Now that was rust!

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In the Myth Buster about ‘101s’ ( CCW, 31 May), Richard Gunn men­tions Vaux­hall not treat­ing wa­ter traps such as chrome wing cap­pings. They were steel on or­di­nary sa­loons, painted the same as the body, but an­odised alu­minium, the same as side trim and grilles, on the VX4/90.

Richard also men­tions sills and lower wings. Com­pare the ‘101’ to the Hill­mans Se­ries III-IV, pre-Hunter, front wings would rot from wind­screen to wing mir­ror. BMC Fari­nas were the same, plus out­rig­gers, sills, etc.

I worked on and re­paired a few 101s in the 1970s – in­clud­ing some so­called ‘write-offs’ – and they were good rust­wise com­pared to many others. Look at the BMC 1100 range – we had those stacked three high in the scrap­yard at one point – now that was rust! It was also in­ter­est­ing to see the Ford Thames 300E men­tioned in The Way We Were Sum­mer 1961 fea­ture in the same is­sue. The larger back win­dows could be bought as a kit to re­place the tiny Ford ones, and to sup­ple­ment side win­dows to make an es­tate. I think that the rear kit cost just a few pounds.

Frank Hart, Par­tridge Lane Mo­tors, Cardiff

Dis­cussing the mer­its of the rust­proof­ing mea­sures on a Vaux­hall Vic­tor FC 101.

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