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gilberthenry

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Yes it is very satisfying to get the cars up and running.

The B2 is now going a lot stronger after I advanced the spark. I loosened the clamp between the drive and the magneto. I then undid the end cap and turned the centre nut at the points anti clockwise by about 35 degrees. The car roared up a hill that it wouldn’t get up previously. I drove it about 15km and as the other day it is not getting hot. I would say that it would now match the Morris Cowley.

Last week we took the ’68 ID19B to Bendigo to pick up a reconditioned brake master cylinder, coming back through Maldon and then a pic at Guildford Post Office.

John
 

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gerrypro

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Nothing worse than running a car retarded. Causes all sorts of problems with exhaust valves, piston crowns, rings and even cracking of exhaust manifolds.
 

gilberthenry

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Last Wednesday 18th November we again made up the numbers for a small country run. This time we started at Peter’s farm at Bullarto to navigate a bush road out the back of Trentham to Firth Park. Peter had 2 Morris Cowleys with friend Clare driving the little Roadster and Peter in the ute which he built up similar to his father’s. Vic had the Ford coupe, Mick in a Ford T racer and brother Michael, again in his 1923 Hupmobile. Janet and I decided this time to go in the Ford T which is totally different to drive than the others. The Citroen B2, as the Morris Cowley has the clutch on the left side, accelerator in the middle and brake on the right - - crash gearbox so the odd double-de-clutch is necessary. The T Model has left side hand throttle (accelerator) at steering wheel, manual advance-retard lever on the right at steering wheel.
Left pedal is high gear (out) clutch (pushed ½ down) and low gear (pushed all way down). Middle pedal is push down for reverse & right pedal is rear brakes.
Although the Ford T is not a heavy car it has I think a 3 litre engine which gives more power being around 20HP but in traffic the T Model can be more problematic to drive for the novice like me. In high gear it lopes along at 35-40mph.
So for the time that the ’23 Citroen B2 was manufactured people were driving Model T’s all over the world and this is where driving these completely different cars is so much fun.
I include pics of the other cars just to show what the Citroen drivers of the day would see - - especially in Australia.

Since then we took the Safari out to Trentham and the Special to Maldon where we had a cuppa and croissant at Le Sel.

John
 

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Wow, might I say what a pleasure it is to listen to a real journalist who also has a clear and educated dialect without the use of the term 'uhm' or other fillers. Modern journalists and TV personalities could study this guy for inspiration. :approve:
 

gilberthenry

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Yes it was a great time when old cars were popular with TV programmes etc. The Model T story is interesting. Peter Wherrett’s look at the driving of one is interesting and it certainly took me a bit to nut it out. I realized early on that I needed to learn exactly how it worked and then it all came together.

The 1923 Citroen B2 is easy in comparison and all that one needs to get used to is the accelerator being in the middle and refining the double –de-clutching when changing gears of the crash gearbox.

Without a 2 speed Ruxtal dif, which can come as an accessory on a model T the driving in low gear can be a bit tedious but once in high gear the Model T has it all over the Citroen. In this high gear the T lopes along well at 30 – 40mph.
The B2 is pretty good but doesn’t have the torque of the T to get up the steeper hills without changing down.

This New Year’s day (2021) we will travel to the old Muckleford school where there will be a mix of early cars participating in a good old Australian picnic.

We will take either the 1913 TH. Schneider or the Model T. Michael will probably take his ’27 Crossley, and we will help him ferry maybe the ’23 Hupmobile and his ’23 Citroen B2 Roadster, formerly owned by Peter Boyle.



Yesterday we took the B2 for a Christmas picnic and I then parked a few cars in the Daylesford main street - - - for a bit-o-fun.



John
 

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gilberthenry

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NEW YEAR’S DAY MUCKLEFORD PICNIC 2021

We made a very early 7.00am start to the lovely old stone Muckleford school in our 1918 Model T Ford and were met there by Michael in his 1955 Citroen Light 15 Traction, which became the ‘ferry’ vehicle for the plan to bring eight of his cars from his home in Castlemaine across to the display.
Leaving our Model T at the grounds, we three scorched back to Castlemaine and on our return Michael drove the 1923 Citroen B2 and John in the 1923 Hupmobile with Janet following in the Citroen Light 15, having a marvellous time putting her foot down on the deserted early morning 1st January road to Muckleford. Two successive trips saw Michael driving his 1927 Crossley towing the very original teardrop camper and John in the 1924 Buick utility, then Michael in the 1951 Rover Cyclops and
John pretending to be Stirling Moss in the1948 Sunbeam Talbot made famous because of the many successes in the Alpine Rallies, amongst others. Brother Hans arrived driving Michael’s 1948 P3 Rover with passenger Alexis, a young French engineer who during his sojourn in Australia has worked with Steve Barnett in his coach-building business in Harcourt. When in France, Alexis owns and drives a Light 15 Citroen and a late 1920’s rear-wheel drive Citroen.
So there we had the start of our own little car show all lined up, ready and waiting for the real show to begin. And slowly but surely from 11.00am onwards they DID arrive.
Two of the outstanding beauties of the day included a sublime dark-blue 1950’s Lancia sports car and the most enormous (bigger than you can possibly imagine exists) silver and black Sunbeam with the most glamorous custom-woven upholstery in an Art Deco design. This is one of those 1920’s cars that you can just picture a siren of the Silver Screen arriving in to dine at The Ritz wearing a figure-hugging ivory silk dress with long single strand of pearls and white fur stole with some incredibly handsome man by her side.

These are just a few of the cars - - - a truly inspiring day with many wonderful cars on display.

John & Janet Paas

PS. I've included the pic of Michael's B2 at Peter's place when he owned it. I'm sure Peter would be pleased that the car is amongst the Australian bush once more. I drove this back to Michael's place and found it quite similar to our tourer traveling at close to 60k. They amble along very nicely and I felt that I could have travelled - - all day - - comfortably, so for 10 HP it goes very well and doesn't get hot. - John
 

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gilberthenry

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Warrnanbool club has an annual car show on the 2nd Sunday in January so we thought we’d catch up with some pals. Leaving 4.30 am in our ’54 Sunbeam Alpine we arrived about 8 with Michael (who has been cruising in his Rover P6 with caravan) keeping us a space.
A good mix of cars and especially nice to see a late forties French traction which resides in Cobden, I think.
An SM would have been interesting parked next to the Plymouth.

John
 

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gerrypro

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Yes that 48 belongs to Vince Thorne of Cobden!
I was unable to attend due to having family come to visit! We had taken the grandies to Lake Pertobe the day before!
 
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