ACCESSORIES FOR THE 1928 CAR.
IT is at this time of the year, when the 1928 car is on the point of being delivered, or the 1927 car is being overhauled for another year of service, that the enthusiastic owner turns his attention to the matter of accessories for the embellishment and greater glory of his car.
To the sportsman the choice is somewhat simplified, in that he rejects with scorn any gadget which smacks of the touring car and which will not make for the greater efficiency of his motor. In this respect, anything approaching automatic cigarette lighters or electric foot-warmers is quite out of the question.
” Sportif ” Flexible Steering-Wheel.
Of great interest to the man who drives far and fast is undoubtedly the flexible steering-wheel. An excellent example of this almost essential fitment is the” Sportif,” marketed by the Patent Motor Products Co., ii, Store Street, Tottenham Court Road, London, W.C.r.
This wheel absorbs all shocks normally felt at the wrists, and while being supple to the grip, is sufficiently resisting for accurate steering. The wheel is built of steel spring spokes with wooden rim, and is obtainable from 40s. for a wheel of 151 ins, diameter to 55s. for Model S of 20 ins. diameter. Wheels are available in varying colours and ready for fitment to most standard cars.
“Desmo ” Fog Lamp.
A useful lamp for driving in fog is produced by Desmo, Ltd., Desmo House, Stafford Street, Birmingham. This compact little lamp is designed for fitting on to the’ dumb iron or any convenient place on your car. It
will swivel horizontally to any desired position and the construction of its fork brackets allows of an upward and downward movement, so that during the fog the piercing amber rays of light can be directed at any angle required, hence, in a thick fog, the light can be quickly focussed on to the curb or edge of the road. If the fog is not so dense, a more forward light can be obtained. It is finished in Nickel and Ebony Black, and provided with a tumbler switch for screwing to the dash and a length of flex to connect the lamp to the switch.
Price 27s. 6d. complete, including switch and flex.
For the Night Driver.
The ” Artie” Green Ring Non-Dazzle Fitment is adapted for the Lucas type, 6-inch and 7-inch headlight. The use of this fitment entirely eliminates dipping, swivelling or dimming one’s lamps. The light given by using the ” Artie” fitment is a main beam of nearly two hundred and sixty feet, with a small 6-inch lamp, while the Non-Dazzle range extends over 150 feet, and side illumination at right-angles to the car is obtained to a depth of 5o feet. The prices of the” Artie” Fitment are 285. 6d. for the 6-inch size, and 325. 6d. for the 7-inch size. The makers are the Artie Fuse and Electrical Mfg. Co., Ltd., Birtley, County Durham.
For Ease of Starting.
A very efficient flameless heater is manufactured by Fredk. Pollard & Co. (Bearings) Ltd., Nottingham Road, Leicester, known as the ” Thorm’x.” This heater is designed for use under the bonnet on frosty
nights, and, by reason of its working principle, is totally devoid of risk of fire. The Model 12 heater—for use under the bonnet—costs 30s. in nickel-plated finish.
Simple Licence Holder.
A holder which appeals by its very simplicity is the “Barnacle ” holder, made by E. W. Puckert, Barnacle Works, Bensham Lane, West Croydon.
The holder is held to the wind-screen. by suction, antl is fitted or detached by a few turns of the knurled nut, thus dispensing with cover glass, screws or adhesive. Supplied in nickel-plated finish, black or brass, the holder costs 75. 6d.
An unbreakable rear-lamp will at once appeal to anyone who has suffered from damaged lights due to bumps, vibration and bad roads. ” Rubbolite ” flexible tail-lamps are quite unbreakable and free from vibration, and are obtainable in the two types illustrated, priced los. 6d. and 7s. 6d., respectively. The makers are Flexible Lamps, Ltd., 59, New Oxford Street, W.I.
Of great importance to the sports car is the provision of adequate shock-absorbing devices on the road wheels. Famous among shock-absorbers is the Gabriel Snubber, which works on the principle of an expanding coil spring which is attached to the axle by a fabric belt. When the car springs compress, the coil expands, taking up the slack in the belt, then, as the rebound commences,
the coil tightens gradually, thus damping out the rebound shock.
These snubbers are very easily fitted to any type of car, and prices range from six guineas to fifteen guineas, depending on the weight of the car.
Particulars are obtainable from the Gabriel Sales and Service Co., 55o, Oxford Street, W.I.
An Excellent Fuel Filter.
Cox Carburettors, Ltd., of Lower Essex Street, Birmingham, produce an excellent type of fuel filter which can be fitted to any car. The filter definitely separates water from fuel, as well as molecules of foreign matter, allowing only pure fuel to reach the carburettor.
A glass cup enables the accumulation of dirt, etc., to be seen by the driver, and the cup can be detached, cleaned and replaced in half a minute. There are two models of the Atmos ” Filter, Model 02, priced at 14s., and Model 03, priced 30s.
A favourite upholstery for the sports car is the wellknown Sorbo Rubber sponge material. Its absorbent qualities will be apparent from the illustration, and the material represents an excellent method of securing comfort on a light sports car. Particulars as .to price, etc., may be obtained from Sorbo Rubber-Sponge Products, Ltd., Sorbo Works, Woking, Surrey.
For the Sake of Appearance.
Most owners take a pride in the appearance of their car, but the labour and time, and the dirt and discomfort of washing down a car, discourage the most energetic. A method of cleaning, which is itself clean and easy, while it defers the next cleaning as long as possible, is presented by the Karspray Co., Old Ball Works, Horsforth, Leeds. Their method will be seen, from the illustration, to be in the form of a syringe, which applies the polishing
mixture quickly and evenly. After waiting a few seconds, the dust, etc., can be easily wiped off with a damp cloth, leaving a brilliant lustre on the coachwork.
Complete car outfits of Karspray can be obtained in two sizes. No. i Sprayer and one quart tin at 9s. and No. 2 Sprayer with one quart tin at 7s. 9d.
Max-Pneu Tyre Pump.
• Made by the Macbeth Patents, Ltd., Mere Green Road, Four Oaks, Birmingham, the ” Max-Pneu ” Pump has many interesting features, not the least being the incorporation of a pressure gauge. The pump is operated by both feet by an action as in walking up stairs, and will exert the maximum pressure with the minimum of effort. The price of the Max-Pneu, as shown, is 40s.
AFTERMATH OF THE GREAT SNOW.
It is calculated that over 2,000 frost-fractured cylinders have been sent to Barimar, Ltd., during the recent severe weather. Incidentally, we also learn that cracked waterjackets and burst radiators can be treated at the Barimar Repair Stations in Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle,Manchester and Birmingham equally as well as in London.