Al­lur­ing Al­lard

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind the Garage Door -

The proud owner of this Al­lard, An­drew Leach, is in the fi­nal stages of com­plet­ing a full restora­tion.

The en­gine and run­ning gear are orig­i­nal Ford, end to end — the Ford Flat­head V8 still has its orig­i­nal bore, hav­ing been parked up early in its life. In­ter­est­ingly, the pis­tons have a ‘T’ for ‘truck’ stamped into them as op­posed to ‘C’ for ‘car’, and it uses four pis­ton rings as op­posed to three for the car en­gines. The gear­box is a heavy­duty truck unit, which Al­lard in­stalled — mated to ei­ther a Mer­cury or Ford flat­head V8 — into its mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles dur­ing World War II. The com­pany had pal­lets of en­gines and gear­boxes to use up post war, and you never know, the run­ning gear from this car could have come from a Bren Gun Car­rier or, in­deed, a mil­i­tary truck or Jeep.

The flat­head V8 en­gine is al­most amid­ships, and the front end is a split Bel­lamy axle run­ning coils and springs, while the rear is Ford Pi­lot, with shocks and sin­gle hor­i­zon­tal leaf — rather in­no­va­tive for 1951.

Sydney Al­lard set­tled on Ford en­gines for Al­lard cars be­cause he felt they could be ser­viced any­where in the world, when ex­ported. In­ter­est­ingly, New Zealand im­ported the most Al­lards per capita, but the ma­jor­ity were P1 sa­loons and are pre­sumed lost now.

An­drew has en­gaged with Massey Uni­ver­sity’s mecha­tron­ics lab­o­ra­tory, in Al­bany, to de­sign and 3D print the Al­lard’s miss­ing door han­dles in stain­less steel, and the bon­net vent will be printed in alu­minium — An­drew’s uti­lized old-world skills while em­ploy­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in the restora­tion, as he’s time-poor, like most folks.

All that’s left is last-minute de­tail­ing and pol­ish­ing, plus bolt­ing on the fi­nal chrome bits and pieces, then it’ll be ready for a WOF.

An­drew is the Al­lard Own­ers Club’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive for New Zealand, and we’ll def­i­nitely catch up with him soon.

The Holden En­thu­si­asts Club of Christchurch was started about 22 years ago by a group of like-minded peo­ple with a love of the mighty Aus­tralian lion. One of the ma­jor guide­lines for mem­ber­ship is that you don’t have to own a Holden — you just have to love them.

With that in mind, there is an ex­ten­sive range of ve­hi­cles in the club, from old school right through to the new mod­els on the mar­ket. How­ever, the main em­pha­sis is on mak­ing sure you are smil­ing while you are driv­ing your Holden — yes, it is about fun!

The club is a fam­ily-ori­ented one, which tries to hold one or two events ev­ery month that will ap­peal to a wide range of mem­bers. Events range from cruises to lo­ca­tions of in­ter­est, an an­nual show and shine com­pe­ti­tion, a mys­tery car rally, poker runs, and so­cial meals, right through to host­ing larger events such as its All Oz Day.

This va­ri­ety and en­thu­si­asm comes from about 50 mem­bers — hail­ing from ev­ery­where from Christchurch to Grey­mouth, and even as far down as Twizel — and that num­ber is grow­ing ev­ery month. With a wide range of ages cov­ered, there is great knowl­edge about the va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles, as well as youth to keep it en­ter­tain­ing.

The club holds a monthly meet­ing at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of ev­ery month (ex­cept Jan­uary) at Joe’s Garage, Cran­ford Street, Christchurch, and wel­comes vis­i­tors to join in for a chat and see how re­laxed and friendly the club is. You can also catch up on the club’s Face­book page, Holden En­thu­si­asts Club Christchurch.

To find out more, email gen­eral@hold­en­club.net.nz, or, if you pre­fer a per­son-to-per­son con­ver­sa­tion, please con­tact ei­ther Ray Miles (pres­i­dent) on 027 277 3878 or Leonie Har­ris (vice pres­i­dent) on 027 471 7961.

Keep your wheels on the road, and we look for­ward to see­ing you there!

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