You may have noted I hate being ripped off, although I did fully fix ‘Dog No.2’, it has now left the fold showing a £1750 loss (first time ever!!)…… It was just too much pissing about – and all I wanted was a cheap lovely runabout, so………..here she is. Nick named ‘Countess Veronica’
All is not 100% though, as with any car 87 years old, there is bound to SOMETHING and as everything LOOKs brilliant, I have experienced Countess Veronica’s idiosyncrasy before – about 50 years ago, one of my early Austin 7’s suffered from ‘Crankcase Compression’……….
I didn’t know what it was until it caused a constant cough and clearing of my thoat a lot of the time.
It seems, pressure builds up BEHIND leaking pistons, giving a rise of pressure in the crankcase. This is an area under heat, whirling Con-rods and fumes from hot old oil.
This oil vapour permeates into the car and it could well be why all vintage Austin’s have side vent flaps?
On short runs, the engine oil hasn’t really had a chance to BURN, but on a run of 6 hours at a constant speed of 40mph, the smoke vapour is visible as a sort of blue haze – especially in bright shafts of sunlight.
Breathing this in most probably has an effect of some kind?
Arriving back home after collecting ‘Countess Veronica’, I had what I can only describe as ‘sea legs’ and most distinctly – whistling in my ears like tinnitus. Having been on-board my own yacht for 5 years, ‘Sea Legs’ is like spending hours onboard a rocking boat and when you step on firm land you feel as though the ground is still moving. Random movements of the head (inner ear) make for weird counter movements.
Depending on the type of oil, I suppose ‘Castrol’ is made differently in a slight way from ‘Duckhams’ and from synthetic oil.
I went to bed in the ‘Whirly Pit’, had a few wild dreams and woke up next morning fine – but with a deeper voice and a very chesty cough.
An air pollution monitor will prove this (£100 from Amazon) and then the solution can be tackled. Some cars have ‘breather pipes’ from the crankcase straight into the AIR FILTER chamber which has negative pressure caused by suction in the carb’. The oil vapour is sucked in with fuel air mix and explodes into the exhaust.
The Austin’s carb’s are crude, and don’t have a filter or a filter box. A small duct fan could be made to pump it out low down (we hope………)
Owning and driving a vintage car is 99.5% great fun…….. I can think of a few negatives!