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Autumn 2016 Issue 107


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Contents Page 4—Comittee Page 6—Chairman, Dennis & Maureen can you guess where they are on holiday? Page 9—Club Secretary, Liz & Tony

Page 15—Worldwide Beaufords Page 16—Regalia & Spares Page 18—Editor, Owen

Page 21—Two Old Crocks, an old car, & eccentric daughter Page 24—Rear Axle Rebuild –Tony Harkett Page 28—And Finally

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Chairman Dennis We had a bit of excitement a couple of weeks ago when we were on our way home in the Beauford. We’d been out to a pub near Canterbury for a meal with some friends and were coming home about half past ten down an unlit ‘B’ road when the lights went out. Well, I thought they had, but the panel lights were still on and I when I got out and had a look round, the side lights and number plate lamps were all working, but the head lights, both full and dipped beam were out. I worked the light switch a couple of times and but no headlamps came on. I thought it might be a fuse and considered having a look under the bonnet, I’ve got spares and a torch, but then I found that the flasher and indicator switch on the other side still worked so there must be power to the headlights. Anyway we ended up with Maureen holding the headlights on full beam while I drove along, but every time someone came towards us she had to let go of the stalk and we were back in darkness again. I wasn’t so bad on the bendy sections of the road, but on the long straight bits we had to virtually stop until the car coming towards us had passed. Fortunately these were fairly quiet country roads but when we were nearly home and coming along the coast road, which is lit, we got flashed by a police car. I suppose he thought it I had simply forgotten to put the headlights on. Next morning I had look round, the fuses were intact and so I took the switch off and found I could only get a circuit between two pins. The switch was the problem, so I had to find a replacement. There is a breaker’s yard not far way in Lydd, but of course they didn’t have anything that old, but they did give me a couple of numbers to ring of people they thought might be able to help. The comment from one chap there was, “It says, ‘Made in England’ you don’t see that these days”.

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I e-mailed a couple of firms offering old Ford parts and eventually found one on eBay (where else these days?). It fitted and everything works OK again. I managed to get the old one apart and found that the contact for the headlamps, which was stepped and takes the higher current, had broken and had fused itself into the plastic. If anyone has any ideas about how it can be repaired, please let me know, otherwise I think it will just have to go in the bin. Editor commentOh the days before separate relays on our cars. This is what happens when the high amp current is left on the switch instead of a relay taking the strain. (I’ve had this happen to me to) -you did well to find a solution to get home Dennis. Owen

Before all this happened we had been to Appledore for their vintage and classic car rally where we tried to recruit a junior club member. As well as the cars on display there was a good number of stalls selling auto jumble.

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The other event I’ve been to is the Weald of Kent steam rally at Woodchurch –6th/7th August www.wealdofkentsteamrally.co.uk. As I arrived I was behind a Triumph TR6 and the marshall said “follow that car”. It turned out that he had registered to enter and had an entry in the programme, whereas I had just turned up on spec. Anyway I was waved through and into the area reserved for kit and classic vehicles which I didn’t even know was going to be there. The site is on a grass airstrip and, as well as arena displays, some exhibitors were running up and down all day. There was steam of all kinds: traction engines, lorries, rollers, showman’s, cars and scale models. There were horses, planes and military vehicles, fairground rides, plenty of food and drink and all the usual stalls (but no auto jumble). At the end of the afternoon there was a display by a Spitfire and the sun kept shining. This was the first time I had been to this event; all in all it was a good day out that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Why don’t you share your comments on any car shows, rallies or other events you go to, so as to give other members ideas for good days out next year? Dennis

