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The Beauford Club

‘Summer’ 2013 Issue 95



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Committee Members POSITION





Dennis Murphy

27 Mote Avenue, Maidstone, Kent ME15 7SU dennismurphy1@tiscali.co.uk



Neal Huitson

14 The Meadows, Sedgefield TS21 2DH nealhuitson@hotmail.com

01740 620147

Secretary & Membership Secretary

Liz Ovenden

17 Brooklime Drive, Boughton Vale, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 0SF liz.ovenden@beaufordclub.org.uk



Keith Woolfenden

Oak Tree House, Green Lane, Pamber Green, Hampshire RG26 6AD



Chris Rudge

11 Honeybourne Road, Alveley, Nr. Bridgenorth, Shropshire WV15 6PR



Michael Crozier

63 Laurel Grove, Tunstall, Sunderland SR2 9EE michael@jonhmichaelcrozier.fsnet.co.uk



Bill Buckley

18 Kelsey Lane Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7GL



Paul Hicks

Rosehill, Kellow, Looe, Cornwall PL13 1LE beauford.editor@btopenworld.com

01503 262069

Tony Ovenden 17 Brooklime Drive, Boughton Vale, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 0SF



Beauford Cars Ltd.

David Young


07794 452034

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The Chairman’s Page Dennis

Holiday time is here again and at last some decent weather. We had a week away in Devon before the schools broke up and met quite a lot of people who had time to chat to about the car. It always comes as a bit of a surprise though when someone actually recognises it asks you about your Beauford. We went to visit Agatha Christie’s summer home Greenway, which is near Brixham. The original plan was to go on the ferry from Torquay, but that wasn’t running on the day we wanted to go so we went in the Beauford. The house is down narrow lanes and you have to book a car park space in advance but that wasn’t a problem. The trouble started when we followed the route the NT prefers you to use when you leave the house. To avoid going through the village of Galmpton, they ask you to turn off onto a road that gradually gets narrower and narrower; then you meet a car coming towards you and have to find a passing place; then white van man

appears and you have to back up into the hedge! My advice is to keep to the ‘main’ road and you won’t have to use the waste bin from the hotel room as a bucket to clean the red mud off your whitewall tyres before going to the Powderham show where you want the car to look its best. We were at Powderham on the Sunday and enjoyed wonderful weather, good company (two other Beaufords) and plenty to look at. There were hundreds of cars as well as motorbikes, old bicycles, steam traction engines and even Romany caravans. There was also a car auction taking place in the afternoon. One highlight was a steam hauled train whistling as it passed the showground. At £5 for a car and two people we thought it was good value compared to some other car shows. Towards the end of last year I had trouble with water getting into the car between 5


the window glass and the top of the rear doors. I wondered if the rubber seal had become hard over time and tried to make sure it was bedding down onto the top of the door, cutting short slits where it went over the cover plates. I had a moment of inspiration from looking at the seal on our shower and bought a length of rubber seal that has a round profile so it makes much wider contact with the door. Then I thinned the plates to keep the line of the rubber as smooth as possible. So far, so good, although we haven’t been out in any really heavy rain since!

door glass. The screws for the press stud bases and a couple of rivets hold the two parts together. I used a short piece of the new window rubber to give a good seal at the bottom of the panel.

Also at the back of the car I’ve replaced the supplied closing panels with sturdier pieces made up from two lengths of 2” x 2” x ⅛” aluminium angle, fixed together to make up the correct angle and to give a good fit against the

Otherwise things are going reasonably smoothly apart from a sticking starter motor solenoid. I didn’t do anything about it after it happened the first time, and all was well for about three months, but now it has happened again I think it’s time for a replacement. I’m assuming it’s the original which is over 30 years old, so it doesn’t owe me anything, but it’s really not a good look to be seen hitting the thing to get the engine started! Anyway, let’s hope the good weather continues now that it’s finally arrived. Happy motoring

FORTHCOMING EVENTS National Kit & Performance, Donington

Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th August

Kit Car Show, Exeter

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th October



From the Editor Firstly, I must apologise for being a little late in publishing this edition but my summer, so far, has been particularly hectic. The wedding season is in full swing and 2013 seems to be the year that more brides than usual seem to have decided that this was the year to ‘tie the knot’. Before I go much further, I would must ask if any of our readers would like to have a picture of their ‘pride and joy’ on the cover of the Autumn magazine. It could be an old picture or one that you take especially for the purpose. The autumn leaves start dropping in September/October so why not get your nice new digital camera out and have a go. Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I started to hear unusual noises from one of my Beauford’s gearbox. Mind you, to begin with I wasn’t sure that it was the gearbox. It was quite a deep rumbling or knocking noise that seemed to change with engine speed and what was worse, it was intermittant. However, as is always the case with these things - it got worse. At least this allowed me to narrow it down, because it then became obvious that the noise disappeared when the clutch was pressed. This then indicated that it was at the front end of the gearbox and not the engine relief! Fortunately, several years ago, I acquired a 5 speed Nissan gearbox with an unknown history - so I fitted it as a temporary measure. It turned out that this gearbox was a ‘dog leg’ box probably from a Nissan 160J SSS. They were designed to assist with quick changes between 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th - ideal fro racing. I don’t know if you have ever tried driving with a dog leg box but it does take some getting used to. The most noticeable difference is that reverse is where 1st would be on the standard box. Guess how many times I’ve selected reverse while waiting to pull away from road junctions - embarrassing really. So I fitted a buzzer to the reversing light - problem solved. Getting back to the original gearbox, it transpired that the front layshaft bearing had all but disintegrated. The bearing cage had come apart but most of the ball bearings had stayed in the frame and so prevented a disaster. An £18 bearing later and all is well and ready to fit back into the Beauford.

