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Thanks Barry, I missed your reply when you wrote it. I've taken a copy of your scan for my file.

There's a really stunning and Mk1 Cobra article in this months Octane magazine which arrived this morning to provide distraction from the old working from home. The car was restored by Brooklands Motor Co and belongs to John Kent. CSX2082. Some studio quality pics and a very arty cover shot. Look for the 'April' edition.

ACOC News and Events / Goodwood Revival 2021
« on: February 03, 2021, 13:44:02 »
Just a note to share that Revival tickets were released on Monday (GRRC members had them a week earlier).

Many tickets are already allocated to people that were rolled over from last year, so less now available. I booked some tickets on Monday and the 'Saturday' date was already showing it was almost full.

From what I read, Goodwood are offering a full refund if Covid cancels the event, or a further roll over to 2022, so the worse case scenario is that you just bought your 2022 tickets!

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: BE 646
« on: February 01, 2021, 17:34:11 »
Stunning result from the body shop, wow. I hope to see your Aceca in the UK when it is finished.

BTW - Goodwood Revival tickets went on sale this morning. My tickets are purchased. Goodwood are offering a roll over to 2022 in case the event cannot proceed.

The answer is; TR3s have the steering rack in front of the front axle centre line, thus the calliper is behind the centre line (facing backwards), because the norm on an suspension upright is that the calliper and steering arm are on different sides, forward/backward.

Which brings us on a very interesting observation (imo), which is that the Ace is somewhat unusual for a front-engine-rear-drive sports car in that the rack/steering arms are behind the axle centre line. Whereas other vehicles such as TRs, Healy Sprite & 3000, MG Y type A & B have the steering arrangement in front of the axle CL. The Ace architecture locks the design into a very rearward engine position. I wonder therefore whether this was driven by the choice of the front suspension uprights, were the uprights borrowed from another vehicle?

I bought some off the shelf electrical parts from Autosparks last year and they were struggling with Covid, but did great service considering.

I purchased some of their correct Lucas pattern grommets, which really finish the bulkhead with the correct period look, you don't want to have to use metric equivalents they look very different. ..and of course you'll need them at the point you install the loom, it's difficult to add them later.

However on the subject of renewing grommets on an existing loom without unthreading the whole loom; I was faced with this task last year. I cut the grommets on one side with a brand new razor blade having cleaned the protective oil off it. I had already tested 3 different glues on some metric grommets and asked my son to pull them apart in a blind test. To our surprise we found that super glue works the best, very well in fact and remains flexible. I think this is because there is such a thin film if the cut surfaces are flat and newly cut. So I glued the grommet back together over the loom, allowed it to dry whilst holding it together, then pushed it into the hole, rotating the 'join' out of sight.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: Rev counter conundrum
« on: December 02, 2020, 15:47:30 »

The lower limit is for going to the pub.

The upper limit is for returning home.



Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: BE 646
« on: December 02, 2020, 15:39:23 »
Bravo, keep going.

One of my rear hubs had the same problem as yours, despite using a puller and a hydraulic press eventually I had to cut them apart and replace the parts which were very difficult to find.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: BEX1064
« on: November 02, 2020, 17:13:30 »
A rather well made film of the Artcurial Director reviewing the car and talking to the owner.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: Brake and Fuel pipe layout
« on: October 29, 2020, 11:15:46 »
58 Ace forward 4-way union.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: Brake and Fuel pipe layout
« on: October 27, 2020, 15:27:41 »
Did a quick sketch of my RHD '58 layout which looks like this.

You will need the little TR2/Healey metal pipe clips to attach the pipe to the holes in the chassis. I can add the clip points if required. I have not shown the run from the reservoir to the master.

Does this get you going?


Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: Brake and Fuel pipe layout
« on: October 26, 2020, 12:48:32 »
Right or Left hand drive? I can help with a sketch for '58 RHD Ace.

Do you have an original chassis with the clip mount holes or is it a new chassis without?

James E

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Raymond Mays Head for sale
« on: October 15, 2020, 23:17:58 »
These are quite rare and of course the most diffecult thing to find, to build up an RS 2.6 engine.

It's a Mk1 or 2 head with smaller valves, than the correct Mk3 Ace head (information from Rinsey Mills book). Nevertheless these don't come up very often.

I have no connection to the lister.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: 2.6 Ace or Early Cobra?
« on: October 15, 2020, 18:54:09 »
Is the exhaust the wrong side for a 2.6 as it exits the Ford (or Mays) head on the left hand side of the car?

Thus must be a Cobra?

General Forum / Re: Car transport company any ideas
« on: October 13, 2020, 18:00:24 »
We left Brentwood at 5pm and stayed in the Durham Travel Lodge (, we were in Edinburgh for 11am the following day (albeit to continue up to the Highlands).

If you took that approach, you could spend 3 hours loading in the day light, and then be home by bed time. Would there be any other car parts to hunt around for when you're there? That might add value to going in person.

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