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).
The company is called Old Era Services and their website can be found at http://www.oldera.com.au/austin-a40/
Ray Dawes has provided some instructions for fitting the oil filter adapter kit (supplied by Hydrajaws) to A40 engines. These can be found within the Technical Articles page.
Spares Secretary Ray Dawes has now updated the club’s Spares Booklet, to reflect our current range of spares available to members.
A printed copy of the updated list will be delivered to members with the next magazine – which is currently at the printer for distribution.
To order spares, please complete a spares order form.
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
Ray Dawes, Spares Secretary
Another technical article for you all – this time provided by Spares Secretary Ray Dawes. This one is a reproduction of an old Austin Service Journal and relates to all important torque wrench settings and static ignition timing settings for our cars and commercials.
As with other technical items it can be found on our Technical Articles page.
If you’ve ever struggled to removed the unusual octagonal hub nuts on the rear axles of some of our cars, Membership Secretary Mike Greasby may have found a tool to help – as detailed on our ‘Technical Articles’ page.
Mike has found a suitable spanner, and has advised that Spares Secretary Ray Dawes is considering adding these to the club’s spares catalogue.