1926 Armstrong-Siddeley Long 18hp vanFully
restored van including new body, chassis re-riveted; new radiator; fully rebuilt
engine, gearbox and rear axle; ready for work or play
This fine van
has had a busy life....we understand it started life as an open touring
car, with a body by Armstrong-Siddeley's in-house coachbuilder Burlington
Carriage Co. It was later converted into a Hearse by removing the body
behind the B post and grafting on an old horse-dawn hearse body and then roofing
over - way back in the mists of time.
It was in this condition that it
arrived with the vendor who has rebuilt the car into a van, leaving no stone
It was completely dismantled and the chassis side rails
repaired, along with the integral running boards which help to stiffen
the chassis. It was reassembled using new rivets and the springs were
dismantled, polished, re-bushed and new pins were fitted.
retains all the original body in front of the B posts and what would seem to be
the original Reg No NS 774. A new van body in period style has been
The front axle was straightened and alignment checked
before new king pins with taper roller bearings and Perrot shaft bearings.
The rear axle was stripped, checked and rebuilt with new bearings where
needed and the brakes were relined throughout.
The gearbox was
dismantled, checked and re assembled and a new clutch plate and linings
The engine was also fully rebuilt, with a rebore, crank regrind,
new bearings, pistons and valves and a new Australian-made water pump fitted.
The magneto was also rebuilt.
This work was undertaken by a precision
engineer, who had previously owned and run Vintage Radiators - hence the car
also has a fully rebuilt radiator core!
Completely rewired two-pole
including indicators and brake lights, it has also had a new fuel tank - we
are advised that the only aspect of the van which is not fully functional is the
Much time was spent getting the proportions of the van body
correct for the period, which as can be seen was most successful. The
aluminmium over ash frame van body was painted in brown with black wings much as
it could have been in period.
With nothing left to do, this fully and
very nicely restored van is on the button and ready to go - whether as a perfect
way to advertise your business, or appropriate transport to Beaulieu Autojumble
next year.Contact Stewart Rich 07811 767421 email