London to Brighton preparation.

I spent yesterday with Mike Mutters fettling his 1900 DeDion Bouton in readiness for the 2012 London to Brighton run for veteran cars built before 1905.

These cars are a fiddly thing to get running sweetly. The two speed (forward only) clutch and gearbox was not operating as intended. No amount of adjustment would allow the clutches to work. A flush with petrol/paraffin mix followed by flushing oil cleaned the watery filth from the internals caused by a previous wet trip cured the clutch slip and we then advanced onto the engine tuning.

The points backplate was wobbly so a new bush was quickly made to improve the consistency of the contact closing and thus sparking at the right time.
It seemed to be running rich so by soldering up the fuel jet and re-drilling from 1.1mm to 1.0mm improved that.

Some more running adjustments were done on the road in the damp mist and we think it goes as well as it ever will and its set for the run a week on Sunday. Quite what the children at the local school thought when two grey haired men passed by on a funny looking car from the Victorian era popping and banging away I can’t imagine! They seemed happy to stare and wave anyway.

Come and watch the cars on Sunday November 4th. The route is well publicised and its a great day out. Watch out for us in car 66.

Engine Detail

Transmission detail with the famous DeDion axle.


About James Ewing

Cars are my passion in my business and private life. I run James Ewing Limited - International Brokers of Collectors Cars and I also have a successful restoration business. I navigate on classic rallies in the UK and europe and in my time have competed in many types of motorsport. At home we have an interesting collection of micro/mini cars, a 1958 Renault 4cv, 1962 Fiat 600d Multipla and a 1967 Subaru 360. All in all I spend most of my time 'dickingaroundwitholdcars'
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