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    • Hi all
      Yes, Arthur many thanks sterling work for the Newsletter gave me something to read over Christmas I call it my me time, or my sanctuary away from the maddening crowd. Fred your comments have been noted we are doing our best.
      Regards Jeff

    • On Sunday 9th July I went to the club barbecue which was held at fellow member Tim Waterson’s home in Coleford, Somerset.

      As I am not allowed to drive at the moment I was kindly given a lift by Chris & Doreen. As always when I go on a club outing I start by consuming an excellent full English breakfast which had to be eaten very early in the morning to create enough of an appetite for all of the hotdogs and burgers to come.

      At 10.30hrs Doreen & Christ turned up in Chris’s Lexus and we went to The White Post pub at Stratton – on- the- Fosse which is on a seriously quick road, the Fosse Way and we arrived well in time for the 11.30 hrs start. Soon after Bob & Lyn Hansel who were accompanied by their dog, Paddy, arrived in Bob’s trusty 1957 Austin A105. Last to turn up, probably because he lived the closest to the pub was Tim Waterson in his trusty 1970 cross between a Wolseley 16/60 and Morris Oxford (It’s a Wolseley 16/60 with Morris Oxford hub caps).

      Tim took us the scenic route to his home in Coleford. Tim had borrowed fellow club member John Tranmer’s barbecue as unfortunately John was too ill to attend. After about 5 minuets he had the barbecue hot enough to cook our food on and whilst the barbecue was warming up we sat inside of Tim’s house as it was far too hot outside and Tim showed us one of his paintings and his cabinet making skills. We now know that he is an expert cook on the barbecue as well! This was probably the best club barbecue that I have been on.

      • Hi all
        Well it seems that the BBQ at Tim’s was an enjoyable day out for club members, sorry I was unable to be there due to personal family commitments, also a big thank you to all that came along to the Annual Rally, however, I send apologises to those that had to park a little way from the main club stand, we had an overwhelming number of members attend which was wonderful but left us a little short of car space on the allocated stand from the organisers.
        I hope that the club blog and registration process is now working although we are still working on the listing correction for the blog responses and trust this will be sorted very soon.
        Just an update for Sunday August 20th Thornfalcon Classics are holding their Annual Rally Car Meeting at `The Parklands` adjacent to `The Mount Somerset Hotel` Lower Henlade Nr Taunton, Free Entry more info http://www.thornfalconclassics.com this isn’t a club fixture but may be of interest to other members or friends as a day out.
        Jeff

        • It’s taken a long time to get back online. As for the new password the system has issued, the sooner I can change it to something I might actually remember the better. Went to local show on Sunday with ‘Effie’. Nice day for her first official engagement.

          • Hi Fred
            Understand you have a problem with login password, had the same myself but think I have sorted it, if you still want to change password email me at chairman@acwcc.org and I will reply with my comments.
            Jeff

          • Spent the weekend at Tatton Park, Cheshire, with the Wolseley Owners Club and a couple of thousand other cars. Saturday was abysmal, but Sunday was warm and dry. A chap was very interested in Christine. He kept looking and looking. When I went over he asked ” Is this yours?”. I told him it was and he stunned me by saying “It used to be mine.” Wow! Apparently when it’s first owner died, his wife put the car in the garage and there it stayed for twenty years. He bought it for £80. Repaired a small section of chassis, rebuilt the brakes and ran it for several years.
            His dad came over for a look and said seeing it again had made his day. So, I took a picture.

          • Now that the blog is working again, can all the old stuff be cleared out? Also, some posts have ‘Reply’ at the bottom and some don’t. Surely they all should.

    • PLEASE COME AND VISIT US ON STAND A35 IN THE SHOWERING PAVILION AT THE FOOTMAN JAMES CLASSIC VEHICLE & RESTORATION SHOW AT THE BATH & WEST SHOWGROUND, SHEPTON MALLET, SOMERSET, BA4 6QN. ON THE WEEKEND OF 4th & 5th NOVEMBER 2017.

  1. Hi All, See Wheels Alive site via our club link it has report by Kim Henson on the Restoration show held 5/6 Nov at Shepton Mallet it has pictures plus one of our club stand
    regards
    Arthur

    • Hi All,
      That is a good photograph of you and your car at the Restoration show as you mention above Arthur.
      That Australian built Morris/ Austin A95 look alike looks good too,did you see it at the show? I was unaware the Australians change the brand name of their home built cars.
      I look forward to the eradication of the rubbish input that keeps appearing here,it ruins our blog completely.
      Best Regards from Ken.

