Austin Champ TAR 26D, 31 BE 24, 3124
Classified advert on eBay January 2014, item no. 261378568691 but see added revision further down this page |
Seller's description, "This car is very sound and drivable, restored by the previous owner to a good standard, with every thing present and every thing working as it should. Great fun and a go any where car.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org +44(0)1908 270672, +44(0)7889 805432."
The advert said there had been two offers, £1,200 and £3,500, both declined.
The advert says it has been re-registered in civilian life and I have another number of B971 ACF for this Champ? (revised) 'B' registration is 1st. August 1984 to 31st. July 1985.
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On ebay as 3124, TAR 987D, 231781562065. Seller's description:
"The vehicle for sale is an Austin Champ 31 BE 24, Chassis No 3124, Engine No 51185 made in 1953 for the British Army and sold for civilian use in December 1966. I have owned this vehicle since June 1971 and it has taken me to the North Cape of Norway and the sands of the Kalahari Desert. Our children learned to drive in it. However illness and an imminent house move means we must regrettably part company. The vehicle does need much work to restore it to concours standard but it is solid, with little rust or any damage to the panels as the photos show and is an ideal uncomplicated restoration project for an enthusiast.
It has key operated freewheeling front hubs by MAP (Mayflower Automotive Products) from an Austin Gypsy, which operate well, cuts down on fuel consumption and transmission noise and wear.
To make it easier for my wife to drive I fitted a vacuum brake servo and electric windscreen wipers. It is painted RN blue to distinguish it from army vehicles in Africa. But originality would probably require a new owner to revert to boring Army drab green.
Since 1971 the Champ has always been dry stored and has been off the road since its return from Africa 12 years ago. I have undertaken some work to put it in a roadworthy state again including a complete new exhaust system, new radiator hoses, new fuel flexible hose, the fuel pump reconditioned, fuel system cleaned out. The brake system flexible hoses and cylinders seals have been replaced. The brake pipes are copper/nickel. The handbrake works well but there remains sponginess to the foot brake which I think requires a new master cylinder. As it stands it will need to be trailered away.
Two new 60ah batteries. The electrics however require complete overhaul as much of the insulation of this 60 year old wiring is perished. A new rear cable harness (FV166232/1) is included in the list of spares. I have hotwired the ignition and starter and the engine operates smoothly. As it stands the generator is disconnected and the engine operates on battery charge alone.
The Champ comes with very many spares including spare gearbox, 'new' front differential unit, stub axle, torsion bar, oil seals, tracta joint and steering rack bellows, ignition key barrel and keys, generator panel, starting handle, radiator grill, etc. etc. Spade and axe holders. New rear cable harness (£255 rpp). Side lights, blue canvas hood (unfinished) brown vinyl seat cover material and numerous other spares and parts accumulated over 44years.
The vehicle sold at public auction at the Army Disposal Depot Ruddington in Nottinghamshire in 1966. It was first civilian registered 2nd December 1966. By virtue of its age is now exempt from both MOT and Road Tax but of course requires insurance to use on the road.
Viewing can be arranged in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders."