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I joined a week ago and being a relative newcomer to Vauxhall stuff thought I'd see for myself if their products are really as good as everyone here makes out. To start with the mechanical wipers are a bit of a disappointment, and will probably remain so when it rains. I'd expected flailing rods poking out of the engine, but there's just a cable drive from the camshaft.

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Maybe to compensate, and for added slop, Luton stuck the actual selector mechanism on show under the bonnet instead of inside the gearbox; perhaps they had trouble making it as awful as some of their rivals.

 

Next comes the handbrake which dangles down from under the dashboard. It eventually connects with the rear brakes via miles of frayed cable- next stop Halfords.post-7547-0-18253800-1488631375_thumb.jpg

Wiper gear leverpost-7547-0-42670700-1488631660_thumb.jpg

I can't wait to get behind the wheel

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This thread is a further step in my gradual conversion to the Vauxhalll Dark Side.  Obi Wan sure will be pissed at me when he hears.

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I have childhood memories of the engine driven wipers in the fucked Velox Dad got to replace the dead Zephyr.

 

At least Vauxhall's mechanically driven wipers increase speed in line with the car's speed. Ford suction driven wipers hardly move when flat out. (Then thrash themselves dementedly as the car decelerates).

 

Austin etc had the sense to ignore all this nonsense and wipe electric, from the start I think.

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How smug will I be when the rain becomes torrential and I simply change down a gear and drive everywhere in second. Bedford offered a 3 speeder right into the 70's on the CF. Were they the last?

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PC & CF

In the civilised world the CF was probably the last, but apparently the Septics could still get 3 speed column change Ford F-150 pickups until 1986!

In a similar vein, was the FD Victor the last 3 speed manual British car? Could you get 3 speed FEs? I've seen one with a bench seat and column change , which must make it the last car so equipped, but I don't know if it was 3 or 4 speed.

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According to Vauxpedia the FD had 3 speed column change up until 1970; 4 speed with overdrive, sounds much nicer. 2 speed powerglide is mentioned for the first year.

Column change doesn't seem available on the FE but this does:post-7547-0-50432400-1488700947_thumb.jpg

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The mysteries of the mechanical windscreen wiper are laid bare. It is upgradeable to power an extra blade for the left side of the windscreen, but for me that would be an unconscionable indulgence, a squandering of fuel; passengers will appreciate the view all the more when its sunny.

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The gearbox is driven all the time the engine is running and there is a self parking mechanism. (Just for the wipers, for the vehicle its available on the Deluxe only.)

 I've dismantled the controls and wiring and carefully removed the wings with an angle grinder. It looks like this, and I can now behold the strangeness of the front suspension. One possible advantage of having the springs and dampers on the 'wrong' side of the kingpins is that the steering linkage is simpler than most independent set-ups from this era- the nipple count is unusually low unlike my Sunbeam which had, I think, 12 on the front axle alone.

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The news from under the rocker cover isn't good, solidified black oil everywhere. In common with the Sunbeam the oil filtration is wretched, not being full flow- lumps are only removed gradually. I might not be sticking with that...

 

 

 

 

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You're never too old to learn, and only this afternoon I've come across a new method of fixing in a floor repair panel using a bent nail. If only all cars had a wooden 'b' post what a lot of trouble it would save.

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Elsewhere there's a little light corrosion; the hammer wielding twat had pop rivetted on some galvanised sheet to cover it, but not before grinding 2 inches into the chassis rail. It wasn't done too long ago either as it's a thin disc. I suspect it then got an MOT. My advisory would have been castration.

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The rear floor rests on thin but deep wooden crossmembers which at present are home to a hungry species of beetle larvae. I'm going to take off all the tin bits and mend them. The wooden bits can then go on the fire to fix the pesky woodworms. I'll make an inedible frame and glue it all back together.

 

Mechanically it's mostly bollocksed, especially the clutch mechanism. The cast iron operating fork has worn right through at its pivot and was long ago built up horribly with brazing. The ring gear teeth are worn to half their thickness, so I'd guess the van was doing door to door deliveries, perhaps fruit and veg or bread judging by the shelving in the back.

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I wish cars were made out of wood. It'd have saved me a bomb on welding.

Even better would be cars made out of stainless steel. Get the doors hinged correctly (from the rear) keep the boss away from the talc and it'd be a winner.

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