Thursday, September 3, 2015

More Cars

More car photos from the clean out at work.
General Motors UK's big car was the Vauxhall Velox and more up market Cresta.
This is a Velox PB of around '65 with the 3.3 litre motor.
From '62 to '64 the PB had the 2651cc 6 cylinder. These cars could actually produce a surprising turn of speed for their day and could give a 3688cc Chrysler Valiant a big scare. This was mostly due to the fact that the Vauxhall's engine dimensions were square (bore and stroke equal), whereas the Valiant was a long stroke torquey motor which was not so keen to rev.
Hillman's Super Minx was a slightly up graded version of the Minx, but with a very different body. Later models, like this example, had the 1725cc motor compared with earlier 1600.
This is another Super Minx of exactly the same model. Personally, I was never keen on the very square rear window treatment.
I think the earlier wrap-around rear glass looked much better.
My favourite model of all was the similar Humber Sceptre, in Mk 2 form.
The last of the Morris Minor range (the Morris 1000) was a great handling and easy to drive little car. Performance would be laughable by today's standards, but fuel economy could be quite impressive.
Ford's Anglia 105E, with its odd rear window was a popular two door car.
Originally with 1000cc, but later with 1200, they were also popular for modifying as the larger 1500 and 1600 Cortina motors were an easy conversion.
Hillman's smallcar, the rear engined Imp, was roomy and quite a nice drive, but didn't sell as well as expected due to manufacturing and design problems and it just couldn't compete with BMC's Mini.
My favourite Chrysler Valiants were the VF and VG Hardtops.
Basically an Australian development of the US Dodge Dart, the Aussies chose the 318 cid  V8 as there biggest power plant, whereas the Americans had choices of engines like the 340 cid V8 or the 330hp 383.
This picture is of a VF Regal 770.
Fiat's 500 was a popular town car in the 60s and 70s. A fun car to drive, despite the limited performance of its twin cylinder air-cooled engine. This example is a 500D. The later 500F had doors conventionally hinged at the front and was given the moniker Bambina on the New Zealand market.
Ford of UK's Zephyr was similar in concept to Vauxhall's Velox, a big roomy 6 seater with 3 speed column gearshift.
Its oversquare 2553cc 6 cylinder performed well, but wasn't quite as fast as the Vauxhall in top speed. However, a little modification to breathing ( larger carburettor and extractor exhaust system) could make them fly.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Chev Wentworth

Sometime ago I featured this picture of a 1931 Chevrolet Wentworth. I have recently been contacted by a woman interested in contacting the owner, as who family had the very same model in the 50s and 60s.
If anyone can put me in contact with that owner, please let me know.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chrysler Memories

Among the clean-out items at my work, there were many photos of new and used cars. Presumably these were used for newspaper advertising. Here's a Chrysler Valiant selection.
AP6 sedan introduced for 1965 model year.
VC was introduced for 1966.
Station wagons were called Safari. This is another VC.
New for 1967 was the VE
VFs were introduced in 1969 .
All of the above models used the 225 cubic inch "slant six" engine, in standard form, but the 273 c.i. V8 was an option.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Silent Sedan

My daughter, Alice, discovered another photo that she didn't send to me when she was in Missouri. She took a photo of this car because it had a funny name and thought it maybe something special.
It is, of course, a Tesla Model S.
Fully electric, with a range of up to  430 kms and capable of accelerating from 0 to 100kph in under 3 seconds.
Petrol consumption and emissions are both zero.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Sign of the Times.

Last week the new sign arrived at my work.
Transported to Masterton on 8 axles by PTS.
The tractive unit is a 2014 Renault Premium 460.32.
Local company, McAuley's Transport supplied their 2003 DAF 85CF and Palfinger to lift it off...
... and get it vertical.
Here is the completed 7m erection..

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Some Oldies

During the clean out at my work, we found these photos going back to the days when the previous company was a Hillman, Chrysler Valiant and Dodge dealership.
O'Connor's General Carriers Commer loaded up with timber for Beazley Homes.
I think that this may have been TS3 powered, as I don't remember the petrol models having a vertical air intake, which has lost its lid, in this photo.
Meat Wholesalers Dodge I remember well, going over the Rimutaka Hill Road late in the day to bring back deliveries  to the Wairarapa's butchers' shops during the night. Although the body was insulated I don't think refrigeration was a requirement then.
This Dodge was powered by the 5.77 litre Chrysler V6 diesel which was an option to the Chrysler 7.7 litre V8 .
In the UK there was also an option of the Perkins 6.354, but I don't think we got these in NZ.
The V6 and V8 Chryslers were actually Cummins engines built for Chrysler's use.
Later, this model of Dodge came out with the 510 (8.35 litre) Perkins V8 and the last series of this model was fitted with the larger 540 (8.85 litre) Perkins.
The LAD cab Dodges were fairly common and were, from memory, Perkins powered, although I'm guessing there may have been a petrol option. UK models had an option of the AEC 7.7 litre diesel, but I'm not sure if this applied in NZ.
This variety of cab was called LAD because it was used by Leyland, Albion and Dodge, but I think it should have been monikered as LADS, as Scammel also used it on some models.
I don't remember the model name of the smaller Dodge pick-up in the foreground, but I think I'm right in saying they used the same cab as Internationals of this era and were fitted with the Chrysler Valiant slant six motor. 
O'Connors again. This time a K model Dodge, which apparently was fitted with the Chrysler (Cummins) V6.
C.E.Daniell's saw mill, had this crane equipped tandem drive Dodge for timber deliveries.
The different grille and larger mirrors, compared to the above photo, indicate that this is a later model and was therefore probably powered by the  larger 510 or 540 Perkins V8.
This Dodge lime spreader of O'Connors probably had the Perkins 6 cylinder (6.354).
Although similar to the above vehicle, Des O'Connor was apparently a different operator to  O'Connor's Carriers.
Meat Deliveries I'm sure were probably connected with Meat Wholesalers.
This Dodge would most likely have the 6.354 Perkins, but I can't be certain it is a Dodge as it has no badging.
Commers used a badge engineerd version of the same cab with the same motors except for the two-stroke TS3 which was a Commer only option as far as I'm aware. TS3 Commers also had four headlamps, but I have seen some models which contradict this, but maybe that's due to repowering or or re-cabbing. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Here and There

Firstly, from "there", Paul has had an attempt at snapping some of the Aussie trucks for us.He admits his camera skills and camera are not of the highest calibre.
Kenworth T404SAR could easily be a kiwi rig.
Mack Trident. Note the interesting mounting of the warning beacons.
FM Volvo looks a bit more Aussie. with its heavy bull-bar and that second trailer, a type not often seen in NZ.
Western Star tanker with bull-bar again and Australian looking foliage in background.
Kenworth T404 with powder tanker. Cement perhaps.



And "here", my workplace has been a hive of activity this week with erecting of signs etc. for the new owners who begin operating from next Monday.
The concrete base of the old sign was dug out by digger, but a crane had to be brought in to lift it out of the hole...
...it weighed in excess of three tonnes.
A container full of new signage comes off the side lifter.
Pulled along by Hino FS power.
The big hole where the concrete block was removed, had to be refilled with more concrete, courtesy of another Hino.
This one an FS.
And even more concrete. This time from an eight wheeler Mack Metroliner.