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  1. https://www.aronline.co.uk/concepts-and-prototypes/sports-car-projects-mg-ex234/
  2. Ooh, a Hull SAG! (for that was the registration) Nice bonus Autofare 1 ticket machine too. I can still hear the noise they made when the driver changed the fare stage. Jesus Christ, that’s sad even for me.
  3. It's one time Reading WJB68T, a Leyland Titan B15. Wondered if it was still around/clinging on to life. Edit: the bus behind is FKM718L, an ex-Maidstone and District Leyland Atlantean/MCW with coach(ish) seating, by the way.
  4. Yeah yeah, but all those engines have the cylinders in a row (or a multiple of rows). How about arranging them like in the barrel of a revolver. I bring you the Redrup engine. The idea was not new but Charles Redrup was engaged by Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company to develop his axial engine for use in their bus chassis, the idea being was that the engine took up less space and so could be mounted under the floor, giving more room for passenger accommodation. The engine drove the crank through a ‘wobble plate’ arrangement where the big end of the con-rod was a ball and socket arrangement, driving an inclined plate so converting the forward/backward motion of the piston into a rotating one sort of like this: The engines inlet and exhaust valves a single sleeve that rotated, covering and uncovering ports in the cylinder walls. All very clever and by the early 30s an experimental unit was put into a Bristol bus chassis for testing (known as ‘the black chassis’. When it worked, it was very very good, giving power outputs far in excess of anything Bristol was using at the time. The biggest problem was the sealing of the sleeve valve and over time it became more and more hard to start, often requiring the test bed to be towed a number of miles before the engine could be coaxed into life. Further refinements of the engine were tried and after the replacement of the rotary sleeve valve by more conventional poppet valves, progress was starting to be made. However, a change of management at Bristol saw the end to the experimentation and the engine was never used again in a road vehicle (as far as I know, anyway) Axial engines have found use in aviation where the low torque reaction of this type of engine proved useful when driving a propellor. It was also used to drive torpedoes as the shape of the engine fitted the shape of the torpedo rather well. edit: further reading on axial engines here http://www.douglas-self.com/MUSEUM/POWER/unusualICeng/axial-ICeng/axial-IC.htm#b
  5. No idea. Anyway, have a few more pics then I'll leave you all alone.
  6. For some long forgotten reason, I was hijaked last Sunday and taken in a lous and reasonably rapid car to a cricket club that had been opened by John Major. Oh, and there were some old cars there. Some sort of 'do' apparently. I thought it rude of me not to take any pictures as they'd gone to all that trouble. Here are some of them. Well that wasted a bit of your time, didn't it?
  7. The trolleybus on the far right is Derby 215 (Brush bodied Sunbeam F4) and i have had the misfortune to drive it at the Black Country Museum. I don’t think it has turned a wheel since the late ‘80s but does still exist. SCH239 is a Sunbeam F4/Roe and sister 237 is now at Carlton Coalville and is immaculate. DRC235 is yet another F4, this time with Willowbrook body with similar 224 still extant.
  8. It was essentially the same unit as fitted to the trucks as was fitted to REV01. The main issues were heat build up in the transmission sue to the stop start nature of urban bus work, otherwise it worked fairly well in it. After Leyland’s dismemberment and sale! the CVT gearbox project was spun off into its own company, Torotrak (?) to continue development of this and other projects and REV01 went with them. Eventually it was sold on and was rebuilt as a standard single door 11.3m and entered service for the first time in its life. REV01 was not plucked from the line for the CVT though, its original purpose was in the joint development with Lucas of multiplex wiring systems. The whole loom was ripped out and a prototype three wire loom was installed in its place to control the bus’s systems. This was around 1978 showing just how far ahead of the game Leylands technical team really was.
  9. Ask away, that's what we're all here for.
  10. Mind if I splaff some bus pics on here? I went to Busfest at Gaydon last Saturday, they were celebrating 50 years of National Express (the brand) and a bit about the Leyland National. Yours truly got invited to be part of a discussion about said integral alongside some of the folk who actually created the thing. Anyway, in no particular order:
  11. There used to be a pic doing the rounds of a Birmingham standard on full tilt; they had heavy bodies coupled with soft suspension so used to get quite the lean on. Speaking of Older buses with soft suspension:
  12. On the quest for obscure omnibuses, I bring you the 2002 Toyota Flappo hybrid concept.
  13. Built for Scarborough and passed to East Yorkshire when they took over the United services there.
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