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Fellow MK IV owner David Keenleyside of Toronto generously gave me the molds that he had made for his car some years back. They consist of four pieces: the nose (small) bottom, the (big) nose top, the (small) tail bottom and the (big) tail top.

The molds are absolutely first class and I would be happy to make them available gratis to any MK IV owner who might want to use them. (Sorry they are not available for making replicas, etc.)

The molds are currently located in New York at Michael Clifford's shop but I will probably bring them down to Maryland over the winter.


Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:37 pm
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We discussed the similarities in style between the early Courier and the MkIV a while back. Being the owner of both do you think any of the panels (upper nose maybe) are common to both cars?
Still looking for a replacement body for 10/4/L.


Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:51 pm
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Bill--

See the attached photo. The unique design of the IV was obviously the inspiration for the Courier's styling but the similarity is only that and the mold would be of no use to you.

Given the number of Couriers racing I would think that someone would have some molds but do not know of any.

When I knocked the nose off of mine at WG I picked up all the pieces and later pop-riveted them together along with panels of tile board so I could glass from the back. I think my car is now straighter than before the crash!


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Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:27 pm
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re bbennett request for mold for courier, i think i might have said befor you can get all things grp regarding the courier from ARCHITECTURAL CONTRACT SERVICES STABLE COTTAGE INDUSTRIES, WHEATSHEAF ROAD, HENFIELD, WEST SUSSEX BN5 9AU TEL 011 44 1273 495188. FAX. 011 44 1273495199. I know you may consider the shipping costs prohibative but I had some car parts shipped by the people who specialise in shipping old british cars back to UK from USA They oftern have half empty containers returning to USA and will do a deal. OLDGIT.


Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:52 pm
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Hi Barry
I tried to track down Architectural Services a year or two ago and my e-mails bounced back as undeliverable. What do you know of thier current status? I'm not even finding thier web site anymore.
Several people at the Watkins Glen event told me they had fixed worse looking cars than the pictures of mine and suggested just patching up what I have again.
If you PM me with an e-mail address I could send you a few pictures. It would be nice to discuss the proximity of our engine numbers and similarities of our cars as well.
Thanks,
BB 10/4/L


Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:45 pm
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Hi Bill, ref courier moulds. Like you I cant find ACS Web site its been five years since I dealt with them. Roger put me in touch, try him for their current location .With regards to your current body, they really have to be very bad to not be rebuildableI can only suggest you join all the bits up (strips of ally pop-rivetted to the grp,) then V out all the joints on the inside, repair with Resin and choped strand, and then a couple of layers of mat.then takle the outer face, again V out the cracks, remove the ally joining strips, repair the cracks as before, rub down the whole outer surface the cover with two layers of grp tissue and resin. You can then build up a surface to receive paint. This will take ages but not cost a great deal in materials. After all its better to bring something back to life than keep looking at it and talking about it, your present rate of progress would suggest if you ever rebuilt your car you will be to old and decrepide to get in it let alone drive it. Only jesting Bill but think about it. Oldgit (age 72years young)


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I certainly had contact with Brian Stern some years ago and had involvement in the production of the Courier body mould. However, I do think there has to be care not to create any confusion over the Mk.IV Courier and the Mk.IV sports racer, as the moulds produced for the 'ACS' Courier are correct for the earlier model. It is therefore ideal for the car owned by Bill, but not quite right for the later (so called Mk.2) Couriers. I am aware of issues that are not appropriate to put on this Forum, however I believe that parts supplied from that mould have been most gratefully received and have been of good quality. If there is enough interest, I will try and find out if the mould still exists and advise further. Let me know.
There must be moulds in the States and there were certainly various Elva moulds in Indiana ... again I will ask around if enough demand. ;)


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Thanks Barry, Roger
The body of my car is in one piece but suffers from very bad previous repairs. The nose especially looks out of place and shape like an old boxer or hockey player. The bumperettes don't come close to fitting the fiberglass. If I applied enough bondo to straighten it out it would probably weigh as much as the MGAs that the Elva was supposed to have an advantage over.
As for being too old to use the car Barry, you seem to have a 9 year lead on me so hope isn't lost yet. I did have a little trouble Sunday trying to clamber in and out of my little sister's TR3, but it was an awkward seat arrangment 30 years ago. At least that's my excuse for now.
Bill B.
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