  2. Hi All
    Well as those that use the website more than others will know we had a bit of a technical issue that resulted in the website being down so apologies for the interruption in service, thanks to our Web team Sinclaire Knight they were able to put us back on line very quickly, a colleague of mine has had his website down for over ten days as at today the problem apparently being a server issue, but no such problem with Sinclaire Knight who have done a superb job in a very short time in getting us back on line.
    Talking technology, I know we classic enthusiasts are almost pure in our belief in keeping things simple in finding our way around a gear box and engine delights us know end, compared to modern cars that need the removal of a ton of plastic before you can see any part of the engine let alone the spark plugs or injectors (thought I would through that in for diesel enthusiasts) so long may it continue.
    I am not sure how many classic enthusiasts are interested in electric cars if at all, but I have been following them with great interest over the years a bit self-indulgent I guess but the one that stands out is Tesla possibly more so as a colleague of mine has owned one for 4 years and has a new Model X due for delivery soon, so I guess you are saying so what but looking at what the future holds is with us now if you are interested in what the future holds in electric cars and homes visit http://www.tesla.com they have a number of interesting videos including Model X, will they ever be classics who knows, would you ever had thought the reliant robin three wheeler would be a classic well it seems it is and a very, very, very good one could set you back £3000.00 if you like that sort of thing, although there are some real bargain reliant robins out there for a couple of hundred quid so bag a bargain while you can, as some of our club marque models are rising in price faster than the bathwater, funny old market place.
    Jeffrey

    • Glad to see normal service has been resumed. As for Tesla, Jeff, I’d have one tomorrow if I could afford one. No question that they are the future. Conversely, I would love a Stanley steamer, but I’d like it converted to burn wood. No accounting for taste.

      • Hi All
        Yes Fred I am really taken with the Tesla and would love one if likewise I could afford one the new model 3 is about 35000$ about £28-£29K the same sort of price as the new Jaguar XE R-Sport but I would still go for the Tesla, Now I haven’t seen a Stanley for sale but checking the wonderful web there is one a 1910 Stanley Model 71 – 20 HP in Lakeside, California and at a most reasonable price of just $150,000 so about the price of 4 Tesla Model 3 or 2 Model X but that said I am pretty sure you would go for the Stanley, Stanley! (Fred)

        • Hi All,
          Just an up date I have taken our next news letter to the Printer If all goes will you should see our latest news letter delivered to you before Christmas.
          Regards
          Arthur

          • Hi All,
            Update on December Newsletter I have taken the Final Proof to the Printer who has said I should have the printed December news letter by 20/12/16 so i should be able to get it in the post by 21/22/12/16 and if the post office is working you should get your nesletter delivered
            by 28/12/16
            Regards
            Arthur

          • Hi All,
            Good News I have taken the December Newsletter to the Post Office this morning. So you should get your newsletter over the next few days if mail delivers are as normal. Have a happy Christmas
            Regards
            Arthur

    • Hi Ken,
      Many thanks for information regarding the production of MG cars to be given up at Longbridge. I visited the MG Longbridge site last year and we were shown the production line and it was very small compared to the size of the very large size of CAB 1 where they had assembled the last Rover 75 cars.
      Regards
      Arthur

      • Hi Arthur,
        I remembered reading of the club visit to Longbridge, in the newsletter that is why I posted the link.I never heard about the closure on the national news,I first saw it on the computer E news and googled to find out if it was true.
        Its really bad news not the least for the guys loosing their jobs,I had hoped for a set up like there was with Honda a few years back,the small Rover cars,with the Honda engine (Rover 213?) were really good cars and sold well both here and abroad.

        Best regards Ken.
        PS I am sorry to see Fred Oldham is still giving this page a miss.
        Come back Fred.!!!!

        • I was waiting to see how long it would take before I was missed.
          Two months. I was hoping some new recruits might have turned up by now.
          Sad about MG, but the cars they are turning out now bear no resemblance to ‘real’ ones. I don’t believe they will sell. MG as we know it is dead.

          • Hi All,
            Welcome back Fred.
            Your dead right about M.G.,I’ve read some where that real M.G.’s where only made at the Abingdon factory,the only plant never ever to have had a strike,(when it was rife at BMC) and the first plant to be closed down.
            Best Regards Ken.

          • That leftover post from some hacker is very entertaining. Have you tried reading it? The mangling of English and the utter gibberish of the content is brilliant. One of the best posts for ages. I wish I could talk like that. Purely for amusement purposes you understand.

