ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

What a difference a day makes.

The Wolseley's charging system failed, the ignition lamp started glowing even when the engine was being revved up. Could it be dynamo or control box?
I, in my technical kind of a way, switched on the headlamps, removed the regulator cover and placed a screwdriver tip into the regulator contact, upon revving the engine the headlamp brightness increased.
So the dynamo is working. As I say I had removed the cover and then I noticed that some of the screws were a bit chewed up on the the regulator contact strip, the two screws at the top of the above picture.
I undid these screws which are normally sealed with paint to find that somebody in the past has cleaned the points surface at some time with a file.
 There was nothing for it but to replace the regulator box with a new one. This I did very quickly because it was rather cold on Saturday about minus 10 over night and had warmed up to about minus 2.
Everything was now working correctly. This is yet another little teething job on a vehicle that has not been used previously for many months.

Yes over night we had some snow, a light dusting, maybe 3 to 4 inches. So Sunday was a day to wake up, feel it was much warmer as already the thaw had set in, only slight, and over night tonight the frost will make it a nightmare to get to work on Monday. Seemed like a good idea to take the dogs for a walk and kick snow all over them.
Other jobs to do on the Wolseley is to find all the grease nipples, to remove the metal dash panel and repair the wiper switch, also at the same time replace a couple of blown dash panel bulbs. The fog light switch is also an item that needs looking at.
Still life would be boring if it all went smooth.

A list of chassis number and registration dates.

J/R 010 10/1949--J/R 649 1949--J/R 755 1/1950--J/R 1061 12/1949--J/R 1102 12/1949--J/L 1518 1950--J/R 1612 03/1950--J/L 2935 1951--J/R 4491 11/1950--J/R 6050 12/1950--J/R 6187 1/1951--J/R 10916 12/1951--J/R 10972 1/1952--J/R 14776 12/1952--J/R 145931/1953--J/R 15455 1/1953--J/R 16261 03/1953--J/R 18124 1952--J/R 19902 12/1953--J/R 20658 02/1954--J/R 21720 12/1953--J/R 23555 1954--J/R 24274 1954--J/R 25618 12/1954--J/R 25079 1/1955--J/R 25741 05/1955--J/R 29869 11/1955--J/R 30963 11/1955--J/R 3183110/1955--J/R 32465 11/1955--J/R 33340 1/1956--J/R 35466 1/1957--J/R 35671 12/1956--JB/MR 37200 06/1957--JB/MR 39547 12/1957--JB/MR 39012 1/1958--JB/MR 39648 1/1958--JB/MR 42533 1/1959--JB/MR 42677 12/1958--JB/MR 43367 1959--JB/MR 45648 1/1960--JB/MR 45693 12/1959--JB/MR 46009 02/1960--JB/MR 47648 12/1960--JB/MR 47907 12/1960--JB/MR 48069 01/1961--JB/MR 48219 01/1961
Approximate Production data for each year.
1949 750 vehicles -1950 5347 -1951 5051 -19524098 -1953 5027 -1954 6000 -1955 6894 -19563169 -1957 3284 -1958 3131 -1959 2965 -19602516 -1961 362
Total produced 48620


Ardingly Vehicle Show 12/7/09. Picture taken by Clive Barker.