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47 minutes ago, JJ0063 said:

LBF, I’ve missed this thread for ages - to save me trawling for ages, how did your driving lessons/test go?

still on going! I failed my first 2 tests sadly but got my 3rd on the 21st hopefully 3rd times a charm as they say! :) 

 

main thing is I need to get a handle on my fucking nerves, I took a mock test with my instructor last lesson and I failed because my nerves just got the better of me

its just really frustrating as im fine during lessons/normal driving, but during that mock test my nerves just went through the roof and I start doubting myself/hesitating so I failed on that during a couple points (one was waiting too long at a junction and another was dithering between lanes while I tried to figure out which I should be in)

 

but thankfully I did not fail the mock test on anything else, Ie I did not pull out on anyone or fail to check my mirrors etc and the parallel parking went well LOL

 

I have got another lesson tomorrow, where we will hopefully be doing another mock test and hopefully I can do better this time round! (and I have another lesson on Monday the day before the test)

if I could go back in time, I think what I would of done is insisted on started doing mock tests much earlier then I have done, because I clearly can drive, I just need to get a handle on my nerves during the test/get use to the test environment if that makes sense!

its just I got so much riding on this, and I know everything is booked up to buggery so If I fail, who knows when Ill be able to take another test, and ill have to do my theory again because that expires in January

and then I also start thinking about all the things that could go wrong how easy it is to fail and just how conditional it is, as you said in a post elsewhere on this forum about your up coming lorry test, so much of it is up to chance/conditional, lots of idiots on/in the road!

I wish I could turn my nerves off or something! LOL

 

 

 

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I took delivery of this a few days ago :) my very first America streetlight! imported directly from North America :) (Shown with a Philips SL lamp for size comparison)

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a fellow America friend and lighting very kindly bought it for my birthday a couple weeks ago and it arrived recently :) I have wanted one of these and have tried to get one for over 10 years now so I am very pleased to finally have one!

it was brand new in box :) (and thankfully managed to survive the trip overseas as the seller only sent it in its original box with zero extra packaging or double boxing despite me asking him to!)

its an American Electric  Lighting Roadway 115, or AEL 115 for short, its of the classic American Cobrahead design, and there are many US streetlights that follow this design style, but the AEL ones are the ones I like the most atheistically so I am very pleased to have gotten one finally :) 

this particular example uses a 100W High Pressure Sodium lamp, however US 35W 50W 100W 150W and 1000W HPS lamps are not of the same electrical specifications as British/European HPS lamps of the same wattage so I had to wait for a US Spec lamp to arrive as I only had US Spec HPS lamps in 50W and 1000W

thankfully I was able to find a UK based supplier for the lamp so I did not have to wait for the lamp to arrive from the states

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(that is what the Yellow 10 sticker is about, its called a NEMA tag and tells the crew on the ground what lamp the streetlight uses, so Yellow for HPS and 10 for 100W)

access is gained by pushing on the latch on the front of the streetlight and swinging the door out of the way

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with the lamp installed and everything wired it up, it was time to fire it up, of course this being American it is rated for 120V 60Hz, thankfully I have equipment to deal with that, in this case my Variac, a Special transformer that lets me dial in any voltage I want between 0V and 270V :) 

as this is 60Hz if I fed it 120V directly it would actually make it unhappy as the UK is 50Hz, so get around this I fed the fixture a lower voltage of about 105-108V to compensate for the frequency difference, which worked perfectly :) 

the lamp fired up and ran up nicely :) 

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after monitoring the voltage and current and ballast temperature to make sure everything was happy (and as you can see by the label the fixture was made on the 22nd of August 2018)

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I closed the door and have had it running happily for over an hour now, enjoying its nice warm golden glow by my side :) 

