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Made it to Basildon last night, but by heck does the transmission sound awful! I'm wondering if the chain has become slack - it's that sort of a horrific noise, as if it's bouncing off the chain case. Hope to investigate later.
But first, we plan to visit the old Greeves factory sight, as that was the main point of this trip. I'll report back later.
I will say my buttock muscles are worn out, from the severe clenching on the A13 last night. Many miles of flyovers with no hard shoulder and a sick Invacar in heavy traffic!
Surprised you're not walking funny from carrying your balls of steel....

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30 minutes ago, dollywobbler said:

Made it to Basildon last night, but by heck does the transmission sound awful! I'm wondering if the chain has become slack - it's that sort of a horrific noise, as if it's bouncing off the chain case. Hope to investigate later.

But first, we plan to visit the old Greeves factory sight, as that was the main point of this trip. I'll report back later.

I will say my buttock muscles are worn out, from the severe clenching on the A13 last night. Many miles of flyovers with no hard shoulder and a sick Invacar in heavy traffic!

and to think you have to do all again on the way back home, EEK!

Chod speed good sir! how fast have you gotten her up to yet? :)

 

(and have you been pulled over yet by a police man who thought Invacars are not allowed on motorways? :mrgreen: )

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I haven't been on a motorway yet...

I did go to the factory though! There are two locations. We started at what was the office and spares department before finding the old factory.

The chaps at Endsleigh Invacar are ex-factory and own the one LightbulbFan spotted on Google Earth. It's an AC ringer on a G plate, and painted the wrong shade of blue. Hasn't moved for a good 15 years.

Even better, they had spares on the shelf! I bought two new pulleys and a new drive belt and we fitted them this afternoon. 

Wow. That's how an Invacar should behave! Much more like TPA. Much quieter. The incorrect driven pulley I was using was over-extending and smashing itself to pieces, hence the terrible noise.

50mph is now easy, 60mph possible with time. She can now accelerate uphill! Happy times!

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epic awesome stuff! its amazing how they had parts still!

and im very happy to hear TWCs issues have been resolved :)

also very happy to see the Model 70 hiding out back has been papped :) shame its a little derelict, I wonder what their plans are for it?  (also an AC Model 70 at the Invacar Factory!)

heres a picture of it in slightly happier times :) 

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40 minutes ago, plasticvandan said:

staggered they have parts on the shelf! and even better they had the parts you needed. They will no doubt have been service agents long after production ceased,but to have hung onto the parts for so long after they went out of service,makes the trip worthwhile :-) Sometimes just having the right parts in good nick can make all the difference.I wonder if they still had any of the special tools?

He did show me the room for holding the driven pulley apart. We managed without.

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Great news you've managed to get hold of the correct NOS parts.

Good luck with your trip to my neck of the woods over the next couple of days, hopefully much more relaxing for you. M23 between M25 and Horsham is a nightmare at the moment.

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On 5/12/2019 at 5:12 PM, dollywobbler said:

Last time I went your way, the sky was blue due to the number of Police lights. There was a siege going on, so even more lively than usual! It's certainly possible if I decide to avoid Dartford. I hate Dartford, so it kind of makes sense to give it the swerve.

Having worked in Dartford for three years, I never plan on going back...

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39 minutes ago, GrumpiusMaximus said:

Having worked in Dartford for three years, I never plan on going back...

only nice things about Dartford are 1) I got married there and the registry office is a hidden thing of beauty in such a rat hole; and 2) the 480 bus to Gravesend.

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5 minutes ago, dozeydustman said:

only nice things about Dartford are 1) I got married there and the registry office is a hidden thing of beauty in such a rat hole; and 2) the 480 bus to Gravesend.

The Library is alright.  I used to work for the local Mind association there a few years ago.  Was interesting.  Swanley was my area as well...

Anyhow.  Back to Invacars!

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Okay... definitely expect a PM shortly for contact details so I can get myself a spare pulley set ordered too.  While mine seem to be behaving so far, given I've still plans afoot for a somewhat epic voyage next year I think changing for actual known good examples seems wise.

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37 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Okay... definitely expect a PM shortly for contact details so I can get myself a spare pulley set ordered too.  While mine seem to be behaving so far, given I've still plans afoot for a somewhat epic voyage next year I think changing for actual known good examples seems wise.

I posted it in my thread today but incase you missed it, this is the website :) http://www.elmsleigh-invacar.co.uk/

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28 minutes ago, brownnova said:

Amazing that you managed to get the parts from the original place of origin! That’s almost poetic! Something very satisfying about that... 

Yep, like all the best stuff on AS, the more you think about it the better it gets - a car for the disabled that's been out of production for 40 years,  that was banned* in 2003, there are less than 100 left - and 'yeah parts are on the shelf mate, hang on a minute...'.

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Cheers for that, I'll definitely give them a shout tomorrow.

I reckon with the right kit and skills the pulleys I have could be refurbished.  The chromed central shaft is in good nick on mine at least.  I may well have a chat with the folks at Fusion Fabs (who made my fuel tank) and see what they think.  Obviously I don't want to go messing with them until I have an alternative available to use on the car though in case I do break them!  At the same time I really don't want to seem to be hoarding parts.

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Had a very pleasant meet with HubNut fans last night. TWC popular as ever.

Today? Driving straight through London. I'm actually looking forward to it. I hope to cross Tower Bridge around lunchtime. Wondering if there's anywhere it's possible to park for free for a quick 'this is London' photo.

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18 minutes ago, MorrisItalSLX said:

Excellent news about the off the shelf pulleys fixing your drive issues, what else did they have in stock in the way of spares?
Driving through London should be interesting, TWC is the perfect size to nip around.

See!!! *grumble* :mrgreen:

 

1 minute ago, busmansholiday said:

Make sure you drive past parliament so there's a chance Sky / BBC / ITN get the oportunity to get it in the background when they are interviewing some MP.

 

does DW get bonus points if he makes the belt squeal really loudly as the MP is about to talk? :mrgreen:

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