Early Three Litre fuel hoses

While I was filling SHP up with E5 watching the meter racking up more pounds than usual I had failed to notice my shoes were paddling in petrol. After apologies to the lady behind the till for my old lady’s incontinence I drove to the air line and to my relief no more fuel was leaking out. The rest of my journey was uneventful and enjoyable.

This had happened to me before in another TC 21/100 Graber some thirty odd years ago in France – a perished fuel hose – and sure enough there was a tiny hole surrounded by rubber that had seen better days. In France it had meant keeping the tank no more than half full.

I wasn’t sure whether a standard fuel hose was fitted to a Graber but a call to Chris Prince with a photo of the offending article produced a new TA21 fuel hose which was exactly the part needed. Removal and refitting wasn’t too onerous and created a chance to appreciate the quality of underbody restoration completed over forty years ago.

The early cars fed the petrol into the side of the tank. This has the disavantage of a full tank leaving fuel in the feed hose which can find its way out of the filler particularly on right hand bends. This was changed for the TD21 to feed into the top of the tank and explains the intrusion on the left side of the boot space.

The continuing process of digitising archive material has produced some more period photos of the early Three Litres and a detailed article written by Nick Simpson in 1991. These can be seen on the updated page TA21 together with a downloadable register of cars.

More old photos

By its nature the Alvis Register Bulletin tends to hark back to a century ago but it is refreshing to see a young(ish) professional journalist in the Editor’s seat with experience of all eras of Alvis motoring. Nigel Boothman will have had the advantage of the paternal 4.3, TD21, Silver Eagle and the 12/50 as well as other marques of distinction. We were very pleased to see Greg Wrapson making good use of the archive photos in his latest piece and as ever, adding to the history among the 50 pages of articles and photos.

The latest June edition of Octane (228) has another piece on Alvis penned by Karl Ludvigsen opining that the TB14 may have been designed by a Swiss who also designed the beautiful Alfa 12C prototipo that is the cover feature. He goes on to explain how AP Metalcraft came about (see also www.alvis14.com and chassis 21908).

Some more older photos have had the digital treatment and raise the question, where are you now?

10045 Speed 20 SA Cross & Ellis AS30 – where are you now?

This article from 2004 by a previous owner, Peter Nops, gives a taste of motoring in the early 60s, in Malta.

From the early 1990s, two Speed 20s offered for sale by Plus 4 Motors.

9825 Speed 20 SA Cross & Ellis – where are you now?
11801 Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas

This Arthur Mulliner saloon on the 3.5 litre chassis was last heard in the USA.

Crystal Palace – 13128 ANP 307
1965 Alvis Day at the Works

Back in 1997, Julian Collins produced 90 pages of articles for the AOC and is here to download and enjoy. The cover photo is a 1929 Silver Eagle, rebodied as a tourer.