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  1. Yes and those engines had a thin sheet steel head gasket. The old all cast iron engines seemed fairly happy without antifreeze. I reckon Brittsh Railways would have worked out the economics of it, the cost of antifreeze and the likelyhood of having gallons of it stolen against any engine damage.
  2. British Railways Cartage did not use antifreeze in their delivery vans, trucks and Scammel 3 wheeler tractors until well into the 1960's. In the winter all drivers had to drain their rads and engine blocks after use and refill them with water before use as well as checking the oil and batteries.
  3. Not if I've been eating me fruit and veg, but if I've been on a diet of eggs, yes. A lorry load of plums was stolen in Romford today. Police are looking for two men on the run.
  4. Same here.
  5. Antifreeze is very searching. It can leak and seep out of place where water or the recommended mix didn't. In extreme cases of too much in the mix it can penetrate between cylinder head gaskets and cause lots of expensive trouble. I remember years ago, a customer who was a lorry driver filled his E93A engined Ford Prefect with neat Bluecol, I think he'd nicked it from his firm as Bluecol antifreeze was very expensive in the early 1960's. Apart from the engine overheating ''Thermo- siphon cooling on those'', it had leaked out from literally everywhere, hoses, gaskets ect and seeped between the head gasket nearly ruining the engine. The whole car inside and out was a horrid sticky mess.
  6. This is the trouble these day's. We're more or less forced to buy more than we need at that present moment. 750mil tins of paint when you only need a cupful for a certain job. Big tubes of mastic too when you only want a squirt of one to complete a job. There must be millions of tins of old paint and mastic tubes knocking about nearly full but gone hard and useless with time, just because small tins and tubes are not commonly available anymore, an enormous, gigantic and disgusting wastage. The same goes for certain foods and a huge amount of domestic items too. Toilet rolls for example. you have to buy at least four, often six instead of just one like years ago. I only need one at a time as I only have one bum.
  7. Many car engines of years ago that were capable of revving to 5 or 6000 rpm, ''and were'', that used dynamos and must have run their dynamos up to around maybe 7,8 or even 10,000 rpm without exploding.
  8. He might get away with it if the fan is the wrong hand. Being an air cooled engine the engine space is ventilated much better than most water cooled engine spaces, ''cruiser stern boats at any rate'' The engines cooling fan is constantly drawing in cool air from outside much of which doesn't pass through the engine at first to cool it but gently ventilates the area.
  9. 12V Dynamos, cut outs, control boxes and lots of older as well as current stuff is available from AES of Tutbury. I get stuff from them including the old 12v stand alone starter solenoids which make excellent heavy duty relays. Google AES, their range of stuff is interesting.
  10. Incidentally, did you note which way the alternator turns when the engine is running ?
  11. It might be a good plan and simple to by-pass the split charge relay or whatever it is by removing the wire on it that comes from the warning light and extend it to reach the alternators W terminal to see if all's well without it. If all's well then renew the split charge relay with new wiring. And as Tony Brooks says if its a grain of wheat bulb ''12v model railway term that'' increase the wattage to at least 2.2w which would mean a different bulb holder. To excite my alternator without revving the nuts off it I did fit a 6w bulb and holder which did the trick, light went out instantly but I then tried a 2.2w which also did the trick whereas the grain of wheat bulb struggled. I have a 70a Hitachi Ford alternator which I did once swap with an ACR whilst I cleaned and serviced the Hitachi but both struggled to ''Put that bloomin light out Napoleon, the Jerry's can see it for miles'' with the grain of wheat bulb. Here is a photo of the rear of an ACR alternator which I have in stock, depicting the terminals, which I had at the ready in case the old ACR was going to be used.
  12. I'm about 40 miles away, but in the automobile I've got I might as well be 120 miles away.
  13. Alternator switch?Do you mean a split charge relay. Or do you have a battery change over switch.
  14. Looks like there might be a third wire connected to that warning lamp, or is it just a shaft of light reflection. Poor photo.
  15. If he drained 5Litres off and replaced it with 5Litres of neat undiluted antifreeze it is probably now way over strength. Beware leaks and head gasket trouble.