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#691 OFFLINE   LightBulbFun

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 10:56 PM

Lightbulbfun, have you thought about writing a book on Invacars?

You must be massing enough info and materials on them now to be able to.

 

interesting thought :) atm im just trying to gather what info I can and stick it here so its online and easily accessible to all :)

 

I think Stuart has a book himself that I want to get at some point, if nothing else just as a show of support and thanks :)

 

 

in an ideal world id like to make a countrybus.org type website with all the different types documented, and all survivors etc listed :)


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:31 AM

I think they deleted that line when she became a Trike, which backs up that the 410kg was an important part of the invalid carriage 'rank' - ie not the same as the earlier type.

 
very interesting, as in it was removed from the V5? it will be interesting to see what TP,s V5 says when Zel gets that back from the DVLA :) (as I think he changed the body type to trike too...)


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:05 AM

Yes, that's my theory, as the weight means nothing in the trike style.
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 10:17 AM

£300 for something you've always wanted and can't wait to own seems a bargain to me.
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#695 OFFLINE   LightBulbFun

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 04:57 AM

heres a fun dropbox folder from Barry (the guy who got the Model 70 body shell) https://www.dropbox.... Carriage Index

 

its something he has been working on for a while it seems, and he recently invited me to contribute to it which is very nice of him, so I have been adding some photos :)

 

its been very fun to browse through it all, especially the Model 70 section :mrgreen: , theres even a folder specifically for surviving Model 70s https://www.dropbox.... Model 70's  :)

 

(although I do notice a few model 70s in there that im not sure have survived like the one covered in graffiti, i posted that one on facebook and no one responded so im guessing its unknown to the people)

 

(theres some extra photos of the field of Model 70s where TWC and TPA came from, UPB262M looks to be in quite good shape, so id not be surprised if that ends up being Marks (st185cs) personal Model 70 :) )



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 11:21 PM

heres an interesting one that iv been trying to figure out

 

during one of my past sleuthing sessions I came across this picture (in a thread on the piston heads forum about abandoned cars IIRC?)

 

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and it was noted, (and I noticed) the what looks to be a rollover bar of some kind, at the time I was not sure what to make of that, (is it really a rollover bar from the factory, or was it added after the fact at some point, perhaps someone used the model 70 in the picture for racing?)

 

however I came across this picture in the drop box archive

 

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which is of the invacar on top of the combine harvester thingy, which also shows the same bar

 

im pretty sure this bar is embedded inside the roof as I dont recall seeing it in the interior of a Model 70

 

so I guess my question is, is it really a rollover bar or just part of the manufacturing process for the roof? (I guess it would really depend if its bolted to the chassis or not)

 

would be amusing if it is a rollover bar because I doubt many other cars from the time had such safety devices let alone on an invacar  :mrgreen:



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Posted Yesterday, 04:17 AM

I was idly watching invacar videos at 4AM as you do

 

 

when I noticed in episode 1 of project invacar this slightly odd dash setup

 

 

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more specifically that bright pink knob (ooh err)

 

 

my best guess is its the choke, but normally Model 70s had the choke control with the heater and demister controls in one box so it makes me wonder what that looked like on this car

 

amusingly its reg is NOO738M :)



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Posted Yesterday, 05:09 AM

Screen wash? I note that the hole where it would usually be next to the switchgear is empty, that being said, 3 of the warning lamps are missing so the screen wash may have also been removed.

 

It is interesting to see one with the dash mounted gear selector, and a ciggie lighter socket!


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Posted Yesterday, 05:20 AM

Ah yes! completely forgot about the screen wash :) (I think the fact it was bright pink threw me off as normally the screen wash plunger is black)

 

(I think the hole next to it may have been for the hand brake before it was moved to the left hand side, but who knows maybe it is a cigarette lighter socket you never know with these  :mrgreen: )


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Posted Yesterday, 05:49 AM

I have a wonderful image in my head of an old giffer in a suit and hat with a moustache smoking a pipe whilst piloting his Invacar like a maniac.


