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amturri

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New to AC - some questions that may be basic
« on: May 09, 2024, 16:09:22 »
Hello all. Just acquired a 1950 AC bucklands Tourer

I have no manuals, literature or info on the basic things. I do not want to do anything wrong as this car is very rare in the US. I’m in the US :-)

1) Hubcaps. I assume screwdriver and pull off? I need to remove a few as they are making a weird sound
2) Steering column - I can pull it out and try to lock but no matter what I do it will not stay out and locked. Is there a trick? I can tighten it and still not staying out
3) Steering column - I see 2 bolts holding the column up. Can I move it up or change it so i can get more leg clearance?
4) Are there digital or online manuals? I’m just looking for basics at this point like capacities, features, etc. What is normal and what is not for example like operating temp and levels
5) Ride quality - it’s hard with quick bumps and recovery and not really a smooth tourer feel - it’s almost like a sports car quick recovery which is normal or someone changed the ride?
6) What is the redline for RPM? Been very conservative but want to get into the 3000-6000 range to get some more power going up a hill even.
7) Top speed - can this car cruse at 55 with no issues or is 45 the top?
8) I assume the drips and leaks are gonna happen and somewhat normal when sitting for a few days?
9) Has anyone lowered or modified the front bench to get more room? Mostly needing the leg room when steering
10) Play in the steering wheel - what is normal and what is needing some help?


I think that’s a good list to start!

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Re: New to AC - some questions that may be basic
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2024, 16:47:10 »
This website may help you.
https://www.ac2litre.com/

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Re: New to AC - some questions that may be basic
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2024, 22:31:17 »
I’ve been all through that site and also watched some YouTube of this same guy. The issue is that I need to start with basics like owners manual and quirky things to get familiar. There has to be a digital copy of the owners manual and shop manual?

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Re: New to AC - some questions that may be basic
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2024, 22:38:13 »
Hello, and welcome to the site. Congratulations on your new car. It looks really good.

My car is a lot older (1935) so I can’t answer your specific questions. However it is possible to get manuals through the club. The rpm should be able to reach 4500 /4800 without issue. Top speed should easily pass 70mph, if not as much as 80mph. I think you’re right about hub caps. Older cars have the facility to lift the steering column, I suspect yours may be the same. A little play in the steering can be expected, if memory serves me right, it will pass the UK mot test with as much as 1 inch wiggle each way for that age of car.

I do hope the forum members get in touch and answer your questions better than I have and that the car gives you great pleasure in the future.

Kind regards

Colin.
I might be rough but I’m slow as well.

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Re: New to AC - some questions that may be basic
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2024, 07:53:32 »
When you have joined the club, log on to the Members' Area of the website and go to Model Directory -> Spares and you will get the list of handbook reprints.  Check with BGS for postage cost and availability.

They often come up for sale on ebay - they are called 'General Instructions' rather than 'Handbook'.