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One of my favorite things about the xB is that it is a true sleeper.  It drives like a sports car, but looks like a slow delivery truck.
As such, I am working to emphasize the delivery truck look . . .

As I've said on here before, the xB reminds me of a number of old trucks, namely the International Metro



And the DIVCO


And the 1930 "Sedan Delivery" models
 

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I've also referenced the Commer Cob

[imghttp://home.online.no/~geirha/IRFpictures/B%F8lviken.5.jpg[/img]http://And the Hillman Husky



The interiors do this:
 

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Here is the Austin A30/A35 van (A35 was an improved A30 w/ a bigger engine):


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[url]http://www.austinmemories.com/page8/page33/page33.html[/url]
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I like those wheels.

Interesting. The xB and A30/A35 would look more alike if the xB had circle headlights. I like our headlights better though.. If they were circle, the xB lights would look too much like the Beetle or Mini Cooper lights.
 

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I'm thinking . . .
Modernized, faster A35.
 

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love these :D



TartanJack said:
Here is the Austin A30/A35 van (A35 was an improved A30 w/ a bigger engine):


http://www.historicinsurance.co.uk/historic/Gallery/64.jpg[/img


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[url]http://www.historicinsurance.com/Historic/Gallery_View.cfm?Gallery_Cat_ID=17[/url]


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My box, at the moment:




I'm adding the Wallace tartan to the seats now. One is done, while the second is in process. I'm working on what to paint red, what will be yellow, what will be silver, and what will be black.
It's a work in progress, delayed by lack-o-funds and bad weather (either wet and/or cold-> I need warm and dry).

I need to work on the rims . . .
I'm painting them along the crease. The main center will be black and the the centercap and the outer parts will be red and yellow- I just need to decide which is which . . .
 

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trev0006 said:
love these  :D
Welcome!
I only wish A35s (esp. the vans) were around in the US . . .
The Brits made some REALLY cool cars back in the 1950s and 60s.
 

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Lookin' good TartanJack! Is that vinyl or paint on the bumper? I'm also looking forward to seeing the wheels painted. Does this mean you've decided to not get new aftermarket rims? Or is this gonna be for just in the meantime?
 

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The bumper is vinyl. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not. Plus, I'd hope it would be more durable that the paint on that bumper . . . chips are everywhere from its 35,000 miles driven in all conditions.

I want these:


I like how they reflect the look of some of the old wheels, like on this Morris Type-Z

Plus, they'd look good with the red of the tartan.

I just can't afford them now . . .
So, I'm using what I've got.
 

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Too bad about that vinyl chipping..

Cool rim selection. I want my rims to be more low-key than that... I think... I can't afford them right now either, so I have plenty of time to decide. ;)
 

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I meant the paint . . .
The vinyl is fine.

I just hate the paint Toyota uses on these things. It chips at nothing.
 

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trev0006 said:
love these :D



TartanJack said:
Here is the Austin A30/A35 van (A35 was an improved A30 w/ a bigger engine):


http://www.historicinsurance.co.uk/historic/Gallery/64.jpg[/img


[url]http://www.austinmemories.com/page8/page33/page33.html[/url][URL=http://www.discountpartcenter.com/]tire[/URL]
[url]http://www.aronline.co.uk/index.htm?lcvcdvf.htm[/url][URL=http://www.dpccars.com/]cars[/URL]
[url]http://www.historicinsurance.com/Historic/Gallery_View.cfm?Gallery_Cat_ID=17[/url]


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I've been looking for for some place that makes fake radiators that could be attached to the front hood and continued to the top of the bumper but havn't found one. It woul help give the old car face. I was also thinking of a body wrap that gave the impression of old sedan colored sides and the fender flairs stay the same as car color as well as the top.. Running boards would be nice if they blended into the fenders. But I'm a lease for now and money for ral mods is not in the budget for now.
I got some 2" round chrome trim rings from the local HD shop on the discount table. They fit over the vent rings pretty good, but I get a refection in my drives side window - go figure
 

