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1919 Standard SLS, XB 6367, owned by Phil Homer
(Short Wheelbase, Long Stroke, Sidevalve.)
This was Standard's first new model after the war and was basically an enlarged version of the prewar Model S. It has a front mounted 4 cylinder, sidevalve engine of 1327ccs., with magneto ignition and petrol pumped by an "Autovac". A dry clutch operates a 3 speed and reverse gearbox positioned in the centre of the car..Immediately behind this is a transmission brake on the propshaft,operated by a foot pedal. Behind that is a pulley and belt to take off the speedo drive. The starter is positioned alongside the gearbox and is mated to the flywheel by a short separate prop shaft. There is a worm drive back axle.
Drum brakes on the rear wheels are operated by the handbrake. There are no front brakes, come to that there are no indicators, stop lights or rear view mirrors either!
There are 1/2 elliptical springs in all four corners. There are no shock absorbers at the front but at the rear of the rear springs there are additional coil springs to achieve some dampening of the ride. Despite the crudeness of the suspension, it works remarkably well.
The 12 volt electrics operate the aforesaid starter from a heavy duty switch on the dashboard where there are also switches for side and head lights. The only instruments are a speedometer and a combined amp/volt meter. Other controls are a hand throtle and advance/retard control on the left and right of the steering column respectively, a bulb horn and a vacumn operated single windscreen wiper. A simple rod and bellcrank indicates safe oil pressure, the only other control is a switch to earth the magneto which stops the engine.
The two seater bodywork can be enclosed in wet weather by a substantial hood and sidescreens, there is also a small two seater "dickey" where the occupants would be fully exposed to the elements.
XB 6367 was built as Number 347 in Batch 3. It is finished in maroon with black wings and hood. The work carried out in my ownership is a bottom end engine rebuild with new white metal bearings, and a gearbox rebuild with a new first gearwheel. The engine has now loosened up enough to show its potential! With a light aluminium body, there is plenty of go, at least on level ground, but lack of stopping power limits top speed. I tend to run out of nerve at say 40 mph. It is best to anticipate other road users, usually whilst they are still a quarter of a mile away, so that evasive action can be planned! Driving certainly becomes easier when one appreciates that the footbrake is just to achieve a slight slowing down, say on a hill, and that to stop requires use of the handbrake, which is much more effective. However, since both gearstick and handbrake have to be operated by the right hand there is no opportunity to brake and change down at the same time. I perhaps need to grow a third arm! It is however quite easy to get used to the accelerator as the centre pedal and the brake on the right!
I am aware that there are other cars and information that could be added to this site to make it more comprehensive, so if you have material and photographs, please let me know. Please send me, Phil Homer, a message at: Phil Homer