As featured previously, the Mintex-sponsored recreation of the ‘Seven Capitals in Seven Days’ 1947 good will run originally undertaken by Alan Hess and his team with 3 Austin Sixteens, is now underway, with motoring journalist Guy Loveridge at the wheel of a recently-restored Sixteen.
The tour has begun with a ferry crossing to Holland, then a drive to Copenhagen – the closest available route to the original since the ferry crossing from Newcastle to Stavanger no longer exists.
You can find regular updates to the team’s progress at: https://www.facebook.com/MintexGoodwillTour2017/
This year’s ‘Barn Days’ will be as follows, taking place at the club’s Used Spares barn in Bedfordshire:
Saturday 20th May
Saturday 23rd September
Members interested in participating should contact club Used Spares Rep. Graham Potts.
The club’s spares service will be suspended between the following dates, due to other commitments on my part:
29th January – 15th February
17th March – 3rd April
Ray Dawes, Spares Secretary
The club will once again have a stand at this year’s Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show.
A code to allow purchase of discounted tickets will be included in a leaflet advertising the show sent with the next issue of ‘County Counsel’, out in February.
You can find the 2017 Membership Renewal Form here, (If you want a copy in MS Word, try here) and the 2017 New Membership Form here (Word copy here). You will also be receiving a paper copy of the Renewal Form with the next (Nov/Dec 2016) issue of ‘County Counsel’, which should (hopefully!) be with you just before Christmas.
We’re keen that members tell us as much about their vehicles as possible, so if you’re lucky enough to own more than one Austin then you can find an ‘additional vehicle’ form here .
Tip – if you’re using the ‘pdf’ versions of these forms, if you download the latest Adobe Reader software (Adobe Reader DC) here you can type your details into the pdf form and save it to your device. You can then email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be forwarded to our membership secretary.
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
I’ve noted that quite a few members have registered for the ‘new’ forums, but that relatively few have posted to them. Following a chat with a club member yesterday, it seems that this may be because the ‘Log in’ section of the home page was right at the bottom of the page, and thus not readily visible.
I’ve now duplicated the ‘Log in’ section at the top right of the page, so if you’ve registered (follow ‘Forums’, ‘Register’ to do so) you should be able to log in and enter comments and question within the new forum(s).
The club has produced two new grille badges for club members. Both carry the ‘Flying A’ and the club name, with one being a ‘standard’ badge, and the other being a limited edition ’40th Anniversary’ badge. (click on the image below for a full-size picture).
Both badges come with a grille fixing kit, and can be ordered from Ray Dawes, the club’s Spares Secretary, in the same manner as ordering spares.
The cost for the ‘standard’ badge is £40, and for the 40th Anniversary badge is £45. Both prices are inclusive of worldwide postage and packaging.
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.