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Hi, if your oil consumption is a little high on your air cooled 32,33,44,46, remove the large rubber"pipe" [that looks like a large inverted smokers pipe] between the air cleaner and the casting next to the oil filler.Underneath should be a small round flexible tube with a split flattened top. This valve should be replaced regularly especially if the faces of the two halves of the split do not meet all the way across. If they gap oil consumption will increase. We changed these at every 3,000 mile service[ together with oil change and drive belt adjustment]. DAF Part No. 222850 starider.
Thanks! Has anyone ever published the service schedules for 33s on this forum, to give an idea of replacement items and the mileage/time intervals? I've just put my hands on a set of feeler gauges that measure up to 1.5mm and numerous amounts in between. They'll prove useful when next I do a belt adjustment or replacement. On that subject, may I ask a former Daf mechanic a few questions? 1. With the 31/32/33/44 cars the primary units move forwards to tighten the belts and backwards to slacken; when the primary unit is adjusted fully back to the rear of the car is there not then enough clearance to allow the belts to be slid off the rear pulleys first, without having to part them? 2/ Did you ever fit reversing lights on a 33? I know the rear lenses have a space for them but have never seen a 33 so fitted. If you did, was the switch on the top of the primary unit or if not, where did it fit? 3/ When did Daf weld up the cover over the primary variomatic units? I understand the cover was screwed into place on earlier cars but welded on later ones. 4/ Did any customers have problems starting a 6 volt 33 and ask to have a starting handle crank fitted, as per a 31 or 32 car?
Sorry to be a pain, but I find the history of the 33 fascinating!
Major Denis Bloodnok, Indian Army (RTD) Coward and Bar, currently residing in Barnet, Hertfordshire!
Hi, the service schedules came in the service booklet.I will see if I have one. 1.Moving the primary back as far as possible will not allow the belts to be slid off the secondary unit pulleys.It may be possible if the belts are totally worn out, but I never achieved it and of course it would be totally impossible to fit new belts this way. 2.Yes I fitted several reversing light kits to 32/33.the switch fitted on top of the primary unit with a bracket and connected with a spring to the forward/reverse lever and worked like the brake lights on older motor cycles.A wiring harness was in the kit[don't ask me where the wiring went,it was 50 years ago!!]I am sure a readily available motor cycle switch could be fitted to an easily manufactured bracket and wiring harness. 3.From memory the last of the 32s and early 33s had the removable panels.My school pupils converted a 33 saloon to a pick-up,that was a 1971 and had a removable belt cover. It was around 1971 the panels were welded.I'm fairly sure the welded panel could be converted to a removable one. It was a bit of a pain when Daf welded these panels in, because prior to that transmission problems were easier to diagnose, all you needed was someone to drive the car while I sat in the back and worked out the problem. 4. If my memory serves me well, I think all 33s were 12volt and the bumpers didn't have the hole in the front bumper for the crank handle.Only remember cranking one 32[mine & started easily].Hope this helps. starider
Hi Starider, After reading your piece about the "Sherlock Holmes" pipe, I had a look at mine on my 33. Unfortunately, when I removed it, the split top tube popped out, and fell on the floor. Which way up does it fit? It seems to go in either way up
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