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Club Secretary Liz OVENDEN’S OFFERING Tony and I have just returned from our last holiday of the year (Cyprus) and I’m due to go into hospital soon to have my right hip replaced, so in a panic to get things up to date before I go in and this includes writing this piece for the next magazine. I will do all the postage labels for the magazines and stamps have already been purchased so if necessary Tony will send the magazines out when they are ready. I’m told I could be out of action for anything between 6 weeks and three months, depending on how it goes. Meanwhile we have taxed the Beauford for the next 12 months and its had its annual service and MOT, a bit earlier than necessary but we thought it best to get it done early so if there is any problem it can be sorted whilst both of us can drive, but in actual fact it sailed through its MOT. This year we seem to have used the Beauford more than previous years – sometimes it’s just a case of can we be bothered to get it out of the garage to use when the Mazda is sitting in the driveway. In fact we did a wedding in July for a friend who had been let down by the wedding car company they had booked (I actually think that they enjoyed the Beauford much more than the car they had originally booked) and this was the first wedding we had done since the car went on the road back in 2011. Can’t overdo these things! I’ve just realised that Owen has now been our editor for just over a year, how time does fly, so thought I would just mention that if any of you have anything, however small, which might be of interest to members, then please do send it to him, whether it be wedding tales, jokes or building tips, they will all be welcome.

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Could someone possibly tell me what the actual law is about doing proms with a Beauford. I was under the impression that Beaufords which are not licensed as taxis can only do weddings and funerals, but what is the situation regarding proms? Should you be licensed or unlicensed to do proms and does it make any difference if you do not charge? Membership Just thought I would mention that members on joining the club, their membership is in an individual name not the name of their wedding company. Occasionally, I get a request or something from so and so wedding company and it sometimes takes me a little while to figure out who it is, as my memory these days is not as good as it used to be and I’ve never been good at remembering names or putting names to faces. Anyway, if you are a wedding company and contact me I would be ever so grateful if you could put your name to the correspondence so I can place you. Subscriptions I’m very sad to say that quite a few members did not bother renewing this year, for reasons I’m not quite sure about. Perhaps it’s because the subs went up to £15, or is it because I did not send out as many reminders as I have done in the past – I think three reminders are more than enough, and the members who have not renewed have not always informed me that they did not want to renew, either that or they forgot to do so. I’m not having a dig at anyone but I feel a bit sad that my efforts sometimes go in vain. Web Site On our return from holiday we discovered that the web site was not working. At first we thought it was caused by the power cut which occurred whilst we were away, but this was not the case. On contacting our web hosting company we discovered that the fault was with them. Apparently their main server went down and was found to be un-repairable and meant that they had to install a new one. Because the old one was completely out of action this meant that all the information had to be transferred 10


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manually (whatever happened to back-ups). However, it is now back up and running having been out of action for about two weeks. The hosting company have agreed to give us three months service free of charge by way of compensation. Unfortunately, however no amount of compensation makes up for the fact that no one was able to get on the web site for two weeks, but I guess these days we are so reliant on computer based equipment that when something goes wrong, it’s a bit devastating. Still hopefully all is well now. Flying ladies At long last some good news, I have some flying ladies, all bright and shiny and ready to be put on bonnets. The cost of them is £165 but with a £15 members discount this brings the cost down to £150 but postage (special delivery and signed for) will be another £10.00. It does sound a lot but there is a lot of work gone into them and is not much different to the cost Beauford was charging in the past. Please let me know if you are interested in having one. Insurance Thought you might be interested in the message I recently received from Scott Mayes of RH regarding Insurance Premium Tax. This will apply to all insurance companies not just them: As you may have seen in the UK Government Budget (March 2016), the standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will increase from 9.5% to 10% from 1st October 2016. This means that, where UK-based, your Insurance premium will be subject to the new rate of 10% tax. Please note that new business and renewals effected prior to 1st October will be subject to the current rate of 9.5%. If your policy renewal date is between 1st October – 1st November, you may notice that the increase in premium for you is from 6% to 10%. This is because, effective from 1st November 2015, IPT was increased by the UK Government from 6% to 9.5% on motor insurance policies. However, 11


