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About Charawacky

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  • Birthday 04/12/1963

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    Ribble Valley
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    Pre war things that move
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    Looking for Crossley RFC pics

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  1. ww1 bus drawing not a Daimler so what is it or is it made up?
  2. For Sale: https://www.prewarcar.com/282029-white-camion-a-chaines
  3. Thought this might be appropriate? 1911/12
  4. The van is a based on a 1925 Crossley 15 hp 'pleasure car chassis' which was built up from parts shipped in from AU, unfortunately the owner who had nearly completed the restoration died. I completed the restoration which included the roof, floors, windows, made the mirrors and some mechanical work during 2012. It has now passed to a new owner who will use it more than me. The van was made entirely as it would have been in period which resulted in a charming appearance.
  5. I was taught my an old school coach builder to paint the roof as thick as possible with all the old left over paint mixed up, then stretch the canvas over the roof nailing it at the edges. The paint will push through the canvas, then add more thick paint over the top of the canvas until the canvas threads can no longer be seen. Once dry the guttering can be fitted around the edge. I have done this to my 1955 Atkinson 744LE and a 1925 Crossley 15 hp Van. I rate this as the most pleasurable and satisfying part of a restoration.
  6. I have set up 3 worn early Crossley boxes with eccentric bushes on the wormwheel shaft. Where the gear is a quadrant greater wear occurs over the mid range, so just moving the eccentrics causes the meshing to interfere when nearing the ends of travel. My solution which is somewhat frowned upon by my fitter is to rotate the eccentrics from differing directions, so as to skew the quadrant very slightly. This sounds like poor practice but gives minimal backlash and has worked well for many thousands of miles! Here is a typical early quadrant from the Shuttleworth 15hp Crossley:
  7. You are correct about the steering box being car like here is the 1912 Crossley Car steering box, almost the same.
  8. Did this Napier come from Mr o Gorman at Naas? or is it another/
  9. The IGL3 Bi Block engine is interesting as I believe it has direct linage to the 1909 bi block sidevalve 20 hp engine. I think a more modern engine was offered to the RAF at the beginning of the war, however the RAF elected to have the older engine. The timing cover plate would probably be interchangeable as would the fan mounting off the block. Block water pipe connections to the blocks are identical. The Brass crankcase air breather is identical to the 1913 20 hp engine. I am currently doing research on the engine designer so it would be interesting to know was this engine discontinued? I suspect the end of the war or just into the 1950's? John Crossley has on occasion invited me for lunch in the other IGL which was very kind of him.
  10. http://www.aviattic.co.uk/coming-soon.html https://www.facebook.com/szymon.grzywocz
  11. I do like the look of the workshop equipment, no doubt you can explain the functions of the universal equipment, it appears to be driven via a 'grad-start' electrical drive? A flat bed Drummond lathe I unfortunately sold had a grad start which I think may have been used in a workshop truck?
  12. Rows of 300 horsepower Ricardo tank engines in a workshop of Crossley Bros, Manchester, during the First World War. - Year: 1914-1918
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