Ray Bell

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  1. Here I am again... A friend found a radiator surround in the rubbish when he was building his house several years ago. So it became 'decoration' in the garden. It actually looks to me like it's going to be something someone else finds when they sell the place and are cleaning up the joint. Nevertheless, it's probably an identifiable item at this stage, can anyone help with this?
  2. Does what appears to be an air cleaner on top of the manifolding indicate this is a very late model of this engine? I've been hunting around for photos and have seen that same shape over on the other side of the engine where the carburettor was typically fitted.
  3. Yes, I did get the information on the 2050cc engine... But it's all seemingly difficult. Dead links etc. It just amazes me that such a thing can be so hard.
  4. I'm pretty sure this one isn't for sale... In a bit of desert where there's seldom grass, a neat 'garden gnome' like this helps fill things out.
  5. Now I am told that the LC5 had the same engine at 2.2 litres... Any more information on this one, please?
  6. Thank you... I probably would have worked that out myself if only I'd walked around the other side of it. Or at least had a good guess, as the inlet tract through the centre of the block was a feature I knew about. It has to be pre-1928, then, when the 'Fast Four' was introduced prior to the Chrysler merge and 6-cylinder engines. I think that would be right? Does anyone know when Dodge went away from the external contracting rear brakes?
  7. Okay, men, here's another 'garden gnome' that I couldn't identify... How will we go with this one?
  8. Thanks for the post... What distinguishes the 1924 model from other years?
  9. I'm sure a lot of other cars suffered the same fate... I heard of one Vauxhall 23/60 which was used to power a sawmill. I remember seeing regularly a '38 Dodge which was in use running a pump from a farm dam. Bob Trevan's K-Model Ford engine was found in a boat.
  10. I love your great stories, Ivan, and it is over a decade since I visited you... I had the misfortune to have to spend several days working in Goondiwindi recently. I had no need to go to Repco, but did finish up in Supercheap Auto after something or other. Around about right now Rusty will begin to realise that I'm quite some distance from Ontario, while in fact this car is located in someone's driveway at Alice Springs, where I am working this week. Those 20-volt cordless tools are extremely handy, I'm carrying with me on this trip a rattle gun, angle grinder, 6" power saw and a drill, all of them from Aldi. It was this angle grinder which I used to cut the Jewitt chassis near Mungindi into three parts so I could carry it home in the Forester.
  11. Thank you, Frank, that does very much look like the right car... I think the rib around the 'splash apron' is a very unusual feature. The shape of the top section of the hood, even though the one I saw was damaged, fits with that overall shape in that area too, and I wondered what the 'W5' casting was all about. I think the owner will be surprised that I came up with these answers quickly. However, after typing up this much I had a quick look at Google to see if I could pinpoint the year and found that the identical car was named a 'Rugby' for British markets, which probably means the Australian market as well. So this might well be a Rugby. I do recall looking at a Rugby a few years ago, but I couldn't say if it was the same as this or not. Oh, and what year do you reckon? About 1924?
  12. I know, I only ever seem to log in when I want something identified... But the way I see it, some of you people enjoy picking up on little things which point to just what make or model a car might be. So here's another one to see if you can satisfy yourselves that not much escapes your attention. Points I picked up were: Semi-elliptic springs front and rear External contracting brakes on rear, front hubs missing. 4-cyl side-valve engine with updraught carburettor. Remote gearbox - possibly an indication of it being pre-1920? Tailshaft (driveshaft) arrangement is unusual, at least to me.
  13. Yes, I'm well aware of the changes which took place with the merger... Only the XPAG engine and the Riley engines survived and only for a relatively short time, the XPAG in the Wolseley 4/44 going the longest. Otherwise the range of five basic Austin engines were used in all the cars well into the sixties, and some into the eighties. I will try the HCVS and see how I get on. I am just dumbfounded that there seems to be nothing online anywhere about these engines.
  14. I have to say that I find it amazing that nobody knows anything about this old engine... No clues from anyone?