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My old new old motor #1631780
17/04/2019 21:16
17/04/2019 21:16
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After 25 years of trying to buy it back, I finally succeeded in buying my grandfathers BSA FW32 back. He owned it from 1934 for over 50 years. It was sold to cover his care in old age. I’ve finally got it back - pick it up on Saturday

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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631793
18/04/2019 12:11
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That looks in fine fettle!
More pics needed when you've picked it up please cool

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631796
18/04/2019 16:05
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Brilliant! Well done, Rich!



Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631802
18/04/2019 20:05
18/04/2019 20:05
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In the coupe.
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Wow! That's a great looking thing and a lovely story Richard.



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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631804
18/04/2019 20:13
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Thanks, folks. It’s the only one that exists. I’m very excited to be picking it up this weekend. Then I have to learn to drive it. Brake and accelerator are reversed and no synchro on the box. Gearstick comes up between your knees. And, of course, advance and retard and a hand throttle.

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631840
20/04/2019 10:12
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That's a lovely story to go with the car Rich. Looks like a hoot to drive. driving


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631846
20/04/2019 19:01
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Been out for a few drives today, Jim, and it is a hoot. Certainly gets waves, smiles and head turns. Bounces around and needs constant inputs. Reached the dizzy heights of 40mph. I took a video which I’ll post - crunchy gear-changes and everything

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631848
20/04/2019 21:04
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Very nice MRS - glad she's back in the family. smile
You must be made up.


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631849
20/04/2019 21:29
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I very much am, Brilly

Here’s a not very exciting video of my first outing - shame the engine noise is only audible at low speed.

https://youtu.be/hWPKHs34-jQ

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631852
20/04/2019 21:55
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Reading up on the BSA - what a rare car!
She even sounded a bit like an old bike at the beginning?

40 mph would seem plenty on those lanes!


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631854
21/04/2019 08:06
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Twin-V 1022cc air cooled engine - accounts for the motorbike sound - along with a very simple exhaust.

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631953
26/04/2019 08:31
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Congratulations, how satisfying and emotional to have it back in the family.


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631957
26/04/2019 12:48
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Fantastic that you have managed to buy it back. I found out recently that my parents first car (a 1932 MG F-Type Magna) is still on the road - would love to be able to buy it but even if it was for sale I doubt I could afford it.


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1631994
27/04/2019 10:38
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Nice car MRS with a nice bit of history behind it! thumb

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632008
27/04/2019 15:21
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Great that you have got to reclaim a family friend so to speak. It must be like having to learn to drive again with that set up. Enjoy smile


Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632011
27/04/2019 16:58
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I’ll get some more pictures up shortly. Life has been rather hectic whilst I’m doing the house - not to mention a sneaky bit of Alfa racing (Silverstone next weekend). My dad went up for a flight in a Spitfire yesterday - life-long ambition since watching the Battle of Britain above his head as a kid.

I need to change the oil and take a look at the oil filter. Oil pressure drops off rather a lot. It runs on roller bearings and splash lub mostly so less of a concern than on modern cars - in fact the manual seems to suggest you should be happy with very little pressure (2psi) - I’ll just feel happier knowing all is good.

Driving it is generally easier than I feared. The gearstick, which sprouts up between your knees, stops your foot naturally going left for the brake pedal as it’s on the right. With practice, I think I can do without double-(de)clutching - but I will need practice. I need to get familiar with what it wants by way of hand throttle and ignition advance - but that’s all part of the fun.

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632088
30/04/2019 07:56
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Had my first breakdown on Sunday - loss of power and the engine running for a short while and then stopping. Eventually trailered the car home. It taught me a few things:

1. Carry a kit of tools and simple spares with you - problems are generally easy to fix beside the road - much easier than resorting to the trailer. I’d already decided it was a fuel fault and checked the supply to the carb. Whipping the carb off and giving it a clean out (as I did at home) is very easy and solved the problem. I had most of what I needed to do it but not the confidence to start pulling it to bits beside the road. Next time I would.
2. Being stopped anywhere attracts lots of people - especially older ones - who talk a lot. Escaping isn’t easy.
3. Wear clothes that you’d be happy to be seen out in! I was wearing some old shorts and a fetching sock and trainer combo that I’d thrown on after a hard day working on the house - fortunately the car attracts a lot of attention which may have diverted it from me.

Anyhow - it’s a lot of fun

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632450
11/05/2019 19:08
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To the pub laugh

Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632456
12/05/2019 09:43
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Looks great!


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632459
12/05/2019 10:12
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That black & white photograph really sets the car off & adds to the character of what it is...


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Re: My old new old motor [Re: MeanRedSpider] #1632472
12/05/2019 18:17
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Must have been a bugger painting the pub and the road in suitable shades of grey! tongue


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