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as you can probably imagine/tell I very pleased/happy with this, I of course have a few British streetlights in my collection but US Streetlights are not exactly common here so I am very happy to have one in the collection and of one of the exact models I had lusted after :) 

the ultimate find for me now would be to find and get an AEL 327, which is the biggest Streetlight AEL made and was made for 1000W Lamps so 10x more powerful then this streetlight! as you can imagine they are massive beasts, but follow the same design as the AEL 115 so again I really like the athletic of them

but sadly AEL stopped making 327's around 2018, and even when in production where much less common then the standard AEL 115 which was cranked out by the truckload. hopefully someday I can get my hands on an AEL 327 :) 

anyways I hope you enjoyed this look at an American streetlight :) 

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On 9/14/2021 at 8:07 PM, AdgeCutler said:

I've meant to share this picture for a while now, it's Brians chain gaurd. Interestingly it seems to be in the Peacock blue from the early mark 12 machines, I guess a load were painted in the early days of the model and sat on the shelf awaiting their use. No other components sport this colour.

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I just checked mine and it's the standard"ministry" blue, so maybe Brian had a replacement chain guard at some point?

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On 22/12/2020 at 21:32, Spottedlaurel said:

Seen this one on Flickr yet?

Negative No: 1972-3561 - Negatives Book Entry: Wembury Street, Various views

 

 

On 22/12/2020 at 22:11, LightBulbFun said:

Ohh no I had not! but I see its in my usual tabs and was only uploaded today, which is why I had not yet seen it as iv been busy doing some Invalid vehicle admin today (which will get its own post once its done :) )

but that is a very cool find! its a very late Frank Tippen and Sons Tippen Delta, until now the latest one I have been able to find (in this case by Chassis number bashing against the DVLA database) is OVC89H (an Electric machine)

for reference the earliest Fred Miller Ltd Tippen Delta I can find is ATD567J

id love to know if its an electric or Petrol machine, (current thought and research suggests that Petrol machines ended production a good bit before Electric machines)

so id like to say this is an electric machine but sadly it does not show up on the DVLA nor does anything from OVC401H-OVC510H, so I dont know any exact details about it sadly

bringing this one back up as I just unearthed this neat period photo :) 

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another very late Frank Tippen & Sons Tippen Delta 8, in the same OVC-H block as the above flicker car,

I still sadly dont know if this block of machines was one last final batch of petrol machines or electric machines

(its been presumed that Petrol machines ended production before the Electric machines did but has never been confirmed)

its also a neat shot giving a good comparison between the Delta 8 up front and the Delta 6 behind it :) 

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2 hours ago, Harriytait said:

This has probably already been shared but just incase it hasn't here's an interesting vid apparently from 1959 showing a rather interesting MK12 Prototype possibly?? with a much smaller rear window.

 

 

indeed it has :) its been discussed at some length, its a great source of getting period shots of some very rare invalid carriages I would love to know if the original negative exists somewhere so I could have it scanned in as high resolution  as I can get!

but the video is not from 1959, I can actually tell that by the Mk12's and their registration marks that its from 1961 or later as for example xxxUPU was not issued until January 1961

and they are sadly not prototypes, Early Mk12's no suffix (it went Mk12 Mk12A Mk12B Mk12C Mk12D and finally Mk12E) had a smaller rear window and non-glass side windows :) 

 

On 28/06/2020 at 15:21, LightBulbFun said:

in other invacar news this very interesting 1960s spot was posted on the microcar world FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/950689934973969/permalink/3086153661427575/

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very interesting because its an Invacar Mk12 with Mk12 no suffix non glass side windows but has the later large rear window

 

as seen here the very first Mk12's had a smaller rear window and non glass side windows 

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its said that the Mk12A introduced glass side windows, and I had sort of assumed that with that the larger rear window was introduced as well, but clearly thats not the case!

I do know from the second shot/car, that at least in Jan 1961 (as thats when xxxUPU was first issued) they still had the original setup and supposedly Mk12A was introduced in April 1962, so clearly the combo of large rear window but non glass side windows was not around for long

(assuming the Mk12A introduction date is accurate)

have to say I do prefer the atheistic of the smaller rear window and rounded corners of the non glass side windows, but I know the larger rear window and glass side windows are much more practical!

