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Brian Buckland's book & ETN 473K.

PostPost by: nodbe » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:52 pm

Hi Guys,
I recently aquired a Yellow/White Sprint ETN 473K which apparently was
featured in Brian Buckland's book.
As this book now seems to be unobtainable I wonder if anyone who is lucky enough
to have a copy would be kind enough to let me know if my car is mentioned and, if possible,
some details of the content.
Thanks,
Ernie Felix,
(Nodbe).
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PostPost by: gherlt » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:28 pm

I just looked at it and I found some pictures of a yellow over white Sprint, but there is no registration visible.
1964 S1 (engine ready, awainting body paint)
1967 S3 DHC (now adjusted by Brian Buckland, totally calm idle)
1969 S4 FHC (final interior stuff)
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:58 am

Ernie

Your Sprint was rebuilt from a burnt out wreck several years ago by a member on this forum, elanfan. It came off the production line at Hethel in August 1971 as a FHC and was first registered on 21 September 1971 in Newcastle.

Given the nature of Brian's book, a workshop addendum, the photos tend to be of parts or parts of a whole car. Perhaps the attached is the most meaningful page showing your car. I hope Brian will excuse me for reproducing it here.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:12 pm

With apologies to Brian again, don't forget the pictures of the car pre- & post- restoration:
buckland_p60.jpg and

buckland_p61.jpg and


Keep on watching eBay or on here, you'll eventually get the book for less than 100 pounds.
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PostPost by: nodbe » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:26 pm

Thanks Guys ('specially Tim for the pics etc),
Have now been in touch with Steve Loader (who did the rebuild after the fire) who
has very kindly sent me lots of info and pics.
Now hoping to get more history ( Steve did have almost complete history but this
went with the car when he sold it to Richard Ashby ) so now I'm trying to get previous
owner details from DVLA ( Hope springs eternal !! ).
If anyone has anything to help or any additional info I'd most grateful.
Thanks,
ERNIE.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:33 pm

nodbe wrote:Thanks Guys ('specially Tim for the pics etc),


Geeez, thanks :roll:
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:11 pm

He likes my pics better than yours, Phil!

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PostPost by: nodbe » Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:40 pm

"Oh No He Doesn't !!!"

Sorry Phil,

I thought they were all from Tim.

"Stupid boy".

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 6:25 pm

... and he drove the fastest milk cart in the west!

Sorry Ernie, couldn't resist!

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PostPost by: nodbe » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:51 pm

"It's good to talk" - even via The Forums !

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PostPost by: Phoenix » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:12 pm

Sorry to use this unconventional approach but I have purchased ETN 473K (at auction, so it was obviously "sold as seen") and I am hoping to contact Ernie Felix/Nodbe in the hope that he can help me with a few questions (and, so, save me wasting time figuring out some questions. Examples are:
- Why was the brake servo removed and is the one that came with the car kaput?
- Has the cylinder head been modified for unleaded?
- Which specialists have worked on the car most recently?
- Why was the windscreen washer set up in the unusual (if effective) way it was?

My wife became seriously ill very shortly after I bought the car, so I ended up putting it in secure storage, which was not at all what I planned. Happily, my wife is fully recovered now and I am keen that ETN 473K should recover also, so any information about other issues I should plan to address would be greatfully received.

I can be contacted via this post or on 07852 897 631 or at [email protected].

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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:11 pm

Phoenix wrote:- Has the cylinder head been modified for unleaded?

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ALL cylinder heads from the factory and all refreshes ever since have steel valve seats suitable for unleaded fuels.
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PostPost by: Phoenix » Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:19 pm

Thanks, StressCraxx
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PostPost by: lelandolson » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:03 am

umm this was an old post?
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PostPost by: Phoenix » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:40 pm

StressCraxx covered one of the questions in my recent post. I would still be grateful to conatct Nodbe / Ernie Felix.

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