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  1. Hello All, I know that we have been down this path once or twice before. This one will be a new experience for all of us. I owned a 1934 Triumph 10 Hp with a Coventry Climax four cylinder ioe engine what seems a lifetime ago but I have never owned a "vintage" Triumph (pre 1930) before. The Super Seven was sold in competition with a bevy of English light cars, Austin Sevens and Morris Minors being just a couple of examples. Attached is a photograph of my next project ready to be collected by road transport to bring it from Canberra, the Australian Capital to our home in East Doncaster Victoria. At this stage you all know as much as I do or perhaps even more. I have not yet seen my purchase. If you look them up you may discover that SUPERCHARGING was a factory option. Hold on tight! Bernie j.
  2. Hello Paul You are not the only one that is deprived in hirsute department. After a over 80 years of scratching my head I barely have enough to keep my ears warm. On the subject of overly noisy exhausts, as one who drives their vintage car over some considerable distances, nothing is worse than having a loud exhaust snarling at you for mile after mile. Years ago I had the "privilege" of driving a friends Jaguar XK 120 with "racing exhaust' for about 150 miles! At the end of the trip I felt that I had driven it for 15,000 miles non stop. I had a splitting head-ache and felt physically sick. Bernie j.
  3. From time to time I mention my Lagonda Rapier on my thread under Our Cars and Restoration Projects/Packard Coupe but I thought that I really should start a thread dealing with Lagonda Rapiers here where they belong. For all those who are blinking and asking "What is a Lagonda Rapier" they are a small British car made for one year in 1934/5, until the Lagonda Company (absolutely nothing to do with Aston Martin until the late1940 when David Brown who had recently bought Aston Martin needed a decent 2 OHC engine and bought Lagonda)went into receivership. After the wash-up the Rapier continued in production, as Rapier Cars Ltd until 1938/9. Lagonda's original design brief to Timothy Ashcroft the engineer in charge of the small team given the task of creating the car was..Produce the best Light Car in the World. The result was a brilliant little sporting car with an 1100cc 2 ohc 4 cylinder engine and an ENV pre-selector transmission. Total combined production of both the Lagonda Rapier and the Rapier was less than 400 cars. To my knowledge there are about half a dozen of these cars in the US. One of the things that make these little cars so interesting (to look at) is that neither factory built a standard production body. EVERY car has an individual coach built body. No two are exactly the same. This is illustrated by the photograph taken yesterday of five of the cars situated in Melbourne Australia. Four are Lagondas and one a Rapier, they all have a body built by a different coachbuilder. Can you tell the difference? Bernie J. oldcar,
  4. Hello Paul I too threw my "creeper" away years ago. I use pieces of carpet and rotate them, simply throwing them in the bin if they get too grotty. The good news is that with the new seal in the water-pump and almost everything back how it should be, the Rapier is running and I have only to pin down one or two small oil leaks before I take it out for a road test but it is sounding great (at last). I will have to re-torque the cylinder head nuts once it has done a few miles. It is incredible how much difference the new exhaust headers seem to make. The old ones were almost 40 years old and had quite a number of repairs and patches over that time. Also I changed the design very slightly to make them easier to fit and take off. I am still using the same muffler and tail pipe. The muffler is in good rust free condition, so I really have no need to change it. I do not like excessively noisy exhausts. Bj
  5. Some progress on the Rapier today, our son Steve called in and was able to assist me in pressing the new seal into its housing. The water-pump is now back together and fitted. Tomorrow I have the delightful job of re-fitting the radiator and the bonnet (hood). More lying on the cold garage floor. One thing for sure is that I will not be going to sleep. Bj
  6. Have no fear Paul. It is to be loaded onto one of Cameron, my friendly transport specialist's, B Doubles for the 8-10 hour drive from Canberra to Melbourne. Take time to look at one of Mr Google's maps, "Garron A.C.T to Doncaster East, Victoria". This will give you a little insight into travel in Australia. It will be coming straight down the Highway but by diverging onto some of the local roads you may even be tempted to come and visit. There are some great drives through the mountains. You may need snow chains this time of year. We are said to have more "ski-able" snow in the Australian Alps than in Switzerland. Check it out! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiing_in_Australia For now I must change horses. The new water-pump seal arrived in yesterdays mail so I have to quickly change to my Rapier hat and get to work on putting KG 5363 back to gather. AT LAST. Bernie j.
