The (Not so) Wonderful World of LHS III

Welcome to the Wonderful World of LHS

After an appalling start to 2020 and the passing of my beloved mother, I decided to take a fresh view on the world. My Dad wasn’t in too good a shape and could no longer look after himself properly, so I decided to stop work and take care of him and the house instead. For a while, the only thing that will be on this site will be my classic car restoration. I may well pick up on other items in the future, but for now, Dad and the house are of the utmost importance.

Classic Car Restoration

For the vehicular enthusiasts amongst you, you might be interested in the post of my 1951 Mk1 Ford Consul (Flatdash), this was the very first car I owned and “restored” in 1981 – 1983. I found the car in a very sorry state indeed in 2013 and rather insanely bought it. I sold my immaculate 1955 Mk1 Zephyr below to fund the purchase to cover the welding costs (or so I thought). Working on the car is therapeutic as I only think about the car when I am working on it. I certainly don’t think about how much it is costing me (I am not that bold!).

1955 Mk1 Ford Zephyr

1955 Mk1 Ford Zephyr

The car requires even more work to just get it to a reasonable standard for painting, then it has to be reassembled and finally get it retrimmed. Will I do it? When I rediscovered the car in 2013 it was pretty much as you see it in the three pictures below; no bonnet, no doors, no wings, no front panel, no screens, no engine, no gearbox, no instruments, no engine ancillaries, essentially hardly anything left on it.


Found her! 1951 Mk1 Ford Consul Flatdash – 2013


Side View 1951 Mk1 Ford Consul Flatdash – 2013



Back Home – 1951 Mk1 Ford Consul Flatdash – 2013

Flattie has had a huge amount of work done (from 2013 – 2017); the photo below doesn’t do justice to the work undertaken. 

1951 Mk1 Ford Consul Flatdash - 2017

1951 Mk1 Ford Consul Flatdash – 2017


I had to procure another Flatdash, break that, then use the parts from the donor car to rebuild mine. The Flatdash Consul differs from the later models with the “Jukebox” style dash. This model is a real rarity now. They were only produced for a very short production run from early 1951 to Autumn 1952. Mine is one of the earliest still known to exist and was first registered on 14th June 1951.

Flattie and I are somehow inextricably linked across the decades and I think I am the only person in the World who is mad enough to take this on (again). But that does give me a certain kudos?

I remain yours in dreams,

Lord Herbert Sarongster


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