Lucas Electricals!! by podge

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Hi Chaps,
I am still "here" :-)
I have a new project,a plastic car with a nice sounding engine.....
Now,whilst sorting out its electrical gremlins another owner sent me this,made me chuckle.......

A Treatise on the Importance of Smoke
by Joseph Lucas

Positive ground depends on proper circuit functioning, which is the transmission of negative ions by retention of the visible spectral manifestation known as "smoke". Smoke is the thing that makes electrical circuits work. We know this to be true because every time one lets the smoke out of an electrical circuit, it stops working. This can be verified repeatedly through empirical testing. For example, if one places a copper bar across the terminals of a battery, prodigious quantities of smoke are liberated and the battery shortly ceases to function. In addition, if one observes smoke escaping from an electrical component such as a Lucas voltage regulator, it will also be observed that the component no longer functions. The logic is elementary and inescapable!

The function of the wiring harness is to conduct the smoke from one device to another. When the wiring springs a leak and lets all the smoke out of the system, nothing works afterward.

Starter motors were considered unsuitable for British motorcycles for some time largely because they consumed large quantities of
smoke, requiring very unsightly large wires.

It has been reported that Lucas electrical components are possibly more prone to electrical leakage than their Bosch, Japanese or American counterparts. Experts point out that this is because Lucas is British, and all things British leak. British engines leak oil, British shock absorbers, hydraulic forks and disk brake systems leak fluid, British tires leak air and British Intelligence leaks national defence secrets. Therefore, it follows that British electrical systems must leak smoke. Once again, the logic is clear and inescapable.

In conclusion, the basic concept of transmission of electrical energy in the form of smoke provides a logical explanation of the mysteries of electrical components - especially British units manufactured by Joseph Lucas, Ltd.

"A gentleman does not motor about after dark."

Joseph Lucas (1842 - 1903)

Posted 25 Oct 2013, 18:42 #1 

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Joseph Lucas was well know as the prince of darkness for these very reasons.

I had very much the same conversation about smoke today at work. You know the wiring harness is actually tubes to pass the smoke along. Switches simply squash the tubes to allow or prevent the smoke from flowing. Bulbs are devices for mixing the positive red smoke and the negative black smoke to make light. You don't usually see the positive red smoke leaking, because it's caused by an earth wearing through the side of the tube, so the smoke turns negative black.

And this is the honest truth. I once rang up a manufacturer of car radios, who were supplying the car radios for a project I was working on, and asked them for some new cans of smoke, since the cans inside their radio had let the smoke out and the radio didn't work anymore.

Posted 25 Oct 2013, 20:09 #2 

:-)...................................... ... -Smoke.jpg

Posted 25 Oct 2013, 21:21 #3 

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Posted 25 Oct 2013, 21:33 #4