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« Reply #30 on: 08 June, 2011, 07:09:30 PM »

Andre Telecontrol Shock Absorbers fitted to some Aprilias.  Full details at
http://web.me.com/noelmacwhirter/home/Publications_files/Andre%20Telecontrol.pdf
Note especially the fluid required.   
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« Reply #31 on: 10 October, 2011, 04:51:39 PM »

Location of the control elements in the car - pictures from BlueSky.


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« Reply #32 on: 10 October, 2011, 04:52:59 PM »

Very useful url also from BlueSky
http://www.narrywoolan.com.au/home/Publications.html
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« Reply #33 on: 12 October, 2011, 09:51:59 AM »

Further pics from Noel of Andre  Telecontrols


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« Reply #34 on: 13 October, 2011, 12:07:17 AM »

That's a hefty looking bit of kit!

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« Reply #35 on: 19 October, 2011, 10:16:18 AM »

I think Ben Courage will be taking Noel's car for a drive tomorrow and I will be interested to hear what he thinks of the way the shockers damp. Ben has been driving the ex Stainless Stephen car around for the past week or so on the Castlemaine Rally and other adventures. Ben thinks the Stainless Stephen car is very similar to his own car, but the damping on Noel's car is very impressive with no nasty whacks and bangs over speed humps and other road hazards. Mind you it did take Noel a fair bit of fettling to get the car to that standard.

 On a different subject Gerald Batt ran his newly acquired ex Lance Milne 1948 Berlina on the rally and looked to be be enjoying himself. Seven Aprilias appeared on the rally which would be a record although perhaps my bodyless platform chassis only qualified as a half a car, but it did manage a couple of very enjoyable laps of the Castlemaine oval on the Saturday and Sunday. Other U.K Aprilia owners should seriously contemplate a visit for the 2013 Rally.

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« Reply #36 on: 24 October, 2011, 04:57:46 AM »

I did indeed take Noel's Aprilia for a run when I visited him last week, having driven there in Andrew's.
The first thing to say is how generous and trusting the Australian Lancia owners are! I have now done several hundred miles in Aprilias on this visit, including Castlemaine where there was the usual fabulous turn-out of Lancias, especially Lambdas as well as the aforementioned Aprilias.
Comparing the two cars is tricky as Andrews is still in "shake-down" mode after many years off the road and I only drove Noel's briefly. Both have the familiar Aprilia feel of handling precision and sure-footedness. The initial harshness over bumps in Stainless Steven was improved quite a bit by reducing the tyre pressures from 33 down to 26. Arguably this may still be on the high side as the handbook talks about 21psi! I run my own car at 26 (with 165x400 Mich. X's) as the steering gets heavy for low speed maneuvering at any less than this.
On Noels car the steering,although precise, was heavier than expected and we diagnosed excessive toe-in so it will be interesting to see if it responds to being reset.
On SS there is some vibration at speed that is hard to pin-point with one of the rear wheel bearings being a possible suspect.
Overall both cars perform well but the bigger carb on Noels does give it a distinct advantage.

Finally thanks again to Andrew and Noel for letting me drive their cars and thanks and congratulations to the Castlemaine organisers for another brilliant rally
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« Reply #37 on: 01 November, 2011, 09:11:14 AM »

This is getting dangerously near chat, not what this thread is really for.  However, two technical points.

Tyre pressures.  I run mine at 26psi on 155x400 Michelin X and wear seems evenly distributed across the tread.  I agree, lower pressure = heavy steering.

Andre Telecontrol fluid.  Glycerol as stated in the instructions is actually an early form of antifreeze, now superseded in cooling systems by ethylene glycol (which has a lower freezing point but is poisonous).  I see no problem with using blue or even the more modern orange antifreeze mixtures.  The point is that the working fluid is aqueous not oily.
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« Reply #38 on: 18 January, 2012, 05:45:20 PM »

Just caught this as I have a variety of plugs in my engine (still goes well). Most are B6S NGK's, one is a Bosch W8AC which is definitely wrong, but Bosch equivalent W175T3 is alos available and is curiously like the M.A.B.O. W. 175 T3 in the series 2 maintenance manual.

I think I will stick with the NGK's as they have always worked (as a plug type - not specifically!) well in my fulvias, and they are cheaper.

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« Reply #39 on: 16 August, 2012, 08:15:24 AM »

Noel Macwhirter has just told me the discs in Andre Telecontrols should be lubricated, apparently lard is the thing!
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« Reply #40 on: 16 August, 2012, 08:24:40 AM »

Second series radiator and thermostat assembly from Noel.


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« Reply #41 on: 16 August, 2012, 01:26:41 PM »

Noel Macwhirter has just told me the discs in Andre Telecontrols should be lubricated, apparently lard is the thing!
Tallow used to be recommended, but I find common or garden grease works just as well. I have tried soaking the discs in oil, but the wood they are made of isn't absorbent enough.
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« Reply #42 on: 10 September, 2012, 10:22:56 AM »

My radiator was rebuilt perfectly and quickly by http://www.vintagecarradiatorcompany.co.uk/
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« Reply #43 on: 25 October, 2012, 01:46:47 PM »

6v BA20d 35/35 halogen headlight bulbs from
 http://www.totalparts.co.uk/category-261/LLB1048-LUC.html
are much brighter than ordinary ones.  You can pay up to 28 per pair for such bulbs but I bought 4 for 11.59 all in from these people.  You may find them at your local auto-electrician of course.
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« Reply #44 on: 10 February, 2013, 10:23:36 AM »

6v. petrol pump from Flexolite
 http://www.flexolite.co.uk/catalogue.asp
80 all included, next day delivery.  It works too.
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