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as your policy has not renewed since the new legislation, you will see the increase from 6% to 10% directly, while customers who already renewed their policies after 1st November 2015, would have seen an increase in their renewal from 6% to 9.5% and will see a further increase in IPT at renewal from 9.5% to 10%. For example, if your insurance premium is currently £100 the rate of IPT will increase from either £6.00 or £9.50 to £10.00 – making a total of £110 (providing there are no other changes to your policy which can lead to a change in premium). Stoneleigh – 30th April and 1st May 2017 Having just looked on the web site for Grosvenor Exhibitions the dates for Stoneleigh 2017 will be 30th April and 1st May so mark these in your diaries for next year. Regarding Stoneleigh at the AGM it was decided that we would have a little inter club competition and a prize to be given to the best car in the show on the Sunday. Details of how the public and members can vote are still being worked out but a prize has been purchased and I am sure the winner will be very pleased with it! I have also bought an extra 6 chairs (foldaway type so they fit in the trailer) and a kettle to go on the gas cooker so water can be boiled for drinks whilst the urn in heating up. Just need members to top the urn up from the water containers when it is looking a little low. The British Ironworks Centre Oswestry Back in July we discovered the car show at the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry so some of us thought we would give it a try. Wow, what a brilliant show. The Ironworks Centre is situated on the A5 at Oswestry (with a Premier Inn just a mile down the road).

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It’s a large grassed open area with animals everywhere, although they are all made of iron but so realistic and the cars are parked amongst them. There is a huge gorilla who is made entirely of spoons who stands outside the exhibition hall, he is about 15 foot high and so realistic, good job he’s in a cage! There is a motorbike outside as well which gives a whole new meaning to horse power as it has a metal horse on its back, the rider sits on the horse’s back and the handlebars are the horse’s front legs. There must be hundreds of different animals and things there, a giant spider, a huge dragon, and so many more and so much to see. They are currently in the process of making an angel out of all the knives which have been the subject of a knife amnesty around the country, but as this was not finished we were unable to see it, but hopefully next year. A falconry display (one of the kestrels flew up into a tree and refused to come down for an hour) was also part of the show. The cost of entering the show was £3 per car which included the passenger. For this £3 you were sent a union jack bow tie to be worn by the driver, plus two vouchers for a hot drink each, two for a sandwich lunchtime and a further two for an ice cream. As it was such a glorious day we were even given another ice cream on the way out! Definitely a show not to be missed next year.

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Knebworth This show is actually a two day event on the 28th and 29th August (bank holiday) and in past years has been for classic and vintage cars. However this year the Complete Kit Car magazine invited its kit car owners/readers to attend the show on Monday 29th August – free of charge, Although it poured with rain on the Sunday, Monday was a dry and sunny day, in fact a rather a hot day. There must have been 500 plus cars there and loads of stalls and auto jumble. I would really have like to do a tour of the house which looked absolutely amazing with lots of turrets and so full of character, but again perhaps next year. On the way in we had to stop to have a photo taken of the car in front of the house, however, as they wanted £20 for the photo we thought that was a bit over the top so did not bother. We were a bit concerned about the traffic going home on a Bank Holiday so did not stay until the end of the show, but as it turned out we had an excellent run home.

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Worldwide Beaufords As editor, I get the occasional email that strikes a chord with me and as a Wedding car provider in the UK, this one really did catch my attention. I have friends on other continents that would love to use my Beaufords for a Wedding or even a day to day car to enjoy as they are so striking but sadly I have not yet ventured out of the UK with my cars yet & I certainly will not be letting them out of the country on their own. There are however a number of Beaufords that have made the journey from Upholland & Biddulph to worldwide locations and this one that was sent to my by Allan Perry has even made the switch to left hand drive too (or originally built to that specification). I visit many churches & ceremony locations in the UK but i can safely say that until next year (2017) when will be chauffeuring a wedding at Durham Cathedral –I don't think I've had the pleasure of a church as grand as the one in this picture in Catania, Sicily. ( just do an internet search for pictures of churches in Catania, Sicily & you will see what I mean) All I can say is Beautiful car for a Beautiful & Special occasion.

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REGALIA AND SPARES

Non Members Headlamp rims pair £55 pair Beauford scroll £25 Heavy chrome badge £25 Blue/chrome badge £20 Sew on badge £2 Old style key ring £3 New type key ring £5 Lapel/tie/cap pin £3 S/steel bumper end tube £5 Bumper end tube caps £10 R/board strip end caps £1 each

Members £40 pair £20 £20 £16 £1.50 £2.50 £4.50 £2.50 £4.50 £9.50 £0.75 each

All the above prices are plus postage Isadora Duncan – our flying lady The cost of them is £165 but with a £15 members discount this brings the cost down to £150 but postage (special delivery and signed for) will be another £10.00.

