The ACCC Annual Rally on 20th/21st June in Kent is CANCELLED.
Regretfully, taking into account the advice of the government in light of the Coronavirus crisis we had no other choice. This was not a difficult decision as the health of our members is paramount and many of the club’s membership are in the high risk group. We intend to carry forward arrangements into 2021 but we will review this in the coming months in conjunction with Graham Potts. If you have made hotel reservations please contact the relevant hotel to cancel. Hopefully taking account of government advice there should be no problem with refunds of deposits.
Club member Dirk Backenköhler has created his own website, dedicated to the A40 Sports – it’s a very comprehensive site, and certainly will be of interest to ‘Counties’ members. You can find it at www.austina40sports.dirksspacealbum.de
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!
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.