The 1960 "Envoy: The New British Car Designed and Built specially for "Canadians".
In 1957 a new and thoroughly modern American looking Vauxhall Victor, complete with wrap around windscreen, dollar grin grille and fin like tail end. A 1507 cc, 4 Cylinder overhead valve engine, coupled with a 3 speed gear box. Vauxhalls were sold in North America by Pontiac dealers.
Feb 15th 1960
A press report from London states that Vauxhall has begun production of an entirely new car based on the Victor. .It is named the Envoy, and a station wagon version is named the Sherwood
The new models will be for export only, the first going to Canada.
Vauxhalls have produced 2000 of them and production rate is at the rate of 100 a day.
It will have a development of the Victors 4 cylinder engine, but no other details have yet been released.
The ENVOY, to my knowledge was sold only in canada, and this page is in response " in my humble opinion" to the lack of information about the ENVOY. i hope it will aid in the collection of information and pictures regarding this vehicle.
When i acquired this 1960 vauxhall envoy i had not work on cars for an extended period of time, and having sold my dwell- tack meter, vacuum and compression gauges, it was back into the breach. it was a shock to find that most mechanics have their own hair, and 40+year old information is hard to find, but there are those who work in different places who will say "i know where, who, what, etc. i thank those people
Any information i glean from other sources, the web or manuals will be so noted.
I have three different service manuals. one on the VICTOR series FB GEN MOTORS, another on the VAUXHALL model F VAUXHALL Motors England. i was was informed to use this one for my particular envoy model, and the third is on an ENVOY series AB , GEN MOTORS. the ENVOY manual is 386 pages of info to much to scan, but i will scan pages for any who asks. I also have a small manual on tune ups, "test eqpt., and automotive tune up guide", IT'S A MUST. this i will copy and mail for the price of the copying and postage. it's an old one ,not sure of the year but it only cost a dollar. so. ...
i have acquired a complete set of "training" manual for the Vauxhall F- series 2 comprising of five manuals.
1st the engine/clutch,
2d transmission drive shaft and rear axle
3rd front axle, suspension, steering and brakes
4th electrical eqpt, ignition and instrument panel
6th as before, all are available ( copies) for the cost of the copy machine and the postage to anyone for the asking. my good fortune is yours too.
I have decided to add an information link about first line maintenance on engines. i was prompted to do this by a friend who has two late fifties Fords. he said, "i know nothing about engines, but i'm great on polishing"
If anyone is interested in adding more information /pictures to this page ,by all means send to me and i will gladly do the uploading. Any information i post on this page although factual is for general information only, and should be vetted by the user before use.
THERE IS A METHOD TO THEIR MADNESS
Here is a little bit of information that should be very informative when trying to follow the wiring in a car. i wish i could remember where i found it but. ... if i can find it again!!
vacum gauge test that can be prefromed
Connect vacuum hose as close as possible to intake manifold. On v-type engines having two
manifolds1 make separate tests on each manifold. Startengine and adjust throttle buflefly valve.
Setidle adjustment on carburetor so that engine idles smoothly. If engine is in good conditon,
vacuum gauge needle will remain steady at a reading between 18 and 21 in-Hg. If vacuum
gauge needle shows a slow drop from 21 to a lower value, the carburetor requires adjustment
Note: Vacuum readings will vary according to-altitude. Engines should show a vacuum reading
between is and 21 in-Hg under normal circumstances.
Note: Your vacuum gauge is desiigned with an impulse damper to prevent excessive pulsations
of the neeellewhen making vacuum tests. This restrictor is located in the stem of the gauge and
could become clogged after long use. If this occurs, remove hose-at vacuum gauge and clean by
inserting a small drill~bitor stiff wire 0.015" in diameter.
With engine at idling speed,.intermittent dropping of pressure about 4 in-Hg probably indicates
sticky valves. To verify, inject penetrating oil into intake manifold to lubricate valves. If vacuum
stops dropping, sticky valves are verified.
Weak Valve Springs
If valves seat properly at idling speed, vacuum gauge should remain steady between 18 to 21 in-
Hg or fluctuate only very slightly.
If needle fluctuates rapidly at higher engine speeds, weak valve springs areindicated.
When a valve is damaged, the vacuum gauge needle will have a constant drop. This constant
drop can also be caused by insufficient tappet clearance holding the valve partly open, or by
having a missing spark plug.
With engine at idling speed, a low steady reading of the vacuum gauge indicates late timing or an
intake manifold leak Usually, late timing givesa gauge reading tc~12 tots-in-Hg. However this reading can be caused by leaks and poor compression as well. A low vacuum reading can also indicate that the ignition
timing is off.
Vacuum Pump Test
Connect the vacuum gauge hose to the vacuum where the windshield wiper is connected. The
vacuum reading should be 17 to21 in-Hg at idling spee if revving the engine causes the vacuum to suddenly drop to zero, a faulty diaphragm is indicated.
Fuel Pump Vacuum Test
Disconnect gasoline feed line from fuel pump. Attach vacuum gauge hose to fuel pump inlet and
startengine. The gasoline in the carburetor will run the enginefor a sufficient time for this test. If
fuel pump performance is satstactory the vacuum gauge reading should build up to 10 inches of
Gasoline Line Test
Disconnect gasoline line at gasoline tank and attach vacuum gauge hose to gasoline line. Start
engine. If thereare no leaks, the gauge-reading will be the same as on the fuel pump vacuum test
Fuel Pump Pressure Test
Caution: When carrying out the fuel pump pressure test, ensure that fuel-connectionsare secure
enough to hold the fuel pressure without leaking. normaly eg. 3 to4 lbs pressure. gas flow can be checked at this time .remove gauge and connect a hose to the pump out put, insert into a cleaar plastic cotainer,start engine,check for sufficent steady gas flow into container.
Dwell Tachometer Checks
click on dwell !
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