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Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« on: August 29, 2011, 12:45:52 PM »
Hi

Earlier this year I bought a nice condition 1991 Calypso motor home. Next to the Zig power panel there is a two pin polarised 12 volt socket.

Does anyone know if the mating plug is still available somewhere? They used to be very common in the 1960's!

Or better to replace with car lighter style sockets like my Fleetwood Jamboree?

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 06:53:33 PM »
Hi

When I am next in the UK I am just going to replace it with a regular car lighter socket...

Seems like finding a plug for the original is a lost cause...

Geoff and Sally

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 06:57:20 PM »
Geoff,

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012, 12:38:06 PM »
Hi Tom

The one in this photo... I still think replacing it might be easiest though I could make an adaptor cable if I could find a plug to suit.

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2012, 12:54:52 PM »
The spacing seems about right for a US style non-polarized 120 volt plug like this one, if you twist the blades a bit.  I did that when I visited AU a few years back to fit a US plug into their 240 volt outlets and it worked fine.

Avoid the polarized version of the US plugs - these have one blade larger than the other and probably won't fit.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012, 01:00:04 PM »
That's what I was thinking Lou, which made me wonder if it is a 12V socket, or a 120 (or 240V) socket. If 12V, might be easier to just install a regular 12V/cig lighter socket.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2012, 03:04:16 PM »
Hi

Thanks Tom and Lou but the connector is about 3/4" square if you compare to other equipment on the panel. Decades ago you used to be able to buy similar from Halfords as a pair. As it's 12v I think I will go with the lighter socket... the panel is cut away and easy to get hand behind to tighten nut, etc.

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012, 03:19:01 PM »
Sounds good Geoff. Sorry we weren't much help.

Good old Halfords; Are they still around?
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2012, 03:58:18 PM »
Hi Tom

Well, Kinda, Sorta...... http://www.halfords.com/

But when I was a lad you could buy actual pattern parts like Norton motorcycle silencers (mufflers out here) and all those ash trays and plastic flower miniature vases with rubber suckers.

Later I recall buying a dry fully recharged car battery that came with six plastic bottles of concentrated suphuric acid... worked great but imagine selling that now!

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2012, 04:10:06 PM »
Thanks Geoff. That's certainly a different Halfords from the one I recall from my younger days. They didn't really have much (any?) competition.

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... pattern parts like Norton motorcycle silencers

I wasn't that lucky with my Velocette. Halfords didn't even sell the Miller electrics. Every winter I'd hit black ice on the windy twisty mountain road I took to work, and I'd inevitably end up sliding on my backside, following the bike down the road. A small bike shop in another town kept the Miller headlights in stock just for me  :-[

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.... a dry fully recharged car battery that came with six plastic bottles of concentrated suphuric acid...

That's still how I buy batteries for jet skis and dinghies (tenders). Amazing, given all the environmental restrictions in California.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2012, 11:27:34 AM »
Hi Tom

I always wanted a Velocette but, as a young apprentice, could not stretch to that kind of budget. I had scores of BSA Bantams from D3 to D10 that I did up (horrible machines!), a Triumph Tiger Cub and and BSA C15.
I still have a UK motorcycle licence but my wife won't let me buy a motorcycle as she sees the paraplegic results in the hospital she works at. I never had a really serious fall off a motorbike... never broken a bone in my body... touch wood.

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2012, 11:47:40 AM »
That socket was used a lot in older style British Caravans and should still be available, from any decent Caravan Accessory Shop, in the UK. ;D
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2012, 12:02:12 PM »
Hi

Next time I am in the UK I will try to find, albeit I still lean towards the universal lighter socket path.

I was born in Watford and used to take the (steam) train to St Albans. I visited the cathedral there a couple of years ago.. brings back memories!

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2012, 02:13:03 PM »
Hi

Next time I am in the UK I will try to find, albeit I still lean towards the universal lighter socket path.

I was born in Watford and used to take the (steam) train to St Albans. I visited the cathedral there a couple of years ago.. brings back memories!

