2013 - Details of the Regis during this year. The car was driven for about 14 miles on the morning of Tuesday, 1st January 2013 making it the first car to be used in our household, in 2013! The first picture below shows it at Limekilns, Near Tea Gardens, NSW.
In February, I decided to change the repaired sump to one in good condition and changed the oil as well. This involved changing the oil filter when I found that tightening the filter, it just kept turning without tightening. I assumed this to be badly made threads on the filter head and the filter so took these off the car and to the local Myall Engineering. He pointed out that the head is 3/4" UNF whilst the filter is 20mm! Normally, if you own a car, you buy a filter for that model and the threads are the same. With retrospective fitting, the filter has to be correctly matched to the head and in this case they did not. I found that the Ford Falcon Z9 filter had the correct thread so now use that type of filter.
A slight slip in top gear at speed on hills meant that top gear needed to be adjusted so I slacked off top gear nut by one quarter turn and re-set the automatic adjuster nut. The photo shows the top off the gearbox to allow this adjustment to be made.
The view on Ibis Avenue, Hawks Nest was taken when I left the boot lid open by mistake and heard the T-key fall out on to the road. I stopped and found the key and locked the boot and thought a photograph would be of interest!
Having taken the Regis to the local Motorfest, I was so involved with judging that I forgot to photograph the car. It is on the far end of the left hand line of cars in the picture.
The Ruskin Motor Bodies identity of the car was completed in February 2013. The external Ruskin badge had been fitted in October 2012 - replacing a homemade version - but a Ruskin Body Number badge was also found in February 2013. This fits on the dashboard of the Regis and completes the Ruskin identity. The number is not necessarily from this car but the body number is not known so the badge adds a nice touch to the car's Ruskin identity. As with the original Chassis plate, this body badge and the number badge were obtained from Peter Cowen of Motorden, Brisbane and is greatly appreciated.
In April, running to The Broom Factory, a spark plug - Number 3 - blew out of the engine. I stopped and replaced it with a spare and returned home. Subsequently, the car behaved without problems and I can only suggest that I may not have tightened the plug or not tightened it sufficiently, hence the problem.
I have now started using NGK spark plugs - type 2910 AB-6 which are, of course, 18mm type. Interestingly, the plugs have the 14mm hexagon for fitting and removing from the cylinder head.
August 2013 and the NGK plugs are working well. View added of the Regis outside the front of the Broom Factory, taken from the Factory looking across the front. Then when changing the globes in the front blinkers, I altered the nearside blinker to be more visible, outside the edge of the front nearside mudguard. The blinker globes - festoon type in this case - need to have a higher wattage (about 18W) so that the resistance allows the flasher unit to operate. Whilst they will flash with a lower wattage, the repeater will not work and the rate of flashing is usually higher. Modern systems using LED lighting need to have a resistance included in the circuit for this reason.
The brake cables were too long and modifications enabled them to work until they began to stretch. New cables are now fitted to overcome this and although these will also stretch, there is plenty of adjustment left. The cables were fitted in November/December 2013.
The NGK spark plugs are working well and can be recommended to other users. Mileage for 2013 was 2360.
This year the car was not used until 3rd January when a 17 miles run around the area started its mileage for 2014.
Another trip to Limekilns was made when the tide was low and the channels alongside the road were almost empty. Unlike normal registered vehicles, Historic cars are not included in the system that allows Police to identify an unlicenced vehicle so Rego labels are still used. This shows the Regis licenced to January 2015.
On Saturday 25th January, I went to The Broom Factory as usual. I called at The Boatshed on the way home and then drove home. In the garage, looking at the rear of the car, I realised that the spare wheel cover was missing. I have no idea whether or not the cover blew off the car during the trip or was stolen whilst at The Boatshed - doubtful but vandals are not logical people! I drove to Karuah along the line of route but found nothing lying in the road or side so am without a cover for the moment. I have put one of the small centre wheel discs in place to try to finish off the spare wheel appearance but the cover is useful since it stops the sun causing the tyre to deteriorate. Pics below shows the new appearance from the rear. Temporarily, I hope! A new cover has been made by Eastside Kustom Trim at Berresfield and sign written by Glen Henry of Tea Gardens so is back on the car. The elastic is stronger on this cover so it definately will not be blown off - if that is what happened.
The photo showing the car at The Broom Factory shows the Lions either side of the gateway - Kate took Leo to see "The Lion King" and they enjoyed it so much that Kate bought the lions from a plant nursery for the gateway!
The two front doors on the Regis were starting to rattle which is not really surprising on a coachbuilt car - something modern owners tend to forget in the tradition of modern metal cars. I checked the mounting screws for the locks and found that one screw needed the hole filling with a small piece of wood to allow the screw to hold better and tightened the others and both doors responded well so that the doors no longer rattle. The rear doors did not need this treatment, not being used as often, I suppose. Checking the screws on things such as this and the door hinges often stops more serious wear before it takes place and keeps the car in better condition.
In September,new copper washers were fitted to the oil pressure relief valve where the oil gauge piping joined at a banjo joint. This stopped an oil leak that had been an annoying aspect of oil loss!
In October, 2 new tyres - Excelsiors, like the existing ones - were fitted to the front wheels and the tracking was checked by the local garage. An amount of Castrol LMM gearse was added to the differential to reduce the noise from the diff. Unfortunately, the diff had been badly set during the last years of the cars life before being stored and nothing can be done other than fitting new items. I also chrome sprayed the "Crossley" badge on the radiator to make it more legible than the dull aluminium finish.
