Ford based Edwardians

The models first offered by Siva with the Edwardian style bodies were:

Roadster (two seats) - Ford 103E or similar based

Tourer (four seater) - Ford 103E or similar based

The mechanical basis

1937 to 1950 Fords - short wheel base chassis.  These could be found under the Ford Anglia and Popular models as well as the pre-war 7Y model.  The Prefect model was 4 inches longer so the Siva body would not bolt straight on.

These old Fords were the perfect choice for an Edwardian looking replica.  The transverse spring suspension and the sidevalve engine looked the part - to the uninitiated onlooker.

Effectively, the Siva body tub for either model was fitted directly to the unmodified chassis.  For the amateur builder, this produces an instant piece of progress which spurs them on to finish the project.

Parts for these Fords remain easy to obtain to completely overhaul the engine, gearbox and running gear.  It is recommended that builders and restorers join the Ford Sidevalve Owners' Club for parts new and second-hand as well as technical advice.

The basic mechanics of these cars are just that with rod and cable brakes that were produced by Girling are more than adequate for what is a very lightweight vehicle.  The steering is not the more modern rack and pinion but again perfectly adequate.  The suspension is heavily based on that of the famous Model T with just one spring at each end of the car with lever arm dampers. Ideally, some leaves would be removed when building or checked if restoring the car as it is far too firm once the heavy steel body is removed.  Don't expect precise road holding similar to modern cars as this design was first utilised in the Model Y 8HP Ford in 1932 which though perfectly adequate for a light weight family car is not so cutting edge 90 years on.

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