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  1. Hello OnSafari No I must admit I have not even thought about a Wolseley Hornet (yet). Something will no doubt drop out of the wood-work but the owner of the car mentioned, a Morris 10/Six, has not even responded to my request for more detail and I am not going on a three hour drive without some idea of what I am going to look at. Bj
  2. Thank you both for your enthusiastic support. At present my first priority is to get all the Humber bits safely packed up for their long sea voyage. I have made some enquiries about a couple of cars, one is in a deceased estate and has been garaged for over 30 years, It is a bit scruffy and has some rust. The other the same old established British brand is a little older The same age as the Lagonda, 1934. This one is a four door Saloon, something I have never thought about before. It is a small 1.5 Litre six cylinder and as such extremely rare, just 17 known to have survived world wide. I am waiting on some photographs for both cars. Both are about 150kms away but in different directions. Both cars have their original bodies in relatively good condition. (Restorable). Perhaps at this time in my life a saloon is what I need. Bernie j.
  3. With the Humber 75% packed and ready for shipment to the UK. There are four of these wire mesh crates of small parts, including a pile of body brackets and fittings all made in Humber's own Blacksmith shop. The question is should at my great age (80) should I be thinking about another perhaps simpler project? One thing for sure is that IF there is to be another project It will almost certainly of British origin and definitely pre WW2. I will not receive the final payment for the Humber until June 30 which gives me a little time to do some thinking and some research. I am reminded that I have to be careful not to get splinters in my fingers while scratching my head. Bernie j.
  4. Just a little more progress on the Rapier, I have spent the last two days closing down the tappet clearance to .007 in on the inlet side and .009 in for the exhaust. While this may sound like a long time to adjust the tappets "it ain't that simple". As I was wanting to close the gap down and I really would sooner not use shims, I had to go through my small stock of valve thimbles and sort out eight thicker ones, measuring each one with my one inch micrometer. Then came the fun part, to grind each of these to the required thickness using an oil stone, removing a minute amount of metal at a time rechecking its thickness after a few minute's grinding, then finally trial fitting the thimble back on it's valve stem to check the clearance between the thimble and the cam follower with a feeler gauge of the required thickness having brought the cam to the point of maximum clearance. (ie the back of the cam). This process had to be repeated, turning the engine over for each valve. Pushing the car back and forward with top gear engaged. It is now running much more quietly and idling nicely. Just as well as when I took the car for a quick run down the street, the first time in almost five months, I very nearly ran out of petrol. I had to switch over to the "reserve" to start it and drive into the car-port. At least I know that I will have finally got rid of the last of the dud petrol that was the cause of all the problems. Having drained out as much as possible I had put 10 Litres of 98 octane into the tank. I can now fill the tank with 98 and be fairly sure that it is not being contaminated. For all the people unused to basic measuring tools I have added the photographs below. The oil-stone (carborundum) is held in my bench vice, This is more usually used for sharpening knive-blades and chisels. With care you can remove very small amounts of metal. The short piece of knurled rod is used to hold the thimble against the oil-stone while grinding the face. Bernie J
  5. The Good Thing is that The Humber is going back to the UK and to an Enthusiast who will complete the restoration. I am sure that my friends at the Humber Register will give him all the support and assistance he needs. I was for once amazed just how quickly it sold, It was one of those occasions when all the boxes were ticked just at the right time. I can now give all my attention to getting the Lagonda Rapier sorted out and running as it should. A big Thank You to all my friends on the AACA Forum for all your interest and support. Bernie Jacobson
  6. It is with mixed feelings that I have to tell you that the 1912 Humber has been sold and will be making its way back to the place of its birth, England. I now realise that I would never have been able to finish the restoration. If I am to take on another restoration project it will have to be a smaller and more complete car. Meanwhile I still have some "sorting" to do on the Lagonda Rapier. Bernie j.
  7. Further to the above, I have placed a For Sale advert on Prewar Car http://www.prewarcar.com/classifieds/ad221031.html I have received a number of enquiries and currently the car is "on hold" until next Wednesday. Bernie j.
