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In Canada, Austin, Morris, MG, Wolseley, Hillman, Sunbeam, Standard, Triumph, Vauxhall, British Ford, and Rover all had trafficators in the late 1940's into the mid-1950's.  The bulbs in the units were low candlepower and the Province of British Columbia declared they had to have brighter bulbs.  So, brighter bulbs were installed, but with the higher power came greater heat.  Used to find old British cars in junk yards back in the 1980's and 1990's with holes in the trafficator lenses by the bulbs.  The plastic had melted over time due to the higher heat.

My great uncle had an early 1950's Morris Oxford.  Loved to ride in the back seat and watch the trafficators when he made a turn.  Used to make a thhhhip sound when they were turned on and swung out and with a quiet thump when retracted back into the body.

The 1949-52 Morris Oxford looked like a shrunken 1942 Studebaker Land Cruiser sedan and had unibody construction, Lockheed brakes with dual front wheel cylinders, and front torsion bar suspension.  (Sound familiar?)  Were good handling cars with great brakes (for the time).  

Bill
Vancouver, BC


On 19 December 2016 at 12:31, Ray Bell <raybell46@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Anti-dazzle"? Understandable when you consider the weird things the Poms did with headlights in the fifties...

They never used headlights in towns, driving along with their 'parking' lights as I would call them, 'sidelights' to them, glowing meekly. I remember that in the sixties the city of Birmingham did a trial with people using 'dipped headlights' in town, we thought it must have meant they were used to using high beam, but then we were corrected and learned of their strange lighting habits.

Ray


On Monday, 19 December 2016 22:39:47 UTC+10, Lancers2 wrote:

"Start"

Most British cars had a pull switch on the fascia (instrument panel) to activate the starter. 

British cars had trafficators for turn signals - small arms that popped out of the body and had a small light at the end.  Autocar tested a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker and pointed out the "winking direction indicators" (turn signals) built into the "fin-like ends of the rear wings" (fenders or quarter panels on the west side of the Atlantic). 

Somewhere I read a British article from the early 1950's on an American car and the writer referred to the "trafficator winkers".  The button on the floor we call the "hi beam switch" the British called "anti-dazzle".
 

Bill
Vancouver, BC

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