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1959 Thames 300E

 
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BigFred



Joined: 30 May 2013
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Location: New Jersey, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: 1959 Thames 300E Reply with quote

I was documenting my slow-moving project on a UK-based forum and someone recommended that I check in here. I'm based in New Jersey, USA.

A few months ago I acquired a '59 Thames 300E (actually 301E I guess) from my brother for free. The body is in poor condition, but we believe the engine can be gotten to run with enough work (and hopefully not too much $). My plan is to see if I can actually get motor started and then go from there, fixing up the mechanicals and later proceeding to the massive body work.



The motor turns freely, but I found in checking things out that the flywheel bolts were sheered off. Further checking found that a previous owner (prior to my brother) had apparently done some disassembling and lost more than a couple of the bolts from the drivetrain. The flywheel had been reattached with an assortment of lightweight bolts and a brass screw. The flywheel alignment dowel/pin was substituted with a piece of threaded rod in too narrow of a diameter. I guess the task ahead of me will be a challenging one. At least I'm not in a hurry. Wish me luck. Smile
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oabandit48



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Fred - get bolts yet ??
Check this link - possible parts ??
http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2118&highlight=
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BigFred



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oabandit48 wrote:
Welcome Fred - get bolts yet ??
Check this link - possible parts ??
http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2118&highlight=

Have not received the package yet. I did confirm that the dowel/pin my brother found appears to be the correct one for the Thames flywheel.

Thanks for the lead on a possible source for other parts. Not sure what parts it has that I would need. I may need a solid donor body someday.
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BigFred



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oabandit48 wrote:
Welcome Fred - get bolts yet ??
Check this link - possible parts ??
http://www.enfostuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2118&highlight=

Package received in today's mail. Very much appreciated. Very Happy
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reggie



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:19 pm    Post subject: welcome Reply with quote

nice looking english ford there.. here is a picture of my friends ford.
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BigFred



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy to report that I've gotten my Thames engine to fire up for the first time since the 1970's. Very Happy Only had it running for a short time (by choice), but that was enough to convince me that it WILL run and the project may be a viable one. Now onto disassembling and repairing the various systems on it. The extensive body repairs will come last. Wish me luck.
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Brett Wilkie



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are doing well, at least you are making steady progress. My 100e cars will sometimes sit for months without any attention at all.
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DonG



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:18 pm    Post subject: 301 e Reply with quote

You have a unique vehicle. People are amazed at classic car shows about the existence of Anglia's. Your van is raaaare. Although it is a working mans vehicle, it is still valuable due to its uniqueness. Make it a working van will have added value.
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