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Feb 20, 2019 6:01 pm
29invicta Offline
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Registered since: Jul 07, 2017
Location: Detroit area, Michigan, USA


Subject: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?
Hi everyone -- I'm restoring my Dad's old 1929 Invicta 4.5 litre high chassis, and we're in the process of replacing the old 8-hour clock with a smiths rev counter. Since there's never been one on the car before, we will need to add a rev counter drive to get the count.

On good advice, we've heard that "you can take a drive off the rear of the dynamo I think - I have a feeling some Lagondas are done that way? In which case, you would need the little drive gearbox that bolts to the rear of the dynamo in order to achieve this, if your dynamo does not have that. You may need to ask the Lagonda Club about that option?"

So, does anyone out there have one of these drive gearboxes that goes on the end of a dynamo? Here's a blurry shot of the end of our dynamo (showing the shaft end, and also 3 mounting bolt holes).

Maybe it's like the one in post 1155 ?

Also, here's a shot attached of one off a CAV dynamo being restored at CDRC Ltd (the nice shiny-looking one on a bench)

If you can send pictures or give us a lead on buying or building one, I'd really appreciate it!

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Ted Delphia
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Feb 20, 2019 7:24 pm
Mark Offline
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Registered since: Feb 05, 2009
Location: Worcestershire


Subject: Re: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?

I may be wrong but I do not believe the Meadows engine, as fitted to Lagonda 4.5 Litre cars, used a dynamo driven rev counter.
However, I believe Speedograph Richfield in Nottingham can supply a dynamo mounted gearbox for a rev counter. Worth giving them a call.
Hope this helps
Regards
Mark
 

Feb 20, 2019 11:44 pm
29invicta Offline
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Registered since: Jul 07, 2017
Location: Detroit area, Michigan, USA


Subject: Re: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?
Thanks Mark! I actually have been in touch with them, and they don't have anything "off the shelf" for the application. So, I think we need to put something together (?!). The other possibility mentioned by Jo Moss Kitcher was getting the rev count "...from the back of the crankcase on the right hand side - in which case it takes its drive from the oil pump drive (so in other words, the gear on the camshaft that drives the oil pump also has a shaft going upwards - which mates with a slot to drive the rev counter) Have a look and see if there is a 'blank' plug screwed into the top face right at the rear of the crankcase close to the edge of the cylinder block, or whether there is a brass screw thread attached to the blank - if there is, then the drive is already there."

Does anyone out there have a rev counter set up this way, and would be willing to share photos? Thanks --
Ted Delphia
 

Feb 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Mark Offline
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Registered since: Feb 05, 2009
Location: Worcestershire


Subject: Re: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?
If you send me a personal message thru the forum I will send you photos of the installation to which you refer.
What Jo describes is how Lagonda drive the rev counter in the Meadows engine. It is part of the crankcase on the rear right hand side.
If you are not already a member joining the Lagonda Club could be a good move. They have a significant spares stock for the Meadows engine and you could advertise for the parts you need to drive the rev counter.
Regards
Mark
 

Feb 22, 2019 11:55 am
Rich5ltr Offline
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Registered since: Jul 07, 2015
Location: Hmpshire


Subject: Re: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?
Hi Ted, as well as joining the Lagonda Club (which I also strongly recommend) there is a healthy Facebook Group (if you do Facebook) where you can also ask for advice and assistance. Look for the Lagonda Owners Group. Is it a closed group which means you have to request to join but with 376 members there's lots of well informed people to offer advice.
Richard Branch
 

Feb 22, 2019 3:57 pm
29invicta Offline
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Registered since: Jul 07, 2017
Location: Detroit area, Michigan, USA


Subject: Re: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?
Thanks Rich! I actually did join the Lagonda Club last year (at the suggestion of a couple of Invicta Car Club members), and so far I've been positively impressed both by the website's resources and the member's commitment to the marque (love reading about all those trips through Spain, Australia, etc)... While I hope someday to bring the car back to England for a grand tour, I'm also hoping that I can drive around Japan -- my wife's home -- for a while too: good thing it's RHD! But before that, I need her roadworthy, and the rev counter is really to help in understanding the shift points, engine behavior, and give my soon-to-drive 15 year old son a visual reference point for shifting.
Ted Delphia
 

Mar 20, 2019 2:56 am
Southy66 Offline
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Registered since: May 29, 2017
Location: near Bendigo, Victoria, Australia


Subject: Re: Smiths rev counter drive off of Rotax AT146 dynamo?
Hello Ted,
I know someone with an Invicta local to me here in Australia I'm happy to give him a call to ask about how the rev counter on his car is arranged. Following that, perhaps I can put him in contact with you directly.
All the best, Mike
Michael Southgate
1937 LG6 DHC
 

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