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Irrational desires: The Humber Sceptre


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#91 OFFLINE   Jon

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:20 PM

I just had to Google that Squire and I must admit, it does cut a dash but it's no Austin Freeway, which I think is my favourite Aussie BMC effort. 

 

In all honesty, I'm more of a Leyland Australia fanboy but I am warming to the earlier post war era more than before. Ignoring my 1970 Land Rover (just like I do, because it doesn't work), my interesting cars span 1979-1990, so I'm just as susceptible to 'sticking to what I know' as much as anyone else.

 

barret, I would pay good internet imaginary money (your choice of denomination) to see you sporting a Rootes group baseball cap - I'm imagining a mid to dark green cap, with gold lettering and motifs. Surely, you could stretch to a shapeless fleece in the same colours as well, though?


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:42 PM

Thanks, I needed a chuckle.

Today's ten minute tinker conclusion: it needs a carb rebuild asap. Despite cleaning all the jets that I could find it still won't idle and won't really sit below 3000rpm. Not unexpected for a car that's sat for 20 years but I was hoping I could bluff that one out. It's some hideous terrifying Solex twin choke job so I'll try and farm that out to the same garage who are going to do the brakes and exhaust - hopefully this week so I might even have it 'on the road' this time next week!! (He said, optimistically)

 

 Hi, Solex carbs from that era had a reputation for warping the bottom flange of the carb. Something to check for.

 

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:38 PM

Anyone got a spare 'M' from a Humber boot badge so I can alter the one on this to read 'BUMMER'? I was just going to turn 'HUMBER' into 'BUM HER' bit that's a bit uncouth
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1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
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#94 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 09:38 AM

Now fitted with one hub cap thanks to Amishtat of this parish. Waiting for another three to arrive from various sources.

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1923 Palladium Sports Model
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1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
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1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#95 OFFLINE   barefoot

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 04:08 PM

Against all the odds, I saw another one of these this morning. D registered, dark green & heading away from Leicester on the A4114.


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#96 OFFLINE   lesapandre

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 04:30 PM

Ye, but it must be remembered the Sceptre only became a Humber at the last minute, it was always planned to be a Sunbeam and was marketed as a sports saloon. Presumably Rootes had been given a fright by the Rover and Triumph 2000s and as the big Hawk and Snipe were traditionally Rover P4/ 5 competitors it was thought a dashing, smallish luxury car that would fit in between the Corsair GT , VX4/90 , sporty* Farinas and these new 2.0 'executive' cars needed their best badge.

Myself I think they missed a trick. I was a kid in the 60's and Humbers were stuffy cars. Sales were quite low. It really is a successor to the Sunbeam Talbot 90 and marketed as a Sunbeam would IMHO have sold better. Sunbeam were still cool and the Tiger was ice cool when I was a kid. I once had a drive of a Rapier with a Rover V8 in it - too nose heavy but maybe worth another try with the Tiger's Mustang V8 in a Sceptre? Now that would be fun (maybe).



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Posted 17 July 2018 - 04:55 PM

Now fitted with one hub cap thanks to Amishtat of this parish. 

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So all required work is done and this is now your daily driver, yes?


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:06 PM

Anyone got a spare 'M' from a Humber boot badge so I can alter the one on this to read 'BUMMER'? I was just going to turn 'HUMBER' into 'BUM HER' bit that's a bit uncouth



I've got an M from a Triumph somewhere. Would look even better with one letter of a slightly different font.
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