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1965 Singer Vogue Mk3 re-commissioning
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kevin2306



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Location: nr Llangollen, north wales

PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weather was dissapoingly wet this afternoon so cracked on with a little job.
I did a favour for a mate and in return (unexpectedly) he gave me these lovely Lucas spotlights




Stripped them right down and gave them a good clean flowed by some nice wax polish.
I've always liked this style of lamp so I am considering swapping them for the Lucas ones currently fitted to my Singer.

So, left spot or right spot?



Kev
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Penman



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Is that 2 spots or 1 spot and 1 fog?

The lens pattern is different and I would have thought would give a different spread.
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kevin2306



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
Hi
Is that 2 spots or 1 spot and 1 fog?

The lens pattern is different and I would have thought would give a different spread.


2 spots just different style. One on left is as fitted, right is the one I've been given. I have the matching fog lamp for the passenger side

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Penman



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I was looking at the top (off vehicle) pair.
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kevin2306



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
Hi
I was looking at the top (off vehicle) pair.


Ah, one driving lamp and one fog. Seems quite common to fit them in pairs like that, in fact, the current spots are like that (on spot, one driving)

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kevin2306



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic weather today so, after a lovely long walk along the Llangollen canal with my dogs, it was home to get my Singer out.
Went through Llangollen which was rammed packed due to a combination of glorious weather and a huge scooter rally (scooters were normal size but the gathering was large ) Very Happy

Seen a few classics, lots of classic bikes and scooters.




Had an email from a man today to say the 1965 Motorola radio I have bought off him has been finished (he restores them) and will be with me midweek so I will get the Sony unit out and the Motorola fitted. When I first got the Singer it had a modern unit (1980s radio cassette) fitted so I have a genuine Rootes under dash radio console unit to house the Motorola in.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I first got the Singer, it came with a centre mounted Pye radio cassette and under dash 8 track.
I removed these, carefully saving the genuine Roots centre consul.
Previously, I had bought a lovely Sony portable radio complete with a car fitting kit so it could be used either as a portable radio or a fitted radio in the car (to dodge the required radio license regs at the time I'm told)



Whilst it's a fine radio, unusual and also allowed me to plug my iPod in for music during the evening tootle, it wasn't the look I was after.

By chance, a few weeks ago I met a bloke who was very much into classic radios, we got talking and he told me he had a Motorola he was working on, in great condition (he changes a lot of parts tho..got a list if anyone is interested) and best of all, it was manufactured in 1965, same vintage as the Singer.
A deal was done and this afternoon I got it fitted.

Over the moon with how it looks and to be fair, using the lead he fitted, it plays my iPod and sounds every bit as good as the Sony (need to eBay that now)









Kev
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, despite the low temps and heavy snow today, I ventured into the garage.
I have the singer wired up to a smart charger which keeps the battery in good condition when not in use.
Plan was to turn the engine over a few times, after a period of rest, she takes a few cranks to fire up, pumped the throttle a few times, turned the key and she fired up, good oil pressure and very smooth so left her tick over and run up to temperature.
A few jobs to do before the good weather:
Full service inc brake check
New door glass seals (waisted seals?)
Good wax and polish.
Drop the gearbox sump and fit a new gasket, bit of a dilemma, do I change the filter? 2 schools of thought, one is to leave well alone the other is to change it. Any comments?

Spring in approaching.

Kev
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Booked today off, up early and off to Chirk to get the Singer MOT'd.
Good inspection done, brakes tested and in good fettle and got the pass.
Just having a brew then off for a cruise.
Very friendly garage and you are ok to get under the car whilst it's on the ramp.
Noticed the exhaust is past it's best so will order a new one and get it done.

Just a few pics taken today for posterity





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