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20-25 cwt. Chassis, Taxicab. 14-seater Coach. Sectioned Engine.
STAND No. 90.
AT the Beardmore stand one's attention is at once attracted by the very fine sectioned 15-20 h.p. engine, which is centrally mounted in a glass case ; this section enables one to follow out all the details of the construction and is very attractively finished with white enamel and aluminium. The engine is actually driven round by an electric motor, which operates a fiat belt passing round the flywheel.
This engine is, of course, the power unit used for the Beardmore taxicab and develops 32 b.h.p. at 1,200 r.p.m.; side-by-side valves are used and the cylinder head is detachable. The driving of the components is very neatly arranged and a good point is the accessible position of the oil-filler cap. The valves are made of chrome. vanadium steel and are interchangeable. The crankshaft is supported by three lengthy bearings and drives the camshaft, through the medium of a silent chain placed at the forward end. An adjustable tensioning device is provided for this chain. The cooling is very thoroughly carried out, water being circulated by a centrifugal pump. A fan maintains a draught through the radiator, and is driven by means of a belt.
A taxicab is shown on the stand
attractively finished in red and black, adequate space being provided for luggage beside the driver and upon the roof.
The bare taxicab chassis is also shown, which clearly reveals all the details of the mechanism.
The new 20-25 cwt. model is shown in two forms, first, as a bare chassis and secondly with a 14-seater coach body fitted. This coach is a remarkably fine job and should prove very speedy. A hood is provided which urotects all the seats, and curtains with celluloid panels are fitted at the sides and at the rear. A separate door is provided for each row of seats.. The 20-25 cwt... chassis has been almost completely redesigned since it was first shown in Glasgow at the beginning of this year. The four-cylinder engine and three speed gearbox are mounted on a sub-frame, a short universally jointed shaft transmitting the drive from the clutch. At the back of the gearbox there is a short carden shaft carried in a bearing on one of the cross-members, and behind this the propeller shaft transmits the power to the overhead worm in ,the back axle.
The back-axle casing is of the builtup type and is split vertically at the centre. Duplicate brake shoes are fitted to the rear-wheel drums, operated by the hand lever and pedal; adjustment consists of accessible, hand nuts Placed at the rear ends of the pull rods. Suspension is by semi-elliptic springs fore and aft, and this chassis should prove very. successful for the rapid transport of Ifijit loads or for motor coach 'work....
The chassis weight is only 21 cwt., including fuel, oil, and water Pneumatic tyres are fitted as standard. The maximum load stated (25 cwt.) includes the weight of a body, so that the chassis can be used either for one-ton loads or for 14 -seater passenger bodies.