and yet it is the second most
popular page on the site.
only assume there are things in the ten years or so of thread trail that still generate
interest which is why we do not delete the old stories.
most popular page is the clutch algnment special bolt
kit. Although you can send the bolt back for credit we have never seen one back
next in the popularity stakes is the electric flasher unit. I would have
thought by now every Stag would have on of these by now but there again we are
still selling Electronic Ignition to owners who still have points.
freshly into stock are Brake calipers, steering racks, front brake hoses,green
rotor arms and coils.
if you are thinking about uprating brakes please remember
1) your stag does not have abs
2) braking effectiveness is about two things
3) the first is pedal effort. average
4) the second is adhesion of tyre to road
5) over boost the braking force and without abs the car will
this is why we do not recommend changing
the very carefully researched and developed original set up.
LDpart NEWS15 Sep 2016
JUST RECEIVED FRESH STOCKS OF TEE BAR SET SCREW IN STAINLESS PART 517529SS
THESE UP TO REPLACE TATTY CHROME
LDpart NEWS15 Sep 2016
We have a
number of products back in stock for example :-
Master Cylinder Repair Kits,
Caliper Repair Kits,
mounting kits with poly washer,
Carb rod ends in metal,
5/16 x 2 3/8
LDpart NEWS7 Sep 2016
SITE is now running normally after migration of the entire site to a new
server. everything seems to be working as previously.
some more parts have arrived in the
This include Stainless
Steel Sleeve clutch Master cylinders, Parts to make up cooling hose kits, Brake
Calipers reconditioned, Air box Elbows and O rings
for the oil pump relief valve.
We also have all the
parts to make up some more gearbox rear cradle mounting kits so these will be
restocked very soon.
LDpart NEWS1 Sep 2016
decided to make this news page more of a blog.
short twitter like updates instead of lengThy pages
at huge intervals
This week we
have just moved the site to a new server. this seems
to be working fine and it is probable customers noticed nothing
need a break so orders tomorrow will be sent on next tuesday.
Then we are
back to normal.
LDpart NEWS13 July 2016
at long last another news page
What have we
got for you?
Tool for your eurobox
We have now solved one
of the mysterious "cutting out when hot" problems.
was not the Lumenition magic eye as we thought - see
found that the type of rotor arm that has a rivet is made of plastic with a high carbon content.
time this starts to become conductive.
rivet holding the top arm does not help. It allows the high voltage spark to
take the shortest route to earth. NOT via the spark plug but through the
plastic and down to the distributor drive shaft. Well well
no wonder that was difficult to find.
have now purchased and offer specially made rotor arms that combat this problem
as the material used does not become conductive and a hold down rivet is not
used. These are expensive but are made by Distributor Doctor to OE standard.
Make sure you have one of these if you have a Triumph engine or v8 with 35D
Lucas distributor that was originally designed for points. The Rotor arm with the slimmer sized tail or balance are not correct
for Distibutors originally designed for points.
for GRA2133D in this site. All is explained there and your hot running problem
solved when all else fails.
Just a mention that the
Classic Cars Weekly journal had a headline recently
"Stag Values Set to
Time to start improving
your car as it is going to bea good investment and much nicer to drive as well.
Here is a
list of some items that have been added recently
Front Seat back Clip
Front seat back Chrome
self tapping screw
Chrome plated Cup washer
New brand of ATF fluid
now in a 1lt bottle
Brake Servo Back Gasket
Inner Throttle cables
LHD and RHD
Small size Battery charger
Hood latch locking
plates or receptacles
Standard sized Head
Gaskets to Payen quality level
Brushes for the wiper
Valve Pallets or shims
Manifold Bolt Kit
Tool for your eurobox
Save money and
understand and clear codes on your modern car
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Foxwell NT510 Diagnostic Tool for Car Enthusiasts at only
£169.00 inc VAT.
The Foxwell NT510 offers diagnostic coverage of ALL
car systems. It displays live sensor data and reads/clears fault codes. It also
allows resetting of service lights, parking caliperwindback (for brake pad changes) and many other
The NT510 is supplied configured for a single make of car (other makes can be
purchased at a later date if required). The current makes available are:
- Land Rover / Jaguar
- BMW / Mini
- Toyota / Lexus
- Fiat / Alfa Romeo
- Hyundai / Kia
- Vauxhall / Opel
- VW / Audi / Seat / Skoda
If you are interested in this please contact us with an
email on our contact us page.
