Eye Bolt Repair
Click onto the Adobe logo to the left to open an interesting file relating to the repair to an eye bolt. The writer has gone to a lot of trouble to make the repair and document how that repair was done for the benefit of other people.
On our recent trip to England, we happened across Janette & Colin Drew who live in Lancaster (to the north west of England). They showed us their car collection, which included Janette’s loved Morrie. As you can see from the photos, she is a mad fan of the TV series “Stargate SG1” and has covered her Morris Minor, inside and out, in artwork depicting the TV show. She also includes a couple of intergalactic visitors. Janette claims that her local Morrie Club is disillusioned with her and virtually “kicked her out of the club” She proudly displays her car and it always attracts attention. We also spent a lot of time at various motor & transport museums, particularly looking at “Royal Mail” vans. of which we found about 6 different ones. They will help me in my current project of replicating one in my shed, in time for next year’s National Meeting at Albury / Wodonga.
Dave & Joyce Pfeifer
Tyres - A Warning
This article was sourced from the AOMC Newsletter Issue 123 February 2014 coming via the Council of Heritage Motoring Clubs NSW newsletter “Bush Telegraph”.
I also decided to print this due to a member who said their tyres were in good condition and that they were put on the car in 1983!! Tyres only have a shelf life of 10 years. Less if they have been on a car. Bit of a worry!!!!
When did you last check the tyres on your historic car? No, not just to see if they’re holding air or are getting worn but seriously check them for cracks, damage and their age. Let’s be honest, collectable cars, motor bikes and antique tractors tend to have the same set of tyres for many years simply because they don’t do the miles our everyday vehicles do. And they go on year after year looking pretty good, tyre blacked for displays and holding air. They’re OK, aren’t they!
And how many of us have those good spare tyres put away for another day? But just think about it – how old really are the tyres on your historic vehicle? You bought a new set for that big rally in...um, when was it?
In response to the incident outlined below the following article appeared in the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs Limited Newsletter 04-07: Her Majesty’s Coroner for Manchester wrote to FBHVC – it is an important matter and we urge clubs to pass the warning on to their membership if they have not already done so. The letter concerned an accident that took place last year in which the driver of an H registered MGB lost his life when a rear tyre burst on the M56. The driver was a skilled mechanic and a careful and experienced driver who was not travelling particularly fast at the time. The car was described by police as being maintained in excellent condition. The surviving passenger said that just before the accident the driver had commented that a ‘tyre wobble’ had developed and he was going to ‘drive through it’. The wobble went briefly, but the tyre burst, causing the car to spin, clip a kerb and flip over. Subsequent investigation showed that although hardly used the tyre was 25 years old. It was one of a set of as new tyres and wheels bought at an auto jumble (UK swap meet) the previous year for use for show purposes (at the time of the incident the car was on its way to an event at Oulton Park). The British Rubber Manufacturers Association suggest that if a tyre is six years old and remains unused it should not be put into service. It also suggests that in ideal conditions tyres may have life expectancy of 10 years. The moral of the story is to make sure your own tyres are in good condition, never to use undated or obviously second hand tyres however good the tread and never to ignore a ‘tyre wobble’.
In Australia there are reports of tyre blowouts on older vehicles, in one recent case resulting in a fatality. How do you tell the age of a tyre? Tyres are manufactured with a Tyre Identification Number (TIN) marking moulded on the sidewall that shows the week and year that the tyre was made:
For post 2000 made tyres: the last four digits of the TIN indicate production date, eg: 1204 indicates a tyre made in the 12th week of 2004.
For tyres made pre 2000: the last three digits of the TIN indicate production date, eg: 375 indicates a tyre made in the 37th week of 1995.
Tyres made in the 1990s: have a triangular indentation after the last number, eg: 10th week of 1995 would have the code 105Δ. Tyres made pre 1990 have no TIN or Δ symbol, thus you have a 1980s or older tyre.
Bridgestone Australia have an informative web page re aged tyres at : www.bridgestone.com.au and they state: “Warning signs – regardless of their age, tyres should be replaced if they show significant crazing or cracking in the tread grooves or sidewall and/or bulging of the tread face or sidewall.”Checkout all images from the Gallery.
Dave's Royal Mail Van
Please look at this article that is in the English magazine. "CLASSIC VAN AND PICK UP