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Image of VEHICLE IGNITION COIL, 1930's

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VEHICLE IGNITION COIL, 1930's

Induction or Vibrator Coil which we think is an early ignition coil, there are no makers marks. Produces a healthy 15mm spark from 12 volts. Nothing more is known about this coil.

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A1533

Image of C.A.V. 6 VOLT 18 WATT VEHICLE BULB, 1940

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C.A.V. 6 VOLT 18 WATT VEHICLE BULB, 1940

Vehicle light bulb 6 Volt 18 Watt with single point bayonet fitting, distributed by C.A.V. and made by Royal Ediswan Type 723. With original box.

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A1511

Image of NMC VEHICLE CIGARETTE LIGHTER, 1950's

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NMC VEHICLE CIGARETTE LIGHTER, 1950's

Attaches to the dash of your car, and wired to the fuse box. The compartment is filled with cigarettes and closed, when a cigarette is needed, a button is pressed on the right which warms a small element wired around a Mica strip on the left, when the cigarette starts to glow it is removed and consumed. How the next cigarette does not ignite before the element has cooled is not clear, but it is assumed that this does not happen.

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A1509

Image of THE  'NOBBY' UNDER CAR HEATER, 1930's

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THE 'NOBBY' UNDER CAR HEATER, 1930's

During the fist 40 years of motoring cars would be difficult to start on cold frosty mornings, one solution was to leave a small heater under the engine overnight, just enough to keep the frost away. This is the solution 'The Nobby Under Car Heater' with a fine mesh to prevent fire, the car would usually start eventually.

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A1458

Image of 'SET RIGHT' FARE REGISTER TICKET MACHINE, 1950's

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'SET RIGHT' FARE REGISTER TICKET MACHINE, 1950's

Bus Conductors Ticket Machine for the Glasgow Bus Company used up until the Conductors on buses were removed, and replaced with drivers/fare collectors.

Pat No. 343119/5869

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A0831

Image of 1906-1920, VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION BOARD, 1906's

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1906-1920, VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION BOARD, 1906's

Demonstration board with ignition switch, ammeter light switch, headlamp marked CAV dated 1906, rear lamp, side lamp, two trafficators and working spark plug with generator, and model distributor. Also a Delarelle cigarette lighter.

This board can be demonstrated, the trafficators are the most popular item, and always invoke very happy memories from our visitors.

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A1179

Image of CAR CUT OUT 6 VOLTS, 1930's

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CAR CUT OUT 6 VOLTS, 1930's

This is a small relay to disconnect the car battery when the dynamo is not running, this would prevent the battery discharging through the dynamo.

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A0327

Image of VIBRATOR UNIT FOR POWER SUPPLY, 1950's

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VIBRATOR UNIT FOR POWER SUPPLY, 1950's

The vibrator unit was used to increase the battery voltage of a vehicle to the high tension voltages needed to work valves.Together with a step up transformer, voltages in excess of 100 volts could be obtained. Units like this were common in Car Radios and Military Transceivers of the period. The unit has been cut away to show the contacts and coil inside.

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A0325

Image of BOSCH SPARK PLUG, 1914

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BOSCH SPARK PLUG, 1914

Early spark plug for Petrol Engines.

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A0326

Image of SIRRAM  ELECTRIC CAR KETTLE, 1950's

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SIRRAM ELECTRIC CAR KETTLE, 1950's

Electric Kettle part of a picnic set, working from 12 volts and connected to a standard cigarette lighter socket in the car.

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A1238

Image of BREVETEE CAR HORN, 1900's

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BREVETEE CAR HORN, 1900's

Early vehicle horn with a diaphragm mounted at the bottom of a shallow horn, driven by a 6 volt coil and a circuit breaker.
This item can be demonstrated, along with a number of other vehicle items.

Bruce Hammond Collection

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A1217

Image of WWII LUCAS HEAD LAMP COVER

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WWII LUCAS HEAD LAMP COVER

Covers for car headlamps were made compulsory during Wartime. All the light was not only reduced but also directed downwards.

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A1173

Image of CARBIDE LAMP, 1930's

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CARBIDE LAMP, 1930's

A small tablet Calcium Carbide CaC2 is placed in the reservoir in the base, tap water is placed in a chamber above, this is released onto the tablet, on contact with water the tablet will fizz producing acetylene gas, C2H2 which is ignited at the burner. The rate of flow of the water can be controlled to give varying amounts of light. When the tablet has been exhausted the unit has to be cleaned before being reused.

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A0214

Image of VICTORIAN CARRIAGE LAMP

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VICTORIAN CARRIAGE LAMP

Probably for use with a candle, although the holder is missing, and has been replaced with a miniature bayonet cap lamp holder.

Bruce Hammond Collection

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A1209

Image of UNDER CAR HEATER, 1930's

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UNDER CAR HEATER, 1930's

Car heater placed near the engine to prevent frost.

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A1174

Image of FORD IGNITION COIL OR VIBRATOR COIL (BUZZ COIL), 1920's

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FORD IGNITION COIL OR VIBRATOR COIL (BUZZ COIL), 1920's

Henry Ford was 40 years old when he founded the Ford Motor Company, which would go on to become one of the world's largest and most profitable companies, as well as being one to survive the Great Depression.
These coils used on the model 'T' were possibly made by a sub contractor to Fords the K-W Ignition Company 32 Power Avenue Cleveland Ohio, or the Kokomo Electric co, this particular version was made between 1917 and 1919 and cost $1.29 1n the 1920's. One coil per cylinder was needed, the timing achieved by a contacts on the cam shaft, later one master coil with vibrator and three additional slave coils were used. The connections on the side are studs so that the unit can be slide into a box with spring connections, and are marked (top) 'B' Battery 'S' Spark, and on the end 'T' for Timing. All coils were powered by 6 volts, from a dry battery as chargeable types were not yet commercially available, or by a Magneto Generator, also made by K-W among others. The coil design dates back to 1902 when Ed Huff assisted Ford with his ignition problems used on earlier vehicles.

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