Tracing a 30/98
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I would like to trace a Vauxhall 30/98 I drove and worked on in the 1960s.      I was a apprentice at Bentley Brothers the main Vauxhall Bedford dealer here in Sheffield at that time.  The 30/98s starter motor had packed up. The owner who lived in the Lodge Moor area of Sheffield was a friend of one of the brothers, he wanted the starter motor repairing though he did not want to pay too much. It was agreed by the service manager that I should get the job as being nineteen and on three shillings [15 pence] an hour it would help to keep the cost down.  Well, it turned out the starter flange that was part of the aluminium OHV engine block had fractured, meaning the engine had to be removed.  I do not remember the registration number of the car but it was mid green with green vinyl [not leather] seats. The OHV engine was removed and craned up on the back of our 28hp truck and taken to the local aluminium welding specialist. The repair was strong but untidy just costing five pounds. The engine was fitted with twin SU carbs and SU fuel pump. Brakes were on all four wheels, oh and the o/s/r wheel hub had a nearside thread [after spending a couple of hours trying to get it off].  Yes, I know its a long time ago but there could not have been many, if any others 30/98s in Sheffield at that time. I was twenty when I had the thrill and pleasure of being allowed to drive it on my own around Sheffield, an experience I shall never ever forget.  Happy days,  MT.
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Best way to find out from the club is to contact a Mr John Mullen (Tel. 01767 627 241).
But I think you will find that the club will only give this kind of information to club members only.
Unless of course, there is a non member with the information.
Good luck!
Regards.
Chas.

A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. A optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
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(16/08/2017, 11:26 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote: I would like to trace a Vauxhall 30/98 I drove and worked on in the 1960s.      I was a apprentice at Bentley Brothers the main Vauxhall Bedford dealer here in Sheffield at that time.  The 30/98s starter motor had packed up. The owner who lived in the Lodge Moor area of Sheffield was a friend of one of the brothers, he wanted the starter motor repairing though he did not want to pay too much. It was agreed by the service manager that I should get the job as being nineteen and on three shillings [15 pence] an hour it would help to keep the cost down.  Well, it turned out the starter flange that was part of the aluminium OHV engine block had fractured, meaning the engine had to be removed.  I do not remember the registration number of the car but it was mid green with green vinyl [not leather] seats. The OHV engine was removed and craned up on the back of our 28hp truck and taken to the local aluminium welding specialist. The repair was strong but untidy just costing five pounds. The engine was fitted with twin SU carbs and SU fuel pump. Brakes were on all four wheels, oh and the o/s/r wheel hub had a nearside thread [after spending a couple of hours trying to get it off].  Yes, I know its a long time ago but there could not have been many, if any others 30/98s in Sheffield at that time. I was twenty when I had the thrill and pleasure of being allowed to drive it on my own around Sheffield, an experience I shall never ever forget.  Happy days,  MT.

The best I can do is perhaps point you in the right direction. Contact the 'Vintage Sports Car Club= - (VSCC) with your request and see if they will put your request in their newsletters. Almost all the owners of 30/98's and 23/60's are members of this organisation. In fact the club was formed to save the 30/98's from extinction.
I assume you mean the support web for the starter motor on the aluminium crankcase of the engine as the starter motors are only clamped in position on these engines
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Surprised that he went so far as having the engine removed considering he didn't want to spend too much in the first place!
If a 30/98 was still on the road in the 60s it should be a safe bet it's still around now. Good luck with the search
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(16/08/2017, 11:26 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote: I would like to trace a Vauxhall 30/98 I drove and worked on in the 1960s.      I was a apprentice at Bentley Brothers the main Vauxhall Bedford dealer here in Sheffield at that time.  The 30/98s starter motor had packed up. The owner who lived in the Lodge Moor area of Sheffield was a friend of one of the brothers, he wanted the starter motor repairing though he did not want to pay too much. It was agreed by the service manager that I should get the job as being nineteen and on three shillings [15 pence] an hour it would help to keep the cost down.  Well, it turned out the starter flange that was part of the aluminium OHV engine block had fractured, meaning the engine had to be removed.  I do not remember the registration number of the car but it was mid green with green vinyl [not leather] seats. The OHV engine was removed and craned up on the back of our 28hp truck and taken to the local aluminium welding specialist. The repair was strong but untidy just costing five pounds. The engine was fitted with twin SU carbs and SU fuel pump. Brakes were on all four wheels, oh and the o/s/r wheel hub had a nearside thread [after spending a couple of hours trying to get it off].  Yes, I know its a long time ago but there could not have been many, if any others 30/98s in Sheffield at that time. I was twenty when I had the thrill and pleasure of being allowed to drive it on my own around Sheffield, an experience I shall never ever forget.  Happy days,  MT.
