From: Fast Freddy on 11 Mar 2010 19:33
> On 3/12/2010 9:25 AM, George W Frost wrote:
>> There used to be a name for Lucas electrical parts and I can't
>> remember what
>> it was, but someone old enough would remember
> Joe Lucas.....the prince of darkness.
hmm, inventor of the self dimming headlights ;)
From: hippo on 12 Mar 2010 23:18
Jason James wrote:
> "George W Frost" <georgewfrost(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> > "Neil Gerace" <grassynoel(a)iinet.net.au> wrote in message
> > news:4B97758E.4060701(a)iinet.net.au...
> >> George W Frost wrote:
> >>> Apparently, Australian drivers prefer to use only their parking lights
> >>> instead of headlights so they can save their battery
> >> Which makes no sense. If the charging circuit is working, the alternator
> >> (and therefore the fuel tank) is driving the headlights, not the battery.
> > Was a bit tongue in cheek Neil
> > It was the usual practice in past years to save the battery as much as
> > possible as the charging system was not that crash hot, if you went out at
> > night, all night, then in the morning, you might have trouble starting the
> > car, unlesas you were an expert on swinging the crank handle.
> > Generators were not really good, it was the advent of alternators which
> > saved the day
> My '67 R10 had a Ducillier generator. O/P 40 amps. It went OK,..needed
> brushes at 30,000 miles. The rear bush was a key weak point, especially in
> Lucas gennies. You had to put a few drops of oil in, or the next stop was
Both my 10s (66 & 70) went their whole lives on the original electrical
system except for the occasional globe. Can't remember if the 66 gen was
Ducillier or Paris-Rhone though. I'm pretty sure they used both right
through. (Somewhere in here there's a Renault 10 w/shop manual, but I
can't find it).
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From: Albm&ctd on 12 Mar 2010 23:54
In article <hnc24m$lr3$1(a)news.eternal-september.org>, fredff(a)zynuts.org says...
> jonz wrote:
> > On 3/12/2010 9:25 AM, George W Frost wrote:
> >> There used to be a name for Lucas electrical parts and I can't
> >> remember what
> >> it was, but someone old enough would remember
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > Joe Lucas.....the prince of darkness.
> hmm, inventor of the self dimming headlights ;)
Generators were sorta like that when they dropped out at idle, a normal
condition for the charge light to be on at idle.
Yeah I know you knew that, but maybe someone didn't.
I don't take sides.
It's more fun to insult everyone.
From: Kev on 14 Mar 2010 06:50
> Went for a run out to Wallabadah today and after this topic took extra
> notice of the cars with their lights on and those without, on a straight
> stretch of road (or even on distant hilly sections of road) you would
> see the cars with lights on more than double the distance away.
when you drive out in the west where the roads are flat and straight for
20 or more klms in summer, all you can see is the heat shimmer, this can
hide whole roadtrains until they are withing a couple of klms of you.
But if they have their lights on you can see the lights flickering in
the haze so you know that something is there before you pull out to pass
that Super Quad Roadtrain in your B/Double
From: Kev on 15 Mar 2010 09:19
> ...which was the main argument against compulsory lights on: you need the
> choice, because if the sun's behind you, the darker you are, the better.
Never in my experience have I been able to see ANY vehicle better with
the sun behind them and they have no lights. This is from years of
driving east at sunrise
In all cases I have been able to spot vehicles with lights than without,