Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Finding a Suitable Vehicle

Where to look and who can help:  Motafrenz very own gurus are happy to help.

Our Motafrenz Gurus can help you with finding a suitable vehicle, getting it checked-out, and finding reliable people who can repair, restore and/or maintain it.

They can give you practical advice, watch-out-fors, contacts to help you with the search & checking-out, and give a general helping hand.

Classic Cars Finding the Right One - Green Mini

Please remember that fellow members are busy people, and the amount of help they can give you is limited. And of course, the final decision, and the responsibility, always rests with you the buyer.

Contact details for most of these people are included on the Listed Members List. For those not on the List please contact Alistair Riddell and he will put you in touch:-

  • Alfa Romeo – Darrell S
  • Austin and other BMC makes – See also Morris and Mini - Gary D,  Peter F (A40), Ian G (1800)
  • Bentley & Rolls-Royce - Mel C, Danny M & Gavin S, Robert W, Denis Y
  • BMW – James H, Denis Y
  • Bristol – Sue Y
  • Chevrolet - Michael Mc & Peter B (1960s), Foxx (Chev trucks 1970s)
  • Citroen - Leigh M, Matt G, Mel C
  • Chrysler - Michael F,Nick H
  • Datsun - See also Nissan - Ian G (180B)
  • Dodge Trucks – Les F
  • Fiat – Greg J
  • Ford - Michael F, John C
  • Holden - Sue Y (Monaro), Allan K
  • Humber - Denis Y, Rod B
  • Jaguar – Peter A (mid-1950s to mid-1970s), Alistair R, Michael Mc & Peter B
  • Lancia – Ian G, Frank da P (Veteran)
  • Land Rover – Richard H, Anthony W
  • Mazda - Russell L (RX8)
  • Mercedes Benz – Paul S, Trevor S
  • Mini - Josh R & Matt C, Stuart P
  • Mitsubishi - Ian G (Sigma)
  • Morris 1100/1300 etc - Brett T, Kevan W & Lloyd S, Josh R & Matt C
  • Nissan – Stuart P, Andrew H (ZX series)
  • Porsche – Tony S, Ray S (newer models)
  • Renault - Ian G (R8)
  • Rover - Alistair R
  • Toyota - Peter A, Matt G
  • Trabant – Neil F
  • 4WDs – Peter F, Alistair R, Richard H
  • Bus, Coach & Truck Repairs - Trace W
  • Caravan and Motorhome Conversions - Trace W - who tells us that "Advice if Free". You only pay when we hand out the steak knives as essentially this is the part of our business. Best wishes from Ms Trace
  • Caravans – Michael F, Peter F, Les F, Trace W
  • Motorbikes - David C, David P
  • Motorsport – Chris M, Tony S
  • Vintage & Veteran – Trace W, David P, Robert T, David C, Nick H.

Motafrenz Gurus in the Trade who can help:-

  • Mel & Colleen C – Road Worthy Certificates (RWC), Spares & Repairs - Citroen and other French makes, Rolls-Royce & Bentley, 15 Smith St, Collingwood. Tel (03) 9419 4537
  • Stuart P - modestly tells us that “I am not an expert on much other than Minis!” He is “happy to offer members a 5% discount, and further discounts where possible”. His business, www.agrademiniparts.com, stocks and sources some of the hardest to find parts to restore or repair your Mini - new and second-hand parts for Minis and access to bits for most British cars. Contact Stuart with any of your rare requests, there is no doubt he will be able to help you out.
  • The business is owned and operated by Stuart P along with his business partner Julian H and is a “social enterprise”. A social enterprise can be described as a feasible and profitable business – that’s built around a sound business model – but which also serves a social purpose; for example, in this case, providing sustainable employment for people who would be otherwise unable to join the mainstream workforce.
  • The team behind A Grade Mini Parts has faced significant challenges along their path to business success – Stuart P lives with a brain injury while Julian H has Downs Syndrome, and each has struggled to find suitable and meaningful employment. Therefore, while satisfying a strong niche market demand for genuine Mini parts, A Grade also provides Stuart and Julian with a secure and rewarding career as well as improved quality of life through the opportunity to pursue their interests.
  • Trace W is happy to help through her business: Ballarat Bus & Coach – they do bus, coach and commercial vehicle repairs and Motorhome Conversions. And as she says “There is no website. Yes, I like phone calls”. Call Trace on 0408 007-464. 
  • Denis Y – who tells us that “I am the "D" in "D&M Spares", an Automotive Restoration Parts Shop in Moorabbin ... I'm always happy to point people in the right direction if I can. D&M Spares

Where to find cars, spare parts, advise and restoration projects

Vehicle clubs – are often a good source of vehicles and parts for sale, and advice and resources. If you are intending to get a particular make of vehicle it is often a good idea to join the club for that make before you make your purchase.

Club members will give you the “inside story” on how to acquire and/or restore a vehicle are usually experts on their make and are usually very happy to help you “get your vehicle”.

Many clubs have websites and magazines which include “for sale” ads, and ads for people who can help with service and restoration:

  • Have “restoration projects” waiting for new members to undertake
  • Have a spare parts service, and some even arrange for manufacturing of new parts.

Therefore the cost of membership, compared to the benefits of membership makes joining worthwhile.

Go to the national organisations’ websites for club listings and contacts:-

Looking for a restoration project:

  • A tour of car yards or recyclers’ yards (we used to call them wreckers’ yards) can also give an idea of offerings available.
  • The magazines and websites listed below include both “restoration projects” and vehicles which are already mobile.
  • And of course there is always the dream find in a shed or farm.
  • A walk around your local area or a nearby town may locate a hidden gem just waiting for someone to love. Someone like you.

Checking it out – what to look for and who can help.

 Since 1969 cars sold in Australia must carry the manufacturer’s plates showing the date-of-build and the compliance of the car with Australian Design Rules.If you find a car sold after 1969 which is missing these plates, walk away! Vehicles earlier than 1969 may require research to confirm that they are what it is claimed they are. The AOMC can help- AOMC Engine & Registration Records Search Serviice.

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