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  1. I’ve been quietly following this cone clutch problem for some time. Was this a problem someone had some years ago? Many moons ago my father had a 1923 British Leyland 3 ton truck with a cone clutch. When we did a light resto’ to it, as it was used as a crane on our farm, he insisted that there be little or no end float in the crankshaft. When the wear was excessive the cone would ‘pull’ into the flywheel and grab.... I’ll never forget the cast alloy plate on the dash panel which read ‘ Always oil carden dies through hole in shaft’.. something to do with the universal joints apparently.
  2. In the good old days batteries were very expensive and with the tester on the left you could test each battery cell. Each cell was connected to the next with an exposed lead connector on the outside. If one cell was faulty you could remove it and fit a new one. With my 1920s car, access to the battery and toolbox is from each side splashed valance. Only the battery door has a lock to prevent theft. The tester on the right I think is similar, maybe for a larger traction battery in a forklift or like. Maintaining your electrical system like checking whether your generator under or overcharge
  3. Popeye and a can of spinach will be here next!! . Rusty is right. The olive compresses into the straight steel tube. I have this on a air compressor which vibrates the tube. Most annoying design which I have to replace occasionally. The tube collapses under the olive and no matter how much you try to over tighten the nut, it won’t seal. A new olive and new section of tube is the cure. Should the problem reoccur sometimes there is a small clamp or bracket to stop the pipe vibrating, or often , there is a coil wound in the tube, particularly near the engine. These maybe missing.
  4. About the different cam profiles. I don’t think valve lift was that critical back in the old days. Down here in Aussie, most or all USA cars had solid lifters fitted. Certainly Packard and Chrysler poly heads, side valve and slant sixes and many other makers all had solids. The reason at a guess was the harsh conditions and scarcity of service; too much trouble.
  5. To old car fan. Down here during a fuel shortage the young low lifes would have a miners pick and kiddies plastic wading pool or clam shell sand pit. Lever the pick against the ground and under the fuel tank to punch the hole and collect the fuel with the wading pool. Can be messy but effective!
  6. Down here in Aussie we call it petrol. I don’t know what is in USA gasoline but from my experience when visiting it is much the same except here ethanol is optional;E10. We have 91 and ‘premium’ 98 octane and variants. A while back I was given the task of supplying heat exchanger/chiller for the local fuel refinery. It’s function was to keep the fuel in the bunker below 24’c (@75’F). This was to prevent pentane from boiling out of the gasoline. This is added to make the gasoline ignite. Hence one reason why modern cars have sealed fuel systems and why your small domestic engines won’t start
  7. To hidden hunter. I can’t offer any particular kind of answer. I think the people above are right about earthing. My anecdote was with the actual turn switch. Unbeknownst to me there was a tiny idiot light inside of it which would feed back and all the turn lights would flash; which ever way you turned the lever. I removed the light and all was well which educated me on how little power LED lights consume.... Obviously there is something all of us have overlooked, globally, believe it or not!!! ... In the meantime , my only suggestion is to get a small rechargeable battery pack to operate them
  8. Hi John, Thankyou for the reply. It is the wood in particular I’m seeking. I hadn’t thought of cherry wood. It appears not to be stained, unless it is stained all through. We have specialised wood importers here and I can take a sample to them now that I may know what it is. The importers are not very helpful, for fear of misdirection , or plan old fashion ignorance. It will be a while before I need the wool fabric, moths are a problem here but not large. It must be the climate. Also. The car will not be left around in ‘deep storage’ too much. I seriously plan on using it regularly. Thanks aga
  9. Hi John, thanks for the reply. I found these pictures. Not mine but gives you an idea. The wood is quite hard. I’m sure it is nothing too exotic. I have seen it on other USA built cars.
  10. Hello to all. I am in the process of restoring a BB coupe. It is finished in a mid grey fabric interior with wood trim around the doors. My 3 questions are; what is the type of material the fabric is made from. It looks like velour but not of course. Except for floor, all of the interior is covered with it. In Aussie land the seats were leather but l would prefer to fit fabric on the seats like U.S. home cars have. I have enough cars with leather already. Also, is it available? ..Lastly, no one here can identify the type of timber used for the door trims. America is blessed with such a vari
  11. Hi to MochetVelo, my anecdote was with a BSA motorcycle twin with a Lucas magneto. It would faintly spark at the plug when outside but it didn’t have enough to ‘bridge’ under compression. We had the magneto rewound at great expense,and when returned, it would spark at least 12.7 mm to you and I, or 1/2 inch to everybody else. The bike started first kick; .....maybe the second kick! The difference was unmistakable. The magneto rewinder man explained that is typical of old magnetos in that you cannot produce enough voltage at low speed. When someone is testing by spinning it by hand you would
  12. Following on from Keiser31, the Mark6 Bentley And Silver Dawn RR(circa 1950) had only on the drivers door, a lever about a foot long. This moved about a 8” fore and aft from open to close. It was so you could quickly put your arm out the window to signal.
  13. Rust over wherever! Sounds like a very original 1970s build. You could win a lot car shows , particularly if the doors and windows don’t fit right! Ahh yes the1970s......
  14. Yes, my apologies danritz for wandering. We never had a ‘blitz’ as we didn’t need the 4x4. Good , tough and cheap to buy 4x4 for work in hilly country. One strange thing I noticed with all this vehicles is how small the cabins are! When I was young I didn’t notice that. My head rubs on the roof. I’m only 5’9”-177cm. . Sad thing was they were designed for young men and also most were all recruited from half starved depression era. I noticed that at a army disposal store. Way back in the 60s in my youth there were not many clothes of that era that fitted, only some of the airforce gear. Many
  15. In my youth we had 2 Ford WW2 army trucks on the farm. We call them jail bar Fords. . I’m sure the engines were not original as the army trucks had tin sleeves in the cylinders which didn’t last long. In the 1950s and 60s you could buy a new ex army engine, without the tin sleeves, for 30 pounds ($60.00 US?). One of these had the standard 21 stud head and the other had a Mercury 24 stud engine which would get along quite well. The point of this is we also had the most of a 6 cylinder army jail bar as well. Unfortunately it was vandalised. Here In Aussieland this 6 cylinder was very rare. W
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