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  1. Hello JP 26 Look at the diagram again. The cams rotate in the opposite direction to the crankshaft, making the tensioners on the correct side. The Chains are driven from the front of the timing (half time) gear not by the crankshaft. As in every other 4 cylinder motor the cams rotate at half the crankshaft's speed. Bj.
  2. As Wolfgang's Rapier is one of a handful that left the factory as supercharged, the supercharger is driven by the same side gear as the water pump and generator. The Supercharger is also chain driven with the drive interposed between the rear of the timing case and the generator. This photograph of Wolfgang's Rapier dates from 2008, it is driven by the previous owner. The name Phoenix Park Rapier denotes that as well being possibly the last car to be constructed by Rapier Cars Ltd its first outing was at the 1937 Phoenix Park Race meeting in Ireland on the outskirts of Dublin. The car remained in Ireland until 1980. It is one of less than 100 cars produced by the Rapier Car Company after it had split from Lagonda. Bj
  3. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Sorry to disappoint you Craig It is definitely a 503, there are also some 501 bits mixed in. I really will not know exactly what is there until i have it all at home. Bj.
  4. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Unfortunately Paul it is out of my hands, the vendor was extremely kind in offering to unpack it all out of his rather large garage, load it onto his trailer and deliver it for me. I really cannot argue with that. Bernie j.
  5. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Only now I have discovered that the Fiat "basket case" I have bought but not yet have at home is actually a 1923 503. The main difference is an improved combustion chamber shape and front wheel brakes. These brakes have the added attraction of large finned drums. You, as I do, will have to be patient! I do not expect to have it home for another week or possibly two. Bj.
  6. The Rapier having two overhead cams has a system of three single row chains, the first brings the drive from the front of the timing (half-time) gear. This meshes with a gear on the front of the crankshaft to drive a triple sprocket mounted on a spindle attached to the front of the head. This then has two short chains one to each camshaft. The triple sprocket is arranged so the front sprocket can be detached. There is a bracket attached th the cylinder block to hold this without disturbing the chain while the head can be removed. This way the valve timing is not disturbed. Unfortunately this support bracket is not shown in the drawing below but you can clearly see the layout of the three chains. The gear to the side of the main timing gear drives the water pump from the front and the generator to the rear. The magneto/distributor is driven from the rear of the generator. Wolfgang's engine employs "Sprocket" chain tensioners in place of the "Weller" spring/blade tensioners shown here. This was a modification employed in the later (factory) supercharged engines. Hope this helps Bernie j
  7. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Also included is a reprint of the 1923 English Autocar Magazine's Care & Maintenance series devoted to the Fiat. I have seen the relevant Articles related to other makes before but not the Fiat. These are an excellent reference and often mention things that are not always covered in the owners hand-books.
  8. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Among the copious file of information that comes with the 'car' is the original 1923 Owners hand book and a collection of other really useful printed material, photographs and hand written notes, unfortunately most of these are written in pencil and have faded quite badly. One of these records the prices of petrol over a range of years. During the years shown Australian currency was still in Pounds, Shillings and Pence. At the time of the change to Decimal ten shillings was equal to one Australian dollar, as shown in 1947 an Imperial Gallon of petrol cost about 35 cents. There is also another Hand-book a 1964 reprint all in Italian. Even so the illustrations and diagrams are much clearer, the original 1923 English version of the wiring diagram also gives the translation, Italian to English. .
  9. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Yesterday I bought what I am told was over 40 years of collecting 501/3 parts, there is more than enough to assemble a complete rolling chassis along with almost enough for a second. It is going to take the vendor a couple of weeks to get it all out and loaded onto his trailer but he has very kindly offered to deliver it all for me. Now I have to organise myself and make room for it all. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Bj
  10. I have finally sold the Dynastart through the Prewarcar website. It is going to Malta. I have also sold a Lucas Starter this one going to Ireland, from Australia, also through Prewarcar. For anyone looking for English and European cars or parts it is worth a look. While not a large as this AACA Forum it is devoved to mainly private sales. I have had more success in either buying or selling oldcar stuff than anywhere else. It is looked at by enthusiasts all around the world. Today my "Stars" are telling me that NOW is an ideal time to declutter my life. I had already decided to make a serious attempt to clear out some of the stuff I have been storing for years. Bj.
  11. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Hello Craig Good to have you along for the ride. bj
  12. 1922 Fiat 501 Targa Florio

    Hello Paul. No but today I have actually done some work on the Lagonda which is fully reported on my Rapier thread. No one could be more frustrated than me when It comes to buying a "basket case" Fiat. I have two in the possible pipeline. Both have been dismantled for some (many) years. One I have actually been to look at and have made what I thought was a generous offer. I am now waiting to hear again from the Vendor. The other I have spoken on the phone to the owner who has told me that he is anxious to sell. I have agreed to pay his price and I am waiting to hear from him. It seems that his phone is locked on to his answering service which he never checks for messages. I must have left at least a dozen. I may ring the first gentleman either later today or tomorrow to see if he has given the sale of his Fiat any more thought.. Bj.
  13. Lagonda Rapiers

    Contary to popular rumor I ain't dead yet. I have been led astray and gone off on a couple of dead end trails. But to prove a point I have (hopefully) cured an anoying oil leak. This one came from one of the drain tubes on either side of the Rapier's cylinder head taking excess oil from the cam boxes back to the crank-case. The brass (olive) fitting in the inlet side of the head had decided to leak, not just drop or two but copious quantities ending up on the floor and blown back along the chassis. Most annoying and embarrassing If the car was parked somewhere other than in its own garage. I have an of cut of some shag pile carpet that acts as a "nappy" spread out on the floor where the Rapier stands. This morning I decided that today was the "day" and after completing some domestic chores the rest of the day was clear. Starting around 10.30/11.00 o'clock I had the carburettors and inlet manifold off along with the Distributor cap and sparkplug leads so I could get a clear path to the problem. Next The fittings had to be screwed up or down depending where you looking. Unfortunately it is impossible to remove the drain tube without first removing the cylinder head which in a car with two overhead cams becomes a major job. With the fittings screwed don (or up) it was a simple matter to clean out the thread, apply sone teflon tape and finally a light smear of silastic. Something I attempt to avoid but it does have its uses. The fittings could then be tightened again starting with the top (leaking one) first so it could be screwed right home. With any stray oil cleaned away I could then start to re-fit the carburettors. BUT Lunch time took precedence. This meant that I did not restart on the job until about 2,00 PM. It is now just after 5.00 PM and the Rapieris all back together and the engine running again. I have left it idling for about 15 minutes and no sign of run-away oil but I really need to take it for a drive to be certain that I have been successful in curing the leak. Fingers crossed. All in all the job would have taken between four and five hours. Probably 10 hours if I had been paying an "expert"to do it. Bj.
  14. I have replied to this request for imformation under Lagonda Rapiers. Bernie j.
  15. Thank you Sebastian I already have a "car" that I am buying here is Australia. Bernie j.