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Editor Owen With Autumn definitely now here and the colours of the trees changing, I can now look back on the last 3/4 months. I've had some personal challenges to deal with at the same time as running Rose Weddings with my wife Michelle. One day I'm sure we will have some spare time to be able to enjoy some of the shows that Dennis & Liz have written about in this edition of the magazine and at this time I have already added Stoneleigh into my calendar for 2017 in the hope that I can logistically plan ahead to be there. Computer work isn't fun when you're trying to keep the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at bay so if I've made any errors in this edition, please do excuse me in advance. It's also no fun trying to change handbrake shoes on a Daimler limousine with this condition in both my hands or holding spanners whilst servicing my Beaufords but it's a labour of love so I don't mind really, it's only discomfort. I'm guessing the years of office work & computer use coupled with being a mechanic & car enthusiast have caught up with me. It least I don't have to endure what Liz has to undergo soon & I hope everyone joins me in wishing her a speedy recovery from her operation. If not then Tony will have to pick her admin duties for the magazine and possibly some of her miniature work that they are displaying at the NEC again this year. My months have been full of nonstop work and arriving at a decision with my wife to move our business premises to a new 5000sq ft unit to include a 4 post ramp to help me with car maintenance. This will be 5 times the size of our current unit and completely necessary as we have greatly expanded our Wedding venue styling business in the last 12 months too.

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We also have the privilege to be nominated for The Wedding Industry Awards too for both our wedding transport & venue styling work. It is fabulous to be recognised & hopefully our past couples will vote us into the finals too. At the same time as making a decision to move premises it turns out that the new one won't be complete for a couple of months so everything has been squeezed into storage & back at our home making garage access a true work of art in order to still get the cars out for the right weddings at the right time. It does mean that I can take a short break from car maintenance and concentrate on getting well and helping my wife with the administration side of our business. Tony Harkett has very kindly supplied an article on maintenance his car needed and is featured further into this edition. Michelle & I did manage a couple of days out spending some time in Blackpool including seeing Mooky & Mr Boo’s circus at the Tower. It was quite a surprise to see that these guys have chosen a Beauford for their transport needs (Liz –have they signed up to club membership? ) I have to confess that I use the internet quite a lot looking for bargains and in a moment of madness I came across an incomplete Beauford kit that had been abandoned some time ago. What really spoke to me was that a V8 was installed in its engine bay complete with old school SU carbs & bolted to an automatic gearbox. It turns by hand but will need an engine rebuild as well as the kit construction.

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I already have a V8 Beauford but it's a manual box and the clutch is very heavy despite being hydraulic and does my left leg no favours. I came across this car on an auction site just as it was about to finish & after a quick conversation with Michelle she favoured with me & I now have yet another project to complete -already named "Bridget" . She is likely to be 2 years in the making as I need a donor car & a handful of unique Beauford parts for a 2 door kit, so if anyone has items such as front & rear bumpers, etc please get in touch with me. I will of course have to run the gauntlet of an IVA too so beware, I will be reporting in future magazines the process & my progress. I've also had a few telephone conversations with Stephen Rennie following a previous article I wrote about the Nissan L24 engine fitted in one of my Beaufords & a popular power unit for a number of owners. It seems he’s having some problems with carburetion . He’s been using the standard stock single carburettor but has now run into fuel flow problems. Despite attention to fuel pump, filter and choke systems he cannot get his car to run properly & is now looking for a replacement stock carburettor or advice & options to upgrade to Webber carburettor however will require manifold changes too. There is a link to Stephen on the club website or please pass information to me be email to Editor@Beaufordclub.org.uk This is the Carburretor type that both Stephen & I have but my knowledge on these is quite limited ( thankfully I don't have any problems with mine on a manual choke) as I have a wide range of cars that I look after.

I did come across a Datsun website that is worth a look for Nissan engine owners with a number of modification suggestions & links http:// datsunzgarage.com/engine/

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Two old crocks, an old car, and an eccentric daughter.

