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  Bronze cylinder head
Posted by: john williams - 8 hours ago - Forum: Forum chat... - No Replies

To day, I inspected one of our new members AAk tourer., to obtain/recover the number. Interestingly, it was his first car for a couple of years, early 1960s, then he sold it on. It re-appeared last year in Holland, and he managed to buy it back, but on Dutch registration plates.
During the inspection I noticed that the cylinder head was a bronze colour. Suspecting a special paint job, or bronze plating, we attempted  to file through the plating to the metal underneath. To no avail, the head seems to cast from bronze! The head looks exactly the same as a conventional low compression head, 18mm spark plugs over the piston, convention water outlet on the head.
 Casting numbers: 19.7.32 [casting date?], 1A38:   AF2: 1.2.
 Robert the owner was convinced, this is the same head that was on the car when he first owned the car. His Father taught him how to "de-coke" the engine: he distinctly remimbered when cleaning the head face, that it was bronze.
 I seem to vaguely remember bronze low compression heads and super charged engines. Can any of our Guru's out there, shed any light on the subject?
John SWA7C

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Posted by: Smiley - 10 hours ago - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (3)

Hi Folks, I have just had a photograph emailed to me from a friend. NJ268 ,an Austin seven RP.  it is shown on the DVLA website as having been taxed recently.  Does anyone know who the present owner is, or if the owner reads this, It  would be interesting to know where the pic was taken. Thanks .

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  AG hood & frame
Posted by: David.H - , 09:45 AM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (2)

I am about to fit the hood & frame onto Chitti. I found (the hard way) that the hood has to go on before the seat back & body aluminium coaming are fitted!
I have found a small "lift a dot" on the inside of the hoodframe (just visible in the hood underside picture, and obvious in the external one. The rear hood frame rest also had a 3/16" hole that takes a lift a dot. Can anyone tell me if the these fasteners are supposed to take a strap to hold the frame down when folded? If so does anyone make them, or is it a DIY job? What should it look like? Are there any other straps to restrain the folded hood & frame?
To my delight the latches on the hood peak work fine after being freed off.
I think I have to first pin down the hood internal canvas straps to the cockpit wood frame , then fit & pin the rear seat back and then put the aluminium finisher in place over them both. The hood has "push button"  female fasteners and so I then have to line them up before screwing the mating base onto the pristine paint! Before anyone asks, many of the old fasteners were missing / misaligned, so I hope there is enough wood in the places I need!

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  Crank case to block studs
Posted by: "Slack Alice" Simon - , 07:32 AM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (10)

An engine on loan has come to grief.

The rear stud holding the block to the crankcase has snapped, along with the three on the oil filler side of the engine.

The tappet side and front studs are intact, though some of the nuts were loose.

I cannot find anything amiss in the crankcase - no little end bolt floating around, for example.

The nuts were checked (not by me) not long ago.

This is the first engine I put together with a silicon block to case gasket.

Why would this happen - at the very least I would expect trouble to come first from the tappet side.

I tend to under tighten, rather than over tighten, and the other person used the traditional small spanner approach. 

The only thing I can suggest is that the studs were over tightened earlier in the engine's life - I doubt if I replaced them during a hurried build up.

But why not the tappet side snapping first?

Any ideas?


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  1935 Pearl headlining
Posted by: Aileen - 17-04-2019, 03:06 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (1)

Does anyone have any photos of what a 1935 Pearl headlining should be like?  In particular, how is the strap that holds the rolled hood attached?

I have a photo (attached) of the back of an original headlining, which seems to show a 6-inch wide piece of material going towards the front of the car, with this strap possibly attached to it.  But unfortunately I didn't take more photos as I didn't have a Pearl at the time, so I'm not sure how/where the strip of material is attached to the hood itself.

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  AVJ Van - FMH 417
Posted by: Rick F - 17-04-2019, 12:10 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - No Replies

Having  a litttle time on my hands, I decided to try again to find out more of the history of FMH 417, my AVJ van. Since some of it is tied up, indirectly, with the 750 Motor Club, I thought I'd throw it open on here.

I bought the van in 2012 from Tony Stevens, who originated in Ashtead, Surrey, but who was then living near Truro.
He had owned the van since 1990.

Prior to that it had belonged to The Gribble Inn, Oving, Chichester, since 1983. This is where the 750 MC connection comes in as the Gribble is (or was) the meeting place for the Southdowns coven.

Before the Gribble, the van was owned by City Caterers, of Lyden Street, London E1.

While the body was being restored, we found traces of sign writing, but not enough to identify the livery

Does anyone remember the van at the Gribble or City Caterers? Has anyone a photograph? I'd love to hear about it if you have.

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  Cylinder Head Query
Posted by: Chris Garner - 17-04-2019, 11:03 AM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (14)

[attachment=6134     ]Dave Armstrong's excellent Speedex webpages on Special Cylinder Heads shows an early head of unknown provenance. Enclosed is a photo of an identical head which has come to light. Dave suggests the head may be experimental. The plugs are housed in very deep recesses and the combustion chambers are very deep over the valves. One of the core plugs is missing showing the walls of the water chambers to be thinner than normal. Although very unclear " 9C " could be cast on the upper surface.
Any ideas chaps?

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  Ashley information
Posted by: Ian Williams - 17-04-2019, 08:00 AM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (4)

I am posting this request on behalf or one of our club members who has an Ashley/Falcon type GRP body shell that he is building up onto a seven chassis. Unfortunately his kit of parts has no body mounting framework, firewall, floor, etc, he needs to re-create all of this from scratch but is missing any information and I have nothing in my archives. So can anyone here help with photographs and maybe copy of the build manual that was sold when the cars were originally marketed?

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  EA Sports and EA Supersports engines
Posted by: Erich - 16-04-2019, 05:26 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (10)

As a relative neophyte, I am wondering about the differences between these engines and the standard jetted ones. I know a few things. The blown engines used the mag crankcase and the unblown used coil crankcases. Blocks and heads were Chromidium. Were there water pumps on both blown and unblown? Valve adjustment by shims. I also know the feet are different from the jetted engines. Does that mean a blown or unblown Ulster engine won't fit on a standard chassis with a replica body? I have heard that the early engines(1930) used the same number of head and block studs as the jetted engines, but this increased over the years. Is this the case?

Erich in Seattle

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  accuspark wiring
Posted by: robert regan - 16-04-2019, 03:58 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (6)

I am going to fit my accuspark distributor tomorrow its been sitting here for six months, its for negative earth car there is no wiring diagram in the box!, its got a red wire and a black wire who can tell me please which wire goes where. I have blown a unit years ago when wired wrongly on a jaguar regards to all Rob.

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