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Offline Captain Scarlet

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Greeves factory
« on: August 01, 2021, 08:07:36 PM »
I went out on a couple of local runs to test out the choke plunger seals I have just had refurbed by Rob in our club.While out I stopped off at the site of the old Greeves factory which is just a couple of miles from me.

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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2021, 09:03:59 PM »
Interesting. Weren't Invicar those funny little blue fibreglass three wheelers with two stroke engines. Old chap in our village had one and we used to race him on our push bikes.

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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2021, 10:16:38 PM »
 Both Greeves and AC manufactured  invalid carriages 

Bert Greeves and his team also turned out little gems like my 1959  250 sports twin 8)



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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2021, 12:50:04 AM »
Interesting. Weren't Invicar those funny little blue fibreglass three wheelers with two stroke engines. Old chap in our village had one and we used to race him on our push bikes.
They were the only vehicles that disabled people drove back in the day and no reverse!!
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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2021, 09:19:02 AM »
I think they were Government funded and when they were phased out the government wanted them all destroyed, but I think a few survived.

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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2021, 05:44:26 PM »
Yeah, there's a bloke on YouTube called hubnut who's got one. Amongst other things....

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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2021, 11:58:55 AM »
Looks like Manor Trading estate  :D
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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2021, 09:51:31 PM »
IIRC, the Invicars had a front wheel that turned nearly, or maybe through? 360 degrees, so you could spin them on the spot. A couple of my mates had the Reliant 3 wheelers that you could drive on a motorcycle licence before you passed your car test. One guy had a 3 wheel truck he used to do building and tree work with, we used to sit in the open back and freeze our nuts off going to the pub in winter.

I lived in Thundersley, so saw a few of the Invicars about, they had interesting controls, maybe custom for each user - good idea, but why they made them a 3 wheeler, God only knows?
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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2021, 06:46:44 PM »
So they could be driven on a provisional motorcycle licence.

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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2021, 07:36:44 PM »
the 147 cc version was pretty pedestrian i seem to remember, never came across a 500/600 cc version though


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Re: Greeves factory
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2021, 10:16:03 PM »
So they could be driven on a provisional motorcycle licence.

I have no idea of the licence requirements for the invcars, I think they were single seaters, so how you'd get an examiner in there, I dunno :-\ The Reliants and Bond Bugs needed a full motorcycle licence, they were considered the same as a sidecar.
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