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After looking and reading A LOT in the old "5cwt" vans, the Austin A35 is VERY close then in relative specs to what the xB2 is now.  It had remarkable handling, could be "souped-up" to a good performer.
It also looks the part too:  http://www.naddervalleyclassics.co.uk/index.asp?section=5&page=162



The nose reminds me of this:


The seats move the same way, the capacity is similar, and the shapes are similar, plus the xB in only a bit larger.  The relationship looks closer enough that the xB2 looks like a modernized version of the A35, much like the Mini, Beetle, the PT Cruiser is related to the Chrysler Airflow, and the HHR is based on the 1950-53 Suburban (as well as the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger, among others).  In sense, that might be more real that one would think, as SO many old UK cars are in Japan and so many "retro" Japanese cars reference UK cars.  The lines and interior of the xB2 seem at least partially influenced by the A35.
So, I'm gonna emphasize that . . .
Modern Austin A35 . . .

Now, I need a name that sticks . . .
I've thought of:
Aluminum Falcon (see Robot Chicken Star Wars Special)
Scalded Cat (It goes like one)
Squirrel (Was told by someone trying to follow me in the mountains that they felt like they "were chasing a [email protected] squirrel")
Rover (might be issues w/ Land Rover and the Rover in the UK)
Reiver (term for Scottish border bandits and for the long-held trade/tradition of Highland cattle rustling/theft)
Midgie (nasty Scottish vampiric gnats-> size and swarm like gnats, but bite like mosquitoes or ants)- been told could be seen as offensive . . .
A few others . . .
I explored rabbit/bunny/hare names too (like "Jack's Rabbit-> which sounds like an old VW).
None have seemed to "stick."
The xB is too "un-feminine" to have a female name and I don't want to give it a male name either, so proper names are out.
I call it an "ISB"-> "Industrial Sports Box," but that really isn't a name and ISB doesn't roll off well.

Now that I have a "theme" and "color palette" -silver (body color), grays (interior shades) black, red, and yellow (Wallace tartan), what name would work?

I've also been thinking of "Gromit," from Wallace and Gromit, as their creator is a HUGE fan of A35s, using them prominently in "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" and "A Matter of Load and Death," plus as THE background vehicle in "The Wrong Pants."  Plus, the tartan IS "Wallace."
Is "Gromit" too obscure for an American audience?
I'd use the nickname for the Austin A35, but I haven't been able to find one.  (The stable-mate competitor Morris Minor is known as the "Moggie" - a mongrel/mutt cat.)
The A35 was first introduced as the "Seven" and the "estate" stationwagon was known as a "Countryman" (in Austin tradition for ALL estate versions of their vehicles- Morris called all their's "Travelers," a name about to be reused by the newest Mini model). The A30 and A35 model (the same car, the A35 has a bigger motor and minor changes) was known as the "Baby Austin." But, Countryman and "Baby Austin" don't work and I'm not sure about "Seven" . . .

Of all the ones I've come up with thus far, "Midgie" and "Gromit" are my favorites.  I've also thought of "Silver Thistle," but it doesn't roll of the tongue quite right.
Any other good ideas?

If possible, I'd like to make use of S, M, X, or B as initial letters.
S-> Scion
M-> m&m's and 3M (they use Wallace tartan for Scotch tape)
X and/or B-> xB

What sound good, looks good, and (if possible) Scottish or at least British?

If it was black, it would be "Penguin."  If white, "Polar Bear."  As it's silver, they won't work.
 

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What do ya'll think of the name "Stirling" for my ISB?
It would be named after the city in Scotland where Wiliam Wallace won his famous battle and near where he lost his last one and where Robert the Bruce finally won Scottish independence in 1314 (in an actual HUGE pitched battle, not in whatever that was at the end of Braveheart). Stirling is where the famous Wallace monument tower stands. Plus, "Stirling" plays a little joke w/ the silver color (even is slightly different in spelling).
Now that the tartan is in, I think that actually works!

Stirling is also the first name of the famous early-1960s British racing driver Stirling Moss. So, it actually IS a name too.

Stirling, the ISB . . .
 

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No comments . . . ?
Great name?
Unbelievably stupid?
 
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