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Indicator

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:53 pm
by King Kenny
In the 1980s my Mrs. sold her Minor and bought an Astra. This became our main car and I used my Traveller for work. I found myself flicking the Astra's wipers on when I wanted to indicate left or right. To avoid this I switched the Minor's indicator arm to the left of the steering wheel. It is a simple job. Turn the steering wheel to the straight ahead position and remove it. Loosen the top clamp of the steering column and take out the bottom pinch bolt. Gently pull the column up and turn it 180 degrees. Replace the column and pinch bolt. Tighten the top clamp and replace the steering wheel.
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Re: Indicator

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:06 pm
by SteveClem
You know, I still do that. Switching all the time between the BMC cars and the Beetle. I'm hoping the mental challenge may delay brain decay! :lol:

Re: Indicator

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:28 pm
by palacebear
Ditto! Focus has indicator on left stalk and wiper on right. Grand Vitara has indicator on right and wiper on left. Minor has no stalks and trafficator switch under dash :roll:

Re: Indicator

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:07 pm
by pgp001
You should try swapping between a 1972 Honda XL250 and a 1950 BSA Goldstar motorcycle on a regular basis.

Gear change and rear brake pedals are the opposite way round, it certainly wakes you up when you accidentally stab it down a gear when you think you have just touched the rear brake. Its weird how quickly your brain adjusts though.

After a few days driving the Traveller, I do find myself switching my wipers on in the Yeti when I want to make a turn.

Phil

Re: Indicator

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:19 pm
by King Kenny
I was brought up on Honda motorbikes and now I have an old Triumph 650 Twin I find myself stamping on the gearchange to do an emergency stop!!! But I no longer smear the wife's windscreen when I make a turn. I still try to turn the ignition key behind the steering wheel though.

Re: Indicator

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:48 pm
by SteveClem
You just have to laugh,don't you...getting older and less adaptable :D

Re: Indicator

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:13 pm
by BrianHawley
Well in the early days of motoring, manufacturers were not even consistent about pedal positions.

The model T has three pedals, but the one on the right is the brake, the middle one selects reverse and the one on the left is a clutch and gear shift.

We don’t have it too bad these days 😊

Re: Indicator

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:07 pm
by Shropshiremoggie
One of my fathers favourite questions was the whereabouts of the choke on a Model T .

Re: Indicator

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:29 pm
by BrianHawley
Shropshiremoggie wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:07 pm
One of my fathers favourite questions was the whereabouts of the choke on a Model T .
A bit of wire that stuck out of the front as I recall?

Re: Indicator

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:51 pm
by Shropshiremoggie
Spot on Brian !!

Re: Indicator

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:25 am
by BrianHawley
Shropshiremoggie wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:51 pm
Spot on Brian !!
Happy memories.

It’s been a decade or four since I was in a T.

Re: Indicator

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:13 pm
by JOWETTJAVELIN
Trouble is it's not set up for British driving, can't change gear and indicate or lane change whilst resting left arm.

Re: Indicator

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:28 pm
by j.davis200
I used to have a Lea Francis with the accelerator in the middle! I just knew that the first time I really needed to stop quickly I would mash that to the floor and speed towards the pram on the crossing, I could just hear the evidence - 'I saw that psycho deliberately run the baby down.'

Before I drove it at all I converted it to standard layout, which was a surprisingly complex and time consuming operation, but it turned out well, and the car is still in use and hasn't killed anyone yet.

Re: Indicator

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:05 pm
by SteveClem
Something to be said for standardisation...sometimes :wink: