Article Index
Austin Ten-Four Handbook (1935 Litchfield)
The New Car
Periodical Attentions
The Fuel System
The Carburetter
The Sports Model
The Ignition System
The Cooling System
Handbook of the Austin Ten-Four Publication 1264C by the Austin Motor Company 1935.


THE "TEN FOUR" is a light, highly efficient four-seater car, capable of a good road performance and extraordinarily economical in running costs.

Great attention has been paid to the requirements of the owner-driver when servicing the car, and all parts which require periodic attentions or lubrication are easily accessible.

Full car length (over bumpers) 11ft. 7in. (3532 mm)
Overall width 4ft. 6in. (1,372 mm).
Wheelbase 7ft. 9in. (2,361mm).
Track 3ft. 9in. (1,143mm).
Ground clearance 67/8in. (175mm).
Turning circle 37ft. (11.30 metres).
Weight of car complete, 17 cwt.
Four cylinders, water cooled, detachable head.
Bore 2.4995m. (63.5 mm.).
Stroke 3.5in. (89 mm).
Cubic capacity 68.7 cu. ins. (1,125cc.)
R.A.C. rating 9.996 h.p.
Brake h.p. 20. at 2,600 r.p.m.
The cylinders are monobloc. The pistons aluminium alloy, the valves are all on the left-hand side, the induction and exhaust manifold are mounted to provide a hot-spot. Lubrication is by gear-wheel pump In accordance with Austin practice.
By battery and coil ; the distributor is accessibly mounted and incorporates an automatic advance and retard mechanism.
Brake and gear levers are centrally situated, the change speed is of the ball type. The accelerator pedal is to the right of the foot-brake pedal. The electric horn button is on the centre of the steering wheel, and on the forward side of the wheel centre is the switch for the direction indicators, which have automatic return operation. The self-starter switch and combined air strangler and throttle control are on the instrument board.
Of the single plate type—very sweet in action.
The gearbox has four speeds forward and a reverse. Synchromesh engagement for top, third and second speeds, which ensures certain, silent gear changes. The gearbox forms one unit with the engine and the whole is suspended at three points. The gear ratios are 5.25, 8.04, 12,78 and 21.1 to 1. The rear axle is of live 3/4 floating design driven through spiral bevel gear; the outer casing carries the rear wheels which run on ball bearings.
Fuel System.
Rear Petrol tank of 6 gallons capacity with gauge registering on dashboard. A petrol pump driven by the engine feeds the V type Zenith carburetor.
Electrical (hand operated), on dashboard.
Worm and wheel with provision for taking up wear. 16in. steering wheel.
Front Axle.
Forged I section.
Magna, 4.50—18 Dunlop Tyres on de luxe models.
4.00—19 on fixed head saloon.
By dynamo and battery ; dipping beam device by a foot operated for headlights controlled switch.
Both foot and hand brakes operate on all four wheels. These brakes are of the expanding type, and easily adjustable.
Semi-elliptic front and rear, and fitted with Luvax hydraulic shock-absorbers.

Equipped with oil pressure gauge, engine starter switch, petrol gauge, air strangler control, clock, speedometer, and switch box with ammeter.

Of Austin metal construction combining attractive lines with lightness and rigidity. All models, except the two seater and cabriolet have four wide doors. The bodies are finished in cellulose. upholstery and equipment are designed to afford the maximum comfort. All fittings chromium plated.
12 volt electric lighting and starting with hand switch, foot operated dipping beam device for headlamps, sunshine roof, bumpers on all but fixed head saloon combined air strangler and throttle control, clock, speedometer, direction. Indicators, driving mirror, license holder, electric windscreen wiper, electric horn, shock absorbers, spare wheel and tyre, and full kit of tools.



A—Crankcase (Replenish to the "full" mark on dip stick) WEEKLY.
B—Gearbox -Replenish MONTHLY.
C—Rear axle and steering worm and worm wheel — REPLENISH MONTHLY. (Special Oil).
E—Steering Shaft, Steering Side Tube (2), Cross Tube (2) Swivel Axle (2) Brake Cables (2) GREASE WEEKLY.
G—Propeller Shaft Splines — Grease Monthly.
H—Top of Steering Column on Wheel— FEW DROPS OF ENGINE OIL MONTHLY.
K— Distributor — OIL (sparingly) every 1,000 miles.
Brake and Throttle Control Joints—OIL OCCASIONALLY.
X—Wing Nut for brake adjustment.


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