This year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be held at the NEC from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of November. As usual the club will have a stand, organised by club PR representative Alastair While.
Also in common with other years, the club has been given a discount code to allow club members to purchase tickets at a reduced price for Saturday and Sunday. There will a flyer with the next ‘County Counsel’ which will include the discount code (due out in late October), but if you wish to use the code before then please email either Alastair, or Pete Simmondseither of whom can email the code to you if you provide your membership number or other details allowing us to verify your membership.
At the weekend’s ‘Practical Classics’ Classic Car Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC, our PR Representative and Stand Organiser Alastair While once again found favour with the judges who awarded the club ‘Best Club Display at Show – Small Stand‘
Below – Alastair with the trophy – congratulations!
Another Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show at Birmingham’s NEC has come and gone, and once again the club’s stand designer and PR Rep Alastair While has come up trumps – winning the Classic and Sportscar Magazine’s ‘Best Themed Club Stand’ award.
This is the 7th award the club has won at the show over the years, which is now billed as ‘The World’s Largest Gathering of Classic Vehicle Clubs’, with over 300 clubs attending.
Of these 7 awards, 4 have been won by Alastair for his creative and much-admired efforts – we believe that’s a record amongst car clubs, and is all the more remarkable as it has been achieved by a club entirely run by volunteers.
A full report on the show will be in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of ‘County Counsel’ but in the meantime – many thanks and congratulations go to Alastair.
Spares Secretary Ray Dawes has asked that members’ attention is drawn to a supplier of parts for the A40s of our era, some of which are cheaper than he can obtain them for – in particular remanufactured dashboard knobs (see picture below).
I was recently advised by our supplier that the manufacturer (the only one known) of A40 head gaskets, has advised that that the tooling for making these is beyond its serviceable use and they will therefore not supply any more. They also declined to make new tooling.
Together with the supplier we have now commissioned new tooling and an initial order from an overseas supplier. We were unable to find any alternative to this for a copper and board gasket. This has resulted in a considerable investment by the club.
The price of the copper and board gasket (1A180) from 1st November 2016 will be £30 each to club members.
A number of members have written about the success they have had with solid copper head gaskets.
We have now also had a small batch of these made. They are made from soft copper and are ready to fit. I am also advised that they can be reused after removing from the engine provided that they are annealed before refitting. They have been made by a water jet cutting process so are accurate and have nice clean edges.
It may be possible to torque these down higher value than the normal 40ft/lb value, say 5 to 10 ft/lb more. However, if doing this, then I would highly recommend fitting new studs and nuts.
The price of the solid copper gasket 1A180SC is £35 each to club members and they are available for immediate dispatch
Another technical article for you all – this time provided by Spares Secretary Ray Dawes. This one is a reproduction of an old Austin Service Journaland relates to all important torque wrench settings and static ignition timing settings for our cars and commercials.