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AS the weather has been pants i have been trawling you tube for something to watch, i have stumbled upon this called project invacar and to be fair has made me really want to get the DAF back on the road. i never realised that they were twin cylinder air cooled engines but also Variomatic, to be fair you would think that you were in a 33.
the guy from hub nut "Ian" purchased a pair in poor condition and over a few months got it back on the road. very interesting, the video that i have linked shows the final one in the series which includes some familiar motors. if you have note to do then watch the series or you could watch funny cats or something else
Of course manufactured by the Greeves motor cycle company.
Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invacar: "In 1948, Bert Greeves adapted a motorbike for exclusively manual control with the help of his paralysed cousin, Derry Preston-Cobb, as transport for Preston-Cobb. In the number of former servicemen disabled in the Second World War they spotted a commercial opportunity and approached the UK government for support, leading to the creation of Invacar Ltd. The British Ministry of Pensions distributed Invacars free to disabled people from 1948 until the 1970s"
They were made by Invacar, at their factory in Essex, where they still have a garage; www.elmsleigh-invacar.co.uk/ They were also made by AC of Cobra, and other well known sports car fame.
I'm in correspondence with Ian, whom I know from numerous other fora (I take it that is the plural from of "forum") regarding him having a drive in my Daf 33. In the event that this does occur, I'll post a link here and ensure the magazine editor has first refusal......
Major Denis Bloodnok, Indian Army (RTD) Coward and Bar, currently residing in Barnet, Hertfordshire!
One of my eventual customers had an Invacar, but felt it was not real motoring and quite difficult to drive, so had a Renault Dauphine converted with hand controls, but had found the room in the front seats quite restrictive, especially when transfering to and from his wheel chair. Heaven sent was the Daf 33. When we became dealers we used to receive from DAF Concessionaires the coupons from enquiries in the newspaper adverts for the DAF. One of the Partners took our demonstrator to the gentleman who immediately purchased a new 33. The Dauphine was taken as part exchange and it took some considerable to remove the very complicated vacuum operated hand controls. My conversion on the 33 took around an hour to fit and was just one leverjust in front of the steering wheel,bolted under the dash and it was push to stop and pull towards the steering wheel to accelerate.
Forgot to say ref. the converted Dauphine. It was my job to deliver the DAF to our customer and drive back the Dauphine!! Once I had been on a test drive with the customer to make sure he was au fait with the controls, I had to get my head round driving the Dauphine's hand controls. This took several minutes to get into my head and I soon realised an extra hand would have been useful. I eventually got back to the garage with the first job was to remove the hand controls. The Dauphine was actually a very nice little car, but boy did they rust!!
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