Wolseley 18/85 & Six
|Production||1967 to 1975|
|wheel base:||106 in, 2,692 mm|
|overall length:||166.60 in, 4,232 mm|
|overall width:||67 in, 1,702 mm|
|overall height:||56 in, 1,422 mm|
|ground clearance:||6.50 in, 165 mm|
|dry weight:||2,575 1b, 1,168 kg|
The Wolseley 18/85 & Six was produced from September 1964 to 1975.
BMC ADO17 was the model code used by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) for a range of cars produced from September 1964 to 1975
and sold initially under its Austin marque as the Austin 1800. The car was also sold as the Morris 1800 and Wolseley 18/85, and later as the Austin 2200, Morris 2200 and Wolseley Six..
It was developed at BMC as the large-car follow-up to the successful Mini and Austin 1100 under the ADO17 codename. Additional badge-engineered Morris 1800 and Wolseley 18/85 variants were launched, in 1966 and 1967, catering for BMC dealerships selling these marques, and their loyal customers. The 18/85 name had previously been used on the Wolseley 18/85 of 1938 to 1948
The car was unconventional in its appearance in 1964, with its large glasshouse and spacious, minimalist interior including leather, wood, and chrome features plus an unusual instrument display with ribbon speedometer and green indicator light on the end of the indicator stalk. There was a chrome "umbrella handle" handbrake under the dashboard parcel shelf, and the two front seats met in the middle and could be used, on occasion, as a bench seat. Both Alec Issigonis and Pininfarina worked on its exterior. The technology "under the skin" was also unconventional and ahead of its time, including Hydrolastic suspension and an example of inertia-controlled brake proportioning, in the form of a valve which transferred braking force between front and rear axles as a function of sensed deceleration rather than as a function of fluid pressure. The bodyshell was exceptionally stiff with a torsional rigidity of 18032 Nm/degree, this was greater structural rigidity than many modern cars up to the end of the century.
In June 1967, without any fanfare of press releases, a modified version of the 1800 started turning up in domestic market show rooms with repositioned heater controls, a strip of 'walnut veneer' on the fascia and separate bucket seats replacing the former split bench seat at the front. Various other criticisms seem to have been quietly addressed at the same time, including the announcement of more highly geared steering which now needed only 3.75 rather than 4.2 turns between locks, although the actual modification had applied to cars produced since September 1966 (and, in the case of Australian cars, some time before that). This was also the point at which the car received a differently calibrated dipstick, giving rise to rumours that engine problems on some of the early models had resulted from nothing more complicated than the wrong calibration of the dipstick causing the cars to run with the wrong level of engine oil; the manufacturers insisted that the "recalibration" of the dipstick was one of several (unspecified) modifications, and urged owners not to use the new dipsticks with older engines.
In May 1968 a Mark II version was launched. This featured a cheaper and more conventional interior, revised front grilles and other trim, and for the Austin and Morris models the slim, horizontal rear lights were replaced by vertical "fin" lights which gave a family look along with the smaller ADO16 range. The Wolseley retained its unique rear lights. Other changes included a higher second gear and final drive ratio for the manual transmission, and conventional suspension bushes replaced the far superior roller bearings fitted to the Mark I. The compression ratio was increased and maximum power output boosted by 5 bhp to a claimed 86 bhp. The Mark II also had larger wheels
- Engine Capacity 109.75 cu in, 1,798.47 cu cm
- Fuel Consumption 23.7 mlimp gal, 19.8 m/US gal, 11.91 x 100 km
- Max Speed 90 mph, 144.9 km/h
- max power (SAE): 86 hp at 5,300 rpm
- max torque (SAE): 99 1b ft, 13.7 kg m at 2.100 rpm
- max engine rpm: 5,300
- specific power: 47.8 hp/l
- power- weight ratio: 30 lb/hp, 13.6 kg/hp
- acceleration: standing 1/4 mile 20.5 sec, 0—50 mph (0 —80 km/h) 11.9 sec
In 1969, the sills and doors from the 1800 (with Mark II exterior handles) were used on the bodyshell of the otherwise new Austin Maxi, apart from that both models have little interchange ability.
The 1800S twin carburettor 95 bhp engine came in from October 1968. By 1970, a 97 bhp (72 kW) "S" model with twin SU HS6 carburettors, a 120 mph speedometer and sporty-looking badging was available.
Further, less dramatic modifications heralded a Mark III version in 1972. This had another change to the front grille (now a shared style for the Austin and Morris) and interior improvements, including a conventional floor-mounted handbrake.At this point six-cylinder versions were introduced – the Austin 2200, Morris 2200 and Wolseley Six. While 1800 versions of the Austin and Morris were continued, the Wolseley 18/85 was dropped.
