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Automobile Engineer: 1961/11/27

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27th November 1961. Front cover.
27th November 1961. Index to contents.

Note: This is a sub-section of the Automobile Engineer

CONTENTS - 1961 Motor Show

  • Editorial - Pointers for the future
  • Engines - Compression ratios still increasing; renewed interest in crankcase ventilation, and more engines are now fitted with aluminium alloy cylinder head castings
  • Carburation and Induction Systems - Little change in the basic approach but a continued demand for increased breathing capacity; improvements in fuel pumps and throttle control systems
  • Clutches - No innovations apart from the fact that several new diaphragm spring type units have now been introduced by the component manufacturers
  • Transmissions - There is now strong emphasis on automatic systems, and an increase in the number of all-synchromesh gearboxes installed in vehicles
  • Propeller Shafts and Final Drives - Growing interest in constant-velocity joints and recirculating ball or roller type splined couplings
  • Rear Suspension - Novel form of the Hotchkiss layout, and a new car with independent rear suspension
  • Front Suspension and Steering - One recently introduced vehicle with leading arm type suspension and another with a transverse leaf spring; widespread use of ball joints with impregnated nylon bearings, to obviate lubrication points
  • Brakes - Further progress with disc brakes, new designs of power-assistance equipment, and safety-features more widely adopted
  • Electrical Equipment - Improved four-headlamp arrangement, and the introduction of electronic ignition systems
  • Bodywork - Many new models; British cars designed for the American and European markets; a generally high standard of body engineering

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