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David Gore
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Post Number: 2557
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Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2017 - 06:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have started this thread for members to post photos of cars that they own or which are kept waiting for restoration/resurrection as appropriate.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1325
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2017 - 05:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ok I will start with a car that I px on an old Jaguar that I restored many years ago.
the seller kept on for me to test it up the road so I did, when I returned he said what do I think I replied not a lot, it would not self centre on the steering and had bump steer.
His replie do I still want it?
I said of course but it will have to go and be parked up in the shed till I sort it out.

Forward eighteen years and a phone call from the club of which I do not belong [to many makes to join all] Could I bring the car to Silverstone? for a special celebration, two weeks time. My replie well it has not been used for years but I will see what I can do.
Drained the petrol tank, cleaned the carbs, repaired the electric pumps, cleaned the contacts and fitted new condenser etc and to my amazment the 3rd turn it fired up.
Pumped the tyres up and drove it out of the shed, no foot brakes!
Gave the car a run with the working hand brake,
I soon remembered why I parked up and never used it.
Anyway fitted new wheel cylinder rubbers, bled brakes, fitted new radiator hoses, petrol hoses, a tin of octane booster!
And set about the steering, castor angles set fully forward on the ecentric cams set them up to the correct angle and ajusted the tracking then a road test wow what a ride, ok so two days to go I decided to see if it would pass an MOT no probs apart from imbalance on hand brake.
All done but no time to clean the years of dust and bird droppings.
Arrived at Silverstone track and parked the most filthy car.
But a warm welcome was given.




So time to run the circut, cripes I was in the middle and thought what if I break down!
For saftey I decided to get to the rear of the Healeys Ha Ha I could slow down and let the pack go so I then had a clear run and at full power through the chicanes this I did with the two laps with the octane booster throwing flames from the side exhaust on throttling off.
When we returned and parked up a crowd gathered some wanted to buy others were just intrested in the car.
I said why the interest in this dirty one the replies was that the cameras were on my car on the big screens round the circut.


what a weekend that was.
Car now back in the motor house resting but not untill the next event for Charity was completed and that brings me to another intreresting motor car.
David forgot to make a new thread and topic can you move to say our other cars.
I have a feeling this is going to long thread!

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1322
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Sunday, 07 May, 2017 - 04:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

ross, no farm but have hens, ducks, geese, guinea fowl.

The field I let the local farmer have in return for corn and some car storage for overflow cars that I have never gotten rid of.

The old tractor had a loader on that I used, one day useing it in the cold it snapped it half!
Repaired it and put it out to rest with out a loader.

As a car nut have had some interesting events. Can put some pix up if interested.



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David Gore
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Posted on Sunday, 07 May, 2017 - 07:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

"As a car nut have had some interesting events. Can put some pix up if interested."

Patrick - Yes Please...............
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Patrick Ryan
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Post Number: 1520
Registered: 4-2016
Posted on Sunday, 07 May, 2017 - 08:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Yes please Patrick.
"Car storage for overflow cars I have never gotten rid of"
I'm interested
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Monday, 08 May, 2017 - 10:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick L,

Wow, great story.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Tuesday, 09 May, 2017 - 08:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

The next outing for the Healey was at a local charity event with seven other cars that I displayed with others.


Pix of the six cars.


The story is about the car behind the Healey, brought out from being stored and drove to the event! dust and all.

This is a brief story of how the VW Beetle got on the scene.
The car and company is Tatra and the car was reported to be for the use of the Czechoslovakia embassy in London.



The Chief technical and design director of the company was Hans Ledwinka.
Ledwinka also taught at the Prague university where he met Ferdinand Porsche he in turn was ordered by Hitler to build the peoples car and it is now known that he copied unlawful imitations from the Tatra car.
The not so known fact is that VW had to pay millions of D Marks for an out of court settlement for stolen patents.
The car in the pix below is the Tatraplan 2.0 litre flat four air cooled rear engine set up.
The T87 had the V8 air cooled rear engine set up.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Tuesday, 09 May, 2017 - 10:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick L,

Is the Tatra yours?