          • Hi All,
            This Saturday 1 October our club will be at the Castle Combe Race Track for the Autumn Classic Races and Classic Car Club show. We attended this show last year and it was an exceleent day out.If you are in the area please pay us a visit on our club stand
            regards
            Arthur

          • Hi All,
            Our Club had a great day out at the Castle Combe Autumn Classic Race day and Classic car club display day.
            We had 2 club cars my 1961 Austin Cambridge A55 Mk 2 and John Tranmer in his 1971 Wolseley 16/60 we had planned to have a further 3 club cars but unfortunitly our 3 other members could not make it on the day our club stand was manned by the help from Jeff Martina and Chris Nutt. however there was a very good displays from the car clubs present also the Classic racing cars very from Prewar days to the late 60,s . One of our Club members Andrew Davenall was racing his Austin Westminster A105/6 in the HRDC Coys Trophy for historic touring cars of the type that contested the BTCC 1958 to 1966 this race had Austin A35,s Jaguar Mk 1 and 2 Ford Mustang Austin A40 and Austin Mini,s. It was a great race to watch. We had some rain during the day but ever one enjoyed the day out .
            Regards
            Arthur

    • Got the latest club mag this morning. I think the proof reader was asleep. The article about the annual rally promised photos, but there wasn’t any. The first page was repeated, albeit in a different font.
      Then the final insult, my article on the C series didn’t even give me a credit.

      • Hi Fred,
        Sorry I did miss read the news letter proof I will see that you are credited in the next news letter. When you send in the next part of your Engine rebuild please add your name and club membership number to the 2 nd part of your engine rebuild.
        Regards
        Arthur

        • Ok Arthur, will do. Wasn’t getting at you, I thought the checking was the responsibility of the printers. Plus, I’m getting to be a genuine grumpy old man.

      • Hi All,
        Fred, if you look at the front cover of the latest newsletter you will see a photograph of this years annual rally.

        Its easy to criticize , I do not know how Arthur finds the time to do all he does for the club.Well done Arthur.

        Best Regards Ken.

        • As I said in my post, the criticism was aimed at the printers, not Arthur. Like you say, but for his time and input we wouldn’t get a mag at all.
          I’ll make a start on part two of the C series rebuild and hopefully finish it in time for the next issue.

          • Hi Fred,
            When you start your 2nd part of your Engine rebuild
            article for our news letter can you please use font size roman 10 as this is the best print size for our news letter.
            many thanks
            Arthur

          • Hi Arthur, 10 point is very small, which is why I don’t use it. Having said that, surely the printer can photocopy it any size they want? I don’t want to upset anyone, so I’ll do it in 10 point anyway. I will do it on the laptop and hopefully I can then email it complete with the pictures. It may have to be in several bits depending on file size.

          • Hi All,
            Please note that last club indoor show for this year will be at the Footman James Vehicle Restoration Show at the Royal Bath and west Show ground at Shepton Mallet Somerset on the Week end of 5/6 November come and see us on Club Stand A35 I will have my 1961 Austin Cambridge A55 Mk 2 on display
            Regards
            Arthur

  3. Hi ACWCC members,

    Im not currently a member as im on the hunt for my grandfathers Austin Westminster A95 Reg : 146 LMP Colour – Black. It was the family car when my father was in his late teens/early 20s. As he talks about the car i thought it would be nice to see if it still exists and hopefully surprise him. Just hoping we could find it so we could see his face! Does anyone regonise the number plate or know of someone who might know or have the car.

    Its a long shot but we are keeping our fingers crossed that we can find it just for sentimental reasons.

    Any help appreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Graham Beach

    • Hi ,
      Graham we can have a look at our club records for A95 Westminsters to see if your granfathers cars has been recored in our records. It would help if you know where you Grandfather lived plesae advise town or city where he lived if known.
      Regards
      Arthur

      • Hi Arthur,

        Thanks for your reply. Just to help, Grandad had the car from the mid to late 50s. I think Dad sold it around 1973 – 1974.
        It was registered in my Grandads name : Mr WAG Beach. His address was 97 Finchley Lane, London, NW4. This house no longer exists as it was demolished to make way for flats unfortunately.

        Hope this helps,
        Graham

        • Hi Arthur,

          Just to confirm, your club secretary Paul Curtis has confirmed the car does exist but unfortunately its not owned by any member of the ACWCC.

          I’ll contact some other clubs as Paul suggested to see if any of their members own the car.

