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Flying 12 Utility  Page

The Restoration of a Wartime Flying 12 Utility:

What is this?

Just look at it now!

This is a wartime Flying 12 Utility, belonging to Mike Winter. Here is a shortened version of Mike's story of the rescue and rebuild, which is just an extract from his full photographic record. Click on any of the pictures to see a larger version of them.

My old Landrover, which I had sold to Ben Rose, was used to bring her home.

Dad gave the new arrival the "once over" and declared that I must have been "off my head" to pay £900 for what I bought home.

I explained that the engine and gearbox were to follow.............

They certainly weren't sitting here where they should be!

This plate had come to light inside one of the doors. We tried to wet and dry it to find out just what it was, but the problem was that I had no idea what to expect, and just what lines and marks were appearing..............

It turned out to be the wiring diagram! The lines on it were very fine and it was impoosible to get it clean without rubbing out the very marks I was trying to save! The other door revealed a matching lubrication chart.

The mudguard locations were particularly bad

This is what happens to nuts and bolts in wood for many years - The visible ends LOOKED fine! But the bolt shanks were eaten away sevserely inside the wood. It all LOOKED alright from the outside, But it was very fragile structrally due to the corroded bolts

The scuttle structure partially refurbished

As well as much thicker wood being used, the sills were heavily reinforced

All the rotton wood was taken out and replaced with new wherever possicle

Engine, gearbox and steering fitted....

After which, the first side panel was loosely positioned......

together with a door, to see how it all lined up and fitted, so far so good!

The building up of the front end could continue, until ready for its first road test

She seems to go very well, so far as I can tell, will be quite high being posssible to get into top gear only after travelling the length of the close, a bit risky approaching the main road with untried brakes!

The Standard joins Mikes line up of Wartime heros, yes he has a Morris, Austin and Hillman as well. So which is his favourite? If you dont know the answer, its this one below!

Mike and the his Utility will be at the Standard International Rally on July 13th/14th, so meet them there.

It is thought that over 6,000 of these Utilities were built and used by the armed services. Mike has so far got  details of 28 survivors, from all corners of the globe. If you can add to this list, please send information to Phil Homer.

Story and pictures by Mike Winter, edited by Phil Homer.