If it is, I officially have to be jealous of you.

There are precious few cars I have any interest in owning at this point, Mont Verde High Speed, Facel Vega HK500, 2cv, Morgan (of any kind), and Tatra (any kind) and maybe an Espada.

Of that list the Montverde and the Tatra are right at the top. The Montverde because it is gorgeous and the Tatra because it has an air cooled v8.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Tuesday, 09 May, 2017 - 11:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Here's some shots of the Lotus

It has the 907 engine which I think is the only engine they designed themselves. It is a great lump.

The styling is a characture of 1976. A total period piece what looks for all the world like something sketched in a notebook by a a 13 year old boy.

On the other hand, you have to love the windshield surround!



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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Tuesday, 09 May, 2017 - 05:59 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Yes the Lotus engine when in full song is a note to behold.
lovely butch styling.
Yes all the cars shown are still in my possession.
More on them and more, I did say this may well be a long thread.
Pix of Tatra engine and the small fin denoting flat four engine.
not forgetting the three rows of rear windows to see through for reversing.




And one from my trip to Wales yesterday, the return on the as I call it "new Severn bridge crossing"
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John Beech
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Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 01:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

That's a fantastic story! Makes me wonder if I was raised in a whisky barrel and someone put the bung in early because I've never so much as heard of the Tatra. Moreover, I've also never heard the story of F. Porsche misappropriating the Beetle's basic design concept, much less about VW subsequently paying millions in settlement as a consequence. I am simply flabbergasted because up until this point I thought the story of the red Healey was über interesting. Yet it turns out to be nearly a footnote in the story about your cars. Makes what I have downright boring in comparison. Have you more to share about the Tatra, like what driving it is like, do people do double-takes, how you acquired it, and whether repair parts are available or if you have resorted to making them? That split rear window is reminiscent of a bat wing Alfa.
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Graham Watson
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Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 05:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Yes please more on the Tatraplan from the owner/driver perspective!
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 10:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick L,

Is owing a Tatra like this?
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Patrick Ryan
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Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 11:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

That video is AWESOME!
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 06:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross it could be but!!!!!!!!!!!!

My story from the beginning was when the phone rang many years ago.
This was a friend in London who I purchased cars from, from time to time.
The car he was selling was a early A90 that was stored not used for years in a lock up.
The sale condition was that I had to buy the Tatra as well with no docks as it was the X embassy car.
The car had just shown itself in a comparison test with two other Makes of cars this I found out later.
The car let itsself down on test with the reverse gear letting go with damage up a steep hill!
The event is documented in a car magazine from years ago.
Back to the cars lock up, looked over the A90
all ok, then a look at the Tatra cripes what is that! new nothing about the make and was not that interested in it, more so with the gearbox fault.
much haggling and the deal was done.
I decided to sell the A90 and garage the Tatra.
As the years passed by The more I looked and studied the car the more interesting the cars engineering design became.
Could not find much data etc on the Tatra, then a book was published in English, this was called the "Tatra The Legacy Of Hans Ledwinka"
This then led to my getting the car up and running.
Hum I need a gearbox as the one in the car was beyond repair.
I need a plan, I was given a Zetor tractor for a small favour with engine damage from a local builder.
A trip to the local tractor dealer and who has contacts in Czechoslovakia who in turn put me in contact with a owner who had a non runner.
The car would only be sold complete but he would remove the gearbox this was duly carried out and delivered to the Zetor factory.[still have a car in Czech somewhere!!!!!]
This the gearbox was crated up with the engine parts and delivered to the UK.
Fitted the box to the car only to find that on completion the gearstick would only select three forward gears so returned the car to the garage for storage.
Fast forward more years and a re-read on the book and found that "Glockengetriebe gearbox" only forth gear was engaged by sliding the gearwheel axially to meet its pinion with the clutch pedal simultaneously released the lock of the gear wheel so that without pressing the clutch pedal the forth gear could not be selected.
As for driving the car it is surprisingly different in a 40/50s car.
Steering light and precise, handling good, engine noise quiet, seating good, engine lively performance for a boxer 2.0L
a few pix.




