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Old 30th August 2008, 21:10   #1
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Friends can will you be able to please with your experience answer my query. One headlight sealbeam (left one) of my 1955 Landmaster is of Lumax make. The other one is Lucas , Made in England. I have now procured not the whole sealbeam, but the outer glass cover of make Lucas Made in England. Is it wise to change the Lumax glass cover and get the Lucas glass cover fitted on the reflector/sealbeam? Or should I wait till I get the full sealbeam of Lucas, Made in England?
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its always great to have the original one.
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Is it a Lucas 700 beam?
If yes then it's available new. Many Bullets sport them
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Is it a Lucas 700 beam?
If yes then it's available new. Many Bullets sport them
This is an old one with the "Made in England" phrase scripted at the bottom. In the centre its LUCAS only. It is from an old Landmaster/ Ambassador.
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Oh Anjan, what a beautiful well maintained Landmaster. Brought back my childhood memories. I still long for that round steel/chrome push starter button & the Smith dashboard..

Now coming back to HLs, I clearly remember my Landmaster had Westinghouse sealed beams made in England. I don't think they are available anywhere now. But don't interchange the glasses. Wait for the entire original unit.
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Oh Anjan, what a beautiful well maintained Landmaster. Brought back my childhood memories. I still long for that round steel/chrome push starter button & the Smith dashboard..

Now coming back to HLs, I clearly remember my Landmaster had Westinghouse sealed beams made in England. I don't think they are available anywhere now. But don't interchange the glasses. Wait for the entire original unit.
Thanks gd1418 for your nice suggestion. I'll try for an old Lucas, Made in England full sealed beam since the original Westinghouse ones may not be that easily available.
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Thanks gd1418 for your nice suggestion. I'll try for an old Lucas, Made in England full sealed beam since the original Westinghouse ones may not be that easily available.
Friends another great peice of news. Just back from a trip to Kolkata and Mumbai today- I could lay my hands on a fully original old sealbeam Lucas-Made in England at Mullick Bazar Kolkata for my Landy. Will post pictures soon! again thanks gd1418 for your suggestion.
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I still long for that round steel/chrome push starter button & the Smith dashboard..
Gd, which Landmaster was this?
Ours (1955) had a 'pull' type knob, made in Ivory!
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My grandfather had and I was a 8-9 yr old kid. I remember that because I accidentaly pushed it and the car lunged forward. Was caned for that act.

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Ours (1955) had a 'pull' type knob, made in Ivory!
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That steel push starter knob was probably an aftermarket job. Many people fitted them, I have it as a horn button! The originals were indeed ivory pull knobs.
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That steel push starter knob was probably an aftermarket job. Many people fitted them, I have it as a horn button! The originals were indeed ivory pull knobs.
The originals were indeed the ivory knobs. The steel push starter knob was quite common in older cars of the 1930's and 40's vintage and was an after market fitment for the Landmaster, I suppose.
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Anjan, do your Landmaster's semaphores work?
About the most difficult item to keep in good working order! Apart from the electric fuel pump!
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Anjan, do your Landmaster's semaphores work?
About the most difficult item to keep in good working order! Apart from the electric fuel pump!
Anup the 1955 models did'nt have semaphores. These came in later by 1956-57.Yes, these are too delicate to maintain.I have changed the electric fuel pump which is still in working condition. Now have fitted the Contessa's electronic fuel pump. That works beautifully.
even the old dynamo is not very practical these days. So I've got fitted an alternator which is quite effective.
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This 1956 Landmaster taxi too does'nt have semaphores. So it was only in late 1956 or early 1957 that these were introduced to be carried over to the new Amby Mark I
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This is the Lucas, Made in England headlight seal beam that I bought at Kolkata. The beam reflector and glass are dull. So I've decided to fit this only during a rally and otherwise use my proven Lumax sealbeam for normal usage. The other headlight fitted as I've said, is the original Lucas, Made in England make.
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This 1956 Landmaster taxi too does'nt have semaphores.
Wow is this Landmaster still plying as a taxi? Where? Last I saw one plying in Panchgani, with a Mark 2 grille. It had an MTL regn I think.
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