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Old 27th August 2021, 08:41
Mick O'Malley Mick O'Malley is offline
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Originally Posted by Dpaz View Post
IIRC The FWA Coventry Climax fire pump was 1100cc The FWB was 1500cc. I had both as working fire pumps, the FWA was a hand start and the B was electric. They were beautiful engines but very expensive to repair and quite tall compared to a X flow Ford. I sold them to a man building a replica Lotus 6 when I stopped needing them. The B would have been good in my Roadster. I was told that they were best suited to running flat out, which I once did for 5 hours on a pipeline job, no problems.
I read somewhere of CC fire pumps running continuously for days on end without problems during the blitz. There was a series of articles in the Historic Lotus Register quarterly magazine detailing how to convert fire pump engines for automotive use, not the easiest job. There are always a few for sale at the Beaulieu Autojumble. I'll keep an eye out there tomorrow week and post how much their optimistic vendors are asking...

Regards, Mick
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