This is a short story that was sent to Liz –our club secretary that has happened over a period of time and thanks to some Beauford facts sticking in a female brain “ the authors words, not mine” is now shared here, as written. You might enjoy reading this little story of irony and set of coincidences, fate, or destiny call it what you will that bought Beauford cars, fathers late lifelong friend, an old Sierra that had a meaningful part in all our lives, your good self, me, my father and the cars new keeper together. The new keeper also had a tale that bought him to visit your site. Don't worry, we are not asking for anything, relax, have a coffee and make of it what you will. My father William is 88, born and has lived his life in Coventry, motor city as was, he had a friend called Ron who lived nearby and they played and went to school together, they remained close friends till dear Ron past away several years ago, he was always honorary uncle Ron to me. William really missed dear old Ron as he was part of us, he loved cars and all things mechanical, he always wanted a Beauford car, alas age and finances precluded his dream fulfilment, his interest in Beauford and its use of Ford running gear and our ownership of a Ford stuck in my female brain, some would say female and brain are not terms used together, total tosh chaps! We have introduced William, Ron, Beauford and William's eccentric daughter Stephanie, that’s me, so how did the Sierra 'old faithful' enter our lives and why? Well, I grew up and was doing ok, William had a 'Sweeny' mk1 Ford Granada, the leather jacket and flared trousers, it was the nineteen seventies, and yes he still has the trousers, oh dear, I helped him fix up the old girl many times, (not mum, the car!) As I said I was doing ok and had aspired to a mint late Rover SD1,

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I became ill and was unable to drive and it looked like it was curtains for me, the mint condition Rover was in the garage unused and dear dad drove me around to get me out, in his Granada minus Flared trousers, I add with haste he was wearing other trousers on these outings. Eventually after many hard family years and 150,000 miles the Granada died of terminal tin-worm, (rust), as a gift for all his care I gave dad the Rover, he loved it and it had all the kit, it was mint, his first car with 5 gears, Power steering, power windows, sun roof etc. Unfortunately on an afternoon outing a drunk driver piled into the back at speed and the Rover was a wreck, parents were shaken but ok, had the car been smaller things might have been different. I saw a Sierra 2L Ghia for sale and suggested it was worth a shot, it certainly was, in the millennium enter 'centre stage', 'Old Faithful', the Sierra, Ron's comment, if this one gets bent you could build a Beauford with the bits, that’s the link and memory that stuck! I required a serious operation some distance away and parents wanted to be with me and not be encumbered with a car, enter Ron, he took us all in the Sierra to the hospital and I lived to make the return journey, thanks 'old faithful' and dear uncle Ron. I recovered and enjoyed driving the Sierra when opportunity arose and bought myself a Rover Mini Cooper, red, white stripes six lights, I was back! Incidentally Ron had his eye on the Mini as he understood early Beauford cars used the body shell, he thought Rover engine, Sierra running gear and a Mini, his dream car component list was promising. Time moved on, Ron passed away, old faithful got a clean (so did dad) and took us to the funeral, then my parents were both seriously ill with different things necessitating stays in different hospitals in different towns at the same time, old faithful was there for me, they came through, we had all come through against the odds except dear Ron. More time moved on as it relentlessly does, dad didn’t drive much and old faithful looked past its best like its owner, they both gathered dust and developed a musty fragrance, and make strange noises, smells and bits that don’t work, although the flared trousers were unfortunately still fine but the leather jacket had gone rank! Regrettably as a carer for them now and needing help myself, we needed one less car and one less old crock,

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I looked at dad, dad looked at mum and we all looked at sad mute old faithful, but how do we go about it, it is part of us, it touched us, we owe it, we couldn't send it for scrap,(we were talking of the car not poor old mum), we were not up to tyre kicking spotty youths and wouldn’t let the car loose its dignity in its dotage. Enter this new-fangled email, well it's new to a luddite like me and a spark from the fickle female memory, or was it a spiritual whisper from Ron, “Beauford cars and Ford running gear”. Dad so wished the car or soul of the car could survive so I contacted you, not expecting any reply and oblivious to your including my email on your site, the brief story must have touched you. Now the next chapter introducing the new keeper, a car enthusiast, and Duesenberg lover having previously owned and loved a Sierra some years prior, incidentally Ron loved the Duesenberg too, he was from that era. Well at some late hour the future keeper was surfing the web and fell upon my little request of a new home for ‘old faithful’ you most kindly placed on your site. By this time we were running out of hope and I had an email from the now new keeper, we exchanged much via email and he had previously owned an identical model, even colour and within a few numbers on the registration, more coincidence or divine intervention? He wanted it badly, his previous Sierra had been written off by another third party incident, he wanted it, we wanted him to have it, but he is in Somerset, a deal was struck and he collected it, William happy, I was happy, he was happy and most importantly the car was happy, the car is to be fully restored, loved, kept and used, William said “my old car is going to have a better retirement and prospect in Somerset than me”. It’s now in new loving hands. I hope you found this tale mildly amusing and touching even interesting, many thanks for your part in the saga, it’s nice to have happy endings, well the car is set for new beginnings, good luck ‘old-faithful’. Regards William, Stephanie, the cars new owner and of course ‘old faithful’.

