Parts Value?

Parts Value?

Postby muzza55 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:48 pm

Hello all from oz, This is my first post on the forum, so I hope that I am posting in the right place. I bought a '63 VDP 4ltr around 6 months ago and I am starting to used to it's little idiosyncracies and enjoying the driving experience, although a little different to my '74 Rover P6B. Part of the sale when I bought the Princess was a collection of parts that the owner had amassed over 32 years, anyway what I am asking the forum members is that there is a brand new RR crank for the FB60 motor,still in factory packing, along with a pair of NOS tailights with lenses, in the garage, what would these be worth ? I hope that I am not being rude by posting this here.
Wayne.
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby WedWon » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:27 am

G'day Wayne
Jason here from Adelaide. Where are you based?
I am assuming your '63 4 ltr isn't the 4 Litre R then hence your questions about parts pricing.
I bought my '64 4LR with a boot full of parts too, including a crated RR cylinder head. Apparently the original owner was a little worried about the aluminium engine in Australia's climate so bought a spare head in just in case.
Not sure what spares are worth (how urgently someone needs it versus cost in freight I guess are contributing factors)
If your car is the 4LR then I would suggest hanging onto the parts, if not to use yourself but to exchange/trade/offset any future parts your own car might need.
If your car isn't a 4LR then ebay or the Vanden Plas magazine (Carriagecraft) would be a good spot to start a sale.

I just stripped out a ropey '65 for dash and woodcaps and a few trim items and virtually had to give the rest of the car away to a good home to make sure the rest of it was used and not crushed (motor, trans and axles were all in place). So I don't think your sitting on a goldmine, but you never know.

Would love to here from you
Cheers
Jason
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby muzza55 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:32 am

G'day to you too Jason,
I'm from Newcastle NSW, I may have sounded a little vague in my original post but it is a 4 Litre R. I brought the roadworthy car last Sept. and part of the deal was I had to take it all, job lot, or nothing. I have been trawling this forum since then, just getting a feel for the outlook of these cars, I have read just about all of the posts concerning the 4 Litre R, including yours.
I do have to try and move some of the parts as my storage space is very limited, I have been in touch with the Australian Secretary of the VPOC and I am waiting for a reply,he is in Bendigo for the AOA meeting 'till the 8th April.
Anyway Jason, nice to meet you (cyberly).
Hope to talk again soon.
Wayne
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby WedWon » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:07 am

Wayne
Small world. I bought my car from a bloke in Narara near Gosford, a lot closer to Newcastle than Adelaide (and i was living in Alice Springs at the time of buying)
What colour/condition etc was yours when you bought it. Have you posted a picture as yet? Would love to hear about what you are running. You mentioned it was a '63, you might want to check the date as the 4LR ran from August '64 to '69.
What other spares do you have stockpiled, I might be interested in buying a few items for my old car.
Cheers
Jason
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby muzza55 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:07 am

Hello again Jason,
I take your point on the year of manufacture, the car itself has only had 2 previus owners, the last, who was an aircraft engineer had a philosophy of 'improving' things for 32 years,so needless to say I have found a few subtle differences from the way the Princess would have came out of the factory.It has had a pretty poor paint job in Ivory, I believe from under the bonnet that it would appear to have been the the same colour as yours. The car still has all the original drive train,down to points ignition,that I intend to change to electronic, the front suspension has been modified and engineer certified to run with normal telescopic shocks. Interior has been retrimmed in a sky blue, which the previous owner who was quite elderly, entrusted to a local upholstery shop (of low reputation unbeknown to him) who quoted to do the interior for 5 to 6k and subsequently did the job in that loverly product called 'Pleather'? I think it is, anyway it looks shite and it is disintergrating while you look at it. The wheels have been changed to run 15" Commodore rims which gives ease of selection for replacment and a side benefit of good ride and handling.
If you like I can PM you a list,the same as I have sent to the Aust. Secretary of the NOS and used parts that I have.
Anyway I think I have wasted enough of works time, talk later.
Wayne.
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby WedWon » Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:18 am

Wayne
Wow, it looks like the previous owner has been busy.
Conversion to standard shocks would not have neen a small feat. And bigger wheels and lower profile radials is definately a mod I am looking at doing myself.
Its a pity the Plether effect has been thrown around inside, and its a pity the old car I had scrapped didn't have better seats (both front seat bases ripped along the stitching and top of rear seat has pealed in the sun) because a good feed of leatherique would have brought them up quite well. They are grey. If you were interested in seeing if the retrimming of the three panels would be a better bet than retrimming your whole car I could give your details to the current owner to see about sourcing them. Other than the tears they were quite good.
I did a feed and clean of my own red seats and the only thing I couldn't save was the front seat bases. I had these retrimmed in genuine leather for about $900.
I wuld be interested in you PMing me a list of what parts you have available that I might be able to use.
I'll do the right thing by work and sign off too!
Cheers
Jason
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby parnull1 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:42 am

G'day Boys,
I'm in Grafton and two years ago I purchased a 4ltr from Belmont. It needs quite a bit of body work but all the running gear, seats and dash have been done. Things like tail lights and front parking lights, in good condition, are very hard to come by. I ended getting all the diecast re-chromed, at great expense. My plan is to get as much done before body and paint work. I am chasing hub caps and bumper over-riders. It is good to hear of other people, sort of local, who are restoring these cars.

Cheers,

Peter
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby WedWon » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:26 am

G'day Peter

Can't help on the over-riders etc (the old cars were dented at the front and rusted through at the rear)
The front fenders were not rusting along the seam or inner wings, just at the base (in front of the front door) If you think they maybe of use please PM me your details and I will forward them onto the old guy who now owns it.

I saw a site in the UK selling remanufactured hubcaps for the 4LR. Here it is:
http://www.classiccarparts-uk.co.uk/Austin?&page=3

Could be useful
cheers
Jason
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Re: Parts Value?

Postby muzza55 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:16 am

Hello Peter,
I'm in Newcastle, you may have read the previous posts between wedwon and myself re:- parts value, send me a PM and I will see if I can help with the parts that you need.
Wayne.
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