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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Oct 2014, 15:27

citronut wrote:
nice MK9 pussy????
Not quite Malcolm, but the original drawing isn't that good and you are very close, but the 1956 date puts it back to a Mark VII

now If it were a MK9 pussy the dash may have looked like this

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Different radio, looks a bit more modern-may not have even needed a vibrator :)

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 29 Oct 2014, 15:49

NewcastleFalcon wrote: Different radio, looks a bit more modern-may not have even needed a vibrator:)
No likely not but may have been a hybrid having both valves and transistors. Early transistors could not work well at radio frequencies but they could make good audio power amplifiers so many car wirelesses had special valves in the RF sections, ones that could run with an HT of just 12v on their anodes and be quite frugal on power, and early germanium power transistors in the audio output stages, things like the Mullard OC2x series or the Newmarket NKT4xx series... There may have en a few OC7x and 8x transistors in the early audio stages too...

Audio power transistors were a boon for the car wireless as audio output valves needed the high voltage only a vibrator could supply and they were terribly inefficient along with being noisy, both audibly and RF-wise. In the days it was hard to tell if interference was originating from the engine ignition system or the vibrator power supply...

Most of these early transistors were PNP types so suited the positive earth of the cars a treat.

None were VHF sets, strictly long and medium wave... VHF was still something of a new and scary world for wireless engineers...

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Oct 2014, 16:47

Malcolm, I think you deserve a bottle of "Big Cat" Stout from Stroud Brewery for identifying the Jag to within an accepted degree of accuracy...

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I am sure its very nutritious, and full of goodness... the soil association seem to like it :!:

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Oct 2014, 18:06

Might as well show a Jaguar Mk VII in all its glory

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 29 Oct 2014, 18:37

A bit of development as well as the radios, from the Mk V through to the Mk IX all the major instruments were away from the steering wheel in the middle of the dash. With the Mk X, the speedo and rev counter adopted the view through the steering wheel position.

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This is a nice example of the Mark X, which despite its slightly caved in-grill, is quite a head-turner

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 29 Oct 2014, 18:48

What a gorgeous dash 8-)

There's just nothing to touch walnut when it comes to making a proper dash is there? Beautiful!

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Oct 2014, 00:53

Think of Devon's literary heritage and the location of the ford will be revealed. Apparently the local inn is now pretty good, after its former incarnation was described on trip advisor thus:
After a fantastic walk along the river we all decided to stop off and get a drink, the lady serving us looked like she had been smacked round the face with a wet fish, a smile and a thank you won't cost you anything!!
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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 30 Oct 2014, 05:21

Literary being Lorna Doone...

The location is Badgworthy water, Malmsmead...

Between Porlock and Lynton...

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 30 Oct 2014, 06:10

Oh and the bus is a special narrow-bodied one specially made for negotiating the narrow roads in the region...

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Oct 2014, 07:28

Well done Jim....googely search or stored knowledge?

Spot on with Lorna Doone, and the location looks worth a visit.

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Hope you didn't get detoured on a "Tarka the Otter" trail

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 30 Oct 2014, 09:25

I was born and dragged up down that way Neil :) I spent a lot of my childhood near there. I was not sure of exactly where as there are loads and loads of little settlements like that in the area and they all look very similarly beautiful. In fact the whole area is just one big feast for the senses in all ways. I recommend a visit there and a drive up Porlock Hill!

Your literary clue enabled me to confirm my thoughts about where it was exactly...

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Oct 2014, 16:40

I think we did Porlock Hill when we spent a couple of weeks in Ilfracombe in July 1969, One small step for us but a giant leap for our ageing Vauxhall Victor! (yes our holiday co-incided with man landing on the moon)

Decisions, decisions personally I would turn left every time. Pleased that the local neighbourhood watch put their twopenneth in to a bit of street furniture that just doesn't have enough words on it :!:

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I like a decent hill climb. I remember we did Hard Knott Pass in the lake district which was quite challenging.

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 30 Oct 2014, 17:31

Indeed, turn left every time :-D My first drive up Porlock Hill was in my first car, a Mini. It struggled. On the way up I found the clutch was slipping and on the way down I found out just how bad the valve stem oil seals were. The cloud of smoke as I put my foot down at the bottom of the hill was spectacular...

At the top of the hill there was always an RAC telephone box with a big water tank painted in RAC colours beside it. The water was there for the inevitable boil-ups on the ascent. Indeed I found my first Pug 405 cooling fans were broken going up the hill...

I think the RAC box and tank has now gone sadly. Cars no longer routinely boil dry as they did and everyone has a mobile...

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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 30 Oct 2014, 22:53

If you click on this link you will find out exactly how much this was sold for

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Would certainly be a conversation piece in the corner of the living room

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ps this of course is Britain's steepest road

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Its just a bit steeper than Vale Street in Bristol
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Re: Whatsthisthen?

Post by CitroJim » 31 Oct 2014, 05:30

That's the newer RAC box Neil, back in my younger days it was a really lovely little old cottagey-style one with an almost pagoda roof...

The one in the picture went cheaply considering its former location and history..

That street. Aberystwyth? Seen some like that there...