This car has a Lady.
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Jonas TRACHSEL
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 12:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

We got these Tatra cars imported to Switzerland after WW II, and I remember them well as a boy. I think there are still a handful around that have survived to this day, seeing one occasionally at car shows or meetings.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 01:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Thats pleasing to know.
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John Beech
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 02:20 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Brief video about a Tatra like Patrick's.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a8GVhZiP4c

Patrick, is the tractor you mentioned the one in the photo? What's the story about this?
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 02:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Maybe a new topic on tractors we own and another on motor bikes!
Still more cars to come and maybe the next one that has already sneaked in one of the tatra pix.
John that sure is the model that I have, two in the UK don't think they know about mine.
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John Beech
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 03:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I'll start the one on motorbikes.
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Patrick Ryan
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 08:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Gents,
You have all seen my 25 Chevrolet, so I won't post again unless anyone hasn't seen it would like to see it, or if there is any part of it someone would like photographed.

Loving the Tatra stuff.
Seems VW likes doing naughty things huh.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Saturday, 13 May, 2017 - 06:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

And who owns them?
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 06:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Back to some oldies in tother shed.
Safari Citroen.




Seven seater.


Never look back!
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 06:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

And one of the rear rear seats, a can that has a name of who makes VW but my memory fails me!!!!!!!!!
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John Beech
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Posted on Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 11:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Few will appreciate this, but this is Baby, a 1974 Morgan Olson Step-van, which I've owned more than 20 years. Basically, you'll have to pry her from my hands when I'm cold because she's simply too useful to do without. She started life as a Mac Tools truck and is made of sheet aluminum bucked together with rivets. Powered by a decent 383ci small block Chevy (steel crank, 4-bolt mains, 4-barrel, aluminum dual-plane intake, and dual exhausts), if you can't tell, I love this thing. This, despite lack of radio, A/C, or heat (unless I turn a valve beneath the hood). Said valve allows water to flow through the cabin heater core but because too much heat makes it past the rudimentary air-control door to let hot water circulate through the system the other 10 months of the year, I installed the valve. Anyway, I probably drive her at least once a week and her main purpose is transporting my model airplanes to and from the model flying field because I'm too lazy to disassemble the more complex ones (I have a museum quality scale model of a JN-4 Jenny with an 90" wingspan that requires nearly an hour to disassemble because of all the flying wires and control surface cables replicating the original). However, at heart she's a workhorse (and will accept 16' lumber while still closing the back doors). And once, when I took a load to the dump we went in at 12,800 pounds and upon exit weighed 6800 pounds (to include my fat ass, one skinny helper, and half a tank of gas). Speaking of gas, she attains about the same fuel economy as Tootsie, which isn't half bad in my book!

She's named Baby and is the smaller of my two trucks!
-- She's named Baby because she's the smaller of my two trucks!
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 12:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

Do you have every old car in your possession?

John,

One of the few cars you can drive with the door open.

Here's my mini next to the Golf diesel. Really puts the mini's size in perspective.



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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Thursday, 18 May, 2017 - 10:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

John, yes I really must sell some but hang on I have a van to put it in!!!!!!!!!!!!! now where's the boat to cross the pond.






Ross, can't remember I don't think so but still more somewhere!
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Omar M. Shams
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Posted on Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 03:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Is that an A60 van?
I love those vans. My girlfriend's dad had one in the 70s and it was a great piece of kit.
Love the Citroen - mine is a 69 model ID19 not quite a safari like yours.
Lovely cars Patrick.

John - Your Morgan looks very different to mine mate.....
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Mark Luft
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Posted on Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 04:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

John Beech, here is my 1976 Chevy P30 Step Van I bought new in 76. This is the only photo I have of it in this configuration. Before the "Arizona Highway" theme, it was painted with a space theme with space ships and other scenes, side pipes, and of course, six headlights. It was quite a show winner back in the mid 70's. I never thought I'd meet another Step Van aficionado.