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Rear Axle Rebuild Tony Harkett The back Axle on our Beauford had been sounding distinctly ‘out of sorts’ for some time and so last year I began collecting all the necessary bits and pieces that I thought would be necessary to overhaul it. I did a lot of research on line into the feasibility of a home rebuild and was not sure which way to go, the engineering is not rocket science but all the websites insisted that It would need ‘special tools’, but my mind was made up when I contacted a couple of local transmission overhaulers for an estimate. One wanted to strip it before he would commit and the other warned me not to try to do it myself because it would be beyond my capabilities. OK.........challenge accepted!! Identifying the correct Axle type and gathering all the new parts together took longer than expected and it was winter before I had all the spares but then no enthusiasm, and one way or another it was June this year when I finally began the job. Getting the Axle out of the car was surprisingly simple and practically all do-able from one side and the other, the exception being a couple of minutes underneath to undo the prop shaft, but It was all out in a couple of hours with only a trolley jack, four axle stands, some bits of wood and a quick helping hand to waggle the jack handle...oh.. and a puddle of Brake fluid to clear up! A good clean up revealed only one problem on the outside, a clamp on the expensive bespoke Stainless Steel Exhaust pipe had been fitted in the wrong place and had been colliding with the rear brake pipe as the suspension moved and nearly worn it through—disaster only just avoided, and simply remedied by moving the clamp around the pipe and making a new brake pipe. So much for the annual MOT inspection then! 24


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When I started to dismantle the axle however, trouble lay ahead. A previous builder had glued everything together with sticky black stuff, it was everywhere, floating in the oil, clogged in the bearings, stuck to the gear teeth, layered on the seal, but oddly enough there was none on the only place that it may have done some good—the cover plate, that was stuck on with Red sticky stuff, he had probably run out of the Black! So, after a lot of cleaning, all was ready for inspection, and I was pleased that I had ordered all new bearings because the cause of the rumbling and whining became quite clear when I looked at the originals. Some had been running hot enough to ‘blue’ the rollers and outer races, and all were very well worn.

The backlash of the crown wheel and pinion was really excessive and the worn bearings were contributing to the general slackness and noise. Most of the bearings came off quite easily with normal equipment, and some resisted almost to the end, but gave up under the persuasion of a friends motorised hydraulic press. And so to check all the components to see what needed attention. I checked the pinion shaft in my lathe and it was running true, but I decided that the teeth, although slightly marked would be fit to ‘go again’ especially as a new gear set seems to be about £550.

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The Halfshafts and the Differential carrier likewise were running true, and so it was time to put it all back together. The pinion shaft bearings have to be set up to a ‘pre-load’ which allegedly requires the use of special tools, or in my case a trawl around the internet for inspiration and then some cunning improvisation with a spring balance and a home made lever. (an ancient episode of ‘Wheeler Dealers’ shows you how) Fortunately, the company who supplied the Differential Bearing set, also helpfully included a set of instructions and clearances to make the job simpler. The backlash of the crown wheel and pinion is very simply adjusted, by adding or subtracting spacer shims from either side of the carrier, although, if it’s a long way out it would be pretty tedious. I started with the same sized spacers as were in there originally and after taking a measurement of the backlash I only needed one re-adjustment to achieve the required clearance .005-.007”. I got lucky and achieved the lower figure! The mesh of the teeth is checked by applying a thin layer of ‘Engineers blue’ and revolving the gear to transfer some of the blue to the other wheel, thereby revealing the mesh pattern. If I had remembered to take a photograph of this, it would have been easier to explain wouldn’t it? Again, its pretty simple to adjust with spacer shims, but would also be very tedious if it needed a lot of adjustment. So...... on to the second snag of the job. The wrong wheel bearings had been sent! They were for a Capri axle..... very nice, but too small. Luckily the supplier was able to exchange them for correct ones to me in a couple of days, so I used the waiting time to change all the old bonded rubber suspension bushes for the nice new Polyurethane ones that I had ordered. 26


