An Extra Hour…..

… of daylight makes all the difference; it’s easy to forget the time and stay in the workshop until late, especially when we’ve had such a warm spell. Besides, keeping at it is the only way to make progress.

Rear lights

And talking of light, I remembered that with the Model A Ford that I used to own, came a set of rear lights that will pass muster for the Special and save a bit of time and money.

Flexible joint

I found the flexible joint that I knew was lurking somewhere and welded on a couple of flanges….

The bends

.. put the bends together so the pipe went under the axle and….

Downpipe support

… firmed up the downpipe by welding on a stainless steel strap that attaches to the bell-housing. I was going to make up two brackets to support the silencer but, having made up the rear bracket first, I found that with the longer pipe welded on the back, the rear bracket fell right on the assembly’s CG, so only one was needed. The mounting strap for the silencer has a modern rubber block incorporated and with the flexible joint, provides all the movement that’s necessary. I was initially concerned that everything would be too loose but in the end, with the four mounting points, the whole system has the same amount of flexibility as an ordinary car.

Tailpipe support

So, after making up the tailpipe support, it was time to put all the bits together and see what it looked like.

Side view

It’s a tiny bit lower than I’d planned but there was a potential conflict with the rear brake mechanism and the downpipe. With the wings on, the eye should be distracted from the exhaust, in fact, unless you’re standing a bit of a way off, the exhaust will be largely invisible. It’ll be interesting to hear what the mix of stainless (usually a bit tinny) and mild steel will produce when the engine’s running. I’m going to give the mild steel parts a coat of exhaust paint to smarten them up a bit.


I’m rather pleased with the tailpipe; it’s probably a too bit shiny and the strap is polished stainless steel as well but it’s quite elegant and so I’m hoping to be able to get away with the bling factor.

Lucas PRS 5 Switch


In mounting the light switch on the dash, in my enthusiasm I stupidly turned the body to position the switch arm vertically and the rivet which holds the body to the mounting bracket came loose allowing the whole thing to turn when you switched the switch – so to speak. While the Araldite was setting, I looked on the web for a wiring diagram and came up with several; some for wipers, some for lights and fog lights combined, in fact all sorts of combinations. All the wires were colour-coded on the diagrams and it seemed that I’d struck lucky but, what I couldn’t find was an idiot’s guide that quite plainly indicated power in, ‘Headlights’, ‘Sidelights’ and ‘Off’. The Jaguar XK’s used the PRS-5 switch so I should be able to cross-reference with a wiring diagram for one of those.

That’ll fill the extra hour.




5 comments on “An Extra Hour…..

  1. Well done Nigel, it looks gorgeous!
    Just one question, would’nt it be possible to bend the exhaust pipe a bit more to have all the line about 1 or 1.5″ upper? Then if it’s not visible later with the body on it’s probably a silly point!
    Very good progress anyway. We don’t anymore hear much about the Jowett. Could it be that’s because there’s good progress there too? Surely not.

  2. Anything’s possible Renaud and I might yet do as you suggest – it’s just a question of getting round to it! First I want to get the thing running and drivable which will be a great boost. The Jowett’s progress has been interrupted by Learned Counsel’s moving house but, more news anon.
    I hope the weather’s as nice in France as it is here.

  3. You are uncomfortably right there Nigel, I’m always the perfectionist… Better, as you do, to move on and get progress!
    The weather was a beauty yesterday but I could’nt mow because I did’nt receive the spare parts for the mower. Now I got them but it’s drizzling.

  4. asciimation says:

    Is there not a risk the long stainless hangers might crack over time? Exhausts do flap about a bit and the steel might end up work hardening.

  5. I think I’ll crack first, so I’m not that worried!

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