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Zel's Motoring Adventures...Lada, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 11/11 - The Sun Motortester Has Arrived...

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20 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

The light was utterly dead...not a flicker, nothing.  Have to wonder if this tube is original...

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Of course curiousity just got the better of me...August 1995, so no.  It's been changed at some point.

of all the tubes, I have to say I was not expecting an F30T12!

they are very rare in the UK, but funnily enough most "commonly" found on buses (contrary to popular belief the F30T12 and F30T8 do have different electrical specifications, one of those being the F30T12 is easier to strike up, hence why you find it in buses on their transistorised low voltage ballasts)

and in stuff imported from the US, is the thing from the US or something any idea how old it is?

looks like its outside etch so April 1994 (if the dash is under the E and 9 dots ignoring the 2 on the far right, with the dash under the I indicating it was made at the bucyrus ohio plant :) )

real shame its seemingly dead, also very interesting to hear it has some sort of electronic ballast, would not expect that in such old kit, would be very interesting to see what it is

23 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Took me a bit of digging but did find a suitable tube in the stock.  One of the stack of NOS tubes from my old work building found by the demo crew.  That poor old building keeps on giving.

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reminds me that I must add some of those to my collection, I wonder how many tubes i can fit in a Model 70 :) 

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These units were quite popular in the USA, and honestly wouldn't surprise me  if I found it running from a 230-120V transformer internally...we'll see when I get into it.

Dating the sucker properly is very much on the to do list.  I *think* we're looking at early 80s though.  The 1215 was launched at the very tail end of the 70s, though this facelifted one came a few years later.

Sure we could find you one of those 3' Cryselco tubes.  Can't remember exactly but there are at least half a dozen of them.  They're from 1972 if I remember the date codes correctly.

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35 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

These units were quite popular in the USA, and honestly wouldn't surprise me  if I found it running from a 230-120V transformer internally...we'll see when I get into it.

Dating the sucker properly is very much on the to do list.  I *think* we're looking at early 80s though.  The 1215 was launched at the very tail end of the 70s, though this facelifted one came a few years later.

Sure we could find you one of those 3' Cryselco tubes.  Can't remember exactly but there are at least half a dozen of them.  They're from 1972 if I remember the date codes correctly.

did not realise the system went that far back, I was thinking late 80s early 1990s!

since the GE date code is on a 10 year cycle it could be April 1984 as well which would make it original (the 1980s was the transition from inside etch to outside etch so that rules out it being 1974!)

and id actually be more inclined to think 1984, as 1990s GE tubes had a bit of a bolder etch IIRC

 

the question im wondering is where these made in the US/by a US company and then shipped to the UK or was it done differently? if they where made in the US then shipped over it would explain the US tube etc

 

and id very much appreciate that :)  its just getting the stuff home thats stopped me from scooping up some previously, hence the question of how much stuff can we cram in a Model 70 :) 

(I wonder how quickly id get pulled over for having an 8ft tube/fixture poking out the window LOL)

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1984 would probably be about right I'd think.  Would actually make a lot of sense given the serial number starts 0984...so September 84?

The 1215 originally looked like this when it was launched

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(image found on Reddit)

Facelift took 20 years off it didn't it?  Astonishing what a bit of tinted perspex can do.

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Today has been another utter mess, but in preparation for our trip north tomorrow I needed to give the van a check over and tidy up a bit.

I reckon that between tools, rubbish, building materials, car supplies and miscellaneous stuff left in there from previous trips I probably removed a couple of hundred kg of weight from it.  I'd really have liked to give it a wash as we will be attending a car related get together up there...but time just didn't allow it.  Interior at least is now passable.

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Would have really liked to give the dash a wipe down too, but just ran out of time. 

Surprised I even got that done given I've kept getting bloody interrupted every time I try to get started on anything.

I hate looking after guests who aren't my guests!

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Sudden realisation that I've forgotten a task that needs done before we leave as it's been bugging me for weeks.  The windscreen (and wipers) need cleaning.

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That's the highest you can reach from the ground without standing on (and falling off) the bumper.

Let's see how much I've missed when it's light in the morning!

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3 hours ago, richardmorris said:

Looks like Shaun the sheep down there.

The carpet in the cab is really threadbare in quite a few places.  Will definitely be looking to get it changed at some point.  Probably be something less fluffy that will replace it.

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