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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!