Get Fell In…

… went up the cry, so we did and found ourselves in some old garages in Birmingham.

Jowett Jupiter

To open the doors on some forgotten or neglected treasure never fails to excite. This Jupiter’s complete less the engine and seat and is destined to become the competition car. With the body panels lifted away, the chassis, despite a couple of the tyres being a bit flat one end, rolled up the ramps quite easily. The rest of the kit of parts went on the back of the truck and we set off home delighted with our day’s work.

Jowett Jupiter Chassis

A couple of days later and Learned Counsel had roughly assembled the major components to make it easier to store.

Jowett body

It reminds me of the discovery last year, albeit in a more complete state, of the other Jowett.

Jowett Jupiter

So he’s got plenty to get on with. As indeed have I.

New friction damper

All the parts for the new friction dampers have been assembled and I just need to braze the bush retainers to the arms before bending to shape and boring for the centre bushes – which I still need to turn up but I’ve got the material. I’ve finally put the front hubs to bed – the removal of the steering arm wasn’t as onerous as I imagined although it made me wonder how some of these nuts were done up originally as there’s almost no room to get a spanner in; you couldn’t get near with a socket. The next move is to get a suitable master cylinder, connect it up and see if the brakes work. And talking of brakes, I’ve started to complete the rear brake circuits. Both systems – the handbrake and service brakes are cable operated to the rear so I’m splicing the cable ends to avoid using cable clamps. It’s a bit tricky getting the length right and I’m a little out of practice but once I’d got past the first one, I was off at a canter.

Handbrake cable end

The handbrake and the service brake cables go around some fairly tight bends so instead of the original 7×7 strand cable, I’ve used a 7×19 strand cable which is a lot more flexible. The downside is that the strands can more easily separate in the splicing operation but insulating tape is a great help in keeping things together. Here’s the handbrake circuit…

Handbrake cable circuit

… and the attachment plates employed. I’ve made new ones of these – bending them so that the holes lined up was a bit of a lark!

Brake cable attachment plate

And as soon as I’ve got a new key for the nearside hub, that’ll be the rear hubs put to bed and I can get on with the details of the seating and controls. The steering box is in position but I’m wondering whether or not to get a new sector shaft. There’s a few quite serious looking grooves in the actual shaft caused by neglect and, I don’t mind losing the brakes so much – I’ve got 3 systems to play with – but losing the steering?

Best get fell out!


2 comments on “Get Fell In…

  1. Grant says:

    Grooves in your steering box sector shaft could well be serious stress raisers and lead to a case of terminal directional instability when you least need it, and you never do. If your box is a Marles don’t forget the great 12/50 Alvis panic of some years ago when their steering box cross shafts were literally breaking when the cars were standing still. Chap would go into the pub, come out and the drop arm and drag link would be lying on the ground! Have a new shaft made if you can’t find a mint one that passes crack testing. Given that you have fitted a heavier and more powerful engine it’s just as well you remembered to crack test the drop arm, pitman arms, stub axles and king pins before putting everything together so don’t stint with the steering box for a moment.

    • Are you sure it was parts of the car that were lying on the ground? I’ve got a Ford V8 box – a lot less fuss than a Marles and perfectly up to the job. A very careful examination of the steering components is, I think, perfectly adequate provided you know what you’re looking for and are not scared to explore with a file anything suspicious looking. I think if I crack-tested everything on a car nearly 90 years old, I wouldn’t have a car – but I understand your point.

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