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I read a good tip for removing the original rubber suspension bushes if they are reluctant to budge, which they most definitely were, you set fire to the rubber. It works a treat, but don’t do it if, like me, you’re working outside and your neighbour has her washing out...Oooops! Once its all burned away, which doesn’t take long, you carefully saw through the steel bush that's left, and it pops out. The new Poly Bushes are simple enough to fit, but have a mind of their own and tend to ‘boing’ off in all directions if you don’t press them in just right. I started by pushing them in with a Vice but soon graduated to using a length of M10 Studding with nuts and spacers, that way, when the bushes make a bid for freedom, they are contained by the studding. Once the new wheel bearings and retainers arrived I fitted them onto the shafts with another improvised ‘press’ which I had previously made for another job, but which worked even better for this one, and in no time the whole thing was rebuilt and ready to go back in. Refitting was just the reverse of removal, but cleaner, and the brakes bled very easily so after adding the oil to the Differential it was soon time for a test....... result...... unhappy axle noises all gone and such a huge improvement in the ride that I’ve since changed all the front axle bushes as well.

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And Finally These holes are not only amazing. Some are terrifying! The sheer scale of these holes reminds us how tiny we are. Kimberley Big Hole -

South Africa

Apparently the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the world, this 1097 meter deep mine yielded over 3 tons of diamonds before being closed.

Glory Hole - Monticello Dam, California

A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir. It is the largest spillway of this type in the world and consumes 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.

Great Blue Hole, Belize

This incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize. There are numerous blue holes around the world, but none as stunning as this one.

Sinkhole in Guatemala

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RH Specialist Insurance Appoints new Legal Protection provider. In a bid to continually improve RH’s benefits to its clients, a new legal provider (Arc Legal Assistance, Ltd) has recently been appointed. With effect from 4th April 2016, clients who select this benefit will be provided with cover for Motor Prosecution Defence and Motor Contract Disputes (up to a maximum limit of £25,000) in addition to the existing £100,000 limits for Uninsured Loss Recovery and Personal Injury cover. How does this affect me? What do I need to do? · If you’re an existing client with legal protection cover you don’t need to do anything You will automatically benefit from the enhanced levels of cover at your next renewal date Your existing legal provider (ACM ULR Limited: 0844 809 4953 ) will continue to handle new claims until 4th April 2017 and existing claims until resolved. If you insured with RH (and selected legal protection cover) after 4 th April 2016 the contact details for your legal provider are: Uninsured Loss Recovery & Personal Injury Claims: 0330 123 5992 All other Motor Legal Expenses Claims: 0333 005 0351 Address: Arc Legal Assistance Ltd PO Box 8921 Colchester Essex CO4 5YD Tel: 01206 615000 Email: customerservices@arclegal.co.uk Please quote ‘ERS Motor Legal Expenses’ when calling to request advice and obtain a claim form. The best news! The annual premium for this cover remains unchanged at just £10.50 inclusive of IPT (insurance premium tax). If you’re an existing client and haven’t previously selected this benefit, you’re welcome to add it to your policy for just £10.50. Contacting RH is easy. You can either email the Team (classicuw@ers.com) or call them on 0333 043 3911. 29


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Long bodied Beauford for sale , Old English White with burgundy carpets and trim, only used for weddings it has 17015 wedding miles on the clock and has specially fitted tip down seats to accommodate flower girls or page boys, comes with two complete 1930s Chauffeur suits plus boots and caps if required, there is also a web site and domain name should it be needed, owner retiring offers around ÂŁ16,000 Phone 0116 2339132. email john.mcnulty47@btinternet.com

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