          Thanks for taking interest in our search.
          Graham

    • Hi,
      All I went to a local to me Village Fete and Classic car show at Mark in Somerset on 7 August this a biannual show and over 250 classic,vintage and motorcycles attended. apart from my 1961 Austin Cambridge A55 Mk 2, there was a 1960 Austin Cambridge A55 Mk 2 Country man plus I saw a Austin A60 van and pick up. I had a very good day out
      Regards
      Arthur

      • It is but the DVLA are not will to disclose the current owner of teh car for individual privacy reasons/data protection etc.

        Im not on Facebook but possibly there is a chance of looking for the car that way.

        I think ill attend the annual rally next year. Despite the current owner not being a member of the club, they might go.

        Running out of ideas now. Its a shame..

        • Hi Graham,
          Have you considered putting an advert in some of the classic car publications asking for the present owner to contact you??
          That might give you a positive result.
          Which publication some one else might have a suggestion.

          Regards Ken Thomas.

          • Hi, All just to let know that I am enjoying the current nice summer weather using my 1961 Austin Cambridge A55 MK 2 I am going to be attending a local village show at Marshfield South Gloucestershire on Saturday 20/8/16 its only 8 miles from home this is a very good village show with lots Classic and vintage cars attending there will also be a very large number of farm tractors attending from the eary 1920,s to late 1980,s last year there were 40 plus tracors and 25 classic cars.
            Regards
            Arthur

          • Hi Ken,

            Thanks for the suggestion – its a good idea. Is there a magazine which Austin owners normally go for? We also thought about putting an advert in the local paper where the car was based (north west London) but that was a very long time ago. It could be anywhere now.

            Enjoying the hunt despite the response from the DVLA!

            Kind regards,
            Graham

          • Hi Graham,
            Which ever classic car magazine you choose,always lead with the colour BLACK,I do not remember in that period seeing a Westminster in black as a standard works colour,they were either Cream with a coloured flash,or light grey with a coloured flash.
            I saw a mint A105 Westminster a few years ago at a club event,the guy who owned it told me it was his fathers car originally,and that not many Westminsters have survived,due to the Banger Racing fraternity destroying them(Groan).
            Its not much but at least you know The car still exists.
            Good luck in your Quest.Ken.

          • Hi All,
            I attened the Marshfield Village day 20/8/16 its was good day out it was spoilt by rain how ever a number of claasic cars attended plus there was about 10 farm tractors. Next day we went on the Laurence of Arabia classic car tour organished by the Yeovil car club there were 41 classic cars on the tour and our tour rout took us around Bovington camp and we stoped at Morton church yard where T E Laurence was buired after his motor cycle accident in 1935. My Cambrigde covered 180 miles over the weekend and I got 30 mpg
            regards
            Arthur

          • Hi Ken,

            Thanks for your suggestion ref putting black first. I’ll do this.

            I couldnt reply to your message further down as there was no ‘reply’ option.

            Any news – will let you know!

            Many thanks,
            Graham

    • Hi
      Fred,
      I collected the April -June Newsletter CROWW 192 yesterday and it will be in the posted today. The E mail address for Photo,s for your fisrt part of your Westminster engine rebuild which will go into next news letter CROWW 193 is :- david@corshamprint.co.uk . Please state photos for CROWW 193
      Regards
      Arthur

    • Hi All,
      Do not forget its our Annual Rally which will be held at the East Somerset Railway Cranmore Railway Station Cranmore Somerset BA4 4QP on Sunday 24 July 2016. Looking for ward to seeing lots of members and their Cars
      Regards
      Arthur

      • Hi All,
        We had a very good Annual car rally at the East Somerst Railway at Cranmore Railway station Somerset we had 10 cars attening these were 3 Austin A50 Cambridges, 3 Austin A105 Westminsters 2 Austin A55 Mk2 Cambridges 3 Austin A60 Cambridges and a Wolseley 16/60 All those who attended said that had had a very good day out and that they had all gone on the steam train ride during the day. A full report on our rally will be in our next news letter.
        Regards
        Arthur

    • Hi Fred,
      I suspect he was a spoof,same as the guy sometime back with the A40 Cambridge,unless Arthur knows them !!!
      You only need an email address not membership to get on here,something more for Paul to think about???

      Regards Ken.

  4. Hi All,
    The link Ive put in on my blog below does not open its full web page if you put it in a google box it opens fully,and is an education to read, please take the time to do it.
    Regards Ken.