This little escapade did make me wonder if any of our members out there have unused gearboxes or engines sitting in the back of their garage. Particularly, those members who might have changed a manual for automatic boxes. If so, and you want to dispose of the manual, you might like to contact me. Following a number of emails from readers, I have included an article from the National Association of Wedding Car Providers about the use of un-licenced wedding cars for proms. It may be of interest and may just save someone from falling foul of the law. One of the highlights of this summer season was the Clubs’ first trip to the Crash Box and Classic Car Rally at Powderham Castle. Although there were not a huge number of us, we did attract lots of interest. I have written a few words and added some pictures later in the magazine. Perhaps we can encourage more members to come south next year - rally is on the 12th and 13th July. My latest project is to rebuild a Nissan 260Z engine and to keep it as a spare - just in case. So far, I have had the block rebored and polished the head and valves. I got a full rebuild kit from the USA where these things are available ‘off the shelf’ at a very reasonable cost - postage is steep though. It made me think that it is worth sharing some ‘useful contacts’ via these pages in case other members need to do something similar. So I have made a start in this edition. If you have a useful contact, please let me know and I will include it next time. So enjoy the rest of the summer and don’t forget those pictures and articles - keep them coming. 7

OVENDEN’S OFFERING Liz What a difference summer has been from last year. Having read my report for this time in 2012 I see that last year it had been more or less continually raining. However, apart from the odd shower/thunderstorm how nice has the past month been. The last time it was as hot as this was apparently in 1976, and I actually remember it well as I spent the whole summer with my arm in plaster (I had RSI before it had been invented). On the weekend of 13th-14th July we were due to go down to Exeter for the Powderham Castle Classic Car Show. We set off after lunch on Saturday (due to DIY commitments at Ovenden Towers we were unable to leave before then). It was a beautiful hot day, and top down on the Beauford we set off. About an hour and a half later the car started spluttering and then cut out, just as if we had run out of petrol (had almost a tank full). We waited about 20 minutes on the hard shoulder of the M5 and then the car started again, running fine. Then another half hour later the same thing happened again. Another wait and then off again, and this time we made it to Michael Wood Services before it stopped again. At least if you are going to conk out it’s a good place to stop. We called out the RAC and a couple of coffees and a cold drink later our man turned up. He was very good and tested everything which proved to be ok. He came to the same conclusion as us which was that we had fuel vaporisation due to excessive heat. Our fuel filter, although it had a heat shield next to it was quite near the exhaust pipe and coupled with the extreme heat (33 degrees) was causing the problem. Must admit it was a bit uncomfortable to travel with the top down as even the breeze was hot air and we were starting to burn. We decided very sadly to abandon the Powderham car show and take a leisurely drive home. There is always next year when we will try again. Believe it or not, we actually drove all the way home without any problems at all, but it was later in the day and not quite so hot, so this more or less confirmed our diagnosis. We

have now had the fuel filter moved and replumbed away from the exhaust. Our plan had been to travel to Exeter and after the show to carry on down to Cornwall to stay with some friends for a few days. Having got home we stayed there on Sunday and had a very good journey down to Cornwall on Monday in the Mazda, complete with air con (wonderful). We had a smashing hot week with our friends and came home on Friday when it was still as hot. As we usually do a couple of hours each driving and then swop we could not believe the heat which hit us when we got out of the car to change drivers. Just like going on holiday abroad when you get off the plane and this wall of heat hits you. Back at Ovenden Towers the DIY is till progressing but I have been given a couple of hours off to write my magazine article. Have not heard any swearing or untoward noises so guess all is going well at the moment. I see that it’s a year since I wrote about that neighbourhood cat which keeps getting into the garage and sleeping on the car roof. Do wish people would keep their cats in at night. We are still having problems. Now putting the car away with the top down so cat is currently sleeping either on the back seat or on the car mat (more hair). We have tried blocking up all the holes in the garage where it could get in, but it’s still managing it.


THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE Renewals I have already sent out two lots of renewal reminders but I’ve still a fair few people who have not bothered to answer me, even to say that they do not want to renew. Perhaps they are not getting my emails, who can say, spam filters do some funny things sometimes, so as and when I get a moment I will make a few phone calls and hope that does the trick. Anyway, anyone who has not renewed by the time this magazine comes out will not get a copy. 2013 – unlucky for some! Since mentioning in the last magazine about whether any of you have been affected by the unlucky 13 in 2013 – well it appears that there is some truth in that weddings are being put off for this year as I have heard from two or three different members that their wedding bookings are down on previous years. I do so hope that this is only a blip and that once weddings for 2014 are being planned, then bookings will perk up. The other theory is that due to the current economic climate wedding cars are a luxury for some and brides are making do with a smart family car. Hopefully things will improve. MOT – front bench seats Some of the first original long bodied Beaufords which were built purely for the wedding market do have fixed front bench seats. I have now heard that with effect from next year all front bench seats must be able to be moved to at least three different positions otherwise they will fail their MOT. Beauford Registration I am amazed, but there still seem to be cars around which are not registered as Beaufords but whose log books still say Ford Cortina or Ford Beauford or something similar. Beware, the DVLA is out to get you and I am afraid that if you are the owner of one of these cars then you will need to sort it out soon. Beauford Googlegroup

At the AGM it was pointed out that there are probably quite a few members who do not realise that we have a googlegroup or understand what it is about. Our Beauford Club googlegroup is an on line chat type forum for the benefit of members who have a Beauford related problem, whether it be searching for a spare part or wanting advice on how something might work. To join go on to the Club’s web site where you will find a link to the googlegroup and you can then post your question/comment which will go out to all the other members who have joined the group. Hopefully one or more of them will then post an answer to you (this too will go to every user). Please do not use this site as a selling point or post an offensive or inappropriate comment as these will be deleted. Insurance – RH is the latest insurance company to come on board with the Beauford club and have sent me the following “You’ve reached 70 so we cannot insure you” This is not a renewal message you’ll get from RH It’s common knowledge that the population is ageing, but it’s ageing well. Older drivers are fitter and more outgoing than they have ever been. For classic and kit car enthusiasts in particular, the “autumn of life” can be a golden age, a time to really enjoy and lavish attention on your vehicles. Unfortunately, the approach to older drivers that is now being taken by some classic and kit car insurers is not so much autumnal as wintry. Some are withdrawing personal accident benefits from their older clients whilst others are being even more blunt about it by simply stating that if you are past 70 then you are past insuring. RH Classic is not one of these “anti-grey” insurers. The Brentwood based specialist is more than happy to consider applications 9


for cover from individuals over 70. “Naturally, each case is assessed on its own merits, exactly as it would be for younger drivers” says Emma Airey of RH. “but there is no upper age limit, and nor are there exclusions for kit car club members. As long as the individual and their vehicle meet RH’s standard underwriting criteria, we will supply a quotation”. There are plenty of other reasons for choosing RH, as the vast majority of RH customers who stay with the company every renewal year will happily testify. Besides the competitive rates and quality service you would expect, RH does not bill administration fees for services like the short-term addition of friends or family members to the policy or supplying duplicate documentation – services for which other brokers routinely charge up to £35. If you are an over 70s classic or kit car owner who has just had a rude shock at renewal time, you might want to go to www.rhclassicinsurance.co.uk or call RH on 01277 206911 to chat with people who believe in the classic Hugh Hefner quote “if you’re healthy, age is just a number.” Stoneleigh Before I forget my thanks to those members who helped set up the gazebos on Saturday and helped us dismantled them on Monday – we really do appreciate your help as this is something which Tony and I cannot do on our own. Once again we had a record turnout of 15 cars on Sunday and a good half a dozen on Monday. Also not bad weather for Stoneleigh and we all managed to sit outside and catch a bit of sun. Thanks to all the members who came to the show and attended the AGM, this year we had 18 members present, as opposed to last year when there were 15 cars on the stand but only 11 members present at the AGM. The quorum for the AGM is 12 and if

we do not have a quorum then we cannot hold an AGM and pass any new rules etc. However, thanks to one of our members last year giving me a proxy vote, we were ok. Once again we held our Beauford autojumble and this proved to be very popular and just goes to show that one man’s unwanted parts are another man’s car life saver. Spare parts are getting harder and harder to find these days and I think we will say that the autojumble at Stoneleigh is here to stay. Forthcoming Events National Kit and Performance Car Show, Donington .. 24th and 25th August www.doningtonkitcarshow.co.uk If anyone knows of any other shows which members may be interested, then please let Liz know and she will put the details on the web site as well as including them in this list. National Kit and Performance Car Show, Donington 24th and 25th August This was quite a nice, well attend (apart from our club) show last year and I have again booked a space in the club area. It was noted by a member last year that unlike Stoneleigh who allow children under 16 free entry, Donington were charging all children over the age of 5 years, £6 entrance fee. I have written to them about this saying that in many cases grandparents will take their grandchildren to a car show, paying for the adult entry if the children go free. However, the economics of this was totally lost on the organisers who still believe it is value for money to charge children a £6 entrance fee. Potential Rally at Baddesley Clinton, Nr Knowle, West Midlands Unfortunately, despite putting a piece in the last magazine about this no one has come forward to say they are interested so I guess we will have to decline Colin Ingley’s kind offer to organise something. 10