Just as a matter of interest, for sale on Ebay there is a 1989 edition of The Vauxhall 30/98 Register giving information on the models made between 1913 and 1927. Not exactly up to date, but it might be helpful.  The item number is 152656938201
DaveD.
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(17/08/2017, 05:45 PM)DaveD Wrote:
(16/08/2017, 11:26 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote: I would like to trace a Vauxhall 30/98 I drove and worked on in the 1960s.      I was a apprentice at Bentley Brothers the main Vauxhall Bedford dealer here in Sheffield at that time.  The 30/98s starter motor had packed up. The owner who lived in the Lodge Moor area of Sheffield was a friend of one of the brothers, he wanted the starter motor repairing though he did not want to pay too much. It was agreed by the service manager that I should get the job as being nineteen and on three shillings [15 pence] an hour it would help to keep the cost down.  Well, it turned out the starter flange that was part of the aluminium OHV engine block had fractured, meaning the engine had to be removed.  I do not remember the registration number of the car but it was mid green with green vinyl [not leather] seats. The OHV engine was removed and craned up on the back of our 28hp truck and taken to the local aluminium welding specialist. The repair was strong but untidy just costing five pounds. The engine was fitted with twin SU carbs and SU fuel pump. Brakes were on all four wheels, oh and the o/s/r wheel hub had a nearside thread [after spending a couple of hours trying to get it off].  Yes, I know its a long time ago but there could not have been many, if any others 30/98s in Sheffield at that time. I was twenty when I had the thrill and pleasure of being allowed to drive it on my own around Sheffield, an experience I shall never ever forget.  Happy days,  MT.
Just as a matter of interest, for sale on Ebay there is a 1989 edition of The Vauxhall 30/98 Register giving information on the models made between 1913 and 1927. Not exactly up to date, but it might be helpful.  The item number is 152656938201
DaveD.
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(18/08/2017, 03:29 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote:
(17/08/2017, 05:45 PM)DaveD Wrote:
(16/08/2017, 11:26 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote: I would like to trace a Vauxhall 30/98 I drove and worked on in the 1960s.      I was a apprentice at Bentley Brothers the main Vauxhall Bedford dealer here in Sheffield at that time.  The 30/98s starter motor had packed up. The owner who lived in the Lodge Moor area of Sheffield was a friend of one of the brothers, he wanted the starter motor repairing though he did not want to pay too much. It was agreed by the service manager that I should get the job as being nineteen and on three shillings [15 pence] an hour it would help to keep the cost down.  Well, it turned out the starter flange that was part of the aluminium OHV engine block had fractured, meaning the engine had to be removed.  I do not remember the registration number of the car but it was mid green with green vinyl [not leather] seats. The OHV engine was removed and craned up on the back of our 28hp truck and taken to the local aluminium welding specialist. The repair was strong but untidy just costing five pounds. The engine was fitted with twin SU carbs and SU fuel pump. Brakes were on all four wheels, oh and the o/s/r wheel hub had a nearside thread [after spending a couple of hours trying to get it off].  Yes, I know its a long time ago but there could not have been many, if any others 30/98s in Sheffield at that time. I was twenty when I had the thrill and pleasure of being allowed to drive it on my own around Sheffield, an experience I shall never ever forget.  Happy days,  MT.
Just as a matter of interest, for sale on Ebay there is a 1989 edition of The Vauxhall 30/98 Register giving information on the models made between 1913 and 1927. Not exactly up to date, but it might be helpful.  The item number is 152656938201
DaveD.
