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  • in reply to: A40 SPORTS TEMP GUAGE AND HUB CAPS. #2295
    Davewhy
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    Hi Lynne.
    The A40 Sports temperature gauge consists of two Parts The Gauge in the Dash and a brass bulb and nut which fits in to the header tank of the radiator. These are connected by a capillary metal tube which has steel wire wrapped around it. If you have both parts you can get them repaired and overhauled by Speedy Cables. https://speedycables.com/instruments/gauge-repairs-conversions/
    If you don’t have a bulb/gauge I might have a spare. See my contact details in the Mag.
    As for Hubcaps the club stock them or you can get them from eBay.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-A40-Sports-Chrome-Hub-Cap/333534104183?hash=item4da82e8a77:g:XzYAAOSwmlZcijmU
    Hope this Helps?
    Regards
    Dave W

    in reply to: FITTING AND FIXINGS AUSTIN A40 SPORTS HOOD #2293
    Davewhy
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    Hi Lynne,
    Normally the only way to fit a new hood for an A40 Sports is to book it in to a trimmers and get one made and fitted to your car. I don’t know of anyone who stocks a pattern these days. I had mine made and fitted at Don Trimming in Erdington (Birmingham) and I have recommended at least three other Sports owners who have had theirs made and fitted there. The last one being in October last year.
    As for the way the hood fits on the windscreen. That depends on which A40 Sports you have. I’m guessing it is the more common Column change (GD3) if so then you should have two pieces of 1/4 inch rod welded to the top of the screen and facing forwards. These hold the large piece of shaped Ash (Wood) which forms the front edge of your hood. IN this ash there are two holes drilled with Aluminium sleeves to stop the holes wearing. This wood provides the anchor for the webbing strips which run from front to back and which tension the hood and hood frame. Happy to give you more details and photos. Please get in touch via email or phone. My details are in the Latest Magazine under for sale and also as the area organiser of the West midlands ( Worcestershire ) meeting group.
    Hope this helps?
    David Whyley

    in reply to: A40 SPORTS TOW BAR QUESTION. #2279
    bubble999
    Participant

    Thanks David fully understand what you are saying very good advice

    in reply to: 1954 Devon pickup questions #2277
    Davewhy
    Participant

    No Problem Mike,
    Sorry I didn’t see your post sooner.
    I usually set TDC by removing No1 Plug and then inserting a long piece of welding rod and gently turning the engine with the starting handle until I can “feel” the piston reach the top of its travel. I also have the rocker cover removed to see the valve train moving to make sure I’m on the right stroke. Once I have found it I usually mark the timing cover and crank pulley with t line of white paint. I do this because the timing marks are on the flywheel and very difficult to see. Once you have the line marked then you can use your timing light to set the timing.
    Let me know how you get on.
    Regards,
    David

    in reply to: 1954 Devon pickup questions #2273
    MikeN
    Participant

    Dave, thanks for replying. Since posting this question 2 weeks ago I have:-
    a) obtained the correct manual for my year and it makes more sense now.1954.
    b) Had my distributor rebuilt by the “Distributor Doctor”
    c) found out that I do indeed have a Somerset engine.
    d) bought some Champion N5C spark plugs which cross reference as equivalent to N8’s . Are these Ok?
    e) Also exchanged my carburetor for a refurbished one from the “carburetor Hospital”.
    f) today i bought a Somerset differential to replace the pick-up low ratio item.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by MikeN.
    Davewhy
    Participant

    Hi,
    Purchase a complete new set of pistons before you rebuild.. and rebore or hone.
    Many such mods were done in the 1960’s and 1970’s just to keep these cars on the road. Sounds like you need a full rebuild.
    regards
    David

    in reply to: A40 SPORTS TOW BAR QUESTION. #2269
    Davewhy
    Participant

    Hi,
    The Sports chassis is the same as the Somerset so a factory tow bar would fit the chassis but you would need to cut holes on the rear aluminium panel as, unlike the Somerset the irons pass through the panel and not under as on the Somerset. In my Sports owning experience there is only one car with a tow bar fitted and this is heavily modified. In reality the Sports is not really a towing vehicle. Be aware that modifying it in this way would invariably devalue the vehicle when you come to sell.
    Hope this helps.
    Regards David

    in reply to: 1954 Devon pickup questions #2267
    Davewhy
    Participant

    Hi Mike, Page D13 in the workshop manual explains how to set the timing. I’m assuming you have the Somerset manual note Devon one. It gets you to set the static timing at TDC and then move the timing to 7 – 10 degrees before TDC. You may have noticed that the correct Plug gap is only 18 thou on these engines. The correct plug is the Champion N8. This is totally different to the A or B series engines. If you have any other plug or gap fitted it affects the timing. If you have the aluminium bracket for your oil filter then I would say you have a Somerset engine. In terms of the distributor why not have yours rebuilt and maybe elect to have electronic ignition unit installed on the point back plate. H and H ignition of Brierley Hill do this you can find them on the web. This will probably be cheaper than trying to find a new distributor. What year is your pick up by the way. Hope this helps
    Regards Dave

    in reply to: A40 Devon 1949 #1777
    suri2
    Participant

    Hi Dave,
    thank you very much for very helpful advice. I’ll do it for the first time. I will also check all the recommended points. Thanks a lot again and I’ll let you know how I did it.
    Regards
    suri

    in reply to: A40 Devon 1949 #1775
    Davewhy
    Participant

    Hi,
    Regarding the replacement of your Devon Cylinder Head….
    If you take a look at my detailed post on this forum regarding Somerset head gasket you will see all of the information that you require.
    http://psimmonds.org.uk/?topic=somerset-headgasket
    Let me know if you need any further help.
    Regards
    DaveW

    in reply to: Somerset tyres #1771
    Bruce
    Participant

    I need to replace my cracked crossplies. I see taxi tyres will fit.
    I was wondering about 175/60 R16 as an alternative. Would they look too “low profile”?
    THESE?

    in reply to: A40 Devon tyres #1765
    KevinJB
    Participant

    Thanks Roger for your comments on the Waymaster tyres. However I really would like to utilise the tyres I already have, the Falken 175/80R16 Landair CT02. It has been suggested that possibly the A70 wheel might be ok to use. Does anyone know if the A70 wheel fits the A40 hub and what is the inside width of the A70 rim? There is plenty of space inside the A40 Devon mudguards to take the 175/80R16 tyres. I am in New Zealand and a former Austin and BMC partsman myself (many years ago) but I have found it fairly difficult to find anyone here with accurate knowledge of old Austins who can help.
    Regards
    KevinJB

    in reply to: A40 Devon tyres #1763
    devonlgf
    Participant

    Kevin
    i use waymaster 500/525×16 tyres on my Devon i find them very good they drive good
    are quiet and look right I used taxi tyres on my previous car a 1954 somerset they
    were ok but the steering was heavy at low speed and wheel changing not so easy due
    to them being wider i think the waymaster are better but of cause they are more expensive!! you pays yer money and makes yer choice
    regard Roger

    in reply to: A40 Sports Dashboard Switch Knobs #1735
    Ausmike
    Participant

    Hi Dave,
    thanks for that info on the control knobs…. Mike Qld Australia

    in reply to: A40 Sports Dashboard Switch Knobs #1727
    Davewhy
    Participant

    Hi Mike,
    The GD3 Sports uses the same control knobs as the A40 Somerset. Second hand ones of these should be readily available. It did however have disc labels glued to the knobs. I’m in the process of remanufacturing these discs see County Counsel. Regards. DaveW

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