Annual General Meeting Minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting held at the Warwick Rooms, NAC Stoneleigh on Sunday 5th May 2012 at 3.00 pm



Dennis Murphy - Chairman Liz Ovenden – Secretary Tony Ovenden – Web Master Keith Woolfenden – Committee Member Bill Buckley Ken and Carol Price Debbie Buckley Maureen Murphy Hamish Freeman Pete and Maureen Horsfield Kevin and Cynthia Yeomans Ted and Chris Byron Brian Simmonds Derek Bracegirdle Colin Ingley John Forbes Peter Bacon Kevin Jones Neal Huitson Ray Dobbs and Paula Thacker Paul Hicks

Dennis opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the 23rd AGM and was pleased to see that there were 15 cars on the Club stand Quorum As there were 16 members present there was a quorum for the meeting. Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting It was agreed that any matters arising from the 2012 Annual General Meeting would be dealt with under the appropriate section of this meeting. Otherwise the Minutes were agreed. Chairman’s Report Dennis thanked all those members who had come to the Show and were attending the meeting

There had been no major changes in the Club over the last twelve months. The number of wedding car hire members was still increasing but there were a steady number of members in the Club. Dennis said that he had been to the car show at Detling earlier in the year, but that there was a very poor turn out of both stands and visitors. There was then a discussion on insurance companies and how one of two of these companies were not insuring cars which were “owner built”, although when cars were now with their third, fourth or even fifth owner it was hard to know where they had been built. Some of the insurance brokers advertising in the magazine were now taking on board new underwriters and 11


as the same brokers would offer different quotes to different members for the same car specification, it was advised that members should look around to get the best deals. Treasurer’s Report Dennis read out the draft accounts from the Treasurer, Neal Huitson, who had taken over from Mike Peachey half way through the year. Final accounts, if not available by the publication of these Minutes will be available at a later date. However, Neal was thanked for taking on the position of Treasurer for the Club Secretary/Membership Secretary’s Report The club currently has 145 members who have so far paid up this year, with about 50+ still outstanding. Due to various commitments at home email reminders have not yet been sent out but hopefully this will happen within the next week or so. However, since the beginning of March there have been another three new members, two of whom have bought their cars for personal use. Overall the membership is fairly steady – each year new members replace those who have decided not to rejoin.

that they retain their statutory exemption from licensing. With effect from the next magazine we will have a new insurance advertiser, RH Insurance who have taken out a half page advert for the forthcoming year, taking over the space left by Frank Pickles who now intend to concentrate on classis car insurance. RH advise that they will have no problems in insuring the over 70s which has been a problem with some owners. Finally as most of you already know, Beauford Cars have moved to new premises and are open for business. Although they are not selling many cars at the moment, it is hoped that things will improve as we come out of the current financial depression. Editor’s Report Due to wedding commitments, Paul Hicks had been unable to attend the meeting, but had sent an Editor’s Report which Dennis read out to the meeting: Please accept my apologies for absence at this year’s AGM but with weddings on Saturday and Monday it does make travelling to Stoneleigh on Sunday a bit of a challenge. So, unaccustomed as I am to public writing, here is my report:

The wedding page is still proving popular with 82 members last year having a listing on it, all of which goes towards the upkeep of the web site.

Firstly, may I thank all those members who have kindly sent me such interesting articles. The feedback from our members has been very positive indeed. Our readers like to hear about the challenges that our members face and how they overcome them. They love to hear about the journey in the iconic Beauford. They also report that they find the technical and building tips very useful indeed.

Regarding weddings, the good news is that it looks like owners with wedding/ funeral cars will not have to register with their local Councils as the Law Commission is now going to recommend

So I encourage all of our members to dig into their memory banks for the story about that memorable journey or the ‘fault from hell’ – we will love to hear about it. Perhaps even the history and

In the last magazine there were suggested venues for meets or shows, but so far there has been only one response, albeit positive – there is no point organising club events if no one wants to turn up or attend.



pictures of your own particular Beauford. You will have noticed that this year we have improved the production quality of the magazine which I hope meets everyone’s approval. Fortunately we have just managed to keep the weight just under the limit for a 2nd class postage stamp. We have also provided a very readable facility online using the Isuzo website and Tony links to that website every issue. However, the rising cost of postage is real factor in our expenditure. The production and postage cost of the magazine is currently £2.20 per copy. This means that the 4 issues a year costs a total £8.80 which doesn’t leave a lot to spare from the £10 membership fee. The cost of posting the magazine overseas has also risen to an average of £3 per copy. This is one area where I propose to the AGM that it asks overseas members to pay for the additional postage IF they require a ‘hard copy’ of the magazine. The feedback that I have had is that most would happily pay the extra £12 a year for the magazine. Of course, if they choose not to, the magazine is still available on line at no extra cost. As for the next year, I would be more than pleased to continue as your Editor – if elected. However, I would not want to deprive other members of the opportunity if they have a burning ambition to take on the role. Paul was thanked for the excellent magazines he had produced throughout the year Webmaster’s Report Because Microsoft have decided that they will no longer support Front Page, the software which was used for editing

the old web site, a later software package was purchased – Microsoft Expression – and this has been used to set up the new web site. The web site is still self-supporting, as apart from the income from the wedding page listings the adverts page also has an income from non Club members. In 2011/12 there were 59 adverts on the site – 13 of which were paid for In 2012/13 there were 45 adverts on the site – 14 of which were paid for Which was down by 14 but up by 1 paid advert If anyone would like to have a photo of their car on the “ribbon” at the top of the web pages then please email them and they can be inserted. Comments have been made about the magazine being on the web site before being received by members. This is because as soon as Paul sends the magazine (by email) to the printers he sends a copy to me and I put it on the site. Thus it can usually be viewed about a week before members receive a hard copy. Election of Committee As there were no Committee resignations this year and no members who wished to become Committee members, it was agreed on a show of hands that the Committee should stay as it was. Club Activities If there are any shows which members think the club would benefit from attending then please let Liz know and she would arrange to have the details put on the web site and in the magazine. It was decided that if any member(s) attended regional shows then perhaps if 13


they could do a short show report for the magazine then perhaps it might encourage other members to attend the following year. Club Facilities A new hot water boiler had been purchased last year and it was found that the generator was struggling a bit to cope with it and any cool boxes which were also plugged into it. Tony was asked to investigate the cost of a new 2kw generator which he agreed to do. Any Other Business Liz was asked to enquire of Beauford Cars what their official name was now as David Young seemed to be running his business under various other names.

Following on from Paul’s comments about overseas postage, Liz would contact the four members involved, but it was suggested, and agreed on a show of hands, that in future all European/ overseas new members would be asked to pay a subscription equivalent to £20 per annum. It was also mentioned that not all members seemed to know about the Googlegroup, and it was agreed to put an article in the next magazine to let members know more about it. Derek Bracegirdle thanked everyone who had organised the Stoneleigh meeting. The meeting closed at 3.55 pm

Insurance - Footman James FJ have recently notified me that they have now taken on board a new insurance company, Liverpool Victoria and some of the more relevant points which will affect Beauford insurance are: The standard age is 80 next birthday after which time we refer drivers to the insurance company (They still probably continue but perhaps ask further questions). Those insured already can continue to renew virtually open ended. Limited mileage increased from 6 to 7,000 miles Minumum excess down from £100 to £50 Agreed value on cars can be agreed (Over £15K requires independent or club valuer) Increased discount for members of the Beauford Car Club Regarding the amateur build problem which came up recently they can confirm that provided the car meets the usual criteria for road traffic act/IVA, there is no distinction (RSA had a period of problems but even they have now gone back to no restrictions).



Does anyone have a problem with garage thieves?

He was sick and tired of thieves breaking into his garage shop. So he came up with this idea to give his Woofter a haircut. He put the word out that he had a new Mexican Lion that would attack anyone that tried to break in or climb his fence. Would-be thieves saw the "Lion" from a distance and fled the scene. The poor dog's probably trying to figure out why his head's so hot and his ‘bum’ is so cold.



A lighthearted look at Changing the Datsun 240Z engine crankshaft rear oil seal by Tony Harkett The daughter of our good friends was getting married, and when our faithful and reliable Beauford was mentioned as the wedding car we were of course happy to oblige, so came the fateful day when I had to drive from home in Kent to the wedding venue on the South Coast. All went without a hitch in delivering

drip from under the car, so I kept it under discreet observation and, sure enough there it was again..... and again...... and again.....getting faster!....... Now what? Nothing I can do, just ignore it until all the guests have gone inside. Well as you may know, wedding photographers are a tenacious bunch and there were 2 of them here, so ages later I managed to

Our Beauford smugly waiting to leak oil bride and dad to the church, and then taking the newly weds to the reception...... a very exclusive and well known venue in the Chichester area. I drove up the winding path between the flower beds and parked outside the ornamental ‘Temple’ for the happy couple to have the photographs taken with the car. As I stood back out of the line of fire I thought that I noticed a

look discreetly underneath the car and a sizeable pool of engine oil had accumulated and was running down the slope of the pristine drive............ something at the back of the engine had sprung a leak and the oil was dripping from under the the bell housing.



At this point, good luck shone on me as I heard a whistle in the distance! Happily the bridegroom is a steam engine fanatic and his traction engine was wheezing up the road driven by two of his friends who were bringing it to the reception for photographs, so I quickly reversed the Beauford away and parked it on some grass where the drips wouldn’t show, and the traction engine clanked up the drive and parked over my oil slick, therefore absorbing any blame........... success!! After the food and celebrations, and

Now came the bit I really didn’t want to do, fixing the oil leak, but first to find it! When I slithered underneath, most of the (normally) pristine engine / gearbox / chassis was covered in the leaked oil, so first it needed a good degrease and clean. With that accomplished and the resultant mess cleaned up, it was time to remove the flywheel cover plate and run the engine, only to find that the oil was leaking, as suspected from the worst possible place, the crankshaft


The partially cleaned scene of the oil leak having checked for any obvious fixable leaks, and found nothing, I started on the gentle journey home punctuated by frequent stops to check the dipstick, and the journey was accomplished without mishap. Luckily the car is automatic so there was no danger of clutch problems from wayward oil.

rear oil seal! The obvious way forward was to have a cup of tea and then remove the gearbox to gain access to the back of the engine but further horizontal research convinced me that, although there were only a few bolts and wires involved, the engine might also need to be released in order to tilt it enough to withdraw the gearbox, and so came 17


the decision to take the engine out instead and leave the gearbox in place. A solution prompted by lack of facilities and a new found dislike of laying underneath cars. I had a look at the American Datsun websites, www.zcar.com is a good one, and found that leaking flywheel seals are not at all uncommon in these engines, so I felt happier about continuing, knowing that I had probably diagnosed the problem correctly, and

and many more cups of tea, by mid afternoon the engine was ready to come out, except that it had no lifting brackets, so I spent a couple of hours in the workshop (i.e. shed) making some. So far, so good. O n Tu e s d a y a l l m y f r i e n d s h a d mysteriously gone missing having heard what was going on, and so my wife was pressed into service to waggle the handle of the borrowed engine crane and the engine was soon out and


“Shouldn’t the blue thing be in that hole in the car?” that the fix should be relatively straightforward, and most of all....quick. I’m lucky also to have a local expert in Fourways Engineering who specialise in Z cars, and who supplied the parts needed. And so to work................ I started on a Monday morning by marking everything and taking photographs of everything else to avoid mistakes in wiring runs, etc when I put it all back, and after a leisurely progress

dripping on the drive. Having reached this stage, changing the oil seal is in fact a very simple job as long as you know how the trick of getting the old one out, which is perhaps not obvious to the layman. I spent my working life as a Marine Engineer and so by using a ‘trick of the trade’ the old seal came out easily. I won’t write how it’s accomplished here in case the purists among you should shrink away in horror at the apparent 18


brutality. (If you need to know how to

came off, the old seal came out and I



do it, give me a ring ) So, with the engine on my faithful old Workmate bench, the drive plate (no flywheel, remember, it’s an automatic)

cleaned up the seal housing and inspected the running area.......... oh!....... the crankshaft had a very slight marking where the old seal has


been running since 1998, so I manufactured a .030” thick spacer from some special engineering plastic that I just ‘happened to have’. This goes in the housing in front of the seal and has the effect of spacing the seal a little further back so that it now runs on a pristine part of the crankshaft. After inspecting the hidden core plug thats revealed when you take the drive plate and cover off and finding it OK, it all went back together, and the bolts were

mountings had got a bit........ well........ old, and the Kenlowe fan thermostatic switch was well on the way to giving up, and so a trip to ‘Car Builder Solutions’ near Maidstone was on the cards for the next day for nice new bits. For those of you that don’t know, Car Builder Solutions is an Aladdin’s cave of everything you could possibly need for a Kit Car. Wednesday came, and with the nice


The cause of all the work, the old seal torqued up to the correct setting. The engine and engine bay was given a good clean and it was all ready to go back in within 3 hours of coming out, including time off for tea. At this point a friend arrived, scrounged some lunch and was pressed into service to help put the engine back where it belongs. We simply dropped it into place with a few bolts, because I had found, when I took the engine out, that the flexible

new mountings fitted I reassembled most of the other bits and pieces, but some of the more inaccessible bits had to be mercilessly cleaned / polished / painted before they were good enough to go back and never be seen again! A fancy fan thermostat switch had taken my eye in Car Builder Solutions and I couldn’t resist it because it was shiny, but unfortunately I gave myself a lot of extra work to make it fit, not because there was anything wrong 20



Back where it belongs with it, but because I decided to put it in a ‘better’ place..... Ah well, it is a Kit Car and meant to be played with after all. Thursday dawned and a couple of hours gentle work in the sunshine (yes really) and it was all back in place with new oil, filter and Anti Freeze, and started first turn of the key and best of all................ no leaks!.

The whole job was very enjoyable apart from the laying underneath bit, and was completed easily in four days, at a very leisurely pace, without much help, and including two trips to buy parts, and it was made better and more enjoyable by some freak weather (it was sunny) so that I was able to work in comfort on the drive with plenty of room to put cups of tea down.

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A bloke starts his new job at the zoo and is given three tasks. First is to clear the exotic fish pool of weeds. As he does this a huge fish jumps out and bites him. To show who is boss, he beats it to death with a spade. Realizing his employer won't be best pleased he disposes of the fish by feeding it to the lions, as lions will eat anything. Moving on to the second job of clearing out the Chimp house, he is attacked by the chimps that pelt him with coconuts. He swipes at two chimps with a spade killing them both. What can he do? Feed them to the lions, he says to himself, because lions eat anything... He hurls the corpses into the lion enclosure. He moves on to the last job which is to collect honey from the South American Bees. As soon as he starts he is attacked by the bees. He grabs the spade and smashes the bees to a pulp. By now he knows what to do and shovels them into the lions cage because lions eat anything. Later that day a new lion arrives at the zoo.. He wanders up to another lion and says "What's the food like here?" The lions say: "Absolutely brilliant, today we had Fish and Chimps with Mushy Bees



The Crashbox Club of Great Britain

Powderham Rally By

Paul Hicks Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred

it in 1391 and it has remained in the same family to this day, currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. The magical

Powderham Castle

A trio of Club Beaufords at Powderham

years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes. Sir Philip Courtenay began building

setting and convenient location made it the perfect venue for the Crash Box and Classic Car Club Rally on the 13th and 14th of July. 23

THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE This year, we were blessed with glorious sunshine on both days and wasn’t it hot. This is the 40th rally held at Powderham. The fields were absolutely packed full of cars, motor bikes, traction engines, lorries

when in the early 90's the words 'and Classic Car' were added to the club name to be able to embrace the later types of car though predominately still over 25 to 30 years old.

and just about everything else that could be loosely described as ‘transport’

However they have no exact definition of what constitutes a 'classic car'. In fact, to become a member you do not even have to own a classic or historic car - they simply welcome all those with an enthusiasm for the world of old cars.

If you have never heard of the Crash Box Club, a little bit about them. It was established in 1964. The Crash Box and Classic Car Club is a multi-make classic car club with a wide variety of vehicles in the ownership of its members. Originally simply known as "The Crash Box Club"

I was at the rally on the Sunday, together with Dennis and Maureen and our new members, Carole and Brian and I must 24

THE BEAUFORD CLUB MAGAZINE say that the Beaufords looked really splendid and drew a lot of attention. It was a shame that Liz and Tony couldn’t make it but, as Liz has already mentioned, the weather was so hot that it caused vapor locks in their Beauford’s fuel system and

For those who like auto-jumble, this had an auto-jumble to die for. What is for some, a pile of old junk is a long lost treasure for others. I was at a stand thinking that this lot was destined for the scrap yard crusher when the gentleman next to me identified a

they had to turn back. But still, our little party enjoyed our picnic in the park and soaked up the rays, so to speak.

pair of brass headlights from a 1940 Rolls Royce. They had been painted and looked awful, but when he scratched the surface it revealed that they were solid brass. I don’t know what he paid for them but he seemed delighted.

The show was truly massive with an estimated 1000 contributors of various types. Just walking around the showground took well over an hour and stopping to have a look added to that.

Another attraction was the ‘classic’ car auction. Although I didn’t stand around to 25


watch the bidding, I did look at the cars for sale and they ranged from early Austin 7s to MGBs from the sixties and even a Vauxhall Viva from the seventies(ish). I did like the look of a 1974 Datsun 240Z although the owner didn’t like the idea that

main railway line heading towards the Dawlish sea wall. The traction engines had lined up along the edge of the field to greet the great machine with a mass whistle. It made the hairs on your neck stand up.

I only wanted it for the engine and gearbox to put in a Beauford.

Although not my cup of tea, the exhibition of commercial trucks was also very impressive. The effort that many of the owner drivers put into these vehicles is to be applauded.

Traction engines are always impressive at these events and this was no different. There must have been 50 or more of the ‘beasts‘ gleaming in the sunshine and belching smoke and steam. A real highlight was that we were treated to a visit from the Flying Scotsman on the adjacent

For me, the day ended at 4:30 so that I could start the drive back to the deep south (Cornwall) after a really enjoyable day. We really must do it again next year. 26


Reproduced by the kind permission of the NAWCP

If I do Proms, Anniversaries or any other work in my unlicensed Wedding Car what are the possible problems? Firstly if you are fully licensed by your local authority and have full private hire and reward insurance (not wedding hire insurance) then you have no problems at all provided the car is safe and roadworthy and is being driven by a fully local authority licensed private hire

driver. The driver must be licensed by the same local authority as the cars. The potential problems lie with being unlicensed, they fall into three main categories 1. The local authority 2. The Police 3. Civil action (having an accident with passengers on board)

A fireman was working on the engine outside the Station, when he noticed a little girl nearby in a little red cart with little ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle. The girl was wearing a fireman’s helmet. The cart was being pulled by her dog and her cat. The firefighter walked over to take a closer look. 'That sure is a nice fire engine,' the fireman said with admiration. 'Thanks,' the girl replied. The fireman looked a little closer. The girl had tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's testicles. 'Little girl,' the fireman said, 'I don't want to tell you how to run your fire engine, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster. ' The little girl replied thoughtfully, 'You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren.'