    • Hi,
      All our club had a very good day at the Classic Car Action Day at the Castle Combe Race Track 25/6/16 we were one of 60 clubs displaying club cars and on our club stand we had a 1954 Austin A50, 2 Austin Westminster A105, 1 Wolseley 16/60 1 wolseley 15/60 my Austin Cambridge A55 Mk 2 , 1 Austin Cambridge A60 and a Austin Westminster A110. We had lots of visitiors and we were very pleased to be awarded with the Best Club Stand at this event. We all had a very good day at this event and we are looking forward the Autumn Classic car show which is being held on 1 October at the Castle Combe race track where we will have a club stand.
      regards
      Arthur

    • Interesting and very conveniently placed for a visit and costing. I had a Laycock unit on a Spitfire many moons ago and found it to be an excellent bit of kit.

      • Hi All,

        Glad to be of service Fred,There was an article in the last club news letter about a Austin A55 mark 1 with overdrive fitted to it as a standard extra,the guy who wrote the article asked if any one else had one fitted,this blog would have been a good place to answer him,it sounded like he liked it a lot.That was one extra my late father did not go in for,too much expense or maybe complication,I do not know.
        In one part of the above link they tell which oil to use in their units and what type of oil should be used in sycromesh gearbox,not modern sticky oil I have never read any thing like it before.

        Good to read Arthur and other members bringing some credit to this club at their last weekend event.
        Regards Ken.

        • Hi Peeps,
          Read the o/d bit a little more carefully and the price is on it. £1000 for retrofit unit. Plus shortening and balancing the prop shaft and fabricating any supports and brackets. I don’t think I’ll bother! Given the choice, I would fit an auto box.
          Arthur, you haven’t been back to me about emailing the photos. You weren’t thinking of just scanning them off the pages I sent were you?

          • Hi Fred,
            I have not forgot E mailing photo,s I going to the Printers on Thursday to collect the news letter I will get the Correct E mail Address for E mailing Photos and let you know correct e mail address
            regards
            Arthur

  5. Hi,All,
    I’ve put this to the top of the Blog page so as its seen!!!

    Using Arthur’s overdrive description “Laycock” I found this service advertised on the web,not only do they repair and service overdrive units for customers,they also make a more modern type for fitting to any rear wheel drive car which has the space between the gearbox and back axle.

    http://www.overdrive-repairs.co.uk/

    Click on it,it was an education to me and could be what Eric is looking for.
    Its in Sheffield to,handy for Fred,should you have trouble with your overdrive unit on Miss Effie.

    If Eric was a member of our club he could advertise for an overdrive unit in our newsletter.

    Best Regards all Ken.

  6. Help I
    I have an A105 Westminster vanden plas its had the wrong gear box in it since the day I bought it in 1977, can anybody tell me did other cars have the same 4 speed overdrive box or where I can get one, I would love to get it back to original.

    • Hi Eric,
      Good to see a new name on here,I own a A55 myself,The only suggestion I can make is to click on the “Timelines” to the left of this page and scroll down until you come to your model of car for information how it left the works.
      How do you mean the wrong gearbox? Is your existing gearbox without overdrive? Is that what you require?
      Fred Oldfield visits here often,wait and see if he has any suggestions,he has 2 of the six cylinder cars .
      Regards Ken.

    • Wow! A real live new person. Welcome Eric. You are correct in thinking other models had the o/d box. I have a 105 with this box. It was an option on other models. The same engine and box was fitted to the Wolseley 6/90 and the Morris Isis. So, these gearboxes are out there, it is a case of tracking one down. The bigger problem is obtaining the mechanical and electrical control gear. You may have to buy a complete car that is beyond salvage. The last one I saw like this was advertised on EBay for about £650.
      Post us some pictures of your VP. I’ve never seen one in the flesh.

      Cheers, Fred Oldham

      • Hi,Eric,
        You have got some suggestions from Fred,there is a Club Specialist for your car,listed in the club magazine,if you are a member you could phone him one evening, or write to him,he will probably have more suggestions for you.
        He does not use this website,but I would not mark him down because of that,the broadband might not be much in the area where he lives.
        If you would like to join this owners club details are in the “membership” panel to the left of this page.
        Regards Ken.

    • Hi,
      Eric welcome to our blog. your A105 when it was new you could have it supplied with :- Automaitic gear box, 4 speed and overdrive Borg warner type or you could also have special order of the Austin Healey 4 speed and laycock denoval gear box fitted. I came across an original owner of a A95 Westminster who had the Austin Healey 4 speed and over drive box fitted as a factory extra when new.
      hope this info helps
      Regards
      Arthur

    • Is that it Eric? One call and over and out? I do have to wonder why, if you have owned the car since 1977, are you only now thinking of changing the gearbox. Come on sunbeam give us the rest of the story. We like stories almost as much as pictures.