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 05:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Omar yes this is the A60 1966 with the 1622cc engine, column gear change!
Bought it non runner with the engine, brakes, fuel tank removed but with a new paint job, not good job.
Fitted it up and ran it after a mot, put it to rest in the old pig house.

Originally the van belonged to the Evening Telegraph for the delivery of the newspapers.
Have an old photo with the faded sign written name on it.
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Robert Noel Reddington
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Posted on Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 10:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I had a dark green A60/A55 pickup. 1968 model.

I swapped a 1963 Bedford Duple 56 seat Fire fly coach for the Austin A60 plus 325, a Gibson guitar and amp, and a MZ motorbike.

I look back with a smile at all these mad cap deals I done over the years.
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Patrick Francis
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This is my Panther Lima. It was built and homologated for us for Racing by Robert Jankell, who owned Panthers at the time.
The engine and suspension were tuned by Bill Blydenstein who used to prepare and build the Vauxhall competition cars. The Lima used Vauxhall Magnum Engine and running gear.
She is the only Panther Lima with an integrated roll cage and a factory hard top that they had to build making a mould of the soft top.
Amongst other rallies and races, we did the Monte Carlo Rally 4 times, the RAC rally 4 times, The Manx rally, the Acropolis rally and over 10 races at the Jerez F1 circuit.
She is still running sweetly on the original un-rebuilt engine!!



My brother and I on the 1979 Monte Carlo Rally. Notice the bent bumper and missing number plate. She didn't like going round corners much!
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Saturday, 20 May, 2017 - 08:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick F,

EPIC!
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Robert Noel Reddington
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Posted on Saturday, 20 May, 2017 - 11:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Cor!

Hats off to Patrick F.

can anybody trump this racing achievement?
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Patrick Francis
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I forgot to mention that whilst at the Panther factory, we got to drive (within the grounds) their recently developed 6 wheeler which was based on the Tyrrel F1 cars. It had a twin turbocharged American V8 that produced over 600bhp which was a colossal amount at the time!

This is a picture from the net, and all info on these cars say that they built one white one and one black one.

I am 1000% sure that the one that I drove was a medium blue colour.


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John Beech
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Posted on Friday, 26 May, 2017 - 04:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Mark, yes owning a step van is a state of mind ;>)

Patrick L. . . . what, no boat?!?
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Sunday, 28 May, 2017 - 02:31 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Oh well better put one up, how did I manage to tow that behind the old faithful Gipsy twice a year for delivery to and from the moorings in Weymouth.
Great times but a little heavy on the pocket.






Oh what is that another boat, looks like the son has the bug!

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Sunday, 28 May, 2017 - 03:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

To get on track with cars, this is my longest project, been on going since 1984.
Pre war is not my strong point with the wood etc.





This one has stop start in 1937.
Guess the car any one!
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ross kowalski
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Patrick L,

Pretty sophisticated head for 1937. Side draft and down draft SU's??? Is it supercharged?

I changed tires on the yellow tractor a while back and never loaded it. Here I am putting in RV antifreeze.




That was too slow, so when putting in the 20 gallons of water I put the bucket on the top of a 8' ladder. That sped things up.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Tuesday, 30 May, 2017 - 06:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross that will make a ton of difference to the gripping and load lifting.
Clever stuff with the ladder.
I bought a tractor once and it had a salt water ballast to stop the freezing in the winter.
Is the yellow tractor a three cylinder.

The engine in my pix is a Coventry Climax not supercharged, don't think the rods would stand the stress!

pix of the car bought in bits years ago.


Engine fitted chassis restored, rear end temp fitted.
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Randy Roberson
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Posted on Thursday, 01 June, 2017 - 05:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ohhh, TATRA! One never knows what one may find here, but it is usually exciting!
Supposedly the largest group of Tatras in the Americas is in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Lane Motor Museum. They are unique, and impressive cars for sure!
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Thursday, 01 June, 2017 - 11:46 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick L,

First off I just watched the Tatra video again, what a great video. I am even more jealous than before.

