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Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 27-05-20, 03:07 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , I'm a little surprised that someone has...

Mike ,
I'm a little surprised that someone has not replied earlier to your post.
My thoughts and experience on the one shot system are ..

1.
The overall design is floored as the oil will leak...
Forum: Other Bristol engined cars 26-05-20, 02:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 221
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
A few before and after photos that I have...

A few before and after photos that I have collected over the years of 3029
Geoff
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 05-05-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Don Daniel's post refers to the 400 suspension...

Don
Daniel's post refers to the 400 suspension units that have shock absorbers incorporated in them . They just need to be filled to the correct level with Shock oil and check regularly as the...
Forum: 8 & 10 cyl Bristol cars 28-04-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Geoff K I found this one on Ebay a bit...

Geoff K

I found this one on Ebay a bit cheaper...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 18-04-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 302
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
400 Information needed.

I found this photo of a 400 on Picfur/Instragram last year.
Does anyone recognise this car or can give me details about this car .

Talk about a "Barn Find " , imagine what the barn looked like...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 12-04-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 407
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Ralph , many years ago I had a large hexagon die...

Ralph ,
many years ago I had a large hexagon die nut made to clean/recut the threads before fitting a new brass exhaust rings (see attached photo)

I have found that the problem with most of these...
Forum: Wanted - Cars, Parts & Automobilia 12-04-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 224
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Wanted 406 Front Spring

Would anyone out there have a spare 406 front suspension spring
Part number 406-1-23064
or
just a good main leaf .
or
Any suggestions where I might purchase one .

Thanks
Geoff
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 05-04-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , I have used the Penrite Steering Box...

Mike ,
I have used the Penrite Steering Box Lube for quite a few years in the rear suspension units in a few Bristols. It has fixed the majority of leaks from the seals.
These units have a ball...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 02-04-20, 04:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Derek 328 , There are a few different heads...

Derek 328 ,

There are a few different heads

400 with 85A engine N322030
85C engine N322030 with tube inserted into centre throat to
...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 01-04-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Derek 328 , I should be able to identify the...

Derek 328 ,
I should be able to identify the type of Bristol head by the number stamped on two raised bosses on the inlet side , close to the bottom face ,towards the front and rear.

Pls advise...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 29-02-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 362
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Clive , remember a 400/401 was developed in the...

Clive ,
remember a 400/401 was developed in the late 40's in England.
All the threads used by Bristol were BSW , BSF , BA and a few special threads , but are all British threads/forms .

UNC &UNF...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 13-02-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
p5b401 , attached is a photo of a 401/403...

p5b401 ,
attached is a photo of a 401/403 bonnet stay
Geoff
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 11-02-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Bella , My two 400's , Car 427 & 504 , produced...

Bella ,
My two 400's , Car 427 & 504 , produced in 1949 and 1950 respectively have the later screen rubber as Stefan advised .
The chrome frame sits on packing pieces of about 5/16 inch thick that...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 23-01-20, 02:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , Once you have fitted the rear shockers...

Mike ,
Once you have fitted the rear shockers you can get an INDICATION of whether the rates are suitable , simply by pressing sharply down on the rear bumper.
If it easily moves down a few inches...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 21-01-20, 02:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , The Monroe shockers could be the correct...

Mike ,
The Monroe shockers could be the correct dimensions but they might not be the correct rates for the 403 . The top fixing point in the chassis has quite a large hole which is too large for...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 04-01-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , The original Newton 403 rear shockers ...

Mike ,
The original Newton 403 rear shockers measure
Closed 300mm
Open 450mm
Measured from centre of bottom eye to joint of the two top rubbers.

I have a good set of...
Forum: 8 & 10 cyl Bristol cars 23-12-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
LarryW, the only information I have is that it...

LarryW,

the only information I have is that it was despatched ex BCL to Anthony Crook Motors Ltd , Hersham /Surrey on 12/7/1966 .
Original body colour Midnight Blue (M.3037)
Original Trim ...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 01-12-19, 11:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
MKTR401, most thermostats have a bleed hole...

MKTR401,
most thermostats have a bleed hole drilled in them to allow some circulation of the water until the valve opens .

I fitted a similar thermostat in my 400 and found that in the hot...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 25-11-19, 10:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 784
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , I have been told it is not recommended...

Mike ,
I have been told it is not recommended to remove the rear flange on an overdrive, as to refit the flange with too much force can damage the internals.
Get some advice before refitting the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 24-11-19, 01:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
The Early Rover diffs are spiral bevel but could...

The Early Rover diffs are spiral bevel but could be made by Salisbury.
The 406 Bristol and later are Hypoid made by Salisbury.
I suggest the Jaguar will be a better source than Rover/Land...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 20-11-19, 12:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Dave , My understanding is the 406 Salisbury...

Dave ,
My understanding is the 406 Salisbury diff is similar to a Jaguar Mk2 , so suggest you look at a flange from a Jaguar and compare with the 406 flange .
Why does the 406 flange need replacing...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 15-10-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 559
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Ralph M , Thanks for your interesting post...

Ralph M ,
Thanks for your interesting post .

I dyno tuned my 400 on a rolling road about 15 years ago with similar results .
It's engine at the time was 85A block/crank/rods , 8.5 pistons ,...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 26-09-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Bob, It always helps if you state what model of...

Bob,
It always helps if you state what model of the car your are working on .
But in this case it is not that important.

I suggest you look for a small grub screw(from memory 6BA) holding the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 18-09-19, 01:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
peterg I would try to get your car back to...

peterg
I would try to get your car back to original design if possible .

Replace any rubber tubes with modern rubber/neoprene that is not effected by fuel or oil .

Fix any holes in the fuel cap...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 16-09-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
peterg, a few things to consider Is your new...

peterg,
a few things to consider

Is your new tank baffled ? If not it might push fuel up the breather on corners.

Are the fuel sender unit and fuel reserve unit sealed correctly to the...
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