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Offline conan

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2016, 18:14:10 »
To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2016, 13:23:34 »
This example of Tilling-Stevens bus is being loaded onto a ferry in Folkestone in 1925 for a trip to France.
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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2016, 15:27:24 »
In the mid 1960s Alan Fraser Racing from Hildenborough was running the unofficial works racing Imps team. They had a fully instrumented test bed in the petrol engine reconditioning area of the Tilling Stevens West Works (by the railway line). When they were running power curve tests they could be heard above all the other engines on test! They were developing larger engines than the 875cc, even up to1100cc, and also experimented with engines standing vertically not 'leaning over' as in the car. The 998cc engine used in the Rallye Imps ultimately produced over 100bhp. Strangely, the standard body shape was preferred for racing over the more streamlined looking fastback version as it was better aerodynamically!

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2016, 00:14:32 »
Ouch...........
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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2016, 15:27:16 »
KeithJG. Can't help but think you were lucky it was only your knee, altho' that was bad enough I imagine. Glad the replacement worked well - very well in fact.

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2016, 14:43:03 »
Here is a 2016 view from the dual carriageway alongside the River Medway in Maidstone.

The old part of the bridge can just be seen in one photo.

While we are on the subject of Imp engines here are some pictures of my Hillman Imp in 1969 that changed my life!

Hit a lampost at 70mph but before I was thrown out, my right knee pushed up the steering column.

Just about to have my second replacement right knee as I have worn out the first one in 20 yrs......not bad considering they told me 15yrs...lol

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2016, 14:40:36 »
I helped strip the first 4 damaged engines sent to Tilling Stevens in the Autumn of 1963 - the Linwood factory had been opened in May by the duke of Edinburgh. A problem with the water pumps had developed resulting in loss of water - overheating - distortion of block and head gasket etc. Tillings was to look at refurbishing the pumps. Some of the engines had damaged valves due to (supposedly) the Italians changing down from 4th to 2nd gear at high revs! The design of the pistons was modified to incorporate scallops in the crown to prevent this collision happening in future.

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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2016, 13:42:52 »
Been doing some googling and came up with this:.........................http://www.imps4ever.info/linwood/die_casting_plant/diecasting_plant.html

The last sentence on the page does explain.

Sorry, got the wrong Ryton in my previous post :)

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2016, 13:53:20 »
cliveh. Great photo's of T.& S. Could you please tell me where abouts it is. Obviously the Medway but that doesn't look like Maidstone bridge?

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2016, 11:01:47 »
I am sure all production engines were machined at Linwood, but if prototypes were machined this may have been at Ryton - o n - Dunsmore, the Rootes Group factory near Coventry that I visited as an apprentice

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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2016, 22:18:37 »
I had three Hillman Imps around 1971 including the van version.
The engine castings were produced at Linwood and then sent to Ryton near Newcastle for specialist machining, assembled then returned to Linwood.

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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2016, 16:13:03 »
As far as I was aware all Imp engines were built at the new plant of the Rootes Group at Linwood, Scotland due to the special tooling etc required. Early damaged engines were returned to Tilling Stevens and some of these may have ended up at Mill Street

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2016, 16:07:48 »
I will add more info about the TS3 when confident I can satisfy the verification questions!

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2016, 08:37:47 »
It would certainly be worthwhile if the true origins of the TS3 engine could be proven once and for all, if only to question the perceived version of history that it was entirely conceived at Dunstable.

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2016, 14:56:10 »
I was an apprentice at Tilling Stevens between 1962 and 1968 and the TS3 diesel engine was their main product. All aspects were covered from the design, development and production and associated departments included planning, tooling and machining of the components. The Chief Designer was Heinz Stransky who had what was assumed to be a guttural Eastern European accent and it appears to have been Czech. I will post further info in future

 

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