The Dan­daloo

Old Bike Australasia - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

I was pleased to see the photo of a Til­brook Dan­daloo side­car at­tached to a Se­ries D Vin­cent Black Prince in is­sue 50 of Old Bike. The Dan­daloo model was the only Til­brook side­car that was not sketched out on the fac­tory floor with a piece of chalk and was the re­sult of a fad­ing mar­ket for side­cars and the hope that a new de­sign would in­crease de­mand. Rex Til­brook was able to re­lay his ideas by sketches on the back of old en­velopes and ex­plain­ing what he wanted but by 1954 he was spend­ing less time in the fac­tory and de­vot­ing con­sid­er­able time on vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing be­ing the in­au­gu­ral sec­re­tary of the A.C.U. of South Australia so I was given the job of trans­mit­ting his ideas to pa­per for his ap­proval. He wanted the wheel en­closed to do away with a sep­a­rate mud­guard but needed the body shape to be read­ily as­so­ci­ated with the es­tab­lished stan­dard model launched in 1947 as well as re­tain­ing the tor­sion bar sus­pen­sion. This ne­ces­si­tated us­ing a smaller wheel so the pat­terns of the wheel de­signed for a scooter, which was sub­se­quently aban­doned, were mod­i­fied to pro­duce the cast alu­minium 12 inch wheel that was sub­se­quently used. This proved a good move be­cause it brought the swing arm axle mount to a more hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion and hence a softer ride than the stan­dard model that was well past a sat­is­fac­tory an­gle of con­tact with re­spect to the ab­sorp­tion of road shocks. The seat and back rest was in­te­gral with a tubu­lar frame piv­oted at the front with the back rest­ing on coil springs, un­like the stan­dard model that had a padded squab rest­ing in a seat well with a hinged padded back­rest that was pulled for­wards for ac­cess to the rear stor­age space. Per­haps the most in­no­va­tive fea­ture was the mount­ing method that had three large two piece rub­ber “T” sec­tion mounts sim­i­lar to a very large petrol tank mount­ing ar­range­ment used by many mak­ers. Th­ese car­ried

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