Another 3 unique early parts on FHC

Upon assembly I have realized that the FHC does has another 3 parts which can not be exchanged with later FHC. The

These three parts were only used until FHC 886013 and 860478. So, only on the early body 1500 limited body shells before re-enginering took place. So make sure you do misplace them during restoration.

  • BD 21279 –> BD 23752 Prop support in open position
  • BD 21280 –> BD 21287 Pivot bracket for prop
  • BD21281 –> BD23712 Bracket on body receiving prop
early set at bottom
left the early problematic at windy condition
bottom the early pivot bracket
wider gap on later tailgate
short distance at early tail gate
Left the early style
the open version had the problem loosing the prop

Very early FHC 1/4 light

During the restoration of my FHCs, I discovered multiple designs of 1/4 light hinges and mountings.

The very early cars had a very short lived hinge and mounting to the window frame. Not sure how many cars did have the 1st version but my guess is less than 100 cars before it changes to the first improvement for fitting and use at the car.

The 2nd improved version had a shorter leg because the mounting at the window was not aligned in driving direction but turned by 90° pointing towards the cabin. The mounting was still soldered.

Some time later, the soldering was replaced by 2 countersunk screws and a 3rd version of the hinge was introduced, which did not have the cylindrical operating finger but a round flat. However, with the introduction of the crash roll, another 4th hinge was required to fit over these rolls and had a much longer and curved leg.

Correct and all matching key -barrel

Today was a good day. After two other attempts finding the correct door lock barrel I eventually received the correct LH –> TO LOOK in FP version.

I had purchased two other before from US and one from UK when this 3rd arrived today from US. As this is, at least for me, a very important detail to have 1 key only for both doors and the ignition it was also logic that it had to be an original door look barrel to replace the one which was broken and damaged. All in all it did cost me about 500 USD incl. postage and import.

Well now I have just replaced the slots to fit the original FP key and will soon be installed at the doors.