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  • in reply to: 51 a40 Devon tires. #1413
    Bluescaster
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    If it helps, I used ordinary Taxi radials on my Somerset (same size wheels I think) 175 R 16 I believe. I run the same tyre on my 16HP too AND, to the surprise of many, as tubeless on the original rims! I’ve used these tyre on my Austins since 1976 by the way – never had a problem. If you have any queries please let me know.

    Good Luck.
    Phil

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by Bluescaster.
    in reply to: Austin Somerset suspension #1389
    Bluescaster
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    Hi Malcolm,
    I no longer have a Somerset (Just the 16 now) but I owned a Somerset for many years. I always used General purpose grease for all the suspension and steering joints and drove many, many miles but never wore out, even as much as a track rod end. My thoughts are that as long as you use a good grease and use it regularly then the joint is lubricated. I know there are those that argue that oil is a ‘must’. I have the same discussions over oiling or greasing ‘Trunnions’ on the Triumph style susp. 150,000 miles on that suspension – and all greased.
    As for the grease nipple size – I can’t help but suggest in the first instance you just unscrew your nipple and try squirting some grease through it by plugging directly into your grease gun. Most respond to that or a soaking in paraffin if the grease has gone hard.
    Recommended lubricants would be in the hand book but I’d have to see if I still have one here. Let me know if you want me to look it out.
    In any event – Good Luck!
    Phil

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by Bluescaster.
    in reply to: A70 Engine serial number #1385
    Bluescaster
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    Hi Peter,

    I too am interested in Engine serial numbers. These for my Austin 16 BS1.
    I’ve had the car almost 30 years and for the first time now have the engine out. The engine is a BMC Replacement unit with: ‘BMC Replacement. F69956’ on a plate on the side of the engine.

    I also have another engine that I bought about 15 yrs ago. I think it may have been a government surplus unit. It was bought as a refurbished unit and it’s condition supported that. That engine is different in some details and it bears an Engine serial No. stamped into the block. ‘1B 4697’

    Can anyone enlighten me with information of any kind regarding the Serial Nos. of these Austin engines please?
    Regards,
    Phil

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by Bluescaster.
    in reply to: Engine oil #1383
    Bluescaster
    Participant

    Hi Dave,
    I found your comment about not using SAE 90 oil in the gearbox interesting. Can I press you to explain why please. (I have an Austin 16)
    Regards,
    Phil

    in reply to: loosening wings #961
    Bluescaster
    Participant

    Hi Digcot65 ??
    It’s some years since I sold my Somerset however the manual says that: “Each rear wing is secured in 11 places. Four of these are hidden beneath each rear door rubber cushion…….. The remaining seven securing points are nuts and bolts passing through the wheel arch, six of which are accessible within the luggage compartment. To gain access to the seventh, remove the quarter casing situated above the wheel arch and partially obscured by the rear seat squab. ……..”

    I hope this is of some help. Good Luck with your project.
    Regards,
    Blue

    in reply to: Austin 16 rear lamps. #959
    Bluescaster
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    Hi Pete,
    Many thanks for your reply and your private email complete with photos – I’m most grateful.
    Kind Regards,
    Blue

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