Just another mention covering
oiling Door hinges. The manual says we should do it byt
does not say how. Well on one hinge the pin is exposed so it is easy to let oil
seep into the sleeve part.
On the other the pin is
completely covered in by the sleeve but did you know?? There is a little notch
in the sleeve at the top and that is where to stick the spout of the oil can.
Another little "How to " gem.
of bulbs supplied now are too fat to fit the warning light cluster bulb
To make them fit just
ease out the hole on the copper bulb holder with a sharp craft knife.
Take away several
slivers of copper all the way round and after a few shaves you will find the
useful how to.
Somehting else you can do is fit
a 2.2 Watt bulb for Flasher warning. You will need to modify the bulb holder
and change the green filter (which is thick) for a piece of 7 up plastic bottle
material (Thin and Green) as the bigger bulb is long and will not fit with the
original filter plastic.
LDpartNEWS!01 January 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR
At last – we
have found some time to write a news page
Cars stopping when hot? Coil boil or maybe not.
Twitterfor the Latest News now check @LDpart
Its hot so stops!!!
a while to solve this on our car. We got there in the end.
would not take off strongly and then stop when hot.Let it cool down for an hour say and it would
go fine for another 45 minutes.
Then start failing or missing under load – typical
weak spark symptom.
much head scratching and a new coil we found a small paragraph in the Lumenition web site.
condition described there, which is said to be rare, match
the symptoms exactly.
proposed was to replace the magic eye, or optical eye.
very many years – in our case 25 years – the transistors which generate the
beam start to fail through heat and age.
eye was fitted and Bingo the car starts better than ever – instantly and
strongly.So although not tested the way
the engine starts is enough to suggest a massive improvement in the ignition
quality copies of fast moving parts for Modern Cars that have high numbers on
the road. Parts that are essentially dangerous and will fail
under stress or within a short life.
doubtful it is something to worry the Stag fraternity as there are not enough
cars on the road to make faking worthwhile but if you have a Modern car which
exists in large numbers then it pays to make sure the garage that fixes it can
show you the boxes of the parts they use and that the prices of the parts are
not absurdly cheap. If your car is serviced by the official dealer the risk
will be very low indeed.
our suppliers used to ship goods by City Link.
years ago we asked suppliers not to use them.
were expensive in our view, would never leave goods without a signature from
the exact delivery address, and used vans that got stuck in the snow, so when Fedex and DHL were zooming around, City Link were
scheduling our orders for return to supplier as they couldn’t get past the
organized our own courier to collect goods.
was rather a good decision.
not think the drivers made redundant will stay out of jobs. The other couriers
will surely pick up the City Link work and they will need to take on more
drivers. They can only do a finite number of drops in a day.
delivery problem is not always the pump.
come across a number of cases in the last 12 months where the fuel line is the
Rubber connectors breaking down internally.Clips cutting through old rubber.Rubber
fuel hose breaking down internally.
the problem turns out not to be the pump, it is very advisable to always carry
a spare pump in the boot.
a useful space in the Left Side rear wing behind the trim board.
LDpartNEWS!20 October 2013
An astonishing concept.This systems tells us
quite a bit about how our website is used. The pages that
visitors have been looking at.The top page in the pareto
is “this one”. More visitors go to this news page than
any other page.
last 30 days we have 11,881 page views on the site and the page with the most
views is this one!
second most popular page is in line with our expectations it is our Home page.
third most popular page this month is Engine Bay/Electrical. Thats probably understandable.
Only another 11,878 to go.
demonstrates is the extraordinary breadth of need in world of Stag Owners who
visit our site.
about 1000 parts on offer it seems everyone of them
gets a look in at some stage during the month.
Stagalytics. Not things you find in limestone caves.
No…..we suggest it is the same sort of statistical data about stag troubles as
we find in Web site stats.
regrettably no system to monitor this. Perhaps there will be one day. However
we can have a guess from our own knowledge and experience.
the most common Stag problem.
enough, tales of overheating, boiling and chucking coolant out are remarkably
rare these days. We hear of one now and again but far more common are problems
of cars not going very well, losing power and not starting or suffering
course is always down to two possible causes. Insufficient/excess
fuel or lack of spark.
delivery systems are on the increase as problematic.The main causes here are
Blocked fuel lines.
Incorrect or worn Needle valves.
lines that block when they get warm as the compression clips clamp down on
rubber fuel hose.
Internally perished rubber connectors.
of silicon sealant in float chambers.
flakes swimming around in the old petrol tank and blocking the pick up.
switches that need a clean inside (just pry out the base,
it is one of the easiest jobs on the Stag).
leaks on the Fuel Pump Banjos.
We will save
the ignition causes until next news.
quite a few visits to our links page. We have reently
updated this, the principal change being the addition of a link to VRC1986.
a restoration company on BritainsSouthCoast. One of
their mainstream activities is the restoration of Stag Hardtops. They also may
have some of the rarer parts for those of you with the confidence to attempt
the challenging task of restoring a Hardtop.All the clips and rivets can be obtained from Ldpart.
link is to S and T Electroplating near Yate – Bristol.Their Chrome Plating is very good and they
can repair Stag Rear Bumper Corners with holes in them that look like scrap.
have original bumpers get them replated at S and T as
they will last and last.
Stag had the centre part done in Buckinghamshire and the corners by S an T, as the Bucks people couldn’t begin to work on them.
years later most of the chrome had peeled off the centre section. The corners
are as new with the exception of 3 or 4 tiny blisters at one end of one
enough for now
enough for now. Happy Stagging and if you are in UK,
and Google Analytics tells us most of you are, then be sure to get ready for a
snowy winter by curing leaks and keeping the Stag nice and clean and preferably
in a garage. Check under the footwell carpets for
signs of any water ingress and if you find any send us an email, we will help
you track down the leak.
your battery checked at a Garage. To keep your battery going for years try our Battery
Charger, just type Battery into
the search box and hit search.
LDpartNEWS!18 September 2013
“WRITE OFF” Warning Light
This is about your modern car, if it is in UK and later than 04 year registration.
If you car has to be submitted for an MOT
and the Airbag warning light is on – it is a fail. If the light cannot be
switched off by dealing with the seat belt sensor or other sensor, then the car
is..yes.. a Write Off.
If your car is earlier than 04 then its legal with an Airbag warning light showing.
So it is just conceivable, that as most Air
bags have a service life of 15 years that by 2019 we will have seen the end of
the classic car era.
If, of course, the airbag warning light
never shows and the car keeps passing MOT tests it could become a modern
One of our customers is working on a Panhard from 1899. 114 years old.
Will an airbag last 100 years?Maybe one or two will!
We just don’t know, but if that AirBag warning light comes on and cannot be fixed, that’s
it, in a post 2004 car.
The car is probably useless being irrepairable because Airbags are exceptionally expensive,
even if they are available, and anyway, does your garage or dealer know how to
So keep that STAG in good running order as
one day it may have to become your daily driver again.
Unfortunately the summer appears to be over.
This means it is time to drive the car and
make a note of everything that needs doing over the winter.
Triumph Stags are supposed to be serviced
with a 12,000 mile service once per year and when that is
undertaken all manner of other tasks will reveal themselves.
Never ending isn’t it?
SPARK PLUGS PLUG
plugs are in stock again.BP5E that is.
offering two postage options on them now as with our usual service we cannot
compete with those suppliers who send them by second class post.
can choose to have them tomorrow or in a few days time, but the latter will
apply to the whole order if it includes other items.
do encourage you to check elsewhere before you buy.
Because there are four tests.
the best price?
the most suitable example of the item needed?
Is it the
only item needed and can you avoid excess postage on multibuy?
going to arrive in time?
items you need pass all these tests on Ebay then Ebay is the place to buy.
But in many instances it will not be.
LDpartNEWS!1 June 2013
In the last few
months we have been suffering availability problems with suppliers.The normal leads times have extended beyond
In the case of
Reconditioned Hydraulic parts like Master Cylinders we are aware that a
supplier in UK has ceased
activity so adding to the workload of other suppliers.
We were advised
our supplier would be expanding their staffing etc to cope with demand but as
ever this has not gone according to plan and a new facility is now delayed a
So we have sent
extra core for reconditioning in order to allow for the extended supply lead
other suppliers we feel that the recession has left a bit of an aftermath in
that suppliers have reduced investment in stocks.