Second, the yellow tractor is an international 404 with 4 cylinders. 40hp?
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ross kowalski
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Patrick F,

Panther put the two wheels at the wrong end, and oh yeah, they forgot to fit a Merlin.

http://s6.photobucket.com/user/balthazar59/media/V-12Modulo.jpg.html
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Thursday, 08 June, 2017 - 06:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross, yes that video is something else.
This link is of my 1951 Jowett Jupiter Farina 109 at Goodwood 2011.
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/gallery/Jowett-Jupiter-109-98299.html
If you scroll the pixs at the top you will see a T87
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Graham Watson
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I have been to the Lane Museum and it is well worth the trip.
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michael vass
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Hi Patrick
Your Jowett is stunning, a friend of mine has a Jowett Bradford and another friend has the handbook of owning a Jowett, great cars!
Cheers
Mike
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Thanks Mike, yes the Javelin and Jupiter were years ahead of there time.
The Bradford was the real earner for the company though.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Friday, 09 June, 2017 - 06:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

Very nice auto that. I confess I had to look that up on the innerwebs. Interesting breed though.

Thanks.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Saturday, 10 June, 2017 - 04:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross , the Jowett factory was sold to International Harvester who produced the B250 in about 1955 and later the B275.
I have the early Jowett B250 that is in the picture above with the spade lug wheels.
The VIN number is low at 1028


Some folk have said the B250 number first started at 1001.
I will have to try and find out.


The B275 I use on the potato lifter machine.
great fun for the grandchildren picking up the spuds.

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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Monday, 26 June, 2017 - 03:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Back on track well almost, I forgot about this A55 A60 van in an old shed.
The van has rested for nine years so I thought it would be a good test on the pre ethanol blend petrol that is still smelling ok and see if it has presented any probs like the new stuff.
First removed the distributor and fitted new condenser and contacts setting the gap.
Did a quick puff test on the number one cylinder to confirm TDC, refitted the distributor with rotor arm positioned to number one lead in cap.
Set distributor with points just opening.
Time to check for spark on the removed plug, all ok.
Pumped the old fuel up with the hand pump.
Time to try and start the old girl.
Two attempts and she fired into life.
Clutch free and reversed it out of the shed.
pumped tyres up and drove for a wash.




After a wash.



Column change and pistol hand brake, what a courting vehicle, faded memories!


Makes you wonder how a 1500cc or 1622cc engine could have such a large body.


After a good run the fuel seems to be ok, the brakes etc all OK.
After much thought I decided that it should be used and enjoyed, a phone call to let it be known it is for sale the first to show interest with viewing and trial and a deal was done.
Bob you may well see it about as it has gone to Poole.
Now what is next!
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Monday, 26 June, 2017 - 12:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick,

The international 275 has the right kind of starter solenoid.

The yellow tractor has a delco stater where the solenoid only engages the bendix after you hit it with a hammer, then when engaged, you must use the hammer to bridge the two bolts on the solenoid to spin the starter. I might film it as it is quite a pathetic affair.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Monday, 26 June, 2017 - 06:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross just been out connected battery and gave the old girl heat.
90% of the time she starts but this first time nothing so I have a live feed that I connect to one side of the mechanical switch.
Push the starter lever down this engages the starter gear to ring gear, connect the live wire to switch and off it started.



Not bad for being idle outside for the winter.
while it was running took it down to the potato patch and lifted some spuds.




Will do some more with the Grandchildren when they visit so they can sell them and earn pocket money.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Post Number: 1413
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Posted on Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 06:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Having looked after this car for close on 37 years The owner offered it to me for a fair price.
A quick word with the powers of b and a deal was completed.
First I will get the leather replaced on the front seats.
Driving the car is very agricultural on the bumps,
even after the one shot oiler for the front suspension is used.
The car has covered 54000 miles, the engine is the Kent 1600cc.





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David Gore
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Posted on Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 09:23 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have always had an ambition to acquire a "Moggie" from the modern era to get a classic sports car body with readily obtainable mechanicals.

