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PreWar Workshop: How to fit a Conical Oil pressure gauge fitting

Oil pressure gauge fitting
A very common problem. There are zillions of different copper pipe fittings.  Do we have somebody or some website which is offering solutions for the most 10,000 different common fittings? 

Tim Green wrote: Having a bit of a struggle working out what kind of fitting I need to connect this oil pressure gauge to a copper pipe. I've never seen this kind of conical shaped appendage to a gauge before and don't know how to connect it up. It looks a bit like it should have a flared brake pipe type fitting but really don't know. If anyone can help I would appreciate it. Many thanks!
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

RAF Mystery Truck?

RAF truck_soldiers-470

We have a little desk research for those who are interested in RAF history. Just recently this joyful picture came in with a saloon? truck? or whatever? overgrown with happy RAF personnel. Too little cues for us to go on, so it's up to our British visitors and other RAF experts to decide which vehicle these chaps are hiding for us. Now if we are quick enough we may be just in time to present the results at tomorrow's meeting of the RAF Historical Society.
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A Twin or Triple Bathtub Plumbing Mystery?

mystery machine-470

Humphrey Smith is asking:  "Mystery machine with my grandfather seated in the front passenger seat. Any ideas anyone?"

We see typical German design. Stretching form the V-shaped radiator to the nicely curved bathtub body ending. The exhaust plumbing protruding from under the bonnet (two or three pipes?) plus the sheer size of the machine suggest that we're looking at a high quality offering, built around 1920. First question: how many cylinders?. Our guess is that we see an extra large four cylinder. A 1918/19 Benz 70 HP perhaps? We see strong similarities with this more conservative bodied car at the Mercedes-Benz forum.
Monday, 20 June 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

European underslung cars

Stabilia 1905-470
A while ago the StabiliaStabilia 1914-800 was the subject of PrewarCar Whatisit quiz. Someone was wondering then how many European makes had used the underslung concept. In America at least 6 makes had produced cars with an underslung chassis, of which the American and the Regal are the more well-known. Apart from the Stabilia I know of 4 other European firms using this concept. 

Phoenix 1906-800The first was the English Phoenix Motor Co, which after having started with three-wheeled motorcycles (the Trimo and the Tricar) produced in 1905 the Quad car, a kind of four-wheeled motorcycle with underslung chassis. 


Peculiar were the Amédée Bollée-like cooling units on both sides of the dashboard.
In 1908 a more car-like voiturette appeared, but in 1909 they changed to a 'normal' chassis. The second was the RMC,RMC 1911-800 also called sometimes the Seabrook RMC after the Seabrook Bros, who sold the car in England. It was on the market from 1911, but was in fact a rebadged Regal. It seems to have been relatively popular in the UK, appearing in the colums of the magazines regularly. The underslung RMC lasted until just after the first World War.

Finally there were two British makes with underslung frame in the light car and cyclecar segment just before World War 1: the Adamson and the Taunton. 

Taunton 1914_underslung_ad-800

The Adamson was built by the Adamson brothers in 1913 and 1914, the history of which has been described by Michael Worthington-Williams in The Automobile of March 2003. The production of the Taunton was cruelly interrupted by the war. Only two cars seem to have been produced and a restart after the war failed.


Most underslung models were produced during only a few years, mainly before WW1. The Stabilia, the make with which it all started in 1905, would linger on for almost three decades under various names but without much success until the end came in the early '30s.

Seabrook RMC-800
Sunday, 19 June 2016 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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