Vintage Engine Art

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Rizingson, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    The BMC dealer had to sell new only. Whether it was company policy or part of the franchise agreement I don't know. Rebuilts were available at every aftermarket car-parts store in town. We just couldn't sell or install them.
  2. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I was rebuilding a Lucas starter a few years ago where I work now, and said to the boss I need brushes. He came back with a small paperbag with 10 sets of brushes in it - he probably bought a dozen brush sets 40 years ago and used 2. The starter I replaced recently had a burnt out commutator, complete new starter was cheaper than an armature by itself.

    So comes back to a US and rest of the world thing. No one in my country could afford to buy a new starter in 1970, we fixed everything. If you couldn't buy a new part, you made it.
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  3. zzzak

    zzzak Long timer Supporter

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    Like Burt Munro. John Britten and Kim Newcombe ?
  4. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    Like every Kiwi mechanic.
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  5. Scrivens

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    Just throw a comment in from Australia - I've never bought a new starter motor or alternator for any of my cars, always had them rebuilt. The last one was around 4 years ago. I fix switches too.
  6. Ziptye

    Ziptye Adventurer

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    Like Motu says, we had to fix everything, new just wasn't an option for the average person. Carbs, starters, generators, brakes, etc, got rebuilt. We even relined brake shoes using brass rivets, then ground away the excess lining material. Today that would be unacceptable practice, asbestos being what it is. But, different time and place. I would be lost in todays workshop, technology has changed everything.
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  8. Scrivens

    Scrivens Long timer

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    My first job was in a brake shop and I had the job of cutting the big coils of lining material into lengths on a band saw and linishing the old shoes. The entire shop was always ankle deep in brake lining dust by the end of the day.
  9. jay pc

    jay pc Been here awhile

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    Same situation at the Ferodo plant where I used to buy material for cutting the (48, IIRC) inserts required to re-line my race Velocette's
    clutch. Dust everywhere, no one wearing masks. The plant manager asserted to me that the dust was harmless since the asbestos fibers
    were embedded in the matrix material. According to him, it only became problematic after the matrix was cooked & shredded in the
    brakes and clutches, thereby freeing the asbestos.
    I still breathed pretty gingerly whenever I visited the place.
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    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    Interesting information about the Britten Single engine currently on display at Motorcycle Mecca in Invercargill and a duplicate part of it soon to be on display at the Britten Stables in Christchurch.

    After competing his giant-killing V1000 twin, John Britten wanted to blitz the very popular (at the time) Sound of Singles World Race Class which was dominated by the Ducati Supermono.



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    Harley R. Davidson! :lol3
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    350cc 90 degree V-8. Built by Tauno Nurmi , using pistons from a Honda 50 and the rest from the shop. D.O.H.C. and individual carbs for each cylinder.
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