  7. After some anxious waiting the Royal Mail man has done his stuff and has earned his UK £3.30. Despite the advertised 5 to 7 days delivery time, he has excelled himself taking just 17 days to frantically pedal his bicycle all the way from the Welsh Borders, UK to East Doncaster, Australia. Perhaps I can now finally finish putting KG 5363 back together again. Bernie j
  8. At least I do still have one SS Jaguar piece to remember it by every time I go out into the garden
  9. Really this is more of an advanced warning. Yesterday I paid for the 1912 Humber which will become my next project. First thing is to get it transported from Willunga in the McLaren Vale wine district of South Australia the 800 kilometers to our home in Doncaster East, Victoria, Australia. This should be happening sometime during the coming week. The Humber is an 11hp four cylinder, side valve. It will be my first restoration of a Pre WW1 car, it is truly a basket case; totally dismantled and with what remains of the body little more that scaps of rusty sheet metal. As I have commented to some of my friends the only way that it could be reduced to smaller pieces would be to remove the spokes from the wheels. Bj.
  10. If I could have one back, I think that it would have to be the SS Jaguar 3.5 Litre special, except that it is leading a very active life in Switzerland and I doubt that I could afford to buy it now. A truly great drivers car. 4 speed manual. Over 90 mph in 3rd gear, great for passing slower traffic. (The speedo is calibrated in Miles per Hour.)
  11. Looking back through all this stuff, I have not driven he Lagonda since the start of December last year. If it stays in the garage much longer I will not have to worry about replacing anything, it will have taken root. Changing the subject ever so slightly I actually pulled out the lawn mower and cut the grass of our minuscule back lawn. This is now much less time consuming since I found this magic product. My normally recalctrient mower fired up first pull of the starting cord. Unbelievable! Just a short, three of four second squirt into the air intake and it was "All systems go, up, up and away! "
  12. Which of the three visible springs are you looking for? It looks like typical Rolls Royce over engineering. In your own terms:- just pee on it and walk away!":D Bj.
  13. Hello OnSafari They are both "flat nose" for one reason or another I have never owned a Bull-nose. Perhaps I am missing out on something but I will probably never know. I understand apart from the very early Bull-nose mechanically there is very little difference. It is a strange thing but I have met up at different times two of the owners of the Dark Blue car but I have not seen or heard of the Silver (polished aluminium) and Red car since the day I sold it. This is most unusual as even the owners of cars that have travelled to the other side of the world, (The Czech Republic for instance) seem to find me from time to time. So far I have not heard from anyone who wants their money back. Bernie j.
  14. Hello Paul There are a number of considerations. Being 1929 it is closer to my own age. Being technically a "light car" the ease of handling components becomes significant as does the availability of parts. Throughout the past 60+ years my main interest has always been cars of under 1.5 Litre capacity. And I know that this one may sound a bit odd-ball but I LOVE cars wioth trailing 1/4 elliptic rear springs. While I felt that the Humber demanded a proper timber body frame, something oiutside my day top day capabilities and very expensive to have done by a specialist wood worker, I tend to look at little cars such as the Triumph, Singers and Morrises as being expendable, as such suitable to receive one of my steel tube body frames that I can easily do in my own little garage using nothing more complicated than an oxy-acetylene torch. I have a very basic "tube bender" that I made for myself out of scrap, what seems like 100 years ago. I can use as inspiration one of the "side valve" 1920s Aston-Martins. You only need to look at one or four of my earlier projects to see the connection. Very early in their existance Aston Martin's body builders had worked out how to make attractive sporting bodies without the necessity of using compound curves. I know that I have shown you some of these photographs before but I don't think that I can do better than repeat them. All four/five are examples of my square tube frame and aluminium sheet bodies. You may smile but I am quite proud that I managed to build them, plus a number of other examples, working on my own in a small single car garage plus an open carport, using only VERY BASIC hand tools. The top Black and White illustration is the Aston Martin! I did have some outside assistance making the mudguards (fenders) on the two Morris Cowleys.The last in the collection of photographs is probably the most unique 1928 Dodge Four in existence. If you look closely you will see that it too has 1/4 elliptic rear springs.
