This Gallery shows photographs of the Regis during its time on the road since first registration after restoration in January 2009.
The photos are shown in order of years 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 - as far as September 2012 - later photos will be posted as the year progresses.
2009 was a year of great importance with the car on the road for the first time since 1965 - a gap of 44 years. Mileage started at 53461 - its final mileage as at 1965. The restoration had taken me 11 years and during its running in period, I had used the quiet Mungo Brush Road at Hawks Nest for some mileage. The car attended the Hawks Nest Motorfest in March and later it was found that, the further it went, the noisier the back axle became! The differential was removed and overhauled in Tuncurry and this made for a quieter ride. Towards the end of the year, the speedo was taken for repair, this reducing mileage to local work to check brake adjustments etc. By the end of the year, the speedo was back but only the trip odometer was able to be used to check distances travelled. The original chassis plate from the car was found by Motorden of Brisbane and this enabled me to re-register the car in January 2010 with the correct chassis number on the car.
Mileage started at 54229 in 2010 and started with the new registration number, 39325 - H - Club plates from the Bowthorne Motor Club of Wallalong, Near Morpeth, NSW. In February 2010, a film was made of the Regis by a friend who operated as Crimean Pictures. The 8 minute movie took about five hours of filming and made for interesting viewing. Friends said that it was interesting being able to see the car running and hear the engine and preselector gearbox working. In March the car attended the Hawks Nest Motorfest again and in May did its first wedding, from Hawks Nest to Mumms Restaurant at Tea Gardens. The new wiper that had been bought for the car failed to work so a 60 year old replacement Lucas unit - of the original type fitted to the car when new - was sent to me by Ron Barton, a friend in UK and this was fitted with suitable alterations to the windscreen top rail and screen. It has worked perfectly when the car has been caught out in rain. The door interiors around the window were fitted with aluminium beading to cover the joins where vinyl was fitted over the timber frame and this was painted brown. The interior upholstery was finished by Eastside Kustom Trim of Beresfield, Near Newcastle NSW and the doors were completed to the Ruskin Motor Body design. The bodybuilders Makers plate is usually fitted to the sill inside the two front doors and a version of the Crossley plate was made showing that the body had been built by Ruskin Motor Body Works and rebuilt by R W Caunt and Sons, my Father's Coachbuilding and Blacksmith business in UK! A little bit of family trivia!
The year 2011 started with the speedo rebuilt and calibrated so that mileages were now faithfully recorded and started at 55202. A first photo of the car was taken at Viney Creek Road overlooking Port Stephens - makes for a nice view even though the car hasn't changed at all! Again, in March, the car attended the Motorfest. Another trip along Mungo Brush Road where the engine running - in had been done. A jacking system is fitted to the car but the fittings for the front axle jack had been lost. These were made by Myall Engineering at Tea Gardens as well as a stainless steel bottom pipe for the radiator. A photo was taken of the dashboard whilst on the Pacific Highway showing the speed as 50 mph and water temperature as 195 degrees F. On the way home from the Broom factory, the wind is usually behnd the car, the temp being about 180 degrees F when going to Wallalong. The overflow relief valve was checked out and a new ball and spring fitted which stops water loss when hot and the radiator has not had to be topped up since this was done in November 2011. Final photos for the year were alongside the Myall River at Windy Woppa, Hawks Nest in December 2011. Final mileage at 31st December was 56668.
The start of 2012 had a photo of the Regis in Hawks Nest with the bridge to Tea Gardens in the background - something different and taken at 10..00am on 1st January - first of our cars to be driven in 2012!. Another photo was taken at Pindimar South showing Port Stephen behind the car. This caused excitement with the locals who came to see what sort of car it is. A night photo outside the house after running the car around to check the lights was not very successful as a view of the car!
I decided to try to take advantage of modern multigrade oils and checkedup about the in their use in old cars. The main problem is that older oil pumps do not pump as efficiently as modern-ish cars. I tried GTX but oil pressure was not what I wanted so back to SAE 40. Unfortunately, I had problems getting this oil and an order is expected from Auto Pro at Raymond Terrace in a few days after a four week enquiry from another firm without success. Regretably the oil level is going down so longer runs cannot be made until oil supplies arrive! Valvoline SAE 40 has now arrived and we are back in business!
In March, windscreen washers were fitted to the car and the reservoir hidden in the offside toolbox. Only the jets in front of the windscreen indicate that washers are fitted. The operating button is in the offside glove box.
In July, weather was cool at about 17 degrees and I again changed to GTX 20/50 and have found that oil pressure appears much quicker than using SAE 40 in our winter and pressure seems OK during runs. I shall probably change to SAE 40 as summer approaches, depending on how the oil pressure reacts to warmer weather!
In July, the nearside doors were slightly out of alignment - the rear door was packed on the bottom hinge to overcome this and now looks much better. Something I had been meaning to do for some time. Of course, the whole inner panel had to be removed to access the retaining strap so the door could be removed. Worked out well in the end.
The car is later seen at the rear entrance to The Broom Factory whilst I was working on another Crossley, a Ten "Torquay" type of 1933 by Ruskin Motor Bodies of Melbourne, Australia
GTX 20/50 - "For the older car" (which probably means anything older than 2000!) is still working well in the Regis. I am watching the oil pressure but all is working well and I shall use it as long as pressure does not reduce as the weather warms up.
As at September 2012, the GTX seems to be working well so I will continue and see how it goes as the weather becomes warmer. Visits to The Broom Factory continue and a view has been added showing the side of the garage area.
Running around the Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest area (they are on different sides of the Myall River) shows the Regis parked in Limekilns Road with the water channels to its right. These are tidal from the Myall River and the water level is almost to road level at very high tides.
In October, it was decided to re-bush the brake pedal since it was sometimes touching the throttle pedal. This required the whole floor to be removed - including the front seats - and this was a messy job. This allowed the front toe board, where the pedals fit, to be removed and made access easier to the top area of the chassis. In order to make such work easier for the future, the floor boards were altered with the front six inches removed and the two parts joined by a 3/16 inch metal strip, the boards being routed to accept this strip with it lying level with the top of the boards. The six inch section was bolted to the strip and then the other side of the strip was screwed into the main floorboard for easy removal. The transmission tunnel was also cut to allow the front section to be removed and allow the toe board to be taken out as required. This leaves the seats in situ, of course and all the screws holding the main boards in place. Photos of the main parts of this work are shown below.
The underside of the car can be improved for water proofing by adding a baffle to the front sills in an "L" shape to reduce water getting into the driver's floor area. A baffle on both nearside and offside is required. The rear seat well is also vunerable and an angled plate, the full width of the nearside or offside seat well should be bolted to the outside of the sloping area and the top section sealed with bostick and screwed to the underside of the floor. Old cars can never be totally water proofed or sound proofed as with modern cars but these measures will help.
Several visits have since been made to The Broom Factory and the mileage has rreached 3357 for the year. A vast increase on the previous years! See Gallery 4 for 2013 and beyond.