiffener question

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  1. I own a 1966 Austin Cooper s, (introduction just posted) and during the restoration put in a straight (vertical) slam panel brace. I was at the time reading J.P's book and thought this was correct. The car is registered as a '66, but all the markings say '65. This lead me to the conclusion that the early cars stayed with the vertical stiffener. I did not have the original one on the car, and the front end was in horrible shape and could not tell either way. The car did come with an oil cooler as per the build sheet. I can easily put in a slanted type, but was wondering whether to or not. The restoration is done, but this could be done without too much trouble. Thanks, Ron J.

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    [b]macmanron wrote: [/b] “When they say chassis number, do they mean the A2s7l…. number? Or does it mean the stamped piece that is welded to the slam panel, and the radiator shroud? I also have a piece that was on the right hand front floor of the car??? Thanks, Ron j.”

    Yesthe chassis number is the one on the small plate screwed to the radiator shroud, It should start with C-A2S7-******

    The stamped number on the slam panel is the BODY NUMBER, starts with A*****

    The large raised stamped number next to the chassis plate is the 'FE number' which was a plate fitted to part assembled bodyshells in production, likewise the plate on the floor.

    Interesting to see those prices on your invoice:D

    Bob

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    From the engine number I'd go for November '65 build, and yes that would tie in nicely with all your dated parts plus the oil cooler (upright type) , R/H tank and 4 1/2 rims all being the fitted extras. It's amazing how many of our tiny buzz boxes made it over to and survived in the U.S, we'vediscussed some cracking original examples recently on the forum like these Cali cars….

    [img]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/porgy6/IMG_4543.jpg[/img]

    [img]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/porgy6/1967AustinCooperSforsale006.jpg[/img]

    .and I doubt my own car would have survived intact had it not been exported to the U.S in the early 70's………..

    [img]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/porgy6/MEG-2.jpg[/img]

    From the photo of yours in the other thread Ron it looks to have the original interior aswell with the seats painted black ?……..

    [IMG]http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e347/porgy6/DSCN0454.jpg[/IMG]

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    Actually I have had the interior re-done in colors that match the outside of the car. It is originally supposed to be an Almond green/white car with grey/green interior. It looks like I made the right call on the panel stiffener.

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    The angled stiffener came inwhen the oil cooler became standard fitmentinJanuary 66, prior to that the stiffener would have been vertical, the oil cooler would have beenthe vertical type and anoptional extra. By 'build sheet' do you mean Heritage Certificate ? If the build date was 1965 you've got the right panel stiffener ! 😉

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    All of the markings indicate the car to be '65, as in the dip switch for the lights, the boot latch, and the wiper motor. I have the original import sheet and it does have the oil cooler as being on the car. Would a Heritage certificate give me any more info?

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    Yes a Heritage Certshould tell you what dateyour Cooperwas built, what it left the factory with and where it was sent, I take it the car's a single tank ? If it has the extra R/H tank that should be on the Certificate too.

    [url=http://www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/pages/exhibitions/exhibitions_heritage_certificates.html]http://www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/pages/exhibitions/exhibitions_heritage_certificates.html[/url]

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    When they say chassis number, do they mean the A2s7l…. number? Or does it mean the stamped piece that is welded to the slam panel, and the radiator shroud? I also have a piece that was on the right hand front floor of the car??? Thanks, Ron j.

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    Wiper motor says 11 65. The import sheet says the r/h tank and the cooler were options:

    [IMG]http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z12/miniguy/sheet.jpg[/IMG]

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    I had to look twice at your pic. your plate being MEG 977F is close to mine LOT 977f although mine was and is no cooper. simple things simple minds is suppose

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    By the way Macmanron this is the sort of oil cooler you car would have had as an optional extra…..

    [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=370126344455]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=370126344455[/url]

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    Yep their nearly forty quid now, I think they were a fiver ( or less ?)when I got my first one (that was over twenty years ago though !! :D)(and they were just printed on plain paper)

    You can use the email search (from a chassis number only) to get the build date, colour, engine and body number for about a fiver and print it yourself, in fact it says £3.75 on here….

    [url=http://shop.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/shop/heritage-certificates/archive-research-services/archive-research-services-10401/index.html]http://shop.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk/shop/heritage-certificates/archive-research-services/archive-research-services-10401/index.html[/url]

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