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Geoff and Sally

Ah the old Abbey Flyer, now replaced by an electric. Still got the conductor on it. All the kids, still play dodge the conductor and save the money for sweets (candy), if they get away with it.   ;D  Now that's what being a kid is all about.   ;)
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2012, 02:27:00 PM »
Hi

That's odd... I left Watford for the Cambridge area around 1971 and the steam engines (2-6-4 tank engines) were replaced by diesel multiple units with manual transmission... I recall the drivers changing up and down... I believe they were made by AEC like the busses.

I would not think the line was worth electrifying with minimal passengers and the gas works no more...

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2012, 02:45:41 PM »
To some degree, I am suprised it keeps going. Down now to about one an hour, between the rush hours, it is more or less empty. No chance to dodge the conductor then.   ;D
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2012, 03:14:01 PM »
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I always wanted a Velocette but, as a young apprentice, could not stretch to that kind of budget.

Geoff, I have fond memories of my Bantam. Had a couple of BSAs and a Triumph (650cc twin) after that. The latter was used exclusively on forestry roads.

I bought the Velo (used) with help from my old man. It (the Velo) was a replacement for ....

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I never had a really serious fall off a motorbike... never broken a bone in my body...

On my way to work on the 350cc BSA I swerved to avoid a car that pulled out in front of me. Found myself on unpaved land, in a speed wobble, unable to control the bike, and headed for the middle of a pedestrian's back. Somehow I managed to get some control of the bike in time, but the last I recall is seeing the end of the handlebars clip the pedestrian. I blanked out when the bike hit a lampost, and I was shot off like canonball. Woke up in hospital, but the bike didn't survive.

That evening one of the City & Guilds exams was scheduled. The first people through the door of the hospital at visiting time were the Principal of the college and the Training Manager from the company. They told my other visitors to go away, handed me the exam paper, and started the clock.

This is like a trip down memory lane.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2012, 03:36:34 PM »
The mating connector is available in the U.S. as the 12 volt battery charge cable for many small generators, including the (discontinued) Coleman Powermate, and older Honda generators.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2012, 04:36:19 PM »
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albeit I still lean towards the universal lighter socket

Personally, I'd prefer what's in there now.   The lighter socket was (surprise!) never intended to be a universal power source.  It does a fine job of heating up a cigarette lighter, but not so good as a universal outlet.

For one, there's no standard size for the lighter socket.  Inserting the plug is a hit and miss affair, the cylinder has to be snug enough to hold the center pin against the end of the socket but not too small for the plastic cylinder to fit.   Then there's the problem with some sockets having dead spots around the cylinder, forcing you to wiggle and fidget the plug to make contact.

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2012, 11:24:26 AM »
Geoff, I have fond memories of my Bantam. Had a couple of BSAs and a Triumph (650cc twin) after that. The latter was used exclusively on forestry roads.

I bought the Velo (used) with help from my old man. It (the Velo) was a replacement for ....

On my way to work on the 350cc BSA I swerved to avoid a car that pulled out in front of me. Found myself on unpaved land, in a speed wobble, unable to control the bike, and headed for the middle of a pedestrian's back. Somehow I managed to get some control of the bike in time, but the last I recall is seeing the end of the handlebars clip the pedestrian. I blanked out when the bike hit a lampost, and I was shot off like canonball. Woke up in hospital, but the bike didn't survive.

That evening one of the City & Guilds exams was scheduled. The first people through the door of the hospital at visiting time were the Principal of the college and the Training Manager from the company. They told my other visitors to go away, handed me the exam paper, and started the clock.

This is like a trip down memory lane.

Hi

It seems we had similar early lives. The Bantam (a DKW war reparation) was basically OK but the clutch could be bothersome to adjust and the splines on the kickstart were inadequate. My D10 had an ignition and light switch on the headlight (no key required) and I'd always come back to a flat battery as some comedian would operate both switches in my absence. Fortunately you could bump start it on EMG setting.

I studied City and Guilds... got the ET5 Full Technological certificate. Worked 14+ years in a company making recording consoles then, much later, moved to the USA. In the UK I had a Commer Autosleeper and a Commer Highwayman. Now in the UK, I have the Camelot (why I keep calling it Calypso I know not) and the Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher out here in the USA.

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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2012, 11:35:48 AM »
The coincidences continue ...

We have a Camelot (by Monaco). On several occasions, including while at the Monaco factory, I've been asked "which coach do you have?", and I've drawn a blank. Sometimes I'll utter "something to do with knights of the round table"  :-[
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2012, 11:44:44 AM »
The coincidences continue ...