  7. Hi All.
    I will put this to the top of the page so its easily found!!
    Arthur,Good to hear you and the other members that attended, enjoyed the event at Shepton Mallet, in Somerset last weekend.
    Could I be so bold as to say Arthur you should address the blog as All,because I am sure that there are members out there, who read the Blog even though they do not tap out their own message on their keyboards.
    Perhaps one day they will.I live in hope.
    We 3 (at the last count) should not make this exclusive to us only!
    Best regards All,Ken.

    • Hi Ken, Short of sending big blokes with sticks round, I have tried everything to get these ‘lurkers’ to join in. This blog has become exclusive by default. If there really are people out there who read it; and personally I’m not convinced, then for crying out loud contribute!
      Speaking of contributions, I will get part one of my rebuild story in the post to you Arthur. Assuming you want to use it, I’ll email the photos separately when you are ready for them. Ok?

      Fred

      • Hi All,

        Fred,There is another way of looking at the limited number of members using the Blog.
        You and I have Arthur’s undivided attention on here, when it comes to all things Austin,when you go to an event he is surrounded by members,its very difficult to even say hello, let alone ask his opinion about something,while on here their is no queue !!!
        That might make some of the reader members think and join in,hopefully.
        Best Regards All from Ken.

        • I take your point Ken, but that has been intimated before with no result. From the outset, the blog has been touted as the perfect medium for asking for help and advice. It would appear that the vast majority of our members don’t need any. That or we’ve cornered the market in dislectic typists. Him being a Bentley man, I’m not clear how Ashley found himself on here, but he seems to have dropped off the radar now. I don’t know what the cost implications are, but I can see this facility disappearing.

          Regards, Fred.

          • Good afternoon fellow members of the Gentleman’s Club,its easier to type Hi All,
            Fred, I think Ashley came on in his capacity as a restorer of Austin Healeys,he seemed to move in social circles way above mine!
            By memory he was having problems with an engine he had purchased which was contaminated with sand blasting grit, about the time he finished with us.I wonder if he got on top of the problem??
            Arthur,We have witnessed your attempts to summon interest in the newsletter about the Blog,you cannot do anymore except do as Fred suggested earlier go out with a big stick,and ……..
            Regards Ken.

          • Hi,
            Fred many thanks for sending me your Part One of the Engine rebuild on your Westminster Engine. I will put it in our next news letter. June news letter is already in production and will be sent out some time next week. Fred have you managed to remove the floats from the Twin SU Carbs yet ??
            Regards
            Arthur

      • Hi,
        Fred.
        Nice photo of your Westminster Yes please send me your artical on the engine rebuild of the Westminster engine and I will put it in the next news letter. lets hope that we can get more members to use the blog. I always requset members to use our blog when ever a newsletter is published and sent to members. With just us 3 members at present using the blog its almost like a Gentelmans Private Club !!,
        Regards
        Arthur

        • Hi Arthur, I presume you will want the articles pictures emailing to you? Or, should I send them direct to the printer?
          What’s your thoughts on the WOC mag? We really ought to be considering upgrading ours don’t you think.

          Fred

  8. This one’s for Arthur. According to Ken, the changes to the blog were made in response to complaints made by club members at the recent AGM. If this is true, who are these members, and why if they can read the blogs, do they not contribute? As far as I am concerned, this facility is for the benefit of the users. It’s a case of put up or shut up. Now can we please have back the way it was. I won’t be using it again until it is.

    • Hi All,
      Fred,Paul is the person in his capacity as webmaster who changed the way the blog works,its him you should address your concerns to.
      Arthur is a user of the blog as all members should be, he has no control over it,the changes that are required are in Paul’s remit.
      I welcome a response to this comment,how about it Paul???

      Fred I was sorry to hear of your family illness,I hope things are improving,it must be a very worrying time for you and your wife.

      Best regards All from Ken.

      • Hi Ken. You’re right, I should have directed my comments to Paul. No doubt you have read it Paul, so how about it? The users get to say how it works, yes?
        Thanks for your concerns regarding the family. Joyce’s son has been in hospital over three weeks now and the doctors will still not commit themselves as to his recovery. The blog is a bit of a diversion.

