A new Lady enters the fold

Countess Veronica : 1933 Austin 10 Deluxe

The Dog (albeit almost fully fixed…Grrrrrr) has ‘left the building’; Long live the Countess Veronica (that’s the monica ‘she who must be obeyed’ has chosen) and you may notice is the number plate CV8010

It’s almost immaculate…. I say “almost” – as driving it back all the way from Hungerford, 6 bloody hours at 40mph, I discovered it (probably) has ‘CrankCase Compression’. This may be a congentital fault with Austin engines. Explosive pressure leaks past the pistons and pressurises the crankcase – which produces an oil vapour mist in the cab. It could well be the reason there is a vent on both sides of the door pillars. Admirers often comment on a little flap.

The last time I suffered like this (by breathing the vapour and developing a chesty cough) was way back in the 1980’s. That was fixed by renewing the piston rings and installing a special oil sealing ring on each piston.

Having just bought this beauty, I ain’t stripping the engine down…. I will first prove it is what I think it is, and VENT IT (with a small 50mm 12v fan on the end of a 2″ flexible duct pipe). This replaces the filler cap and ducts the vapour dowards into fresh air [thus polluting fresh air……]

Countess Veronica is beautiful. A very good paint job and a fully renovated interior….. leather seats, carpets and headlining. The very kind older gentleman who sold it, also gave me £9000+ worth of renovation bills and a picnic hamper on the rear luggage rail. He didn’t have picnic utensils but carried a hydraulic jack, spares and water etc: I do have a larger period hamper which was assembled for ‘AGU’ (another 1933 Austin 10).

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