Monday, May 10, 2010

pimp my ride!

An Old Austin Somerset parked in front of Jaffna Hospital as seen on my recent visit to Jaffna with the University of Moratuwa M.U.D.(Masters in Urban Design) study group. There were quite a few Austin Cambridges, Morris Oxfords and Austin A50s to be seen as well. Few of the A50s were converted to run on kerosene as solution to the fuel shortage during the war. Actually the conversion is pretty straight forward affair. "Petrol (Gas) Tank" is filled with Kerosene and there is a separate canister (most of the time a plastic bottle) of petrol which is connected to the air filter with a 'saline tube' with a stopper. You open up the petrol line to start the car and then let it run with the petrol for a fwe seconds and then cut off the petrol line. Simple but effective.

Here is the engine bay of an Austin A50 (Yes, converted to Kerosene).


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