Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:35 pm Post subject: 1909 Alldays and Onions 2 seat Runabout
It's not often I get to be anything but the most idiotic, however it seems I may have the oldest car here!
Yesterday, on my 40th birthday, I bought this rather interesting car. After many months of consideration, trying to decide on a new project as for the first time in 20 years I had nothing to do in my garage I finally took the plunge. Am I mad? possibly, However it looks like a fun project to bore tha pants off people never mind teh snob value at parties ..."You have an old car too ? What, a 1962 Minor? Sorry mine would regard that as a mere upstart!"
The car was advertised and is registered as 1912 but there may be evidence that it was actually manufactured in 1909. I am making enquiries on that basis. A&O took over Enfield in teh 1890's but didn't use the name for cars until about 1915 until 1925 when they stopped making cars.
The company was formed in 1652 as makers of bellows for forges and branched out into making bicycles, tricycles, quadricycles, cars and guns (eg Enfield) as well as motorbikes. They are still around today as Alldays Peackock Ltd making fans etc for furnaces! The history is as fascinating as the car.
I believe it to be 3,000cc, 12HP but the HP was calculated as a function of bore v stroke for tax purposes rather than power specification. It spent a lot of its life in Africa where is was renovated with a high quality ugly stick before being repatriated in 2004.
My plans are to get it started so I can see how bad the engine is, replace the firewall and the seating to a 4/5 seat arrangement ready for next summer. After the summer season I will start to dismantle completely to repaint the chassis and body in a more appropriate colour. If the engine is goosed I will do a ground up restore from the off, in time for it's 100th birthday in 2009.
I can do most of the work myself (it's not likely to be too taxing) but engineering and paint work is best left to the specialists.
It arrives on Tuesday when the real examination begins.
Well it arrived last night ( I can recommend TF Transport for cheap and reliable shipping) and was unloaded using the winch on the front of the 6x6.
Having got grubby with it for the first time I can see there are a number of basic things wrong with it - it may be a LWB with a shortened chassis! This would explain a lot of things like steering column and pedals being in the wrong place!
If correct it is easily sorted and given there are no electrics or hydraulics and only 1 copper pipe to worry about (fuel) it's an easy but long job. I suspect I'll spend months researching before I do anything!
I've been in email communication with John Teniswood for a couple of weeks and he has been a wonderful source of information.
I will, as I often do, be building my own website and will be sure to list as much definitive information as I can. The Alldays is a rather rare beast although most in the vintage world knows about them there is very little specific info on the web.
I'm having fun getting it working and deciding how I'm going to approach the restoration. It'll never make a show winner but a change of colour, a new seat and a refurbished radiator adn it'll be a good looking Edwardian car adn a reliable runner.
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