||This is one of the many crates of Anglia parts
that we have uncovered overseas. On my right, I have my good
friends Rex and his late wife Kay Warwick, along with their son,
Jamie (on my left), from Tilehurst, England. This photo was taken
back in 1988. Without these super people, I would not be able
to offer the kind of rare English Ford parts that I do today.
Many people often tell me that heck, old Anglias and Thames are
everywhere in England, and it's no big deal finding new parts.
WRONG! Consider the damp, moist weather, and general lack of
interest with early English Fords, parts are just not around
any longer - Dean Kirsten
||This old photo was taken on February 1, 1970.
This was the first 1/4-ton Thames panel I ever saw in 100% stock
condition. My good old buddy, Mike Lacko and I, found this one
on a farm in Hurricane, Utah. It was part of a fleet of Thames
used to sell door-to-door, Magic Wand electric Lawn Mower sharpeners,
for the Acme Manufacturing Company, Gardena, CA. This one was
#22. We bought the truck for $200 and it ran! I owned this Thames
for over thirty years.
||Thanks to Rex and Kay Warwick, I found the ONLY-KNOWN
"Anglia" woodie in Northern America, up to Terry Olsen
locating his. This is a 1938 Model 7Y Shooting Brake. It was
found in a backyard in London in the early '90s. Only five of
these rare-birds are known to exist in the world today. Rare
shooting brake is now owned by Robert Draugham of Fayetteville,
||So you want to look for old Anglia parts in England?
Well, here's what you are up against; during the summer, you
will encounter over-grown scrap yards that have swamp-like conditions,
and few useable parts. Here, Rex and I managed to save a Prefect
windshield frame from the elements. It took us hours to get back
into this mess, but we did find a few cool items. This scrap
yard now, no longer exists. Too bad..
||The ones that got away? We heard about these
two Anglias sitting in a field, somewhere in England. So, for
days, we searched around, only to find them in this condition.
Anglia laying around everywhere, huh? Yeah, they are laying all
right. Other than a few bits and bobs, we nearly struck out.
We did manage to get that rear bumper off the one on the left.
By the way, the front-halves were rusted away!
||Our own fully restored 1954 Popular. Two-owner,
46,000 mile sedan was found in England back in '89, by Rex (who
else?), and was shipped to California later that year. After
a 1-1/2-year ground-up restoration, we now enjoy this beauty
around Vista, and at local rod and British car meets. This car
is featured in the 2002 Hemming Motor News British Car calendar
for the month of April.
||Before you get the impression that we can get
anything for these cars, and have a HUGE stock of fresh trunk
lids and fenders, think again. Since we only do this part-time,
we have a very limited amount of sheet metal available. Yes,
there has been shipments from New Zealand that looked like this,
but not lately! We do carry a good selection of 2-hole grilles
and hoods, but sadly lack inner fender panels and fenders. Inquire
with your needs, we will try to help you with your project -