  8. Almost unbelievably I am still having trouble when starting the Rapier from cold. I have tried three different heat range spark plugs and as many different gap settings. I am now back to the same NGK BP7ES that I have been using for years, with a 30 thou gap. I started of using 25 thou gap and have now opened then up slightly. (5 thou) I have also decided to close the tappet clearance down from 14 thou exhaust and 10 thou inlet to 8 thou on both the exhaust and inlet (cold) but that involves ordering some new valve stem "thimbles". Tappet adjustment is done by using different thickness thimbles (what you may call "lash-caps"). Using some very clever engineering the cam followers can be moved side ways to permit the thimbles to be changed quickly and easily without all the bother of lifting the camshaft. some people are happy to use shims placed inside the thimble but I don't really like doing this as the shims tend to hammer out over time and it is possible for small fragments to drop down, eventually ending up in the sump. The engine does have a "Full-flow" filter but I still do not like the idea of little pieces of hardened steel floating around in the oil. All this is my own fault, this engine has during my ownership, over the last thirty or forty years, has been run on various stages of tune from "Touring" to "Full-race" and now could be best described as "Fast touring" or perhaps "Super-Sports". Perhaps not what an eighty year old should be driving but then "Eighty is the new Fifty". That is years old not MPH! Bernie j.
  9. Hello OnSafari Please don't become too agitated, I don't expect to sell the Humber over night, that said, I really cannot see myself just walking away and leaving it as virtually all the previous owners over the past 60 years have. Once I have finished two or three more necessary jobs on the Lagonda, if the Humber is unsold, it will not be simply left to gather dust. I may have to adjust my plans for it slightly. Don't go away. Bernie j.
  10. Hello Paul Thank you, yes in the end I decided that was the best option, as Helen (my wife) commented; we have done over 100,000 miles using the same inlets. To use the "new" manifold would have entailed either making some significant alterations to the bonnet (hood) side or leaving it off. All this means that I now have a brand new inlet manifold sitting on a shelf that (cost over $200) I will not be using. To make a new bonnet side, or to make the necessary changes to the original to accommodate the carbs using the new manifold would cost nearer to $1,000. Bj
  11. I know that most of you have already seen photographs of the Rapier engine before but for anyone who is interested here are todays photographs of the engine now that it all together and starting on the button and running nicely, idling smoothly at 800 rpm and 40 psi oil pressure. So what is so special about the one "odd" cam cover nut? It is the last surviving example of Beatrice Shilling's dedication to weight saving. Purpose made at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough (England) in the early 1950s it is Duralumin. Bj
  12. Something for the Packard owner who thought that they had everything. A Packard Automobile Club odAustralia key fob. Still in the original presentation box. All you pay is the packing a postage. Send me a PM or email <twooldlags@gmail.com>
  13. It must be something to do with my advanced/advancing age. After almost five months of working and worrying on a daily basis over the extremely taxing rebuild of my Lagonda Rapier's engine I find I have little appetite to start working again on the HUMBER. I have now decided to offer it For Sale. I should not need to tell you that this is an extremely rare opportunity to obtain a Brass Era car that is almost complete albeit totally dismantled. To learn more send me a PM or email me direct <twooldlags@gmail.com> Bernie j.
  14. Thank you Paul It is one that I would sooner not have but I will keep you informed. The good news is that finally The missing parcel that was coming EXPRESS AIRMAIL from the UK has finally arrived. It was posted on 10/03/17 so I guess that the Express Aeroplane that was bring it ran out of steam or the Pilot got tired of pedalling.
  15. Finally I have the Rapier all back together but I am having a small problem sorting out the static ignition timing with the electronic ignition. It may be something I am doing but to my simple mind it would appear that the timing of the point of spark is not properly synchronised with the rotor and the distributor cap. Using a timing light it would appear that it is timed to "spark" when the rotor arm is halfway between two pick-up contacts. If any of that makes sense. One thing is sure it does not want to start! I am tempted to pull it all out and put the points set back in. I am becoming very expert in throwing money into the bin....... I will wait until Monday when I can talk with the experts who supplied and fitted the Electronic set-up. Apart from that and one or two small oil leaks it is looking good. I actually gave it a wash last thing this afternoon. It looks a whole lot better all in one piece and with all the grubby hand prints etc washed off. Bj.