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Flying 10 Feature
1937 Flying 10 belonging to John Bozic
Some shots of my Flying 10, APM 456. The story so far:
I bought the car after it had been stored in a damp garage for 11 years. It is a 1937 Flying 10 BLA. commissioning number P6878DL. It took me about 4 years to rebuild it ready for its MOT last May. Just as I was about to take it to the test centre when my nephew noticed the brake lights were stuck on. A quick check found a the return spring was not man enough. A large coil spring was inserted under the brake pedal producing the required result. Back in the car, the phone starts to ring! It's the other half, she has taken my "everyday car" on a trip to France, I have left a large knife in the glove box and the Customs and Port Police have stopped her. I remind her that I am attending to the important business of an MOT and can' be bothered with trivia.
The lads at the garage all take turns at playing with the wind open windscreen and sit in what appears to them a very small car. Some confusion ensued when it appeared the front wheels were seized, four wheel handbrakes are somewhat unusual nowadays. A missing split pin on a castle nut was spotted and slightly uneven braking. After assuring the examiner that the "directional vagueness" in the steering was as it should be, the first MOT in at least 15 years was issued. The car was first used a week later for a friends wedding and went on to cover some 400 trouble free miles.
This year it sailed through its MOT although some wear was apparent in the off side king pin, which will be replaced.
There are several none standard features such as the chromed radiator surround and the extensive use of leather for all the interior trim. When rubbing the body down 13 coats of paint were found, the earliest appearing to be blue. As the car was grey when I obtained it I have sprayed it two tone, blue and grey, and have been complimented on how good it looks. I have recently obtained quite a lot of Flying 10 spares and am always happy to talk to anyone with an interest Tel 01444 459901.
One last point, my other half refers to the Standard magazine as "sad gits monthly" (tongue in cheek) it would be quite amusing if the picture I sent previously of her and myself with the car was to appear in the magazine.
Well, I cant oblige with the magazine, but you and the other half has made it to the sad gits Website! I wonder if she enjoys riding in the car, John? -
Here are some more pictures of John's superb restoration:
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