1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

9/14/09
Just to bring you up to date with our exploits with the 1904 Orient Buckboard as we get ready for the London to Brighton on 1 November.

Last Saturday we took part in the 104th Brighton Speed Trials.  The event takes place on the seafront in Brighton and has been running since 1905 when the winning car was a 90hp Napier which completed one kilometre in 23secs.  The course was shortened to 1/4mile in 1970 and the current record stands at 8.9secs.  I am happy to report that we recorded a time of 46secs with a terminal speed of 22mph.

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277 D

2009 London to Brighton Run

I bought the car from David A. Kolzow in March 1999 after responding to an advert in Hemmings Motor News of the same month/year. Mr Kozlow is an antique vehicle expert who bought the car from the estate of Vernon Betz in October 1990. Mr Kozlow was the third owner of the car, having tried to buy it from Mr Betz while he was alive.

Mr Betz had bought the car as a ‘barn find’ from the family who bought it new in 1904. That was in 1947. Mr Betz then restored the car as a museum piece and kept in in his bedroom! I have letters and copies of newspaper articles that came with the car to verify all of this. The car appears in Chris Bamford’s ‘Roster of Orient Motor Buckboards and Kindred Vehicles’ which he sent to Orient owners in July 1995. The Roster lists cars alphabetically by owner and my car is listed under KOZLOW SR.

I imported the car to the UK in July 1999 believing it to be ready to run and entered it for the London-Brighton that year. It transpired that, although we could get the engine to run, the tolerances were far from correct and it suffered enormously from overheating. We started the event but did not get further than Buckingham Palace. We attempted to cure the overheating and did some more testing during 2000 with sufficiently encouraging results to enter the car again for the London to Brighton, but suffered big end failure before getting across the start line. Do be aware that we had driven the car a reasonable distance to get to the start!

At this point we stripped the engine down and started measuring things very carefully only to discover that the internals were wider than the casing and probably not properly aligned. The engine stayed stripped until January this year when I found somebody I was happy to have do the work. On examination, we discovered both crankshaft halves were cracked: we had them repaired, a new crank-pin made to the correct width and new big and small end bearings fitted. The inlet/ exhaust valve was also correctly sized and an appropriate spring fitted. The carburetor was overhauled and tested before the engine was bolted to a rig and fired up . We have now fitted the engine to the car (see photos) but are experiencing some difficulty in getting it to run as well as on the rig as explained at the beginning of this email. All advice gratefully received!!

I have had the car dated by the Veteran Car Club here in the UK as 1904. The chassis number is 2277 and the engine number 2277D
With best wishes,
Keith Mainland

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277D

1904 Orient Buckboard #2277D

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