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1913 36 model 17 in the UK

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Hi everybody, I am new on here and have lots of questions for the Chalmers experts,

I am looking for some 24" split rims, they may be Kelsey rims, does anybody have timing information, I would also like a spare Splitdorf model X magneto.

Just waiting for the seats to return frome the upholsterers,

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Thank for any help.

Andy

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Hi,

The seats arrived and have been fitted, I have now done a few miles trying to get the car set up a little better, nearly there.

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I have entered the car in a vintage sprint in May, hopefully the first of many.

Andy

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Hi Chalmers friend's,

lot's of thing's have happened with the Chalmers recently, while preparing for the Curborough sprint meeting I had an exhaust valve head drop off, no damage just panic to get it fixed for the weekend, the job was done and off we went, at the event a gudgeon pin retaining bolt came out and the crankshaft played tennis with it ! now all sorted again and running well.

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Last Monday another 1913 Chalmers 17 dropped in, it was great to compare the 2 cars that were around 300 car's apart.

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Andy

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That is just a great looking speedster. Congrats on a wonderful car-you'll have ALOT of fun motoring with that one.

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Myself and the Chalmers have now competed in our first Shelsley Walsh hillclimb event, although we were the slowest ! Shelsley2013030_zps3169ff1b.jpg Andy

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Hi Chalmers enthusiast's,

After getting to know "Judith" last year, on the roads and on the hill's it was fairly obvious that 100 years had taken it's toll on the performance and really given her a thirst for oil, so over the winter I have rebuilt the engine, I found piston's and valve's that I could modify to suit the car well.

The piston's I chose were alloy and from a Lister diesel generator engine, the valve's from Caterpillar D8 and D9 dozer's.

The block was rebored to take out any uneven wear and to remove the scoring on number 4 that came from a loose gudgeon pin, the piston's of the correct oversize were ordered and the modification's started, the gudgeon pin bores were sleeved to suit the little end size and the boss area's were reduced in width to suit the conrod little end's. The diesel combustion chamber's were bored out, fitted with plug's which were then welded in and the top faces skimmed down to give just a little extra compression than original.

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The valve's were chosen for the correct head sizes and slightly oversize stem's, this allowed the inlet valve carrier to be bored slightly to remove wear and for the block to be reamed to suit the new exhaust valve's, both set's of valve's needed to be shortened a little and have the collet location added.

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Assembling the engine went without any problems, it was so obvious that the old ring's were so worn when I turned the engine over for the first time it took all my strength to pull the handle through a half turn.

Even though the engine was tight it started easily and has settled in very well, I have now done over 150 miles with an early oil change and another due shortly, I have entered the first sprint of the year in May and hope to be a bit quicker than last year !

I am doing my best to deal with the March temperature here in the UK !

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Andy

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Well Curborough sprint came and went, the Chalmers performed well with no problems,

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the weekend after I took my Napier Lion to a WW1 centenary commemoration,

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Andy

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The weather has been good to us and I have now covered over 800 miles since the engine rebuild, it has had several oil changes and a recently made distributor cap.

A great day at the steam rally

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The new distributor cap for the Splitdorf model X, does anyone have one of these mags for sale ?

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When I had a spare day I took my fathers 1914 Daimler 20 to the International Daimler rally.

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Next event is Shelsley Walsh hillclimb

http://www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk/events/content.asp?ms=21&ei=223

Andy

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Hi everybody,

another great run out on the Chalmers, this time to the The Wharf at Cheswardine classic car night on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border, the types of cars that turned up ranged from a 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to an early Citroen 2cv, with Triumph TR's, MG's, Ford RS's and TVR's in between.

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The run there and home was great fun and without problems.

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I have now passed 900 miles this year and it is really bedding in well.

Andy

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Evenin everybody, thanks for dropping by,

the weather has been decent and I have been out for a drive most days, over 1200 miles this year so far, I have done another oil change and everything looks good, the points and valve clearances have been checked and still good.

this week I have taken the Chalmers to two Vintage Sports Car club "pub meets", lots of nice cars in a field, good food and lots of chat.

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Now the engine is performing better I have found a couple of times the engine has tried to "run on" when switched off, especially if it is particularly hot, I have switched to a colder spark plug, Champion W14, this has sorted the problem.

This Sunday is Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, hoping to improve on last years last place !

Andy

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Quite the car! I would never have thought there were two Chalmers in the U.K. Your Speedster would fit in quite well at the Fagnes Hivernales rallye held in Belgium in February, if you could shrug off the beastly weather. Most of the cars in that are open and from 1904-1938. The Royal Veteran Car Club of Belgium puts it on.

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Hi jeff_a and all,

jeff, both the model 17's are about 15 miles away from each other in the UK plus a 6 cylinder car is a regular road rally competitor here along with another model 17 in Germany, how many cars are there left in the USA and the rest of the world ?

Today was the Shelsley Walsh sprint, we had great weather in the morning but late afternoon we 2 huge downpours, my best time was 80.79 secs which is 14 seconds better than last year before the engine rebuild, although I was still last !

Back into the paddock

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Back down the hill

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Great day, car went well, fantastic venue http://www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk/events/content.asp?ms=21&ei=223

Andy

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Hello again,

I have an update from Shelsley Walsh last weekend, I wasn't last this year !

I will try to carry this on for the rest of the season.

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some other cars at Shelsley Walsh,

Hardy special 3

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Spider 2

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1909 FL with 1913 Vauxhall behind

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other cars in my class were 1911 Sunbeam, 1903 Mercedes 60hp and a 1918 Stutz Bearcat

Andy

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Another great run out last Sunday to Draycott village show about 20 miles away, sunny, good food, great exhibitors and lots of interesting things to see,

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the Chalmers has now exceeded 1300 miles and 2 hillclimbs this year with Prescott in a couple of weeks.

Andy

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A great weekend at the VSCC Prescott hillclimb, the Chalmers went well and we bettered our handicap time by 1.3seconds, no problems with the car even after a monsoon rain shower on Saturday.

There was over 200 cars and an amazing selection of "specials" in attendance including the Napier-Bentley, a GN J A P V8, the 1905 200hp Darracq and a 16.5 litre Issotta-Fraschini powered Fiat.

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http://www.prescott-hillclimb.com/events/VSCC2011.aspx

Andy

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Afternoon everyone,

I have found a short youtube clip from the Prescott hillclimb with a couple of seconds of the Chalmers on the hill, the Chalmers is at about 0.37seconds,

Andy

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Great Chalmers!

What is the red 210 car, and what is under that incredibly long hood?

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Good Morning Dwight,

I am pleased you like the Chalmers, it is a lot of fun,

car 210 is a 1905 Fiat chassis with an Isotta Frashini airship engine of 1000ci, the sound is wonderful and it is driven with great enthusiasm !

see the Fiat from 0.17 seconds here,

Andy

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Hi Dan and all,

pleased you liked the photo's, here are a few more,

Hispano engined Amilcar

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aero engined cars

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OX-5 engined Mors

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Looking forward to Loton Park and Shuttleworth later in the year.

Andy

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Evenin all,

another great run out on the Chalmers to visit the Ariel motorcycle club rally, lots of great early motorcycles and early riders !

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Andy

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