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I've just had the rad out of my Aceca for an overhaul. The 2 key points are that whatever you end up using make sure that the pads are  pretty much non- compressible and that that when fitted their thickness aligns the top securing holes. I used 'shed-made' rubber pads of the appropriate thickness, the same as was fitted when we restored the car nearly 30 years ago.
I don't think you'll have much luck identifying 'OE' radiator mounts, but I expect that it was the rubbery stuff with an amount of cloth embedded in it.
Are you also looking for original air for the tyres (tires)!!!???

Glenn  Burnage

General Forum / Re: Do I need to declare my Vehicles as VHI ?
« on: June 07, 2018, 14:53:39 »
Bryan, Nev and BE774, Many thanks for the clarity. I didn't think there was an issue with my things, but these replies have now made things Clear - no action needed.

Sorry about the impersonal 'BE774', but other than putting 'G', what can I do if names are withheld???? (oops, close to ranting, there!)
 Glenn Burnage
(ACOC member)

General Forum / Do I need to declare my Vehicles as VHI ?
« on: June 06, 2018, 19:47:06 »
Just seen off the June issue of ACtion, a good read. I read the 'Federation News' pages and I'm still confused (nothing new there)!
My question, for anyone who is completely up to speed with the current situation, is this. Do my old things need to be declared as VHI?
I have the following-
1955 AC Aceca
1935 Frazer Nash
1924 AJS Big Port (motorcycle)
At present none of the above are liable for road tax fees or need an MOT (even thought the on line tax renewal states that an MOT is required for each!!)
The bit about declaring at the next re-licensing seems to be written as if we all are fully aware of the situation.
I don't want to wait till the next re-taxing to find out that I have to do something.
Any clarity greatly welcomed.
Glenn Burnage (ACOC Member)

General Forum / Re: Aceca registrar
« on: June 01, 2018, 19:39:59 »
Kelly - careless words - beware!!!
There was a notice In ACtion asking for a new registrar for AC Acecas.
I dropped the Chairman of the club an email saying that I would possibly consider taking on the role if they were struggling to find a suitable replacement (note the words - possibly consider)
Within a couple of week, the next edition of Action fell through my letter box - in it was a header welcoming 'GLENN BURNAGE AS THE NEW ACECA REGISTER'

As they say in the army - never volunteer for anything

I did it for 8 years!!


General Forum / Re: Aceca registrar
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:19:19 »
Kelly, I passed the register for AC engined Acecas to Geoff Wilkinson a couple of years ago. Geoff is in the process of ending his role as registrar!! Up until a replacement is found, I suppose Geoff remains the contact for AC engined Acecas regarding registry matters.
His contact details are, as Keith said, in ACtion

Glenn Burnage

Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / Re: Brake shoe riveting
« on: May 17, 2018, 07:50:57 »
Gary, pop SAFTEK into the interweb thingy, they come highly recommended and did the 14" shoes on one of my cars.
They are stuck on, not riveted, which seems to be the way to go these days, modern adhesives mean that rivets are a thing of the past (sod originality!!)

General Forum / Re: Naming of Parts
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:28:28 »
Regarding the original post in this thread, the two examples given - 'Hub-caps' & 'Speed change lever' are both ambiguous.
Hub caps cap the hubs and are a cosmetic addition to tidy-up the appearance of the wheel affixing area, not something that holds the wheel to the axle (agree?) As for the 'Speed change lever - well, that could be all manner of things depending on where you were brought up.
My point is -as Cobras, and to some extent, ACs are known almost globally, I think that the prime driver should be clarity regarding what is actually being referred to. If the original AC term used by the factory is clear and unambiguous -fine, if not change it so that everyone knows what's being referred to.
I'm all for originality, but if it excludes 'non-locals' and knowingly confuses it should be avoided. Asterisks and a foot-note explaining what one's banging on about would be sensible for those who insist on using confusing/archaic terms?
We do live in a global world these days.
Glenn Burnage

General Forum / Re: WANTED: ACtion May 2016 Vol 42 #1
« on: April 06, 2018, 15:15:12 »
Keith, you can have my May 2016 copy of ACtion. It's in 'as it came off the press' condition. Don't want anything for it. Drop me your address to or text it to 07966284689, and I'll pop it into the post after the weekend.

ACOC News and Events / Re: ACOC Track Day at Castle Combe
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:59:42 »
Keith, thanks for the answer. I suspected as much. I wonder, did Ian test the waters via social media, the forum, Action etc before trying to arrange the test day. It's a pain when people say they would be interested, but when it comes to committing - it's another thing entirely!
Shame, I was intending to go along to watch those unfamiliar with Quarry having fun. I once did 60+ laps in the pouring rain during a test day in my old MGB (the one that used to thrash all the MEs at the Goodwood sprint all those years ago!).
Similar to Gooders, and about the same distance from me.
Is this a reflection of the decline in AC owner's willingness to take to the track???

Glenn Burnage

I thought Ace diffs didn't have any mounting bushes as the diff casing is part of the rear spring tower. Acecas, on the other hand, do. Brian Eacott should be able to help or point you in the right direction.

ACOC News and Events / Re: ACOC Track Day at Castle Combe
« on: March 19, 2018, 10:23:45 »
Any idea why?

General Discussion / Re: New Forum
« on: March 16, 2018, 16:11:29 »
I don't think ACtion is available to view online, unless I'm very much mistaken!
I'm surprised you have not received a reply to this question up to now.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: Buyer beware?
« on: January 31, 2018, 14:48:12 »
Does anyone have more details relating to this post. Surely some 'due diligence' was undertaken before parting with 1/4 mill????

General Discussion / Re: loading images
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:52:03 »
Thanks Graham, it worked. Though only one image or it complained the the file was too big.
I'm a wiser man than I was 30mins ago!!!
Just to prove it works - identify the man talking to John Spencer if you can, now that the fog of festivities has cleared!
And what's all this 'senior member' bit???

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: Ace - Hub Puller
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:41:42 »
This is the kit that was used, and here are some pointers-

James, attached is a shot of the set-up used to remove the hub from the taper.
The components are as follows:-
2 x heavy weight pieces of rectangular section with cut-outs to accommodate the brake drum flange etc.
1 x old spinner with the centre turned out (I have n/s and o/s spinners to suit).
1 x heavy s/steel flange plate that  goes under the spinner and rests on the 2 sections and takes the load of the press.
1 x turned steel bearer which puts the load on the shoulder of the taper shaft rather than on the end of the thread.
1 x steel plug which sits on top of the steel bearer.

The first mistake I made, and it cost me a new drive shaft, was not making and using the turned steel bearer until I’d already collapsed the split-pin hole and crushed the end of the thread. This was done using my 10 tonne hydraulic puller. There is no way the end of the drive shaft can take enough pressure to part it without reliving the threaded part of the shaft of all load.
Once I realised that my nice new puller wasn’t up to the job, the set-up which eventually worked was embarked upon.
A bottle of red wine and a recommendation from a friend enabled me to use a 20t press in a local small friendly garage.
I had no idea how close I’d got to parting the joint with my 10t puller. It could have only needed a touch more pressure, or loads more. It took 19.5tonnes on the dial before it let go!

You are more than welcome to borrow all the bits and pieces needed to do the job, or you could bring your assembly here and I’m sure we could use the same local chap’s press, assuming it’ll let go before the press reaches its max pressure. Sending it via the post is an option if you care to arrange the collection and return.
 I’m in New Milton BH256RR Where are you based?

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