  15. What you have all been waiting to hear, I have bought the Triumph Super Seven. I will start a new thread for it in the next week or so. First thing is to organise transport from Canberra ACT to Melbourne Vic. Bernie j.
  16. Hello OnSafari Thanks for your sympathy Sometimes I just wonder.......... I have just spent half the day attempting to put my daughter's Toyota Starlet on E-Bay for her. Bj
  17. I am now in somewhat better contact with the vendor of the Triumph Super Seven and slowly grinding towards an understanding. Hopefully eventually something may come out of all our communication. Just don't hold your breath! 24 hours later....... I get the impression that the vendor is not prepared to do anything more than put out his hand to receive the cash. He seems incapable of doing anything to even assist in shifting the car out of his garage. I have asked if he could wrap the radiator and pack the loose parts into a strong cardboard box and he ignores the question. I have asked for his Bank or Paypal details so I can send him a deposit to secure the car while I arrange transport and he ignores even this request. I really do not want to make the 7 or 8 hour drive towing an empty trailer one way, count the money into his hand then load the car single handed and finally make the return 7 or 8 hour journey home. Either he wants to help me to buy his car or I simply go away and find something else. Am I being too difficult? Bernie j
  18. Yes, I could be very interested. I have tried replying to the Triumph advert again. This time I did get a short reply to which I sent a return email offering to buy it at his advertised price. Sorry, no reply again. It is a strange thing why people advertise cars for sale and then apparently decide that they do not want to sell them after all. Oh well! Something will come along eventually. Bj
  19. One of the advantages of living in Melbourne is that the Lagonda goes from one years end to the next without having the top put up. It still has the same top that I fitted in 1979, carefully stowed away in the rear of the car. In the same time I have had three tonneau covers. The current black one is becoming slightly faded. Bj.
  20. Also on Gumtree our daughters, one owner from new 1998 Toyota Starlet. 5 speed Manual two door. 2-OHC. It has to be good value at $750.00 Bj
  21. I looked at the advert and sent a reply asking a couple of questions such as do you have a Radiator, Lights or instruments but got no reply. Right now I am helping our daughter to sell her one owner Toyota Starlet so have not worried about following up on the Triumph. If the vendor is not going to answer there is not all that much I can do. Bj
  22. It all depends on the location of the buyer, most overseas locations do not need a USA "title" either a bill of sale, or if going overseas by sea the shipping company's "Bill of Lading" or a Reciept from the seller with the cars description including engine and chassis number can act as proof of ownership in most countries. - I live in Australia and have shipped a number of cars to both British and European buyers. The only time I was asked for a "Title" was when I sold, a car originally made in America and sold when new in Australia, to an American buyer 80 years later. He eventually obtained a USA Title for the car showing him as the first American owner. Bj.
  23. I find it very strange that I can buy a new Fiat Abarth Roadster here in Australia. Funny thing is that it is built in Japan by the Mazda factory using all Mazda parts BUT I am assured it is an "Abarth" sold by Fiat in Australia. I think that this something called "Badge Engineering". Perhaps the plastic badge goes from Italy to be stuck on in Japan. Would that make it "Authentic"????? Bj
  24. Hello Paul Thinking about it, my intoduction to Studebakers was much earlier; I must have been four or five, I Started Primary School at age four and a half in 1940, during the earliest years of WW2. Our neighbourhood Grocery-shop proprietor drove a 1928 Stude tourer that he was extremely proud of. It was washed and polished every Sunday morning in the rear right of way (back-lane) behind his shop. No Super markets then. Shop-keepers lived in residences behind or above their small shops. Those were the days when Biscuits came in large square tins and were weighed out and placed in brown paper bags at the time of purchase. Broken biscuits were removed and very good little boys were given one or two when their mother was purchasing groceries. Nothing was pre-packed but weighed out at the time of purchase. That must make me very ancient! Bernie j. Like to know more? Try putting "Businesses in Burgundy St Heidelberg, Vic Aust, 1940" into your search engine.
  25. Hello Paul Melbourne is said to be one of the worlds "Most liveable cities". We have a very cosmopolitan population. Up until the Post WW2 years ago we were very Anglo Saxon. Probably not all that different to the USA except that in more recent years we have had a large number of Asian immigrants. The long aeroplane journey tends to put off some people from visiting. Not too many Studebakers left these days. In the 1960/70s we had a Daytona Wagon, a great family car.. Bj