During medium warm weather in November, fuel starvation was experienced. Bleeding by disconnecting the flex hose between SU pump and carb overcame this. The car has run very well in higher temperatures of 35 - 40 degrees without problem. When very hot, keeping the speed down to 50 mph (80 kph) on the Highway has prevented fuel starvation. This time, the problem was in temps of 24 - 28 degrees!
The Radiator was drained and flushed and new coolant was added and the carb was dismantled and cleaned - just in case. The problem still persisted. The pump to carb flex was insulated using sponge lagging but this seemed to make the problem worse and was removed after a week.
Electronic ignition (Accuspark, UK) was fitted and seems to be doing a great job at present. This was suggested in September by Martin Sims of the Crossley Register, UK who visited Australia. He has it on one of his four cylinder cars and is trying it on his 6 cylinder car.
Since the car has been on the road for six years, and has done 11674 miles, I shall be removing the electric water pump shortly to clean it and make sure there are no blockages, just in case! For 2014, the car has covered 2656 miles.
Started badly with some more overheating but advancing the ignition has reduced this and "normal" operation seems to be the norm. The water pump was clear so that has shown that the water system is operating efficiently. The weather has been warm with temperatures in the late 20's and 30+ degrees.
On 14th February, en route to The Broom Factory, I was suddenly faced with a drop of 15 psi in the oil pressure. I stopped, checked for leaks and that the sump had oil in it! There appeared to be no leaks - and no rattles! - so I turned round and went home to investigate further. Normal oil pressure since starting to run the car has been over 40 psi when hot so a sudden drop to 15 to 20 psi seemed strange. When the engine wears, the oil pressure will no doubt drop to 30 psi - or lower, eventually and will be quite acceptable. However, a sudden drop like this was worrying.
Once home, I drained the oil and refilled with new GTX. The old oil had only been in since September 2014 so was hardly due for changing. A friend asked if the car had an oil relief valve and it dawned on me that perhaps the spring was worn or broken. Pulling the relief valve apart showed a small piece of orange gasket material in one of the oilways and I fished this out. I reassembled the valve and renewed the copper washers for the oil gauge pipe and roadtested the car. Pressure is back to 40 psi plus so that, hopefully, explains the problem. I assume that the gasket material had blocked the ball valve from seating, hence the pressure falling.
On 28th February, the Regis was used for the wedding of some friends and took them from Tea Gardens to Windy Woppa where the wedding took place. A few pics are attached.below.
Later, I had more fuel evaporation dues to overheating and have been trying to sort this out. I had fitted electronic ignition which seems to work extremly well but changed back to points so that I can rule out the new ignition as a source of overheating - I am now on a "base" where I can check other things for overheating. This is still on-going at 3rd May.
However, I have been concerned that the U-bolts were worn and after 80 years, needed to be renewed. I have had a set made and am now facing the difficult job of fitting them! The old bolts have bent outwards at their bottom ends and fit the spring base-plate nicely but the new bolts need to be "persuaded" to fit here. A longer job than I had thought.
Various tests, using a friend's new SU electronic pump of the same model as mine, was used and still the "evaporation" problems took place. At this stage, I reinstated the electronic ignition since the old type seemed to make no difference. I also dismantled part of the nearside A-post around the dashboard and windscreen area to insert some two pack glue into the joints to oivercome slight squeaking. Then I took the boot floor boards out to check that the rear frame was in good order. A few screws tightened seemed to restore quiet in this area.
On 31st August, I fitted a new main jet of 125 size, replacing the original 115 jet. This seems to have cured the problems of apparent fuel starvation so I am hoping it is permanent! September has been a cold and rainy month which has reduced the use of the car but spring is now taking place!
The month became hotter as it passed - by October, temps in the late 20d degrees, C were attained - running 85 miles to The Broom Factory and return showed no problems so that I think the fuel starvation problem is solved. Holding my breath, of course! The car has now done 13340 miles since January 2009.
In mid October, there appeared to be a water leak with green coolant on the ground in front of the car. This was found to be a small leak from the top nearside of the radiator and Barrs Leaks was added and cured the problem. I shall keep an eye on this and possibly need to have the radiator checked in due course. No problems have occured with fuel starvation, I am glad to say!
The radiator is still leaking so I removed it and took it to Raymond Terrace Radiators in Port Stephen Street. They are very efficient and the rad was taken on Tuesday27th and ready on Friday 30th October so is now back in the car and full of coolant. I still need to fit the grill but forgot to clean and paint the bracket holding the grill to the rad top so that is done and drying, ready to fit shortly. Radiator installed and tested with a local run and all seems to be OK! Whilst the car was off the road, some cleaning of the door sills and A-post were tidied up and painted to remove scuff marks from general use.
All good things come to an end! On Monday 23rd November, the radiator started leaking, throwing water out under pressure forwards of the car when it stopped in the garage. The electric water pump still operates to reduce heat sink but the slight pressurisation pushed the thin stream of water forward. I unscrewed the radiator cap slightly and the leak stopped but trouble seems to be brewing. Looks as though a new core might be needed! Watch this space! Radiator returned to repairers on 26th November for repair. Final mileage for the year was 1988 miles.