Frazer Nash Mille Miglia, 421/100/168

At AFN Ltd., Isleworth, 1951-52
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Mille Miglia 421/100/168, early 1952, leaving factory for the Turin Auto Show

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1952 Turin Show Photo

The photo below is from the AFN Archives.  Notes with the the photo identify Stuart Donaldson and Commander Jipson at Floyd Bennett Field. Mr. Donaldson is listed as the original owner of several Frazer Nash cars brought into the United States and he may have been operating as an importer/dealer.  The Navy aircraft appears to be a Grumman F9F Panther or Cougar.  Later owners were Perry Boswell  Sr., Captain J. I. Saubers (Palm Beach, Florida) and Robert Scott (Honolulu).  There is no history yet of Mr. Donaldson's ownership.  "Duke" Donaldson later was an owner-entrant of Indy cars, from 1957 through 1960 in the Indianapolis 500.

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The following photos are from Jerry Saubers, the owner after Perry Boswell Sr., in the mid-50's, on Oahu and Hickam AFB

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1976, in Egon Peterson's driveway, after purchase December 31, 1975 and initial storage on Tantalus

Ulunahele Street, Maunawili (Kailua), Hawaii)

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At Kimmins Coachworks, Lake Havasu City, December 2002

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Bruce at work

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Still the single part in good shape

At Larry Thompson's shop, Honolulu, 2004

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Photo below is the Velasco crankshaft, shipped to Invercargill by Post Office Air Parcel on December 14. 

Later machined to fit the engine and ready to assemble. 

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Last update: February 8, 2005

One of the wheels had been missing ever since I've bought the car.  Mike Robinson (England) shipped one to New Zealand and Barry received it in January, 2005.

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Brought from Lake Havasu City, Arizona to Compton, California

En route to Invercargill, New Zealand

July 19 and 20, 2004

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Thanks to Bruce Kimmins for the great coachwork.  And to Helen Kimmins, Robbie Stevens, MVS Kapitan Afanasyev on Voyage 475, and Jeff's Vehicle Deliveries, Ltd for the transportation - safely arrived in New Zealand, September 6, 2004!

After Arrival in New Zealand - October 2004
at Barry Leitch's shop:

Leitch Motorsport and Restoration Ltd.
44 McIvor Road, R.D.6
Invercargill, New Zealand

Initial Photos - Great work from Barry and his crew!

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Repaired and polished brake drum

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Paul Bryan is checking the fit of a newly made over-rider

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New panels in the cockpit

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Driver's side front wheel well

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New firewall and spare tire mounting

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Spare tire, correctly mounted

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Newly paneled (and large!) trunk

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Brake drum with new center section

Progress, November 18, 2004

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With new rocker panels, waiting for front suspension

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Trial fit of engine; arrived this week

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Trial fit of windshield frame

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New frame is formed from aluminum

More, on November 29, 2004

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With headlight and windshield, ready to go on "all fours" again

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Windshield details. Note top frame and side curtain

December 13, all body work done!

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Completed, before painting

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Off to the paint shop

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Next stop - Howard Kingsford-Smith's shop

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Steering details

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Camshaft on the bench - January 2005

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Fan, distributor shaft, other parts on the bench - January 2005

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The carbs on the bench - January 2005

Back from the paint shop, January 22, 2005
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Before buffing, but looks great!

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Waiting for gauges

Off to Upholstery
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Regan Carter and Paul Bryan - and the car, with top frame and partial side-curtains.

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From Barry: "The 3 guys behind the car are some of the ones who have been working on it. From the left are Greg Hunter, Paul Bryan and Regan Carter."

Back from Upholstery, February 7, 2005

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Barry and Marguerite - and the car!  Can you spot the new wheel?

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The trim on the grab handle is the seat color.

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Large and nicely finished trunk, but large enough?

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Greg Hunter, assembling the engine

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Engine, with crankshaft lower left.

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"Hot" is the exhaust side. It's a hemi!

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Glen Burden installing the new door panels

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A very useful and good-looking top!

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Greg with Frazer Nash owner John Dymond.