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Through the rain

PostPost by: ardee_selby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:10 pm

For all you fans of the "Prince of Darkness"...from the days when a second "squeegee" was optional equipment!

Seems the passenger could see s*d all, even if the lights were on! :)

Cheers - rd

P.S. The letter was written in response to queries from my late father-in-law
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:37 pm

Well Lucas had made some progress since 1932 when my Dad's Standard "little 9" was made.
The single wiper motor mounted on top of the hinged "opening" windscreean (Air Con') could be operated by via a small chromed lever & thus provided an interval wiper.
Although I suspect that the lever was there for when the motor refused to work :lol:

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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:32 pm

D.J.Pelly wrote:...could be operated by via a small chromed lever & thus provided an interval wiper. Although I suspect that the lever was there for when the motor refused to work :lol:

Cheers
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My first car (a '53 Ford Anglia) had those vacuum driven wipers. Wished I'd had a manual over-ride on many an occasion, particularly going uphill, waiting for the reservois to empty.

Cheers - rd
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:47 pm

ardee_selby wrote:
D.J.Pelly wrote:...could be operated by via a small chromed lever & thus provided an interval wiper. Although I suspect that the lever was there for when the motor refused to work :lol:

Cheers
John


My first car (a '53 Ford Anglia) had those vacuum driven wipers. Wished I'd had a manual over-ride on many an occasion, particularly going uphill, waiting for the reservois to empty.

Cheers - rd


Aha! my Dad's next car; yes a Ford had those vacuum operated wipers, the faster you drove the slower they went; what an incredible step forward :lol:
But the engine did have an oil pump & shell bearings so no need to take a spare set of con-rods & pistons with us on Holidays as spares.
That's not a joke, a trip from Bristol to Sheffield or Bristol to Poole in the Standard Little 9 usually involved a piston & con-rod swap.
Luckily with the car up on a pile of bricks the pistons & rods came out from under the engine & past the crank with no problems.
Oh & the 1932 Standard had a genuine black crackle finished electric motor provided by "the prince of darkness"

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