The 1924 Humber 8/18 Chummy




How Bruno Costers aquired this beatiful 1928 Humber 8/18 Chummy
A long time ago my neighbour, Mr. André Mol who was in his mid 30ís and lived in the city of Mol in Belgium. He owned a number of large Humbers  from the 1930's.  I went with regularly in search of old Humbers which he wanted  to buy. Once, at old car dealer Mr. Mathieu Hellings  from the city of Zolder, Belgium showed us a small nice green Humber,  for which André  Mol had no interest. I was interested in this car but could not afford  the car at that time. I found out it was a 1924 8/18 Chummy. By the time I found the money the car was sold but the new owner promised to contact me contact if he decided to sell the Humber. That was 25 years ago (1979) and he  did not contact me when he wanted to sell this Hummer. I found the 1924 Humber 8/18 Chummy a couple weeks later on the Internet, after André Mol had died in 2004. 
The 1924 Humber 8/18 Chummy had been kept all that time dry in a garage. However when I filled the radiator with water, the water came along the exhaust. That started a very expensive engine overhaul. Finally the car went to a body shop for compete body restoration.(  )
The car has still the original engine number on it.
Engine number is : L1123, Body number (VIN N°) =  L1124

Bruno Costers

The Humber as Bruno found it in 2004

The picture is the car as it was when Bruno found it on the Internet in 2004


The Engine Rebuild

First thing to do was to remove hood.
Lifting the engine from the chassis
Front of the engine, BLIC magneto on the left side
Left side of the engine
The head is removed
The engine block is removed
The oil pan
The side valves
Rust makes a hole in the head, another head must be found
Transmission brake support repaired and new adjuster made
The engine block cleaned
Mainshaft keys worked loose
Input shaft and bushing
Output shaft bearing housing and brake support
Transmission brake drum badly scored
Transmission brake support repaired
Magneto drive pins worn out
Magneto drive pins re-sleeved
Transmission brake drum cracked
Oil thrower modification
1st gear is badly worn
Putting the engine back together...
...with new pistons and valves
Building piece by piece, like it was 80 yers ago
Installing the alloy water pipes
The engine block is painted the same as the original
The engine is almost assembled by hand of course
Engine complete and ready for testing
Engine complete and ready for testing
Radiator was painted,( not glosy of course)so that during 
the war, the radiator could not have any reflection
from Airplain spotlights.
After removing the paint a brand new radiator shows up.

After the Engine Rebuild

Typical Belgium weather
This picture taken by Mr. Jeroen Stoop at Brun's
home town Vosselaar
Freinds with a trailer just brought the Humber home.
I did not know that the engine had serious problems and that the oil and water were mixing in the block. This caused eveything inside to be rusted. I bought this car emotional, not rationeel.
The Humber was contracted to be used in the movie
"Paradise from Francois Ozon" but wasn't used.
This is the final issue of British Car
It was the only magazine for British cars. They went to Brun's home to write a full article with many beautiful pictures.
This interview was happen after engine restauration.
A Complete Frame Off Restoration

Just arrived at Carrosserie Moons in 
February 2007 for a frame off rebuilt.
My car is not the only who is waiting for work to be done.
The work begins with a partical disassembly
The body after second coat primer
The hood is sandblasted
The chassis after the first pimer coat
The chassis after the second pimer coat
The front wings (fender) need some repair work
Rear wing (fender) after removing the paint
Drying in the oven after first primer paint
The body after the first primer paint
The completed chassis
The body is installed
Next the fenders and running boards
Then it gets a new paint job

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