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Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 19-07-22, 11:26 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,894
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
"H", I have stripped the paint off many...

"H",
I have stripped the paint off many Bristol's over the years and found paint stripper and scraper works the best . Sometimes it needs three applications and the final one needs to be finished...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 16-07-22, 10:25 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,894
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
"H" , I noticed in your recent photos you placed...

"H" ,
I noticed in your recent photos you placed a number plate "7SHM" on the dash.
Is that the last registered number or "405GMT" ??

Have you used paint stripper to remove the majority of paint...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 24-06-22, 11:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
GrahamH, I have a good used 9 tooth Lucas...

GrahamH,
I have a good used 9 tooth Lucas pinion from a Bristol starter.
Price GBP20 plus postage from Australia about GBP10

I also have a selection of new & used other starter parts if...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 07-06-22, 09:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 384
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Vincent , What drums are you referring to ?? ...

Vincent ,
What drums are you referring to ??

Alloy drums of the 403 with cast iron linings, I suggest .060 max oversize, as when the liner is too thin it tends to crack and even loosens in the...
Forum: Other Bristol engined cars 07-05-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Christalfa, The carburettors fitted to your...

Christalfa,

The carburettors fitted to your engine were originally fitted to an AC Ace or Aceca Bristol with 100D or 100D2 engine. The jettings for these and original Arnolt Solex (32BI) are...
Forum: For Sale - Cars, Parts & Automobilia (Bristol related only) 02-05-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Calibrator , Looking at the BCL Register in the...

Calibrator ,
Looking at the BCL Register in the excellent book "the Bristol Aeroplane Company , Car Division " page 372 .
It states that chassis 401/1225 , engine number 85C/2230 was despatched to...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 18-04-22, 12:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,227
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Bela , I have had no experience with a J type...

Bela ,
I have had no experience with a J type overdrive but most overdrives used in other cars have a common gearbox and overdrive oil of about 30 grade .

I would not use EP90 as it has additives...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 09-04-22, 04:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,174
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , No, unfortunately I don't have a paint...

Mike ,
No, unfortunately I don't have a paint code number for the 403/404 "Bristol Red" , but I have a large Bristol 403/404 colour card that clearly shows Bristol Red is a fine Metallic colour ....
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 06-04-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,174
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike , I disagree with your assumption that...

Mike ,
I disagree with your assumption that Bristol Red is a solid colour.
The BCL "Bristol Red" colour card I have is clearly Metallic(Metaline) not solid.
It is a very fine metallic which is so...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 01-04-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 424
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Kevin, I have collected over 6000 photos of...

Kevin,
I have collected over 6000 photos of Bristol 400's over the past 45 years.
Many are detailed shots of particular parts of the car or just family photos and often poor quality.
I quickly...
Forum: Wanted - anything Bristol car related 26-03-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Dave, I did not receive a Private Message...

Dave,
I did not receive a Private Message "pm"
Geoff
Forum: Wanted - anything Bristol car related 25-03-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Amazon69, here are two photos attached Geoff

Amazon69,
here are two photos attached

Geoff
Forum: Wanted - anything Bristol car related 25-03-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Amazon69, I have a horn button assembly from...

Amazon69,
I have a horn button assembly from possibly a 401, 403 or 405 , it is in excellent unmarked condition.
It should fit the 406 but I'm unsure whether the chrome centre is original for a...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 20-03-22, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Tommy, Your 405 chassis 4001 was the first...

Tommy,

Your 405 chassis 4001 was the first production 405 and BAC Demonstrator car .
Its first registered number was "THU405" , then later changed to "AEL1" and the last known number...
Forum: 8 & 10 cyl Bristol cars 20-01-22, 03:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Hervas, as in earlier posts a number of people...

Hervas,
as in earlier posts a number of people like the 411 without the strips as a personal choice .
I think the car looks very nicely restored but very plain on the side without the strips . So...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 18-12-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 531
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Glen, There are at least three different...

Glen,
There are at least three different versions of Weber 34 ICH carburettors.
Unlike the Solex that have removeable venturis the 34ICH venturi are fixed.
There are versions with 25mm , 27mm and...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 09-12-21, 04:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike406, I could not find the exact Lucas part...

Mike406,
I could not find the exact Lucas part number
but suggest you look at a Lucas L550 light to see if it is the correct type.

They are available with different rims and fixing to the body...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 23-11-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 497
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Glenn, You have mentioned all the jetting sizes...

Glenn,
You have mentioned all the jetting sizes but what are the venturi sizes.
403 - 406 have 26mm ID
Most Bristol Sports engines , C,D,D2 have 28mm or 27mm
The size of the venturi determine the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 15-11-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Robert, I don't know of any definitive...

Robert,
I don't know of any definitive information about how many early 400's were fitted with the tubular bumpers .
I have photos of most surviving 400's (period & current) and many cars that have...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 11-11-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
JoeF , You are probably best to try to locate a...

JoeF ,
You are probably best to try to locate a replacement oil separator and tube.

I have made the tubes in steel in the past but not a simple job . It required packing with dry sand,heating the...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 10-11-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,392
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Eddie, I have a few blank keys that have been...

Eddie,
I have a few blank keys that have been modified to fit the Zeni door locks ,
but have no way a cutting the key except copying an original.
An experienced locksmith could cut the key blanks...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 03-10-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
David, I'm certainly not an ignition expert but...

David,
I'm certainly not an ignition expert but have had experience with Bristol engines and distributors over the past 40 plus years.
All Lucas advance curves are quoted in Distributor degrees...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 02-10-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
David , Your plan of putting the 403 on a...

David ,
Your plan of putting the 403 on a rolling road dyno is really the only way to accurately design the best adance curve for a Bristol. That plus checking the mixture through the rev range is...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 02-10-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
David , I have never fitted a 123 Distributor...

David ,
I have never fitted a 123 Distributor so unfortunately can not help with your problem.

But I'm interested in finding details about the ignition advance curve you have decided on . I...
Forum: 6 cyl Bristol cars 14-09-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 868
Posted By Geoff Dowdle
Mike406, see attached page from the 406 Spare...

Mike406,
see attached page from the 406 Spare Handbook which clearly shows what was originally fitted.
It sounds like the hubcaps you bought are not for a 406 and you need items
#4,5,6,7,8,9& 10
I...
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