Today is Valentine’s Day so what better time to exoll some Lancia love?
Nothing happens around here unless there is a deadline and as the Aurelia is now booked in for a spray job the clock is ticking, everything I don’t want painted has to be removed. I have removed the front bench seat this morning and what a wonderful example of Lancia’s attention to detail the seat mechanism is.
Bench seats were popular in the 50’s and 60’s and they may have worked fine when they were new but usually the rails they “glided” on became clogged and it became a two person job to move them back or forward. You can assume that the Lancia accountancy department probably fitted in the understairs broom cupboard as the Lancia engineers had free rein to engineer everything, seating included.
Here is a picture of the underside of the front seat.
As you can see there is what appears to be a window winder (C), this when wound it will move a bell crank that has one end anchored via a link to the rhs floor (A) the other end (via red link D) to another bell crank that is anchored via a link to the lhs floor (B) so turning the handle pulls both sides of the seat equally so no jamming.
Lancia did go broke not long after this so now you know why.
My friend Peter in the UK asked me a while ago to do a walkaround of the Special as he was holed up in a lockdown at the time and probably is again, so as I had just popped down to Warragul for a coffee in the car and I had my phone in my pocket a video seemed a good thing.
Just need Julie Andrews to sing a little song and it would be quite a production, however here is the walkaround sans music and lederhosen.
Hot day today so while it was still cool in the shed I thought I would try out my latest Ebay folly a set of louvre rollers that can be used on my bead roller. I have been on the fence about these for a while but they dropped to $100 delivered so I thought I would give them a try.
I wanted some louvres on the bonnet sides of the Austin 7 Special hoping they would help with the cooling and look cool as well, really what is a special without louvres? The problem I see with this method is keeping the louvre shape consistent as there are so many variables involved and one of them is me.
From the picture above the first four louvres were experimental with different numbers of passes through the rollers, then I tried to do four in a row by the same method as the fourth one. It worked OK and probably good enough for the Special although I may destroy a little more ali before I get to the main event.