Bedford CF

Bedford CF

Bedford CF Dormobile

Bedford CF Dormobile

The Bedford CF range of full-size panel vans was produced by Bedford. The van was introduced in 1969 to replace the older CA model, and was sized to compete directly with the Ford Transit, which had entered production 4 years earlier.  Brochure

Vauxhall/Bedford was a General Motors subsidiary, and in some markets outside the United Kingdom and Ireland the CF was sold through Opel dealers as the Opel Bedford Blitz from 1973 on when the original Opel Blitz was phased out. In other markets such as in Norway the CF retained its original name.

The Bedford CF was notable for being the last solely Vauxhall-engineered vehicle when it was discontinued in 1987 (the last Vauxhall passenger car had been the HC Viva which had ceased production in 1979); sinc...

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1953 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Cadillac Eldorado 1st generation is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac. Over ten generations, it was produced from 1953 to 2002. Early competitors and similar vehicles included the Lincoln Mark series, Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado and Chrysler’s Imperial Coupe. Whitewall Tyre Cleaner

The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years, and the Eldorado was never less than second in price after the Cadillac Series 75 until 1966. Eldorados carried the Fleetwood designation from 1965 through 1972.

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Service Interval

Service Interval

Service Interval

P38 Range Rover for 260,000 Km Service Interval

A Major Service Interval is due on my 2001 Range Rover P38. This will be at the 260,000 Km milestone.

I am a firm believer in routine maintenance. It is a preventative measure to ensure everything is running OK, rather than a reactive measure when something is left unattended and decides to break at the most inconvenient time and place.

I have had a slight weep from the front half shafts, the valley seals and the engine to gearbox seal for about 18 months now, and although each service has shown these up, the recommendation from my specialist workshop was to keep checking the fluid levels on a regular basis, to ensure the weeps don’t get worse.

Because the vehicle has a regular service interval schedule, such things as smal...

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Remote Key Fob

Remote Key Fob

Using the remote key fob, I unlocked my Range Rover as my wife asked me if I would go to our local shopping centre, 2 weeks before Christmas 2017, to collect some oversize presents for our grandchildren.

She suggested that it would be busy and so we should maybe park on the roof as the indoor car park would be packed.

2001 P38 Range Rover 4.6 with Remote Key Fob

2001 P38 Range Rover 4.6

We took my 2001 P38 Range Rover as it has a good load area with the rear sets down. We pulled on the roof and parked the vehicle under a shaded area. Getting out of the car my wife, Jan, said we could have parked closer to the escalators but no problem.

The only thing that gave me any indication something was wrong was that the remote key fob would not lock the doors so I used the key in the lock, and thought no more about it.

We went s...

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Studebaker Avanti

Studebaker Avanti

Studebaker Avanti

Studebaker Avanti

The Studebaker Avanti is a personal luxury coupe manufactured and marketed by Studebaker Corporation between June 1962 and December 1963. The automaker marketed the Avanti as “America’s Only 4 Passenger High-Performance Personal Car.”

Described as “one of the more significant milestones of the postwar industry” the car offered combined safety and high-speed performance. The Studebaker Avanti broke 29 records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Subsequent to Studebaker’s discontinuation of the model, a series of five owner arrangements continued manufacture and marketing of the Avanti model.      Waterproof Car Cover

Design

Studebaker Avanti - Rear Quarter

Studebaker Avanti – Rear Quarter

The Avanti was developed at the direction of Studebaker president, Sherwood Egbert...

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Lanchester Sprite

Lanchester Sprite

Lanchester Sprite

Lanchester Sprite

The Lanchester Sprite was produced when the pioneering firm of Lanchester was taken over by Daimler in 1931 and the post-war models from Lanchester were down market Daimlers with little individuality and four-cylinder engines of modest power.  T-Shirt

The Lanchester Sprite model announced in 1954, bore a striking family resemblance to the Daimler Conquest; indeed the Sprite’s 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine was the Daimlers straight six with 2 cylinders removed.

However, not only was the Lanchester Sprite considerably smaller than the Daimler Conquest, with an overall length of 168 inches / 426 cm (shorter by 10.75 inches / 27 cm) and a wheelbase of 99 inches / 251 cm (shorter by 5 inches / 12 cm), it was also radically different in it’s construction...

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Isotta Fraschini 8

Isotta Fraschini 8

Isotta Fraschini 8

Isotta Fraschini 8

The Isotta Fraschini 8 was the world’s first production car with a straight eight engine, and was announced by this Turin based Company in 1919.

The launch in the USA, which originally, was the seen as the primary market for the Isotta Fraschini 8 luxury car, did not happen until 1922.      Historical Italian Cars

Famous Americans did indeed, buy the cars, but only 450 out of the total production of 1380, which over 12 years or so, was hardly enough to justify the one-model policy adopted by Isotta.

Italian Tourers

Specifications

Centered on the straight eight (in line) engine, the design for the chassis and running gear was unremarkable.

A straight eight as such was not new, and in effect the Isotta Fraschini 8 engine was made up of two four cylin...

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Ford Popular

Ford Popular

The Ford Popular, often called the Ford Pop, is a car from that was built in England by Ford UK between 1953 and 1962. When launched, it was Britain’s lowest priced car. The name Popular was also used by Ford to describe its 1930s Y Type model. The Popular name was also later used on basic models of the Escort and Fiesta cars.

Ford Pop Die Cast Model

Ford Popular 103E

Electrics were 6 volts, a provided starting handle often necessary. Rod operated drum brakes, synchromesh only on 2nd and top gear. The boot accessed with a coach key, no heater or demister, semaphore indicators, pull-wire starter, manual choke. No water pump, engine cooling by thermosyphon – this was very basic motoring.

Ford Popular 103E 1956

Ford Popular 103E 1956

When production of the older Ford Anglia and Ford Prefect was...

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New Humber Hawk

Humber Hawk – Series I to IVA

New Humber Hawk Series I

Humber Hawk Series I

The new Humber Hawk announced in May 1957 had a completely new body with unitary construction which it would go on to share with the 1958 Humber Super Snipe. The Estate Car was the biggest bodyshell for a saloon based estate car built in Great Britain at the time. The 2267 cc engine was carried over, though with modifications to the distributor mounting, and other details; and an automatic transmission, the Borg Warner D.G. model, was now available. The body was styled in Rootes’ own studios and featured more glass than previous models, with wrap-around front windscreen, which gave it a considerable resemblance to a base model 1955 Chevrolet 4-door sedan. The missing rear quarter-lights were returned in Series IV...

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Maudslay Motor Company

Maudslay Motor Company

The Maudslay Motor Company was a British vehicle maker based in Coventry. It was founded in 1902 and continued until 1948 when it was taken over by the Associated Equipment Company (AEC) and along with Crossley Motors the new group was renamed Associated Commercial Vehicles (ACV) Ltd.

Early history

The company was founded by Cyril Charles Maudslay, great grandson of the eminent engineer Henry Maudslay to make marine internal combustion engines. He was joined by his cousin Reginald Walter Maudslay who soon left to found the Standard Motor Company.

Maudslay Motor Company - 1902 Maudslay Petrol Locomotive

Maudslay Motor Company – 1902 Maudslay Petrol Locomotive

The engines did not sell very well, and in 1902 they made their first engine intended for a car which was fitted to chain-drive chassis...
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