Patrick, great decision on your part.
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Patrick Ryan
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Posted on Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 09:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Yes Patrick,

A wonderful acquisition. Well done mate.
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Posted on Monday, 17 July, 2017 - 04:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

David, Patrick yes the cars shape and simple workings seem to grow on one.

Today with the help from my son we removed the seat runner bolts, they pass through wooden blocks that absorb moisture so a bit tight to get out.
One snapped so will have to make one up.
1/2" nut and the 1/2" thread bolt has a 15mm head on it, for spreading the load on the runner I suppose.
Trip to the trimmer with seats on Monday all being well!

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John Beech
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Posted on Wednesday, 02 August, 2017 - 10:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Based on the steel unit body of an early Datsun 240Z, this is my second go around with a reproduction of the famous 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.


Lulu's aft flank - and yes, I'm an ass man ;>)
-- Lulu's aft flank - and yes, I'm an ass man ;>)


This is my second GTO because a good friend talked me out of the first (via the traditional application of enough money until I said, yes, of course). It came at a moment in time when I faced an international move and thus, because I was focused on selling pretty much everything not nailed down I sold it (plus my '73 Detomaso Pantera, '66 Maserati Sebring, '95 Suzuki DR350, as well as assorted weapons, and other 'stuff').

A couple years later, a good friend in Alabama called to give me a heads up regarding this one, which was professionally built and listed for sale on eBay (and located in CA). Frankly, there were quite a few people looking but nobody had placed a bid (perhaps because of the high-ish Buy It Now price). Thing is, I knew the effort involved in getting one to this point and I also knew almost exactly what it cost and hence, I judged the asking price to be eminently fair. Thus, without a second thought, I clicked the button and made my first ever eBay purchase - sight unseen - because I've never been one to let the grass grow under my feet once I take a decision!

I soon arranged a ticket for my pal John to fly out and meet with me in San Jose. The car was exactly as represented, maybe better! I completed the transaction and we were off as we spent about a week driving east to cross the United States (a bit more than 3000 miles with detours because I lived on the east coast in Jacksonville, NC at the time).

By the way, the background story I've heard about these things involves a CA Ferrari dealer that had one and upon being quoted USD$1M/year for insurance promptly commissioned a guy with a background in making fiberglass dune buggies to pull molds off his car and modify them to fit a 240Z. True? I have no clue. What I do know is the molds have been in possession of one dreamer after another (and each has been one step ahead of Ferrari lawyers who want them destroyed).

Finally, with fewer than 40 of the GTOs ever made, and with the last one reputedly transacting for something north of USD$30M, even if I ever afford the real thing (I can't), because they're nigh near irreplaceable I would be hesitant to drive it on public roads. Moreover, because I've long had a hard on for the Datsun 240Z, the trap was easy to bait. Especially because I've owned a couple examples - each soon converted from inline 6-cylinder engines to small block Chevy V-8 engines (great fun, believe me).

Easy to tune Webers really add to the look!
-- Easy to tune Webers really add to the look!


Anyway, while my first one was mechanically very nice and really beautiffuly finished, it had a largely stock interior. This one is also well finished and has a far better interior (complete with hand stitched leather on the dash, seats, and side panels). Mechanically, however, this one has only slowly been coming up to scratch. It's still not quite up to the standard of my first one but I persist so it's getting there.

At present the engine has been replaced with a really nice aluminum small block engine (with very nice internals), a very stoutly built 6-speed transmission, plus all the usual Jim Cook Racing brake and suspension bits. E.g. the ones you'd find on a typical SCCA 240Z race car. Anyway, it's a lovely car and loads of fun to drive and turns heads everywhere, the very definition of fun so I hope you enjoy these photos.


GTO interior
Lulu's interior is finely stitched and nicely finished.
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Kelly Opfar
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Posted on Wednesday, 02 August, 2017 - 04:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

John, I love Ferraris so much I can't hardly stand it, especially the GTO's from the era of your clone. What a beautiful beast. I agree that the Webers are a sublime touch. I'll bet 99% of onlookers can't tell the difference.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Saturday, 28 October, 2017 - 10:07 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I recently went to purchase a commuter car to replace my 2010 cheater tdi vw.

