Just acquired one Austin 245F
Motor was seized but I have managed to free it - although I have not been able to start it yet
Master cylinder is seized also, but will no doubt have this off sooner or later
Anyone out there with any reference material for these, such as handbooks, manual, roadtest(!?), even something as simple as engine size (4 litre or ??)
Wife is already questioning my sanity so any help would be appreciated.
Marty, Crystal Brook, South Australia
Marty, these were known in the UK as the Austin FG and you could probably find more info under that name. They were also called the Morris FG, BMC FG, Leyland FG just to confuse things even more and were known colloquially as the "threepenny-bit", pronounced "thruppny bit". This is because the shape of the cab resembled the UK threepenny bit coin which was a six-sided coin.
They had either a 4-litre petrol engine or a 3.4 litre diesel engine.
Re the six sided cab-I recall some BMC adverts (I think) telling us what a good idea it was. The doors were "round the corner" so the driver didn't have to step out into the traffic. He could also go straight from cab into the van section if fitted. Guess he still had to get out sometimes to open the doors on the van body anyway.
Local mobile mechanic had one at one stage when I was a kid.
The Perspex windows in front were another good idea for visibility in tight town areas.
Like a lot of Brit ideas at the time, it just didn't take off.
Japs perfected the concept later as usual-Toyota Dyna, "Not So Squeezy" types etc had full fwd. control, Perspex in the doors, easy access, and probably light & far more precise steering for those "tight city deliveries" than any Austin/BMC/Leyland could ever have. Not sure about reliability, but Japs did it again there too.
Enjoy the resto Marty-another bit of history saved.
Apologies for taking so long to get back re the Austin but am now able to do so.
After freeing up four valves that were stuck (open of course) and then replacing the camfollower that "followed" the pushrod when it was removed I was able to stir the engine into life although not before having to also free up the water pump. and clean out fuel pump and carburettor. It lives again, albeit bottle fed to pump until I sort out the fuel lines and tanks. It has obviously been sitting for a considerable time.
The brake master cylinder was removed, attacked, cleaned, returned to some semblance of normality and refitted . . . . . . only to result in a momentary build up in pressure before hearing a wooshing noise from the front left wheel - and copious quantity of brake fluid running down the back of the wheel. I imagined a badly leaking slave cylinder or two, but not what I found when I removed the wheel.
Why me? Why do these things have to happen to me?
I am not stressed yet, and I WILL get there, hopefully.
Does anybody have access to the missing pieces, which includes everything you would expect to find hiding in there! The brake drum, shoes, and both slave cylinders as well, mine being piston less and heavily rusted?
There is a lot more I could say about this 2 ton, 4 litre, "thr'p'ny bit" Austin truck but will leave it at this for now (yes, I have learnt a tad more about it since I was here last ) and Mairjimmy, I could only say, "From a distance and with my eyes squinted, yes."
Slowly forward, progress wise. Air-cleaner cleaned out completely and refilled with oil, engine does not idle smoothly but is improving; at least I can get out of the truck while it's running now instead of having to catch it each time it falters. At this rate I might even treat it to some fresh plugs!?
Truck has a bull bar fitted but it is too low (IMO) and I would remove it - if it wasn't welded everywhere the heavy channel iron frame rails touch the chassis AND with extra plates welded on each side for good measure. No doubt effective and solid, but not what I consider a clean job. It has to go, but short of an oxy torch I cannot see any way to attack it with a disc cutter or hacksaw. It has to go! What do you think?
Generator is charging okay and oil pressure is good. Brakes have been located but apparently the donor vehicle is buried amongst other vehicles and I have to wait until area dries out sufficiently to be able to 'unbury' it. Very pleased to slip it into gear and move it under its own power, even if it was slowly and only about six inches.