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1946 Standard 8 tourer - pass me the rag
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:06 pm    Post subject: 1946 Standard 8 tourer - pass me the rag Reply with quote

Evening all,

If ever a car deserved sympathetic ownership, this (just) post-war Standard is it. With a rebuilt engine, but the rest left in "as found" oily-raggyness, this pint-size pootler has charm in spades - to me anyway Smile

http://ebay.to/2f1YsGU



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent find, Rick...[although I spotted it earlier]....

The Standard 8 [as shown], really was the very first car I ever had the chance to take a screwdriver to.......as a very early teenager.

An uncle had one as his 'own' car [he mainly had 'company' cars..usually Ford 100E's, but, at the time I refer to, a Vauxhall Viva HB]....it was a pale blue in colour, and I never saw it with its hood down. It really didn't run, and was stuck in the garage..I managed to get it started, but could not move it. Eventually [after a typical family fall-out, so I was persona non grata] it was 'removed' by some 'local 'lads to rebuild...ended up in a field somewhere, I believe?

It was also the first car to inflict a 'road traffic' injury on myself.

{ I was subsequently run down by an Austin Cambridge...pre-Farina...but suffered nothing more than bruising and scuffs to knees...normal in the days when lads always wore short trousers?]

As a 4-5 year old, I was being driven by my uncle when he suddenly braked to a halt, I was hurled forwards, my forehead putting a crack in the windscreen, and a bloody cut or two on my head. Aunt was very concerned about me [after all, who was going to do the washing up??], but uncle was more concerned about the windscreen.

Says it all about families, eh? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like alitairq, I too have fond memories of one of these. An interesting car to drive, if one likes low-powered machinery, and I did at the time. New owner beware- my experience was that brakes were reasonable when going forwards but failed completely in reverse.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too saw this one pop up on ebay, I'd take it if I had the room!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
roverdriver wrote:
Like alitairq, I too have fond memories of one of these. An interesting car to drive, if one likes low-powered machinery, and I did at the time. New owner beware- my experience was that brakes were reasonable when going forwards but failed completely in reverse.


Did they, by any chance, have twin leading shoes?

That can be a source of poor brakes going backwards because they then become twin trailing shoes.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they had a really iniquitous system of cable brakes using a central cross shaft. The brakes all round were leading and trailing shoe.

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