1. The local authority have inspectors who go to proms and the like, in order to check licences and they report back to their authority that they have caught you breaking the law. The Authority have several courses of action they can take. The most unlikely is to just issue you with a written warning, more likely is that they will bring a prosecution in the magistrate’s court for working unlicensed and finally they could report you to the police for illegally carrying fare paying passengers whilst unlicensed and uninsured. (You will be uninsured as wedding insurance only covers the carriage of passengers in connection with a wedding). If you have obtained full private hire and reward insurance it will only cover fully licensed vehicles driven by fully licensed drivers ergo without all the licences in place, valid and issued by the same authority, the full private hire and reward insurance will be repudiated by your insurance company. 2. The police will take a far more robust view and will definitely prosecute. If at the time of the offence they realise the vehicle you are using is uninsured they will immediately impound it and you will not be able to retrieve it from them until you have produced a valid insurance certificate. To obtain a valid insurance certificate you would need to have the vehicle fully licensed by your local authority. The police won’t let you have it back until it is insured and you will have it tested and certified by the local authority which makes obtaining the correct licences almost impossible. Most local authorities won’t licence vehicles over five or seven years of age anyway. Impasse, the only way you might be able to ultimately get your vehicle back is through the courts – very expensive. Also remember every day that it is

impounded the vehicle is racking up parking fees along with the cost of the original impounding, again very expensive. The final outcome could well be that you don’t get the vehicle back and it will be scrapped or sold to cover the fees. Needless to say for driving without insurance you will have your driving licence suspended for at least six months and that’s on top of very heavy fines. Very few if any local authorities, at a later date, would be prepared to licence you for private hire with that on your driving record. 3. Civil action is the worst case scenario. If you have a serious accident with passengers onboard and one or more is maimed for life or god forbid there is a fatality you will get all the problems above together with a probable prison sentence as well, but that’s not all. The victim’s parents could well sue you in the courts and if successful it could mean you have to sell all your assets, including your house, to meet the damages and costs awarded. One point before anyone says rubbish. Third party and passenger cover will still be met by the insurance company as required by law even if your policy is repudiated, but in every case the insurance company will always pursue you through the courts to recover all their costs so the outcome is the same, you could lose everything. The choice is yours. If you break the law you choose to accept the consequences!! SOURCES. Tra vi s Mo rl e y Asso ci a te s. L e g a l consultants to the Association Peter James Insurance. Peter James is the insurance advisor to the Association



And Finally This is a story about A Fly, a Fish, a Bear, A Hunter, a Mouse and a Cat And there is a moral to this story...... In the dead of summer a fly was resting among leaves beside a stream. The hot, dry fly said to no one in particular, 'Gosh...if I go down five inches I will feel the mist from the water and I will be refreshed.' There was a fish in the water thinking, 'Gosh...if that fly goes down five inches, I can eat him.' There was a bear on the shore thinking, 'Gosh....if that fly goes down five inches that fish will jump for the fly...and I will grab the fish!!' It also happened that a hunter was farther up the bank of the lake preparing to eat a cheese sandwich....'Gosh,' he thought, 'if that fly goes down five inches... and that fish leaps for it... that bear will expose himself and grab for the fish. I'll shoot the bear and have a proper lunch.' Now, you probably think this is enough activity on one river bank, but I can tell you there's more.... A wee mouse by the hunter's foot was thinking, 'Gosh, if that fly goes down five inches... and that fish jumps for that fly.. and that bear grabs for that fish..the dumb hunter will shoot the bear and drop his cheese sandwich.' A cat lurking in the bushes took in this scene and thought, (as was fashionable to do on the banks of this particular river around lunch time). 'Gosh...if that fly goes down five inches and that fish jumps for that fly and that bear grabs for that fish and that hunter shoots that bear and that mouse makes off with the cheese sandwich ...then I can have mouse for lunch.' The poor fly is finally so hot and so dry that he heads down for the cooling mist of the water. The fish swallows the fly. The bear grabs the fish. The hunter shoots the bear. The mouse grabs the cheese sandwich. The cat jumps for the mouse. The mouse ducks. The cat falls into the water and drowns

NOW, The Moral Of The Story................... Whenever a fly goes down five inches Some pussy's gonna be in serious danger! 29


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