Factory service manual for the Austin A40 Somerst. The type of information contained in this workshop manual include general servicing, maintenance and minor repairs, advanced repairs and rebuild guides. Topics include Engine, Gearbox, Differential, Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Interior Fittings, Exterior Fittings, Body Panels and Electrical Systems with wiring diagrams.
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The Austin A40 Somerset is a car produced by the Austin Motor Company from 1952 to 1954. The Somerset replaced the Austin A40 Devon and, as a chassis body, was comparable in size to its predecessor. He shared a number of components with Devon, which included a similar 1.2-liter straight engine and 4 pushrods. The Somerset engine has been upgraded to produce 42 hp (31 kW), compared to Devon’s 40 hp (30 kW), giving the car a top speed of 70 mph (110 km / h).
Somerset features an updated “Transatlantic” body style with fluid lines distinct from the Devon’s bulky-looking body. Similar to the larger Austin A70 Hereford, its design was aimed at increasing export sales, mainly to America. Initially offered only as a 4-door sedan, a 2-door, 3-passenger convertible, in the same body style, was introduced in late 1952. The convertible replaced the previous Austin A40 Dorset.
The body of the convertible was made by Carbodies of Coventry and the model was marketed as the Austin A40 Somerset Coupé. This particular style was also known as the ‘drophead’ coupé in the United Kingdom. The convertible differed from the sedan in that it had separate front seats that folded forward to give access to the rear. An additional convertible, the Austin A40 Sports, was transported from the previous A40 line Devon and Dorset, but was stopped with the arrival of the Somerset Coupé.
In 1953, the Austin Motor Company produced a “special” version of about 500 Somerset saloons using the most powerful engine in the “sports” model that incorporated two SU carburetors in place of the unique Zenith downdraught type. This vehicle featured different details on the interior and a two-tone paint to differentiate it from the standard offer. The Austin Somerset Special had a top speed of 119 km / h, while the normal sedan reached 110 km / h.
The interior of the standard Somerset contained two tight leather-trimmed front seats that could be arranged as a folding seat and a large rear seat with deep upholstery that could accommodate three passengers. With a centrally mounted instrument panel or instrument panel, Austin incorporated a four-speed gearbox, as well as a reverse in the car’s design, which was controlled by a column-mounted shift lever. Hydraulic brakes operated with the foot on the four wheels and a hand brake operating only on the rear wheels provided the braking force of the car
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