Saturday, August 27, 2011

West car history.

Ian and Margaret and everybody else in the "West" have very little knowledge of the history of their new car. Even Marcus is a bit vague about his mum's car's early life. They would love to know about previous owners and who did the s/s chassis and hatch etc. and there must be any number of slightly older Victorians who know the Mark 7 well.

1 comment:

John L said...

PaulSmith rang from Melbourne. He was telling me about the stainless steel chassis being built by an old fabricator in his backyard in McCrae which is just down the road from Rosebud. Anne got the family Mark 7 in the Wests' marriage settlement. The body was off at the time and the chassis was in pretty poor shape. Anne was a member of the McCrae Sailing Club and she took the chassis to this guy who did a bit of boat building work for members to see if he could build a duplicate. He suggested that as she lived across the road from the beach it ought to be done in stainless steel. It was through the sailing club that Anne developed her fibreglassing skills and she restored the body herself including building the hatch. She was planning on getting around to the interior when she passed away. I wonder if the broken driver's seat is still propped up with the piece of wood. We're still not sure about previous owners but the car has been in the hands of the Wests for a very long time.