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In message <199804132131.PAA02740@su049.ast.lmco.com> Harry R Glesner III writes:
>> Girling yes, but I've
>> never heard of Lucas. I guess they're the same/related company(?).
> You've never heard of Lucas the prince of darkness...
> You've never heard why the English drink warm beer...
> because Lucas makes their refrigerators..?!
I have no doubt that Lucas' reputation was earned - but whether it was
_deserved_ was another matter.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was a cable and wire engineer
at "The Concordia Electric Wire and Cable Company", PO Box 1, Long Eaton,
Nottingham. I worked with Lucas engineers on the design of their
alternators, and more specifically, on the wire they wound into their
coils. We manufactured it, and I was responsible for the quality of
my raw material (copper wire) and my final product (enamelled copper
Let me tell you - it was good stuff. Lucas' specifications were very
nearly as tough as the British Post Office's specifications. Evil.
We had to solve a lot of problems. Using water-soluble wire enamels
instead of oil-soluble - coating the enamelled wire with non-mineral
lubricants (can you imagine WD40 solvents transporting beeswax?) and
all sorts of other problems.
I remain convinced, to this day, that Lucas products are equal to or
superior to any other products of their type.
What _IS_ consistent is that they were typically over-rated. What
Bosch would have called a "60 AMP" alternator was marketed by Lucas
as a "90 AMP" alternator.
Lucas could build the right stuff, they really could. But their
dumbass marketing bozos insisted on selling low-spec products with
inflated claims. Therein lies the tragedy of Lucas.
And the odds are still - if you meet a Lucas product in the field, it's
unlikely to be up to what is being demanded of it in that application.
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