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Posted Yesterday, 08:56 AM

I'm not sure when it happened, but my understanding is that the Model 70 spec did later include a roll bar, presumably in light of all the safety woes. Typical really. People express concerns about the vehicles falling over? Well, don't fix the problem but fit a roll bar so they are less hideously injured instead.

 

Neither TWC nor TPA have a roll bar as far as I remember, so it's my guess that the change came in 1974 or 1975, when the campaign against them was reaching fever pitch. I find it slightly odd that they weren't retro-fitted to earlier ones.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:41 AM

I'm not sure when it happened, but my understanding is that the Model 70 spec did later include a roll bar, presumably in light of all the safety woes. Typical really. People express concerns about the vehicles falling over? Well, don't fix the problem but fit a roll bar so they are less hideously injured instead.

 

Neither TWC nor TPA have a roll bar as far as I remember, so it's my guess that the change came in 1974 or 1975, when the campaign against them was reaching fever pitch. I find it slightly odd that they weren't retro-fitted to earlier ones.

Do they have seat belts? My Rialto has a bar like this that the seatbelt is mounted to.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:22 PM

I'm not sure when it happened, but my understanding is that the Model 70 spec did later include a roll bar, presumably in light of all the safety woes. Typical really. People express concerns about the vehicles falling over? Well, don't fix the problem but fit a roll bar so they are less hideously injured instead.

 

Neither TWC nor TPA have a roll bar as far as I remember, so it's my guess that the change came in 1974 or 1975, when the campaign against them was reaching fever pitch. I find it slightly odd that they weren't retro-fitted to earlier ones.

 

ohh interesting :) I didn't know later Model 70s had a roll bar, probably makes them safer then most 1970s cars in a rollover crash  :mrgreen:

 

(once again I feel Model 70s get/got unfairly tarred with the same brush, I wonder how many people complaining about invalid carriages at the time where looking at or had older models like a Mk12 or such)

 

 

Do they have seat belts? My Rialto has a bar like this that the seatbelt is mounted to.

 

Model 70s do indeed have a seat belt, which is bolted to 2 parts of the chassis IIRC :)



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Posted Yesterday, 01:34 PM

I can confirm MK12s have seatbelts too. Mounted on a ring on the floor.....yes the floor, let's not think about the floor. Maybe actually welded to the chassis? Don't know yet.


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Posted Yesterday, 03:08 PM

What I should have emphasised is that the lack of MOT result/lookup on any general vehicle enquiry (cartell for example) for the vehicle suggests the plate is on retention. Fully aware the vehicle check deletion means scrappage.

I've looked up thousands of plates from spotting so get the gist of it.

 
my thought process when seeing this: "Ohh another random car detailer website to fuck with!, Ohh its an Irish website, wonder if it will tell me any details about the Northern Ireland registered invacars that dont show up on the DVLA site"
 
and...
 
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result! :)
 
WOI654 also shows up :)
 
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Posted Yesterday, 07:07 PM

Have you ever seen this question raised in Parliament in 1975? Sorry if old news, well it is old news, but old news to you!

 

https://hansard.parl...InvalidVehicles

 

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Posted Yesterday, 07:22 PM

very interesting I had not seen that until now, thanks for sharing  :)

 

would be interesting to see the crash test results for the Model 70 they tested...

 

(wonder if theres a slow mo video of it all somewhere?)

 

also pretty cool to find out what the Ministry number for the TIppen Delta was



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Posted Yesterday, 07:45 PM

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So long ATW722L! Export marker=Yes  :(



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Posted Yesterday, 08:11 PM

The crash tests done by Mira were never published,the dhss refused to release them...
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Posted Yesterday, 08:22 PM

The crash tests done by Mira were never published,the dhss refused to release them...

 

I wonder how far a FOI would go LOL (who would you even send it to these days?!)

 

 

you mention tests plural did they did a whole suit of them or just the classic frontal crash?







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