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Amaz­ing Air­line

New Zealand Classic Car - - Report -

his 1935 SS1 Air­line is be­ing re­built at Up­per Clas­sics in Christchurch. At some time dur­ing the 1970s, it was chopped down to make a tourer. The car re­tained its orig­i­nal body­work from the fire­wall for­ward, ex­cept for the wind­screen frame, which was changed for a chrome screen frame of un­known ori­gin. The rest of the body­work was re­moved, and body­work in the style of an orig­i­nal SS1 tourer was cre­ated. This body was quite roughly made; the shape was a bit awk­ward and noth­ing like it should be. The cur­rent owner of the car wanted the orig­i­nal Air­line body­work recre­ated, and the car re­stored to orig­i­nal. Luck­ily, the team at Up­per Clas­sics was just fin­ish­ing the restora­tion of an orig­i­nal Air­line and was able to have the body of this 3D scanned.

From this, the main pro­file of the body frame was CNC ma­chined, and that, to­gether with pho­tos of the pre­vi­ous car, meant the team was able to recre­ate the com­plete wooden frame of the Air­line very ac­cu­rately. The rear guards had been al­tered in the con­ver­sion, so, from the orig­i­nal scan, a buck was made, and these, too, have been recre­ated. The front half of the front guards was orig­i­nal, so these have been re­paired and the rear run­ning­board sec­tion recre­ated. The next stage is to skin the main body frame in steel.

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