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Ticket to ride ( update: 'Mystery' Overland)

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This picture was sent to us by Ced Pearce, who claims it sure is a Model T Ford, probably 1926 or 1927. Yet, he thinks the grille is wrong and asks for our opinion. Well, Ced, not only the grille, but we’re not sure about the front axle too. Perhaps our readers can shed some light on this. But first you’ll have to take your eyes of these pretty motorcycle cops writing a ticket. Are they for real? Probably not, which is a bad thing.
Friday, 29 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

A Market Mystery (update: Armstrong Siddeley, Willys Knight, Opel ? )

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What are all those people looking at? A market perhaps? Too bad they are not looking at this saloon, maybe then we would have had a better view. Hans Waldeck came up with this picture and he hasn't got a clue what kind of automobile this is. Because of the 'cooking-pan' headlights our first thought would be that it's American. But then it could also be French, or perhaps Belgian. The shape of the body suggests Chenard & Walcker or Hurtu, but then the six wheelnuts don't fit in. It is difficult to see what the white stripe at the front is... a hood ornament? Or is it something the lady with the coat is carrying? The licenceplate doesn't help as a clue either, as the number K-663 was issued in the Dutch province Zeeland. Your suggestions are more than welcome!
Thursday, 28 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

PWC Workshop: installing an electonic ignition

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Last week we published an article about electronic ignitions. It was clear that not everybody was a huge fan of making some modern adjustments to their beloved classic car. But there were also people who thought it was neccessary and not a problem to change a part like the ignition.
In today's PreWarCar.com Workshop, we would like to show you how to install an electric ignition, as for sale in our parts section. 

Changing your current system to an electronic system is quite simple. The system we used consist of 3 parts; The sensor, a small ignition box and a vane.
Ignition blade_done-600Lets start with the vane. We received this part already prepared for a 4 cylinder engine.  The idea is that everytime the blade of the vane passes the sensor, the sparkplug gives a spark. Very simple and very reliable.
The hardest part when you install the Ignition vane_sensor-600electronic system is the height of the vane. I made an alumium holder partly on the lathe and a bit by hand. It fitted perfectly and the rotor still fitted on top.  
After that, place the sensor. Make sure the vane goes through the sensor without touching it. There are marks on the vane to see how deep it needs to go in.

Placing the ignition box is most simple. Just screw it on a place that you think is a nice one. Electronical ignition_set_car-600Most important thing is that you can see the LED light that is in the box.
The system comes with multiconnectors so it is easy to connect all the parts.

Computer electronical_ignitionAfter installing the vane, sensor and ignition box and all the other parts together, you just need to adjust the ignition timing. Because of the LED light in the ignition box, live has become much more easy. When the light goes out, you have a spark. So put cylinder one on top dead center and turn the ignition a bit untill the light stops (depending on the car, you can advance the ignition a bit of course).  And there you go, ready for making a lot of extra miles without ignition problems!

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

Back from the dead

Back from the dead

Remember the barn find Bentley saloon that more than tripled its estimate at Bonhams' Beaulieu sale last year? Well, it's back on the road in all its unrestored glory.

Locked away to gather dust for 30 years, the Bentley's discovery and disinterment caused something of a storm in the Vintage car world, but it was still a surprise when the hammer fell at £695,000. Even before the sale, there was a lot of debate about what should be done with it. Of course, we favoured keeping it as original as possible to retain that hard-earned patina, so we were thrilled when the lucky new owner undertook a sympathetic recommissioning instead of a full-blown restoration.

The coachwork and interior have been carefully cleaned, the de-laminated windscreen replaced and the brakes overhauled, but otherwise it is much as it was when it was laid up in the 1980s. All the dials and gauges were found to work perfectly, and when the new owner opened the boot he discovered the complete original tool kit.

The Automobile magazine, who covered the car's history in detail last year, have been out in this fine Vintage saloon and explain the ins-and-outs of its return to the road in their latest issue, which is out now.

Photographs by Lyndon McNeil

  
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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