which kind of wheels has got this Austin 8 hp tourer as seen on Malta?
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Such wheels I saw on period photos on Austins 10 hp Tillys only. Could they be wheels from Austin Tilly used due shortage of original spare wheels? Or were such wheels used on tourers usually as well?
Many thanks in advance
The Tourer was in fact the 8Hp vehicle, the Tilly was 10Hp, I stand to be corrected but they mainly used the same body pressings as far as the front end was concerned.
The data book of wheeled vehicle gives the following.
Wheelbase 7' 5"
Track F 3' 9 3/4"
Track R 3' 9 3/4"
Tyres 5" X 16" on 3" x 16" disc wheels
Wheelbase 7' 10 3/4"
Track F 4' 0 1/2"
Track R 4' 3 1/2"
Tyres 6" x 16"
The Tourer therefore would have a slightly narrower tyre size, and would have been a "civilian pattern" mostly.
The Tilly was often fitted with a cross country type tyre on the rear axle, and a "civilian" on the front.
This is a generalised statement, and subject to more knowledgeable comment.
In general, the Tourer would not require cross country tyres, the supply situation on Malta (GC) is a factor, but I feel the Island to be small enough where the wear on tyres was not a significant issue.
The fitting of a wider tyre would have consequences on steering to some degree however.
I know this may not answer in full the question you ask, but my personal guess would be a civilian pattern tread on the Tourer.