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Hi from London - new Humber Super Snipe owner
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giles



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:38 pm    Post subject: Hi from London - new Humber Super Snipe owner Reply with quote

Hi

I just bought a 1962 Humber Super Snipe automatic. Its in good running order:



And I will probably be posting up a few "beginners" questions about this car and how to fix or improve things...... please bear with me if I ask about obvious stuff, I haven't owned something this old or unusual before. Although I have owned some more common "classics" such as Heralds and Morris Minors....

I live in Kilburn, London.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome. Dont worry about questions, there is no such thing as an obvious question, silly sometimes but that comes to us all.
I love the Humbers, as my dad had a few, super snipe, hawk and sceptre Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome along, Giggles has a Humber too so you're in good company Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Giles. Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Giles,

I had an Imperial for a while, but got rid of it as it was too thirsty!!

Comfy cars, and certainly head turners. You will become very familiar with the rear offside reflector!!
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giles



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I imagine it won't do much over 20mpg. Does anyone else know what mileage I can expect from this car? Its an auto transmission which is usually worse Sad

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine did 15 - 17 mpg Giles - less if i did over 50mph Shocked
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giles



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

peppiB wrote:
mine did 15 - 17 mpg Giles - less if i did over 50mph Shocked


Ouch.

Still, I have another modern car, and a van, and so probably won't use the Humber for more than 2000 miles or so a year.
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giles



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peppiB wrote:
mine did 15 - 17 mpg Giles - less if i did over 50mph Shocked


I just drove down the M4 to Bristol and back, doing 70mph + most of the way, and got just over 20. I would say around 22mpg.

Not so bad.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That doesn't sound bad at all - did it drive nicely? I nearly bought one of these some years ago, ex chauffeur-driven belonging to an elderly lady, but for some reason it didn't happen

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giles



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
That doesn't sound bad at all - did it drive nicely? I nearly bought one of these some years ago, ex chauffeur-driven belonging to an elderly lady, but for some reason it didn't happen

Rick


Drove fine, apart from a fault with the dynamo or its control box, which meant a flat battery on arrival. I charged the battery up for the trip back today - got back no problems. I will probably get an alternator fitted soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might just be the bushes sticking in the dynamo, or maybe the points in the control box furred up?

Can't beat using a classic as a regular driver Smile

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giles



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is nice using an old car regularly.

However, in order to do this, you sometimes need to do things to make it easier to use - like fitting an alternator to avoid flat batteries especially when using it for short trips, especially at night, where you take a lot out of the battery in terms of starting, then lights, maybe wipers, fan on, and don't drive far or fast enough to charge it back up.

The lack of power steering on my one is a pain. I know these cars came with power steering as an option. I don't suppose its possible to retro fit, or even to find the parts?

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