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Offline Dave Smith

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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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« 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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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2014, 18:24:06 »
This I understand to be correct as to the Czech refugees as this was also told to me by my late father-in-law and his neighbour about 25 years ago. He also had lots of TS3 parts around his workshop . My father-in-law worked as an apprentice engineer for TS before moving into the paper mills and then to the Sharps and then Trebor factory.

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2014, 09:08:49 »
During the 1950s/1960s the Rootes Group utilised, in their Commer goods range and in buses/coaches, a very distinctive sounding diesel, the TS3 that was produced at the Maidstone factory. It was a common misconception that `TS` stood for `two-stroke` but in fact it was Tilling-Stevens and the engine was actually of a 3 cylinder horizontally opposed design.

The design of the TS3 is officially credited to a team working at the main Commer plant at Dunstable, post-war, but a few years ago an interesting, sadly still unverified, alternative version to that came my way. An article was written by a chap with close connections to the post-communist Czechoslovakia automotive industry suggesting the design had originated there pre-war as a concept and was brought to Maidstone by refugee Czech engineers who worked there during WW2. Unfortunately, by the time we got to the elderly author of this article he had lapsed into dementia and was of no help in providing source information to verify the claim.

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 22:38:34 »
I think the prototype Imp engines (themselves a conversion of the Coventry Climax pump engine) were built there and in the old aero engine shop in Mill Street. The old neighbour of my former father-in-law worked on them there in prototype stage. Suffice to say he still had a lovely Imp which was a wolf in sheeps clothing, looking completely standard but with a full race engine, only the very observant would spot the grille for a front radiator and slightly bigger exhaust, it went like stink!

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Re: Tilling-Stevens Engineering Factory - Maidstone
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 22:06:04 »
I was told many years ago that in the 1960's the engines for Hillman Imps were built in the Tilling Stevens factory. Does anyone know anything about this?

 

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