We have a Camelot (by Monaco). On several occasions, including while at the Monaco factory, I've been asked "which coach do you have?", and I've drawn a blank. Sometimes I'll utter "something to do with knights of the round table"  :-[

Hi Tom

Wow! I think coincidenses just stopped there..... http://www.demartinirv.com/Camelot/index.htm


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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Camelot power socket
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2012, 10:22:02 AM »
Hi

Mind you, one has to remember that is Camelot motor home is based in the UK and, being just 16 feet long and a smidgen over 6 foot wide fits nicely into supermarket parking spots... I couldn't do that with my 29' Fleetwood Jamboree!  :D

Plus, in that 16 feet, Autohomes squeezed in a shower and bathroom handbasin, flush toilet, instantaneous hot water, gas fired warm air heating, hob, grill and oven, fridge with freezer section, and seat belts and sleeping accomodation for four!

For anyone considering touring the UK and Europe, I highly recommend this type of motorhome. Beats the Heck out of the ones I owned in the 1980's!

Plus, at it was made by Fiat and Citreon as well as Talbot, getting spares or service in Europe should not present a problem! Also averages around 25mpg

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« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2012, 11:03:40 AM »
There's a lot of utility in that small space Geoff.

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... made by Fiat and Citreon as well as Talbot...

I recall the Sunbeam Talbot (or was that Talbot Sunbeam) car when I was growing up, but wasn't aware of the Euro connection. Your message caused me to run a search, and found some interesting info on the Talbot badge in this Wiki.
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« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2012, 11:45:53 AM »
Hi Tom

Yes, back in the 1950's there was a beautiful Sunbeam Talbot around and they made a gorgeous two door convertible version that's as rare as chicken's teeth but Rootes seem to then drop the Talbot name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbeam_Alpine

It's a pity Chrysler took them over because they had developed a revolutionary opposed piston two stroke diesel engine that you can Google about (TS3 and TS4) that was small and highly efficient and Chrysler forced them to scrap the project (and the prototypes... an instruction they ignored) in favour of the Cummins diesels they were putting in their US trucks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commer_TS3
http://www.commer.org.nz/Commer_Connections/TS4_Motor3.html

There were a few Talbot cars like the Horizon before Peugeot who took over the group dropped the name.

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« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2012, 12:28:52 PM »
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...there was a beautiful Sunbeam Talbot around ...

Aye, it sure was, and my Dad's best buddy (also our GP) had one. Before we had a car in the family, Doc would load both families into that car for a trip to one of the beautiful beaches on the Gower peninsula.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2012, 02:36:58 PM »
I bought a Sunbeam Talbot convertable from another airman back in the late 50's in Spokane Washington. He cracked the block, and couldn't find another engine for it, and everyone told him that a weld wouldn't hold. I got it real cheap, and welded the block and drove it up until the early 70's. [I'm a welder, and he beleived some of the local shops and didn't trust the idea of a welded block.] It was a fun car, and with the right hand drive was a novelty. Seats were real leather, and the only major problem was that the wife had to sew a new top for me, which meant that I had to buy her an industrial sewing machine.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Calypso power socket
« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2012, 03:05:38 PM »
Hi

Continuing my point about the Rootes TS3 and 4 high efficiency two stroke diesel engines, I have often wondered why two stroke diesels were not further explored. If you look up the subject you will find all these ocean going tankers use two stroke engines because of their efficiency and simplicity of construction. They use separate lubrication so it's not like a small two stroke motorcycle that you mixed petrol and oil.

Given the proven efficiency and low overall height of the TS4, one wonders why the idea was not investigated further... if not by Chrysler then by a diesel engine manufacturer. The absence of timing and valve gear must also keep weight and costs down.

http://www.commer.org.nz/Commer_Connections/TS4Report.html

Seems like others were thinking along my lines of thought.....

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2005/05/fev_developing_.html


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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2012, 06:56:16 PM »
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I have often wondered why two stroke diesels were not further explored.

I believe the old Detroit diesels were 2-cycle.
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Re: Talbot Express (Autohome) Camelot power socket
« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2012, 08:45:22 PM »
Hi Tom

Just Goggled it... thanks

Always learning!

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