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LEEDS TO LIVERPOOL - THE PRETTY WAY ROUND...
A LITTLE DIFFERENT
this month. Leeds to Liverpool is a 75-mile trip, nothing to it, even
in a 1957 Morris Minor…unless you take the less than direct route
via a seven year road trip...
WHEN WE GET TOGETHER down
at the Chequered Flag, we’re generally known for all things cars.
It might be everyday motoring, be it the four or even the two wheeled variety.
Occasionally we get involved in discussing motorsports, and every now and then we stray into other areas. Politics is almost always the most dangerous.
But this month it’s been something different.
One wag even went so far as to refer to us as “The Chequered Flag Book Club”. It had all started with my parting comment last month when I said that I was off to do a spot of catch up reading with a few books I’d not seen for a while. I was referring of course to the little cache of long lost books I’d found hidden away in one of the wardrobes upstairs, and I wish to stress that all these were motoring related in one way or another. But my comment happened to spark a conversation about books we read in the past and would perhaps like to read again. And then we moved on to books that we would have liked to have read, but just never got round to finding the time.
There was of course the inevitable comment of “War and Peace” in response to that, but there were a few more serious responses. For me, I had to own up to never having read Treasure Island. So maybe, as the long winter nights draw in, it might be Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic rather than a classic car manual that I’ll be studying in some detail.
It’s now time to get BACK TO BASICS. We’re going to have a brief look at the history of filters, and I think it’s fair enough to say that the early filtering arrangements for our engines really were basic. Engine oil was filtered by forcing it to pass through a simple element of wire gauze or perforated metal usually positioned in the sump.
At best, only decent sized particles of grit or metal swarf would be prevented from passing through the engine’s lubrication system. In the same early years, there was no real effort made to filter the air going into the engine. You might have found a wire mesh over the carburettor intake, but this was only there to prevent larger objects from finding their way into the inner workings of the carburettor, rather than to make any real effort to clean the air before it got into the engine. As to the fuel filtration, a basic filter may have been fitted into the fuel line between the tank and the fuel pump.
It was probably around the 1930s that efforts were made to improve the various methods of filtration. We’ve already mentioned engine oil, but by now there were an increasing number of commercial vehicles running on diesel.
The particles in the diesel fuel were causing problems for the injection pumps, and these needed some help to survive for a decent period of time. It was found that a similar type of filter could be used for both engine oil and diesel fuel. The filters were contained within canisters, and the earliest filter elements were made of an absorbent material such as felt.
Later, this was replaced by a mineral wool or cotton waste filling. Although they were similar in the way they worked, it was only the diesel fuel filters that filtered all of the fluid as it passed on its way to the injection pump. These full flow filters were relatively large, and in order to save space, the engine oil filters were designed to only filter a proportion of the oil as it flowed around the engine.
Meanwhile, very little was being done to improve the filtration of the air passing into our engines. But as can often be seen in many areas of engineering development (and as I mention that I’m thinking of radar, atomic bombs, and the like) it takes a war to get real change brought in...
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THE SECRET AUTOJUMBLERA BUSY MONTH, and no rest for the wicked, or even for 'jumblers...
My very next outing, after Tatton Park (which I covered in last month's column) was a trip to Salop (Shrewsbury to be precise) - this came on the Bank Holiday weekend (23rd to 25th August) - yes this Bank Holiday did seem a tad early to me as well, but this is the very earliest in August this Bank Holiday can be.
Having rained at Tatton the previous week everyone was hoping (and praying) that the Bank Holiday would be fine - it is actually quite amazing how dreadful Bank Holiday weather can be (and is) in this country, and of course the proverbial happened. Yes, rain on Saturday (sort of set-up day) and the torrential stuff on Monday, leaving Sunday OK though. When it rains at Onslow Park, the roadways can get rather scary and very slippery, with plenty of mud - yes that was it in bucket loads.
This is such a shame as this is a great show, with plenty of activity and loads of things happening. A brief outline of these goings on are; arena events, for all types of vehicles (tractors, steamers, cars, bikes, trucks and buses) with a very knowledgeable arena host (sorry I didn't catch his name), but very interesting with plenty of ad-libs.
There must be about 250 stands, of which true autojumble amounts to approx. 40%, the rest being car boot stuff and home produce (some nice jam, marmalade, pickled eggs, etc.). The autojumble parts are bits and bobs for cars, trucks and tractors. There are some excellent tractor specialists who frequent this show, plus other well known stands from the autojumble circuit. It should therefore bring in very good sales, but for me and others the takings were poor, in fact I shall have to think very hard whether it is worth me continuing with this show. The other main problem is that stand costs are very high - too high I would definitely say, but then I ask myself how do the people selling kiddies toys and plastic tat ever afford their stall rent, let alone petrol/diesel/food etc - I can't work it out.
To put it into context, on the Monday, when it pelted down with rain all day (mainly torrential) I took £45.00 with just one sale. Of course, it is not the organisers fault if it rains, but it drastically affects sales. On the plus side I did get some orders from contacts, in the week after the show. I don't want to be too negative because this is a brilliant day/weekend out and the organisers bring in some fabulous vehicles. There was even a restored vehicle concrete mixer (never seen one of these before); I was going to take a picture but the rain was so bad I didn't want to get my hair wet! The bogs are pretty good - those that is that circumnavigate the beer tent, and there is plenty of choice with regard to food. I did partake in some onion bargee's [sic] - which were very nice (a bit greasy though)...
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