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PreWarCar Workshop: getting spares for your car.


One of the most important sections of our beloved hobby is finding spare parts for one's vehicle. Things will break from time to time. And finding spares is not always easy. Sometimes parts are relatively easy to reproduce by machining in the home shop. Simple lathe and mill work can give you most bolts, pins, supports etc.

When your broken part is a casting, it gets a little more complicated. Brass and aluminum are easily casted in the home shop, cast iron is (although not impossible) a little more challenging.Like The_Original-100

Starting with this article, we like to show you repair projects under the name "Prewarcar Workshop". This week, we like to show you a mounting bracket for a friction shock absorber.

In this case we chose to reproduce a cast part by machining it and patinate the part by hand to make sure it gets an original look.

Square Block_Of_Steel-150The project starts with a square block of steel. It's machined in several steps to a fully machined part.Fully Machined_Part-150 Then the elbow grease is applied and after a couple hours of hand filing the part is shaped like the original with all the machining marks removed. Now it just needs a little sanding for paint and it's done.

For a full photo album with descriptions of the machining of this part, click here.

(Work performed and article written by Jos van Genugten)

If you want to share your projects for the 'PWC Workshop', let us know
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

While hunting for Split-Screen campers!

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"Junior Editor" Griff sends in a recent discovery. You may know what it is. We know what it is. It's just hat he doesn't know what it is. It seems that Amilcars pop in from everywhere currently... Today from a remote country on the southern hemisphere, no not Australia/New Zealand! Here's the story, we decided to edit as little as possible, just because we love the story so much, and how the search can be if you don't know where to start looking:  

"My friend went to Peru on Holiday and whilst he was there I asked him to get Splitscreen Campers, if possible. The designers Son Mr Pon lives a mile away in Somerset and we have always liked them
When travelling to see a 1960 Kombi my friend spotted an advert for a "1920's Roadster" in the same area
Engine Amilcar_mystery_Peru-150My friend said what did I think of it and I said I don't really know much about pre war cars but will try and do some research.
Then on Friday I had an email saying my friend had purchased it !
The car has been packed up and is going to be shipped in May

We have found a brass stamp on the block saying "VISITE DU COLLECTEU" which means Visit the collector in French (editor: haven seen one of those before).  Also "Establts Ducellier" on the starter motor which seems to be Italian but the translation just said Italian dialect detected. (editor: Ducellier is a french margque of auto electric s). Also the head has the letters "FPS" Stamped on it it two places. (editor: we know these as marking of the F-oundry) 

There are two pairs of numbers 13  58 stamped on the chassis , I did a Google search of GP cars of 1913 and a photo of Albert Guyot in a 6-2l 4 cylinder Delage in the 1913 French GP (WITH N0 10 0N GRILLE) he finished 5th  (editor: we're afraid Griff, this has little to do with your otherwise amazing find)

The radiator looks very similar and the engine is a flat head 4 cylinder(side valve possibly) so I think it may be pre war rather than 1920's.  The hoops for the body work look like early Ferrari or Alfa Romeo there is also letters on the hoops but until we get the chassis cleaned up identifying the letters from the photos is difficultfront Amilcar_mystery_Peru-150

It may be a red herring but there was a photo of Jimmy Murphy in a white Duesenberg in 1921 at the indy 500 (with n0 35 on the car) in the original advert and the car had some similarities. The last bit of information is that we have been informed that the engine runs, hence the new spark plugs. (editor: well miracles do happen from time to time)

Having paid very little for the car and because the engine runs whatever it is , wether its a "Bitsy" we will restore it regardless of its value as a fun project
However we would love to find out what it is so we can( if applicable), restore it to its original condition if its a historic car
All we know from the chaps in Peru is the car was rescued from a car "Grave yard"
The car is pretty complete but the chassis does not seem to have the leg irons for the front suspension

rear Amilcar_mystery_Peru-100Once again thanks so much for your help in this matter and any help in solving the mystery would be wonderful

R A Griffiths,  'Junior Editor' 

Monday, 28 March 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

We wish you a T'oeuf - T'oeuf Easter

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The French club of veteran cars - the Teuf-Teuf Club - was of course earlier than Peugeot with claiming the TT-word. NOT! They were late, started only in 1935. And to the insiders it is known of course that the expression 'Teuf-Teuf' is an onomatopea  imitating the sound of the one cylinder De Dion Bouton with atmospheric operated inlet valve. The Peugeot advertisement is in support of a much more modern car a 1923(?)  Peugeot 5Hp Quadrilette. Yes it was a light car. Light enough to be mastered by a young lady as you can see. Teuf-Teuf is of all ages. In 1953 the Belgium strip artist Willy Vandersteen published Bob & Bobette 'Le Teuf-Teuf Club'  a wonderful story about a group of road pirates who drank petrol and squared the general public by racing their veteran machines.  Times have changed.

(courtesy Horwitz Collection)
Sunday, 27 March 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

About quiz #416 - a 1915 Overland Model 80-T

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During the first World War England was attacked by Zeppelins and aeroplanes in almost 80 air raids in total. Although the military effect was negligible, the attacks lead to numerous victims among the civilians. Because of the very low accuracy of the bombings the attackers were named 'baby-killers'. The authorities decided to design a warning system but refused to use sirens, because in their opinion this would only lead to panic. Instead policemen in cars (some say with scouts blowing a horn) and on bicycles would drive around with the text "Take Cover" before the attack and "All Clear" if the attack had ended.
The car is a 1915 Overland model 80-T (or perhaps an 81-T), where the T stands for tourer. The Overland badge hasn't been removed by us, but apparently by the authorities for an unknown reason. The tyres seem to be (All-British!) Beldam tyres. The abbreviation SC is still a mystery for me: it could mean something like Safety or Security Corps. Another interesting fact is that the photos of the warning car were published apparently without any restraint in the german press (source not known).

One correct solution for the make came in from Miguel Llorente. Although he suggested the model of the year before, we'll forgive him because the difference is in only very small details.

So, Miguel, congratulations . Please send us your shirt size and mail address.
Saturday, 26 March 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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