I just couldn't bring myself to buy a mazda 3 despite the 40 mpg and super road manners ( my wife just bought one) because they have electric emergency brakes.

Really,... take a $3 piece of cable that works great, and replace it with a complicated, relatively fragile, expensive , electrical deal that, wait for it.....does exactly the same thing.

I just couldn't do it. I got a 1.4 tsi gas VW which has a cable hand brake.
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David Gore
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Posted on Saturday, 28 October, 2017 - 01:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross,

My partner has a MY09 VW Eos Convertible with the TDI/DSG engine/transmission combination - magnificent but complicated car to maintain because of its unique folding roof design.

However, she cannot be prised out of the driver's seat under any circumstances and, after 9 years of ownership, I have never driven her car which is still in showroom condition. When I am reincarnated [pun intended], I am coming back as her car having seen the pampering it gets.

Eos

This photo is from the 2009 RROC[Aust] NSW Branch "Aussie Border Bash" event taken underneath the Grafton Jacaranda trees during a lunch break.
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Omar M. Shams
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Posted on Sunday, 29 October, 2017 - 03:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I love Volkswagens David.
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Patrick Ryan
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Posted on Sunday, 29 October, 2017 - 11:32 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

One of the nicest VW made David.

Keep the pics coming John.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Sunday, 29 October, 2017 - 12:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

David,

My wife does let me drive the Mazda ( if my cloths are clean ) so basically I can drive it one day in 20.

What's the Border Bash?
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David Gore
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Posted on Sunday, 29 October, 2017 - 01:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Ross,

It was a visit to the NSW/Queensland Border region in late 2009 for mainly NSW Club members but also attended by some Queensland and South Australian members.

My report on the event for the NSW Branch Magazine is below:

application/pdfBush Bash
Aussie Border Bash Oct09.pdf (481.8 k)


Needless to say a good time was had by all.....
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Saturday, 04 November, 2017 - 09:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Looks like a great time was had by all.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 11:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Mini FTP,

Almost had a FTP on the mini. Drove it to a buddy's house to rebuild the axles. After rebuilding the axles the car wouldn't start.

Battery was good jumping the solenoid did ultra slow cranking as well.

Clue, throttle cable was emitting tiny wafts of smoke when cranking. Starter was seeking ground through every little bit on the engine.

Must have lost a ground wire somewhere under the car with the axles. I might not even have had one.

Bolt in a properly huge 0/4 stranded copper cable from a welder between the coil bracket and the chassis, bobs your uncle.
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michael vass
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Post Number: 421
Registered: 7-2015
Posted on Monday, 11 December, 2017 - 12:11 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Ross
The mini engine earth goes from the bell housing to the inner flitch if memory serves correct.
And now you will need a new throttle cable as it will have melted the nylon covering.
Mike
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Monday, 11 December, 2017 - 08:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Michael,

Good news on both fronts, I definitely did not have ground from the bell housing, I can move the current one to that location.

I don't have a nylon lined throttle cable, I forget where it came from, but it was just a cable running in a metal coil covered with black plastic. I'll just oil it.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 - 11:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Patrick L,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a8GVhZiP4c
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michael vass
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Posted on Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 - 10:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Ross
This is where it should be ok (see pic)



Mike
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StevenBrown
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Posted on Thursday, 14 December, 2017 - 03:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

My hard drive crashed and don't have pictures on this machine. I'm also a Porsche guy. Owned countless 928's, my favorite. Canada now has free trade with the European Union. So I'm looking at cars we didn't get here. Collect and then sell on type deal. General rule a car 15 years or older, no longer has to pass our safety and emission standards. Open's up a lot of neat cars, not sold here originally.
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ross kowalski
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Posted on Thursday, 14 December, 2017 - 12:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Michael,

Thanks, I definitely don't have that.

I'll relocate the cable I used there. It's currenty bolted from the coil mount to the bonnet latch.

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