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Pitman's Motorists Library - The Book of the Austin Ten - A Fully Illustrated Instruction Book for All Owners of Models from 1932 to 1939

Pitman's Motorists Library - The Book of the Austin Ten - A Fully Illustrated Instruction Book for All Owners of Models from 1932 to 1939

Автором Gordon G. Goodwin

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Pitman's Motorists Library - The Book of the Austin Ten - A Fully Illustrated Instruction Book for All Owners of Models from 1932 to 1939

Автором Gordon G. Goodwin

187 pages
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Apr 16, 2013


This instruction book has been written for owners of Austin Tens, and includes all models introduced since 1932. Such matters as running adjustments, lubrication, the electrical system, maintenance and overhauling, have been fully dealt with, and over eighty illustrations have been included in order to make the book as comprehensive as possible. Everything that the private owner can do himself is dealt with.
This fascinating work is thoroughly recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of any Austin Ten owner as well as any old car enthusiast, especially those with an interest in the British car industry.
Apr 16, 2013

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Pitman's Motorists Library - The Book of the Austin Ten - A Fully Illustrated Instruction Book for All Owners of Models from 1932 to 1939 - Gordon G. Goodwin





General. Since the first Austin Ten was introduced in April, 1932, it has proved to be one of the most popular cars in its class. It has gone from success to success, over 120,000 having passed into the hands of owners whose praise has built up for this car a sound reputation. It is a big car in miniature, capable of carrying four adults long distances in comfort, with a comprehensive specification rendering it unnecessary for the owner to buy any extra equipment. It has altered little in design, as will be seen from the Appendix on pages 127 to 129.

The latest models possess many striking improvements, and the Cambridge six light Saloon (Fig. 1) and Conway Cabriolet (Fig. 2) of the present range are the most elegant light cars on the market. These two models have all-steel bodies of pleasing design incorporating a new sloping radiator which is of even further advanced design than its immediate predecessors, the Sherborne and Lichfield saloons, which had broken well away from the old upright Austin style. The latest cellulosed radiator cowl is tasteful and dignified; it slopes well back, is nicely rounded, and merges cleanly into the sweeping lines of the longer bonnet. The frontal aspect of the latest Ten is also improved by curved fairings and new wings.

The improved engine is mounted on rubber and is 4 in. farther forward than formerly, providing more head, leg and elbow room in the all-steel sound-insulated body.

The Austin Ten chassis frame has always been noted for its strong yet light construction.

The low body mounting, involving a low centre of gravity, and large tyres, have altogether been responsible for a marked success as regards all-round road-holding and steering qualities.

The low flat floor and wide doors give easy access to the front and rear compartments. The upholstery is trimmed in best quality leather, and the front seats have hinged backs and are readily adjustable. The batteries are now housed under the front seats. The batteries on the superseded models were mounted, like the tool-box, under the bonnet in front of the scuttle. The downswept tail of the car contains a spare wheel compartment and it also houses the luggage carrier when the latter is not in use. A fitted trunk can be obtained at a small extra charge.



The Saloon and Cabriolet are efficiently ventilated by means of the chain-controlled windscreen and winding door-windows and by the door-type scuttle louvres.

The Cambridge Saloon has a single fastening steel sunshine roof that can be secured in any position, and the Conway Cabriolet head also can be secured in a half-open position if desired.

To lower the special type of roof on the earlier Austin Ten Colwyn Cabriolet, the following procedure is necessary. Release the two fastenings above the windscreen and lift the canopy rod. Then detach the three clips which secure the front bar on which the fabric is carried. Roll back the fabric as far as it will go and secure the roll by fastening the loop provided at each side to the top stud of each roof stretcher, then swing forward the hinged roof bar. Pull the two arms of each roof stretcher to break the joint, fold the rear portion of the hood down and secure the rear window by its two fasteners to the top of the rear seat. The roof stretcher joints must not be broken before the front of the roof fabric is released from the canopy rod.

