Recommission of The Rev.....

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Re: Recommission of The Rev.....

Postby AustinofEngland » Sun May 07, 2017 11:36 am

earthhist wrote:
David Swain wrote:Whilst reading through the past posts, I noticed that Revs front springs are not Midget springs as I had thought, but are actually His original springs, as I was unable to find the Midget ones when I rebuilt His front suspension (I had already put them on Gem) This could be part of the reason He feels so wavey and wallowy. I will need to source some appropriately sized and stiffened springs, for a decent feel. I like the way the MG zr feels, I didn't like the way the Megane grand scenic felt. :lol:


Mmm - seems you have totally unrealistic expectations, if you expect it to feel like a modern car, designed to have minimal roll and tight handling, largely for safety reasons. Without a complete redesign of the steering and suspension of an A30/A35, you won't get it half way to drive like a modern car. If you want a modern car feel, I suggest you buy a modern car (by which I mean one produced in, say, the last 30 years or so).

The A30 was revealed at the 1951 Motor show, and had a top speed of just over 60mph, but most motorists in small cars did not exceed about 40mph. There were no motorways. Ordinary main roads had lorries ("trucks" didn't exist in the Uk then) with a speed limit of 20mph, and engines to match, which ensured crawls on main roads uphill at 5-10 mph. So handling and performance weren't in the picture. There were no computers to do design and development and testing was astonishingly minimal.

What was important in 1950 in a small car (when most small cars were boneshakers), was "big car comfort" - which implied a fairly soft suspension (though not as bad as US cars of the period). That's because as the A30 is so light, the unsprung weight is a large proportion of the total weight, and (given the then state of knowledge) that limited how "tight" the handling could be if you wanted comfort.

They were also intended to be driven full (when they behave better) - husband and wife & 2-3 children - and sedately, to conserve fuel, which relative to incomes was very expensive. Nothing was materially altered about the steering and suspension throughout the entire A30/A35 production.

So yes they roll and wallow, and if pushed hard on a bend they over steer because of the rear antiroll bar. But that is the charm. If the front shock absorbers become weak they are inclined to roll over if pushed too hard on a bend, but although a standard car rolls a lot on bends that becomes part of the fun of driving it.


That's brilliantly written, the sort of thing you'd print out and hang in the window of an A30 / A35 when parked up amongst modern cars...
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Re: Recommission of The Rev.....

Postby Big Daddy » Sun May 07, 2017 1:47 pm

earthhist wrote:Mmm - seems you have totally unrealistic expectations, if you expect it to feel like a modern car, designed to have minimal roll and tight handling, largely for safety reasons. Without a complete redesign of the steering and suspension of an A30/A35, you won't get it half way to drive like a modern car.


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Re: Recommission of The Rev.....

Postby David Swain » Fri May 19, 2017 2:01 pm

Well not much to report from Rev, but the move is progressing slowly, the second shed and decking is now up at the field and awaiting erection.
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Shed at field
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First shed up
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I slipped up a little last week though, I knew that my Sister was looking to get me to build Her a summer house up at the field, and so when I read of an 11 meter by 3 meter workshop for sale for £300, I thought it best to let Her know as it would make an ideal basis for the summer house. She bought it and thanked me for pointing it out, and then asked if I could help Alan take it down and move it to the field :shock:
Should have seen that coming.....
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Workshop ahem, I mean summerhouse....
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More summerhouse
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Kate and I have viewed a few more houses, one had no one at home and when we rang the agent to see where they were, we got the reply, sorry that one is already let, might have been nice to have called and cancelled the viewing then!
A couple of the houses we saw look promising...... One has a lovely house with decent sized rooms but no parking. The other is a bit small, but has off road parking and a double garage. :D
There have also been some developments at Home over the last 48 hours, our rising damp situation has exceeded all expectations with a full on kitchen flood last night, apparently it has been caused by a broken pipe under the concrete floor. :roll: I must remember to take some wetsuits home with me tonight, oh yes and pick up a few bottles of wine. Depending on what happens in the kitchen today may force our departure from the house along somewhat, which may in turn mean that we will not make it to the National this year :evil: Oh and if that wasn't enough, it's Abbi's Birthday party sleep over this Saturday night, prospect of lots of young girls staying over with no running water and no flushing toilets!!! :weed:
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Re: Recommission of The Rev.....

Postby A40FARINAGURU » Fri May 19, 2017 5:33 pm

David Swain wrote:Well not much to report from Rev, but the move is progressing slowly, the second shed and decking is now up at the field and awaiting erection.
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I slipped up a little last week though, I knew that my Sister was looking to get me to build Her a summer house up at the field, and so when I read of an 11 meter by 3 meter workshop for sale for £300, I thought it best to let Her know as it would make an ideal basis for the summer house. She bought it and thanked me for pointing it out, and then asked if I could help Alan take it down and move it to the field :shock:
Should have seen that coming.....
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Kate and I have viewed a few more houses, one had no one at home and when we rang the agent to see where they were, we got the reply, sorry that one is already let, might have been nice to have called and cancelled the viewing then!

A couple of the houses we saw look promising...... One has a lovely house with decent sized rooms but no parking. The other is a bit small, but has off road parking and a double garage. :D
There have also been some developments at Home over the last 48 hours, our rising damp situation has exceeded all expectations with a full on kitchen flood last night, apparently it has been caused by a broken pipe under the concrete floor. :roll: I must remember to take some wetsuits home with me tonight, oh yes and pick up a few bottles of wine. Depending on what happens in the kitchen today may force our departure from the house along somewhat, which may in turn mean that we will not make it to the National this year :evil: Oh and if that wasn't enough, it's Abbi's Birthday party sleep over this Saturday night, prospect of lots of young girls staying over with no running water and no flushing toilets!!! :weed:


I hope you are not going into these 'beds in a shed' scenario :whistle:
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Re: Recommission of The Rev.....

Postby Dave Clark » Fri May 19, 2017 5:44 pm

David I do hope things are going to take a turn for the better VERY soon.
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Re: Recommission of The Rev.....

Postby David Swain » Sat May 20, 2017 6:52 am

Yeah beds in sheds! Could be Nick, definitely a bit of a back up plan going on. :D
Dave Thank you, it has all got to get better, that's for sure. :thumbs:
I managed to get most of the decking down after work last night, these long light evenings are a God send, while Alan was getting the summer house pad ready for concrete, and then had a nice hot bath when I arrived Home, the builders had been in, taken the cabinets sink and some of the floor out, fixed the leak and put it all back. What a great job, and you can hardly tell anything has moved. :clapping:
Abbi is very excited as the sleep over can go ahead! Apart from time running out on the move, everything is good this morning. :D
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