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1951 Prefect E493AF/A - "The Road-louse" in New Ha

 
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JimPutnam



Joined: 09 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: 1951 Prefect E493AF/A - "The Road-louse" in New Ha Reply with quote

I'm happily bringing this car back into use. I have a few questions:

1. Despite having rebuilt the original engine, it seems very under powered. I have to drop into 2nd on modest inclines and my top speed is about 45 mph. Is this normal?

2. My tires are 5.00/5.25-16 but the official spec is 5.00-16. Mine do seem too wide and I can barely get the spare into its compartment. Might the larger width tire effect the driving characteristics? Can someone suggest a source for 5.00-16 tires?

Happy to trade stories,

Jim
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enfoprefect



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Jim and congratulations on your Prefect. I have a '48 E93A. You're right about the power, not a lot there but top speed should be around 55 or even close to 60 instead of 45. Owner's manual quotes 0-50 time about 27 seconds. It is a long stroke engine and makes pretty good torque so resorting to 2nd gear should really not be necessary for a gentle incline.

There is an outfit in New Zealand that sells original type tyres (their spelling) but they are pretty expensive. I think Coker Tires may have something that will work. Anyway, the 5.25 should not be a problem although they might be a tight fit in the boot.

Finally, we need pictures. Here's a link to my Prefect. http://enfoprefect.org
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