Thanks for your helpful replies.  I will let you know the outcome in due coarse.  As we get older and start putting our affairs in order the brain seems to go into overdrive, interesting facts and events start to come back to the surface. Like the 30/98, we got a call one morning to go out and get this old banger started [the owners words], what a understatement. As the starter was u/s we thought we would try the handle but as the de-compression taps would not open that was not a option, it ended up being unceremoniously towed behind our 80" Land Rover to Savile Street. To this day I still cannot believe how such a wonderful piece of motoring history could .have been entrusted to me. I suppose the fact that having always preferring to work on older Vauxhalls, including Peter Bentleys Vauxhall 14/40 may have helped. M T.
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(18/08/2017, 04:36 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote:
(18/08/2017, 03:29 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote:
(17/08/2017, 05:45 PM)DaveD Wrote:
(16/08/2017, 11:26 PM)Old30/98guy Wrote: I would like to trace a Vauxhall 30/98 I drove and worked on in the 1960s.      I was a apprentice at Bentley Brothers the main Vauxhall Bedford dealer here in Sheffield at that time.  The 30/98s starter motor had packed up. The owner who lived in the Lodge Moor area of Sheffield was a friend of one of the brothers, he wanted the starter motor repairing though he did not want to pay too much. It was agreed by the service manager that I should get the job as being nineteen and on three shillings [15 pence] an hour it would help to keep the cost down.  Well, it turned out the starter flange that was part of the aluminium OHV engine block had fractured, meaning the engine had to be removed.  I do not remember the registration number of the car but it was mid green with green vinyl [not leather] seats. The OHV engine was removed and craned up on the back of our 28hp truck and taken to the local aluminium welding specialist. The repair was strong but untidy just costing five pounds. The engine was fitted with twin SU carbs and SU fuel pump. Brakes were on all four wheels, oh and the o/s/r wheel hub had a nearside thread [after spending a couple of hours trying to get it off].  Yes, I know its a long time ago but there could not have been many, if any others 30/98s in Sheffield at that time. I was twenty when I had the thrill and pleasure of being allowed to drive it on my own around Sheffield, an experience I shall never ever forget.  Happy days,  MT.
Just as a matter of interest, for sale on Ebay there is a 1989 edition of The Vauxhall 30/98 Register giving information on the models made between 1913 and 1927. Not exactly up to date, but it might be helpful.  The item number is 152656938201
DaveD.
Thanks for your helpful replies.  I will let you know the outcome in due coarse.  As we get older and start putting our affairs in order the brain seems to go into overdrive, interesting facts and events start to come back to the surface. Like the 30/98, we got a call one morning to go out and get this old banger started [the owners words], what a understatement. As the starter was u/s we thought we would try the handle but as the de-compression taps would not open that was not a option, it ended up being unceremoniously towed behind our 80" Land Rover to Savile Street. To this day I still cannot believe how such a wonderful piece of motoring history could .have been entrusted to me. I suppose the fact that having always preferring to work on older Vauxhalls, including Peter Bentleys Vauxhall 14/40 may have helped. M T.
Thanks DaveD  that issue of the 1989 30/98 register was very informative.  I could only find one previous 30/98 owner that had lived here in Sheffield and that was a Mr C. R. Southall. After checking our local Kelly's directory the memories started flooding back, the address that was listed was the one I remember going to in the 1960s.  The chassis number is listed as OE290/291, the licence plate AC 16. Due to family commitments I have not had time to investigate further.  M.T.
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Hello, a DVLA check on AC16 shows it as a 1927, green, Vauxhall Velox, 4224cc.    It also shows "tax due 01 January 2019."
I found a trace of this car in club records from a few years ago, owned by someone in Solihull, who does not appear to be a club member.
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DaveD.
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(26/01/2018, 12:37 AM)DaveD Wrote: Hello, a DVLA check on AC16 shows it as a 1927, green, Vauxhall Velox, 4224cc.    It also shows "tax due 01 January 2019."
I found a trace of this car in club records from a few years ago, owned by someone in Solihull, who does not appear to be a club member.
Regards,
DaveD.

Thankyou DaveD   Thats very much appreciated. Regards,  M.T.
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