So we have
found our lead times considerably extended as suppliers fill order books before
committing to inventory.
The upshot of
this is that we are having to wait for supply longer
than we forecast.
beginning to arrive however and we currently have 25 out of stock items from
our range of about 900 parts.
Let’s hope the
suppliers confidence levels will increase as the Global economy slowly edges
out of the doldrums.
Admin blunder leaves old-timers with no
road fund licence
of classic owners could struggle to get their newly MOT-exempt cars taxed
because of ongoing “technical issues” between the DVLA and VOSA, according to a
story from industry body IAAF.
of cars manufactured before 1960 have been complaining of problems obtaining
their tax discs due to the DVLA’s computer systems not recognising the MOT
exemption, which was introduced last November.
DVLA admitted that it had encountered “technical issues” regarding its computer
systems recognising the MOT exemptions for some pre-1960 vehicles, but added
that it is working on rectifying the issue and that it should not arise again
when the vehicles affected are relicensed. While it was unable to say exactly
how many vehicles were affected, it said that the problem only involved
pre-1960 vehicles where the MOT was due to expire around the period the vehicle
was being licensed and that a “very low” number of owners would encounter
Whitbread of the DVLA said, “The Electronic Vehicle Licensing
system is linked to the MOT database run by the Vehicle Operator Services
Agency (VOSA). Due to the short period of time between the announcement of the
exemption in February and its introduction in November, the DVLA was unable to
make the necessary system changes to remove the usual MOT check that vehicles
go through before a tax disc is issued.
who are unable to licence via the Electronic Vehicle Licensing system can
licence at a Post Office but they will require a completed V112 (Declaration of
exemption from MOT testing) where the customer declares that their vehicle is
car enthusiasts are understandably annoyed. MG YA owner John Morris said:
“Getting a tax disc has been a nightmare. I tried to tax my MG online and the
system wouldn’t let me do it, so I rang the DVLA, who told me to go to a Post
Office to tax it as their computer system does not recognise the MOT
to the Post Office, but was refused a tax disc because the staff there said I
needed an MOT. I’ve been going round in circles, bit I’ve still not got any
road tax for my classic!”
pre-1972 vehicles are 'tax exempt' they still need to display the disc to
legally be allowed on the road. Police will certainly pull over a car - and can
have it impounded - if the licence is not on the screen.
from Aftermarket Magazine June 2013
Triumph Stag inTop 10 classic car survivors
to the following link for the Picture Story in the Daily Telegraph
the status you will need the Registration number and the last Test number (12 digit)
end, Purchasers whether Private or Trade – should not rely on printed MOT
certificates when buying cars.
US car parts unions demand import clamp
in the U.S. have
started a campaign to persuade President Obama to clamp down on imports of Auto
Parts from China, which
they said, are unfairly subsidised and threatened 1.6 million jobs across all
and the US currently enjoy a strange symbiotic relationship,
says Aftermarket Magazine. China is the
biggest creditor to U.S. but the
trade deficit between the two nations stands at $29.4 bn leading to a charge
from Obama’s critics he is not being firm enough.
affect Classic Cars? Not really one supposes except you can now buy an
apparently very nice aluminum Radiator for the Stag from Hong
Kong?A little akin to the stainless steel bumpers from Vietnam.
astonishing that Stags should create such interest in the Far
East for parts manufacture.
EU Commission and Classic Cars
European Commission appears to propose a ban on Modified Cars – and then
when we thought the excesses of Brussels were
over along comes a new raft of proposals that affect every part of the Vehicle
Proposals to eliminate modified
cars are the most serious threat.
Classic Car Magazines are
paranoid that the proposal to remove MOT tests for Vehicles older than 1983 is
a way of enforcing Mileage limitations and “summer only use”.
Magazines catering for Modified
cars think these cars will be banned altogether.
In order to quell fears the EU
has issued the following unsigned statement.
“Reports in the press that the EC
has proposed to make modifications to cars illegal, or to ban Classic cars
unless they are unchanged since manufacture, are entirely wrong.
If agreed by member states, the
EC proposals will not make any difference to MOT testing in UK except to make Classic Cars more
than 30 years old exempt from MOT testing if they are not used day to day.