 

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so for those who might not know I had my 3rd driving test today,

and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went! 

well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full B licence woo!

heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate :) 

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only 4 minors, Ill take that LOL

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im so please to have finally passed, Iv put so much time, effort and money into it,  and its finally paid off!, 3rd times a charm literally (although 1st time with this instructor for what thats worth :) )

and there was so much riding on it (with my theory pass which was going to expire in January, but knowing there where just no practical driving test slots for the foreseeable future etc)

its a massive weight off my shoulders now!

speaking of instructors this is the website https://drivebetter.co.uk/ for the one which I passed my test with :) I do recommend her if you have someone in East London wanting to learn how to drive, if she can get me through a test I imagine she can get anyone through!

heres the obligatory standing by car with pass certificate photo!  

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so yeah finally passed Woo! I just need REV roadworthy and home and finally ill have some form own personal independence once more! 

Thank you to everyone who has been with/put up with/helped me through this whole roller coaster ride! its seriously appreciated :) 

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  • LightBulbFun changed the title to LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards :) practical driving test passed finally Woo! :D

So pleased for you mate, really great news and I know how much it’s been worrying you.

I can still remember how over the moon I was 12 years ago passing my test. I remember my first solo journey in my Citroen AX panicking as I couldn’t understand how I was ever going to be able to adjust the stereo whilst driving as I couldn’t take my hand off the wheel 😂

Best of luck getting on the road, cliche but it’s true - the real learning starts now 

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50 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

so for those who might not know I had my 3rd driving test today,

and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went! 

well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full B licence woo!

heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate :) 

Absolutely brilliant news!  Resist the temptation to put a Hyabusa engine in your Invacar and I hope you can soon enjoy the greater independence and freedom that car ownership can give.  

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1 hour ago, LightBulbFun said:

so for those who might not know I had my 3rd driving test today,

and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went! 

well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full B licence woo!

heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate :) 

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only 4 minors, Ill take that LOL

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im so please to have finally passed, Iv put so much time, effort and money into it,  and its finally paid off!, 3rd times a charm literally (although 1st time with this instructor for what thats worth :) )

and there was so much riding on it (with my theory pass which was going to expire in January, but knowing there where just no practical driving test slots for the foreseeable future etc)

its a massive weight off my shoulders now!

speaking of instructors this is the website https://drivebetter.co.uk/ for the one which I passed my test with :) I do recommend her if you have someone in East London wanting to learn how to drive, if she can get me through a test I imagine she can get anyone through!

heres the obligatory standing by car with pass certificate photo!  

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so yeah finally passed Woo! I just need REV roadworthy and home and finally ill have some form own personal independence once more! 

Thank you to everyone who has been with/put up with/helped me through this whole roller coaster ride! its seriously appreciated :) 

Winning! I think I had 11 minors when I passed back in '99, so be happy with 4.

Over the moon for you, I know this was a scary thing for you. 

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Thanks all :) 

indeed its still a little hard to comprehend! but I bloody well did it, I finally passed! woo!

it is a serious weight off my shoulders and a serious freedom gained for me!

I dont have to worry about regular driving lessons doing my back in, or running out of money to pay for them! I no longer have to worry about will I pass before my theory expired!

all that worry gone now! and I have my full licence, as long as whatever car im handed keys to is Taxed/roadworthy and has valid insurance I can get in and drive it! Scary thought almost LOL

and then go pickup rare lightbulbs in it or go to the FoD! no longer have to worry about public transport and all that!

4 minutes ago, Mrs6C said:

I bet you are the first person ever to pass a driving test while wearing a T shirt with an Invacar on it... :-)

haha yeah the thought did cross my mind! which is one of the reasons why I saved my TWC T-shirt for the test :) 

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