        Cheers, Fred

        • Hi,
          Fred and Ken Our Club had a very good week end at the Bristol Classic Car show at the Royal Bath and west Show ground at Shepton Mallet Somerset we had 2 cars on our club S14 Jeff Martina 1963 Austin Cambridge A60 and John Naish 1955 Austin Cambridge A50. The show was well attended and we had several club members visit our club stand, there was also a large car park set aside for visiting classic cars and there was good number of BMC cars from the early 1950 to 1985 plus lots of outher makes of classic cars. I will enclude a full report of the show in a later news letter. please note that our club will have a club stand at the Classic Action Day at the Castle Combe Race track Chippenham Wilts on Saturday 25/6/16 we will have 7 club cars on our club stand. all members are invited to attend there will be 50 plus classic cars club also attending this event.
          Regards
          Arthur

  9. Hi All,
    I will put this at the top of the page so you can find it easily.
    Fred have you checked the ignition timing with a strobe light since having the electronic ignition fitted on Christine?
    When I fitted an electronic ignition to my car of the 1970’s the timing advanced by quite a lot,from memory it moved about 15 degrees more advanced,with no other work done.
    The electronic kit I bought used the old contact breaker to work its system.That is how I know.
    It might be the reason Miss Effie seems a bit more willing than Christine.
    I hope you enjoy your Classic car day out tomorrow which ever car you select to go in,decisions, decisions,Ugh.
    Best regards Ken.

    • Hi Guys.
      The ignition kit replaces the CB points completely. I’m making the assumption that the guy who fitted it knows what he about. He runs his own race car, so is no stranger to getting the best out of engines.
      My new HT lead and plug caps came, so I’ll be fitting those shortly, along with the new dizzy cap. Every bit of the ignition system will be new.
      Joyce’s youngest son is seriously ill in hospital, so we are spending hours and hours there. I hope to get to the pub car show, but can’t really plan for anything at the moment.

      Cheers, Fred

  10. HI All,
    Fred, that is bad news about the rear crank leaking ,hindsight is a powerful thing,its a pity we cannot travel in time.

    You have not told us you have put the rear screen in Miss Effie,how do the brakes feel compared to Christine’s.Is the stopping distance longer on the cross ply tyres.
    My late father always used cross-ply tyres on the Cambridge,because of their quieter running, the last set he purchased where not even a well known make,firms like Dunlop and Goodyear did not make them at that time (late 80’s).

    I putting this at the top of the blog its easy to find there.Your comments about this format of the blog I totally agree with,come on Paul change it back.
    Best Regards All from Ken.

    Possibly the previous owner of Miss Effie who had/did all of the work had the cylinder head polished and balanced,that might account for the improved speed compared to Christine’s.

    • Hi Ken.
      The tyres are Dunlop C41 if I remember right. I don’t know how old they are but they are in perfect condition. I haven’t tried an emergency stop, so I have no clue as to stopping distance.
      A local pub is having a classic car show on Sunday, so I’m hoping to take one of the cars down.

  11. Getting really hacked off with this all-over-the-place blog. PLEASE! PLEASE can the actual users have it back the way it was?
    If you don’t contribute, you don’t get to dictate the format.

  12. Hi All,
    Fred, in answer to your blog of the 8th June lost below some way down the page,there is some members reading this,its them who complained at the A.G.M.and got the previous page layout changed for the worst of all worlds!!!!
    Hows Christine’s (that’s Fred’s A90) oil tightness holding up now you have done a long run in her?
    Regards Ken.

    • Sorry to say the rear crank oil seal is rubbish. I regret not having the engine plate machined to accept the later lip seal. There is also a slight weep from one of the tappet chest covers, but a further application of gasket cement should sort it.
      Took Effie out for a run round today. I don’t know if it is the twin carbs or something else, but she accelerates way faster than Christine. Thanks to the cross-ply tyres the steering is much lighter, but I just don’t feel safe on them after a lifetime of radials. Probably not a fair criticism. I would like to try them on a big wide track to find the adhesion limits, I might be more confident after that.
      I remembered to have a luck at the accelerator linkage etc. On Effie the bar that goes across the bulkhead inside, has a 90 degree bend and goes through the bulkhead to the final link to the carbs. So, no bush needed, nothing to wear or get sloppy. Like it!

  13. Hi All,
    Thank you for your prompt reply Arthur,when young Fred locates it (your reply of this morning) in the blog he will then start thinking about using a cable to operate his twin SU carbs,and save the expense of the rubber grommet with a bush inside it.

    Please take note all our readers, how this blog might be able to help you, join in have your say,or ask a question, some body will be only too happy to try to help you.
    Regards Ken.

  14. It’s a pity Earlparts don’t reply to emails. Well, not the ones I’ve sent anyway. A picture of said part would be interesting. Have the blogs started going the right way. Yours is the only one in the list Ken. We’ll see where this one goes.

