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5 months 2 weeks ago #248781 by Mrsmackpaul
That was / is quite the classy looking car, makes the Bean look very out dated

I have never seen a man wearing gloves on his wedding day

Paul

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5 months 1 week ago #248815 by Swishy
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5 months 2 days ago #249039 by Lang
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Just picked her up from the motor trimmer. I think it look better with the top up. He did a nice job.

 
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5 months 2 days ago #249040 by Lang
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Max got dressed up for the delivery photo.

 

 
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5 months 2 days ago - 5 months 2 days ago #249041 by Gryphon

Just picked her up from the motor trimmer.. I think it look better with the top up. He did a nice job.

 

 
"Just picked her up from the motor trimmer.. "
I am sure Bev would have preferred to have gone to a hair salon....

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5 months 2 days ago #249042 by Lang
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Actually she is quite excited about this trip. Handling the double clutching OK (She did drive a 1942 GMC 6x6 about 100km on winding country lanes in Normandy about 20 years ago when we ran out of drivers).

Having said that she is a happy admin officer passenger and will do less than 10% of the driving unless I take a bait or some other reason precludes me.
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5 months 2 days ago #249044 by Morris
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Lang,
I see that Max wore his second-best suit for the photo but his face-fungus is impressive.

The Bean (and Mrs. Lang) look pretty good.

I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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5 months 1 hour ago #249071 by Mrsmackpaul
That car has come up really well, the top looks fantastic

When do you depart ob the adventure ?

Paul

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5 months 1 hour ago - 5 months 50 minutes ago #249074 by Lang
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Car  shipped late January, Depart London 01 April

Spent today doing the valves. David Ragless the builder back in 1987 told me he had completed 30,000km. Certainly looked like it with bad pitting and receded valve seats. Lots of carbon to be scraped off pistons and top of block.

The 1924 Bean manual recommends a valve grind every 10,000 miles so with whatever David Read put on it  has done twice that. Luckily a mate had a valve seat grinding stone with the required 30 degree angle. I bought one of those reversing attachments for a drill which made final lapping in very quick and easy.

It has very good oil pressure so I am not going to drop the sump.

Lang
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4 months 4 weeks ago #249079 by Lang
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I just found this photo of Francis Birtles and Sir Robert Hadfield his sponsor beside the Sundowner.

Hadfield Steel and Engineering owned the Bean Car Company.

 
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