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Another new/old Trademe score was a late 50’s “Miles Master” fuel pressure regulator, (SU’s need only a few lbs of fuel pressure). I was going to use a modern conventional 3.5 psi regulator but how could you resist both the packaging not to mention the sales pitch; and how could a mere mortal question the 30 day money back guarantee?

Have to point out that both Rigamortice and I were somewhat let-down with the discovery that there was no ‘free set of Ginzu steak knives’ included in the transaction, but we just keep falling in love with this stuff. It’s history.



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As always both Rigamortice and myself welcome unsolicited advice, adulation, various forms of verbal abuse (as long as it’s entertaining) and are totally open to most popular forms of bribery and coercion (Wild Turkey works well) on our discussion thread.


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Removed the front guards, bumper and radiator cowl and store them in the flash new shed. These 30’s designed cars are just one big bolt together Meccano set.





Motor & box came out real easy, hopefully I’ll find a good home for the mechanicals. (Anyone interested PM me, it’s in very good condition and I’m more interested in finding a good home for it rather than cash).




This is one very sweet little six cylinder. 1781cc of OHV fire breathing 30’s technology producing a stump pulling 48 bhp  (36 Kw) giving the standard car a blistering top speed of  70 mph (112 Kph) while rocketing it from  0-50 mph (0-80 Kph) in an eye watering, leg wetting 21.6 seconds.





It’s easy to see why these cars were serious “chick magnets” in their day!




And it was even cool to smoke cigarettes.



No one wore seatbelts








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