    • Hi All,
      The original rubber grommet which is moulded around a cintered bronze bush is still on my fathers Cambridge,all perished and cracked and in need of replacement,at one time after B.M.C.had given up their spare parts service for older models I can remember dad saying that was in need of replacement then, but had no clue where to get one from.
      Arthur, has your Farina Cambridge got one fitted and if not what have you used instead??

      The blog is still working? the new way.

      Regards Ken.

      • Hi,
        Ken,
        Yes my Cambridge did have a rubber grommet bush this was a standard fitting on all the Farina 4 cylinder range of cars, I do not have one on my Cambridge now because I up graded my engine and I have twin SU Carbs from a from a MGB engine so I now have a cable to operate the twin carbs .
        regards
        Arthur

        • The electrical bush fitting seems have worked ok, but long term, the proper fitting or a cable conversion is the answer. I must remember to have a look what Effie is knitted out with.
          As to other readers joining in Ken, I seriously doubt that there are any, unfortunately.

  15. Hi All,
    Good to hear Arthur enjoyed his run last Sunday,You are a mine of information on all things Austin Arthur.
    You have complete faith in your electric cooling fan just as I did on the one I fitted on my SAAB 96 V4 back in the 1970’s.

    Changing the subject has any one noticed that Earlpart are not listed in this website Links any more, any comment anybody?????

    Fred a note to you if you look on the Earlpart website for you Model A90,Under the “Fuel System” Heading,You will find the following:

    Bearing Throttle shaft bulkhead to carbs, all models.Part No.0072
    Price £19.16p.
    The same part number is listed for Cambridge models too.it must be a common part for all Austin cars of this era.
    What does Arthur think??
    Or anybody else who can read this,come on join in we do not bite,well not to hard anyway.

    Best regards Ken.

    Best Regards from Ken.

  16. Hi,
    Fred,
    Pleased to read you had a good day at Tatton Park and that you got home Ok dispite very traffic jams, I fitted a Kenlo elecric fan to my Cambridge a number of years ago the fan only cuts in in very heavey traffic and I have not had any problems with over heating. I have No Fan Blades fitted. Yes some Export cars did have a bigger rad core fitted plus extra fan blades this was before electirc fans were available. I had a very good day out on the Yeovil Car Club Classic tour the route was over 64 miles and we drove around south Somserset and Dorset we saw some very nice villages on roads you would not normaly use a lot of the roads were single lane with passing places. My Cambridge was much admired by lots of people in the very small villages we passed throurgh. Ken pleased to read that you are still with us. lets hope we can get some more club members to join our blog
    Regards
    Arthur

  17. Hi All,
    I am putting this up here you will miss it other wise Fred, I nearly missed your blog of today,
    We could do with an improvement here too,like the original way of the blog working,will no one hear a point of view from the people who use this blog???
    Good to hear you enjoyed your day out at Tatton Park,the cooling modifications you talk of make sense,but sound expensive.
    My A35 always ran cool, as did dad’s mark 1 Cambridge but like you say that was years and years ago,time will not improve the rust and muck in the cooling areas.
    Regards Ken.

  18. Hi Ken, the bearing is made up from an electrical cable bulkhead fitting with the addition of a specially turned washer to fill the existing hole in the engine bay. I think I’m still getting a misfire, so I am replacing the plug leads cap rotor etc for new bits. Weather was great until time to go, then cloudburst! Couldn’t get out of the car till it stopped. Gave the wipers a right workout.

    • Hi All,
      Fred you bound to get minor problems after a major strip and rebuild like you have done .I would have hoped your tuning man would have found weakness in all electrical parts with his electronic tuning rig.Are you sure he hooked up to one?

      I hope you enjoy your day out at Tatton Park and the rain stays away.
      Regards Ken.

      • He’s an ‘old school’ guy. No electronic gizmo’s that I’ve seen. To be fair, he didn’t get a lot of notice about doing the job and he did point out that it was missing occasionally and suspected the the plug leads and caps. Anyway, we enjoyed day two until we tried to leave! The traffic was horrendous. I had to pull over three times to let the engine cool a bit during the two hours it took to travel ten miles. Thank goodness for Evans coolant. The car would have boiled a dozen times without it. My next move is have one my spare radiators re-cored to give about 50% more cooling than standard and fit a thermostatically controlled fan.
        With the engine upgrades, the standard system would struggle, even without sixty years worth of scale in the tubes. Plus, I doubt that Austin anticipated traffic snarl-ups that are a part of present life on the road. I bet the export models had a much bigger rad.
        We got back ok once the traffic thinned out climbing the notorious Cat and Fiddle and several other small mountains without trouble and keeping pace with other cars. I was cream crackered when I got in, nervous tension I reckon.
        Cheers.

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