Raising the roof is a reversal of the above operations. In lifting the roof members to the door pillars ensure that the locating dowel enters the hole in each pillar. The roof can be left rolled back at the partially open position if desired.

The hood of the latest Conway Cabriolet has no fixed stretcher arms, and is rolled from the front when it is desired to open it. Cross bars roll with the hood and are automatically located on the side rails,

To open the hood, first unfasten the two clips C, over the windscreen. These clips secure the hinged stretcher arm A at the two points B (see Figs. 3, 3A and 3B).

The leading edge of the hood is then separated from the hinged stretcher arm and the hood is then free to be rolled up and secured by its two straps, one on either side as shown.

To dismantle the hood completely unfasten the two clips D one over each quarter window and lower carefully to the position in Fig. 3B. When erecting the hood, see that the hood edges lie in the channelling on either side of the car before fastening either the rear or forward clips.

The fascia boards of the closed models are attractive and practical. A capacious glove box for parcels, etc., forms the nearside of the instrument panel and so conforms with Austin practice on the larger models. All the instruments are sensibly and tastefully grouped in two dials immediately in front of the driver, and are illuminated indirectly so that no glare can dazzle at night.

The speedometer is interesting in that it is of the magnetic type in which the figures of the mileage recording part of the instrument are carried on drums instead of disks.


The system is ingenious; the drive rotates a small permanent magnet, setting up eddy currents that cause an aluminium disk to rotate. The disk is connected to the pointer, which is tensioned by a spring. The greater the speed of rotation, the greater is the dragging effect of the eddy currents from the magnet, so that a steady and accurate reading is given.

Ease of control is a prominent safety feature of the latest Tens, both the throttle and ignition controls being absent from the steering. The control of the ignition is attended to by an automatic centrifugally operated mechanism in the distributor head which relieves the driver of the necessity of constant adjustment of a hand control. Its advantages are most evident when accelerating, etc., as the ignition is advanced in proportion to the engine speed. The throttle is connected to the air-strangler control and the headlamps are of the dip-and-switch type with separate side- or parking-lamps. The dipped beam is controlled by a switch mounted on the toe-plate inside the car to the left of the clutch pedal and is operated by a single movement of the foot. The direction indicators, too, have an automatic action; they return to their recesses in the door pillars upon the reverse action of the steering wheel, i.e. when the car is straightened up after a turn or a manoeuvre.


The Open Road Tourer (Fig. 4) and the Clifton Two-seater (Fig. 5) were mounted on the same frame as the superseded Sherborne Saloon. Their specification includes the four-speed gearbox with synchromesh for second, third, and top gear and the safety features: automatic advanced and retard mechanism for the ignition, combined throttle and strangler control, automatic return direction-indicators, and foot controlled dip-and-switch headlamps. The upholstery is trimmed in best quality leather. The Clifton Two-seater has plenty of room for two further passengers in the dickey or alternatively for a considerable amount of luggage.


The hood and side-curtains of both the two-seater and the four-seater tourer can be rapidly erected or stowed away, and, when up, give the occupants complete protection from the most inclement weather.

The hoods and side-curtains of these open cars will benefit from a little care in the handling of them. If the car has seen hard service the usual faded appearance of the hood can easily be remedied by a good clean with a brush and cold water. When the hood has dried apply a good quality black boot polish with a brush and rub it well in, especially round the hood seams, in order to fill the stitch holes and make them waterproof. If this is done and followed with a brisk rub the appearance of the hood will be considerably improved.

To lower the hood, first release it from the pillars of the windscreen and push the side screens inwards so that their rubber buffers clear the iron framework.

Then push the hood straight up and back from the front and break the joints.

The hood will then collapse towards the back of the car. Pull the material out until it lies in one big fold over the back of the car; fix the hood frame to the hood rest on the body by means of the fasteners on the strap at the front end of the hood, and secure the two rear window fasteners on to their two studs at the back of the body. If the hood cover

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