Oh rings?


                                                                                                                                          

book-oring

                                           From time to time I work on an heritage car. These are vehicles that are more than twenty five years old. .

Over the years I have done a number of repairs to the cars plastics but in this case was asked to look for the cause of an oil leak that was covering the bell housing of the gearbox. The leak was not enough to show a loss on the dip stick but caked the area in a black horrible mess. The leak was tracked down to the distributor. After all these years the O ring had gone hard letting some oil pass.

ditributer-oring

I thought that was easy, just go down the road and buy a new one! NO! NO! No! How wrong could I be. One little old O ring turned into an epic detective case to find someone to supply it. I ended up buying a box of a hundred, making this one ring more valuable than its weight in gold!. So if anybody is looking for one O ring in a metric size I’ll sell you one. I know! but I have got get back some of the cost!.

orings

That is the problem with working on motors from the recent past, they are not old enough for people to start doing batch runs of parts to keep them going. Second hand parts in this type of case are not up to the job
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Old faring makes it to the repair bench.


finger-repair-plasweldWe introduced recently plastic repair patches for those who wanted an easy way of replacing missing pieces from their farings. It saves time and effort looking for matching plastic material that needs cleaning before it can be used as an insert.

This post illustrates what can be done with our 200 X 130 mm patch and a meter of welding rod.

We have had a broken faring in the workshop that we were going to repair and sell on. It has been on the shelf that long I can no longer remember what bike it came from. A couple of times it has been raided for spares to repair customers farings. I thought it was time to repair it and in so doing demonstrate what can be done with one repair patch.

The faring in question has had the end of the windscreen finger cut off to repair another. A template was cut from a piece of card as a guide from the intact side. Then laid on the repair patch and cut round. A bit of heat was applied to the cut out to shape it so it mimicked the curve of the finger. Then the edge of the faring and shaped piece had the edges chamfered so they could be tacked and welded together. In a number of places it needed over welding to build up the material so it was identical to the other side. Once the heat had dissipated it was machined and rubbed down with some wet and dry for a smooth blended finished. When painted you would not know that the bit had been missing in the first place.

http://www.plasweld.net 

American vintage car owners wanted.


A great chance to take part.

Vintage American Cars Wanted for Static Display

For an upcoming “Future Cinema” show (30th August – 1st September) at a London venue. They are looking for late 50’s and early 60’s American cars which can be parked around the venue to give the audience an authentic American feel.

The cars will not be driven during the show, or involved in any kind of stunt – they will just be used as decorative additions to the show.

All car owners that take part will be invited to attend the show with their family or group of friends in return for bringing their cars.

If you are interested, please get in touch with:

Alice Thill
Email: alice@futurecinema.co.uk
Mobile: 07528 261 615

Some money to take part in a focus group.


I am looking for owners of the following bikes to attend a focus group on Tuesday 16th July in London W.1. at 6.30pm.

Payment: £100 for 2 hours

Men & women aged 20 – 60

Ducati Panigale / Panigale S
BMW S1000RR
MV Augusta F4 1000 / 1000R
Aprilia RSV4

All bikes must have been bought from new and later than 2009.

For more information, please call Luci on 07940 520 224

 

French filming at the cafe.


Your chance to get involved

French TV Channel Escales is making a programme about motorcycling and the spirit of rock n’ roll in the UK.

They will be at the cafe filming and interviewing riders with Triumph’s on Friday 6th September 6pm-11pm and on Classic Bike Day, Sunday 8th Septmber from 9.30am.

For more info contact: lucieboisard@yahoo.fr

Take the challenge


Ace Cafe London Drivers Challenge!   Sunday 14th July

Entries are invited for the inaugural Ace Cafe London Drivers Challenge, a Clubman Production Car Autotest ‘Taster Event’  to be held on Sunday 14th July and which is organised by Middlesex County Automobile Club on behalf of the Ace to celebrate the cafe’s 75th anniversary of having originally opened in 1938.

Conceived primarily to provide an introduction to motor sport, the entry is limited to just 75 vehicles across six different classes each with a crew of two, driver and navigator.

The meeting, governed by the General Regulations of the Motor Sport Association (incorporating the provisions of the International Sporting Code of the FIA) includes driving around cones “against the clock” and several other timed tests, and with at least two runs at each test (on private ground) the best times count!  If there are more than two runs at a particular test, the slowest time is disregarded.

Awards up for grabs for “Fastest Time of the Day” and, subject to there being sufficient entries in each vehicle class, there will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award in each of the classes.

 Vehicle Classes:

Front-wheel drive saloons up to 1600cc

Front-wheel drive saloons over 1600cc

Rear-wheel drive saloons up to 2000cc

Rear-wheel drive saloons over 2000cc

Open/Sports cars up to 1600cc

Open/Sports cars over 1600cc

Closing date for entries is Saturday 29th June, with ceremonial start at the Ace from 9am Sunday 14th July.  

Entry, £75 includes breakfast at the Ace, from 7am, a packed lunch and food & beverage at the cafe from 6pm, together with presentation of awards.                           For more information or to enter check out: www.mcac.co.uk

or contact:

Entry Secretary Tony Phillips             Tel: +44 (0)1923 822 590

Email: tonyp@mcac.co.uk

www.ace-cafe-london.com

Short notice to take part.


Car & Bike enthusiasts wanted for TV programme!

Shine Television is
looking for car and motorbike enthusiasts to be part of a factual entertainment
series for Sky One. Filming will take place on Wednesday 17th April at Ace Cafe
London and it would be great if you could bring your car or motorbike with
you

Filming will start at 2pm and finish at 4pm

For more
information, please call:
020 7483 6607
or
email:
audience@shine.tv

A.S.A.P!