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another on ebay
#1
This saloon suitable for restoration looks a bit dear to me at £4k, is it?  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/375082878899?...R_SoltWBYw

Is it on Ruby 17 inch wheels? Will that improve the gearing or be too big a change?

And what looks to be wrong with the position of the back wheel here?

   
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#2
HC head! Bowdenex front brakes! Timber from Indian building materials pallet! Oh, and some exclamation marks.
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#3
Interesting cross-over model: RN-style waist moulding but no vertical rear seams, 4-speed gearbox and RP-style instrument panel.
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#4
Looks in good order, correct wheels and tires and a days work would see it going. A rare fixed head model.
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#5
I have long wondered if this model and the RP would originally have had a moulded rubber cover to the gearbox. It has been mentioned by some that there would have been, but no one I know has actually seen one. 
This car seems to have the remains of a moulded gearbox cover, see the strengthening ribs and raised moulded edge around the gear lever turret.
I have found that covering the gearbox has a major impact on the noise levels in the car, helps prevent fumes entering the cabin and no doubt heat/dust/insects etc. 
If that is a genuine cover, I think it would be good to get an impression from it, so that new ones could be moulded.
However perhaps you know more/better/have one already?
I would be delighted to hear more please
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#6
I would think the rubber gear box cover has been picked up from a scrap yard as have the 17" wheels.why put the gear markings on twice?
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#8
It looks like the remains of a Big7 gearbox cover.
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#9
A similar question arose on Facebook when someone posted a pic of a rare Ruby rubber gearbox cover. I have my doubts. As Ruairidh says I think they are either Big Seven (or Ten) ones, repurposed. Box saloons did have tunnel covers though...

   
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#10
(27-11-2023, 09:43 PM)Ruairidh Dunford Wrote: It looks like the remains of a Big7 gearbox cover.

It's not Big 7, they have a moulded piece to cover the gear lever, rather than the bead shown. Maybe Austin 10?
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