PERFORMANCE: WOLSELEY Six engine capacity: 135.8 cu in, 2,227 cc
- max power (DIN): 110 hp at 5,250 rpm
- max torque (DIN): 125.6 1b ft, 17.4 kg m at 3,500 rpm
- max engine rpm: 5,400; 49.4 hp/l
- max speed: 103 mph, 165 km/h
- power- weight ratio: 22.8 lb/hp, 10.3 kg/hp
- acceleration: 0-50 mph (0-80 km/h) 9 sec
- fuel consumption: 20.5 m/ imp gal, 17 m/US gal
Wolseley 18/85 & Six Technical details and specifications (1967-1975)
front, 4 stroke transverse
cylinders: 4, in line
bore and stroke: 3.16 x 3.50 in, 80.3 x 88.9 mm
engine capacity: 109.75 cu in, 1,798.47 cu cm
compression ratio: 8.2
cylinder block: cast iron
cylinder head; cast iron
crankshaft bearings: 5
valves: 2 per cylinder, overhead, push-rods and rockers
camshafts: 1, side
lubrication: eccentric pump, magnetic metal gauze filter in sump and full flow
lubricating system capacity: 15 imp pt, 17.97 US pt, 8.5 1
carburation: 1 SU type HS 6 carburettor
fuel feed: electric pump
cooling system: water
ENGINE: WOLSELEY Six
front, transverse, 4 stroke
6 cylinders, in line
engine capacity: 135.8 cu in, 2,227 cc (3 x 3.20 in, 76.2 x 81.28 mm)
compression ratio: 9:1
cast iron cylinder block and head
4 crankshaft bearings
valves: overhead, in line, thimble tappets
camshafts: 1, overhead
lubrication: rotary pump, full flow filter
oil 17 imp pt, 20.3 US pt, 9.6 1
2 SU type HS6 semi-downdraught carburettors
fuel feed: 2 electric pumps
electric thermostatic fan.
driving wheels: front
clutch: single dry plate, hydraulically controlled
gearbox: mechanical, in unit with enginegears: 4+ reverse; synchromesh gears: 1st, 3rd, 4th
gearbox ratios: 1st, 3.292, 2nd 2.217, 3rd 1.384, 4th 1, rev 3.075
Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, hydraulic torque convertor and planetary gears with 3 ratios
final drive: spiral bevel; axle ratio: 3.882.
front suspension: independent, wishbones, lower trailing links, hydrolastic (liquid) rubber cone springs, hydraulic connecting pipes to rear wheels
rear suspension: independent, swinging longitudinal trailing arms, hydrolastic (liquid) rubber cone springs, hydraulic connecting pipes to front wheels anti-roll bar.
turns of steering wheel lock to lock: 3.60.
turning circle (between walls): 40.5 ft, 12.3 m
front disc (diameter 9.30 in, 236 mm), rear drum, servo
area rubbed by linings: front 183 sq in, 1,180.35 sq cm, rear 99 sq in, 638.55 sq cm, total 282 sq in, 1,818.90 sq cm.
voltage: 12 V
battery: 50 Ah
generator type: dynamo, 22 Ah
ignition distributor: Lucas
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
wheel base: 106 in, 2,692 mm
front track: 56 in, 1,422 mm
rear track: 55.50 in, 1,410 mm
overall length: 166.60 in, 4,232 mm
overall width: 67 in, 1,702 mm
overall height: 56 in, 1,422 mm
ground clearance: 6.50 in, 165 mm
dry weight: 2,575 1b, 1,168 kg
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Wolseley 18/85 & Six maintenance and Service Guide (1967-1975)
2.2 litre E-Series engine
Spark plugs Electrode gap 0.6-0.8mm
Spark plugs Original equipment Champion Type RN9YCC
Spark plugs Tighten 25 Nm
Spark plugs Make NGK Type BP6ES
fuel: 96-98 oct petrol
engine,gearbox and final drive oil: 13.20 imp pt, 15.85 US pt, 7.5 1, SAE 10W-30 or 15W/40SAE, change every 6,000 miles, 9,700 km
greasing: every 6,200 miles, 10,000 km, 1 point
cooling system capacity: 9.50 imp pt, 11.42 US pt, 5.4 1.
tappet clearances: inlet 0.015 in, 0.38 mm, exhaust 0.015 in, 0.38 mm
valve timing: inlet opens 5° before tdc and closes 45° after bdc, exhaust opens 51° before bdc and closes 21° after tdc
normal tyre pressure: front 28 psi, 2 atm, rear 22 psi, 1.5 atm.
width of rims: 4.5"
tyres: 175 x 13
fuel tank capacity: 10.8 imp gal, 12.9 US gal, 49 1.
carrying capacity: 882 1b, 400 kg
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