As mentioned before, I worked at the Mechelen assembly plant in the early
At the time was the assembly of the 6, so I'm not sure for the 4's that they
used the same system.
I do not recall anything about the numbers.
For the 6's, the bodies came assembled from the UK, some by train, some by
open truck and trailer.
The bodies were then parked at the back of the factory, between the wall and
the train loading area. These bodies were stacked on wooden frames in metal
Approx 10 high and 7 or 8 deep from the wall.
What was amazing at the time, that the production always used the first
available tubs, that means that the ones against the wall could spend a long
time before being used.
Knowing that they were only lightly painted in primer, you can imagine were
the rust started, parked outside in the Belgian rain.
>Completely Knocked Down (CKD) TR4's were assembled in Belgium. (For tax and
>other reasons). My question is whether the body tubs were shipped from ST
>assembled and numbered or whether the tubs were put together in Belgium.
>either case -- What body numbers, if any, would have been used.
>According to someone who is coming at me for advice and who has a verified
>CKD car, BMIHT says that they (BMIHT) do not have any records for body
>serial numbers for CKD cars. The fellow who is asking me is not on the
>and is concerned that his TR4 does not have a body number plate. However,
>can't find any info in my usual sources about body numbers for CKD cars.
>???? TIA. Cheers.
>Art Kelly '64 TR4 CT33118L (original owner/factory pickup)
>VTR TR4 vehicle consultant