The Commission is writing
separately to all Newspapers concerned, none o which checked the facts with us
So now it’s a case of wait and see after the reshuffle changes in the Department for
Transport have fully taken effect.
”We were hopeful about bringing
down the price of Spark Plugs some months ago due to a change in EU
However it is with great regret
that although we can reduce the prices we cannot reduce them enough to compete.
So we suggest buying a set of 8 x
BP5E Spark plugs from Ebay when you need them.
You can get them at £13.35 inc Post and VAT
Our best price for this is nearer
£15.00 so we have decided to withdraw them from our product offer.
The ebay provider who sells them
clearly orders them in 1000’s for huge volume discount way beyond the
international market demand for Stag.
LDpartNEWS!29 Jan 2012
are some new rules in the MOT testers
Handbook for 2012
might like to know what they are
Mostly this is about warning lights for ABS Airbags Power Steering but for the old’uns, the High Beam Warning lamp must work and also the
illumination for the Speedometer.
That will clearly need a dark testing
station as most Stags have dash lights that are barely visible.
You can brighten them up.Search our shopand we can send you a piece of aluminium tape.Stick this around the inside of the binnacle and the instrument will be
twice as bright. Take care not to short anything out.
Old bulbs usually have tired emissions so
change those as well.
I always thought this was an MOT requirement until I checked it to answer a
question on the Stag digest a few years ago.
Well, it is now.
Two parts to this which you may like
If your light is repaired in some way with
tape or film it will still pass as long as light output is not reduced.
If it is reduced, then it’s a fail
Secondly HID upgrade kits are fine but only
if they have EU Type Approval.
Any type approved installation will have
headlamp washers and a self leveling mechanism.
Only 13 pin Euro Socket will be tested as
there are too many wiring variations with the 7 pin type.
However all sockets will be checked for
security and condition.
Bare, chafed or otherwise dangerous wires
are now a valid reason for a fail.
applying to late model vehicles, footbrake efficiency will rise from 50% to 58%
car was designed to have a catalytic converter one must be
present despite emissions readings.
Fluid must be at the minimum level
fluid level warning lamp must not stay on
doors must open from outside
be possible to secure the drivers seat in 3 positions backwards and forwards
car was designed to have an Airbag then it must be fitted and the light out.
PHEW it almost sounds
like a test in it self
AND FINALLY -until end march 2012 any of the above can be marked as an
advisory as a running in period.
we will have some more news very soon to explain why, due to changes in EU
legislation LDPart has the chance to become the best
deal online for Spark Plugs and will at last be able to compete with EBAYROCK BOTTOM SELLERS
That’s all for now folks
LDpartNEWS!20 Nov 2011
one should I use?
are basically two types in UK.
or Green 2 years protection.
or Pink 5 years 150,000
miles protection for aluminium
were built when the only type available was Blue or Green 2 year protection.
heads are getting scarce now it is best to change this type every year as the
corrosion inhibitors gradually degrade over time hence the limited life
to the Red Pink type.
a far superior product for keeping heads corrosion free and radiators
It is an
irreversible change. You can never go back to Blue Green
requires a two part chemical full flush before installation.
it needs a header tank as is doesn’t like being exposed to air in the system.
change to Red Pink is made all that is necessary is to keep it up to strength
and 50% is recommended.
distilled water in the mix and not tap water which may have unwanted elements
like limestone hardness.
you have bought a Stag that has Red Pink fitted, you cannot go back to Blue or
need to do is keep it at 50% strength. You probably never need to flush your
system again as the radiator tubes stay really clean with this coolant.
New Products in the shop since 3 Nov 2011
STRUT Top mount top washer
STRUT Top mount top washer (d hole)
Various plumbing fixtures to assist with
header tanks (Search Header)
LDpartNEWS!3 Nov 2011
Clear your googles
its now OVER 3 months since we updated any News.However we find a bit of time – until those
“Winter Projects get going”
we found GOOGLE search engine was getting really sticky when trying to use the
search box or edit what was in the search box.
Google type “SLOW TYPING IN GOOGLE”
as you get to “SLOW TYP”its there.
are many people puzzled as to why the typing has gone adrift.
discovered it is caused by something called GOOGLE INSTANT
a kind of predictive text editor and unless your
broadband is 40megs it will seriously hamper your progress.
SWITCH IT OFF
Just hover over the Cogwheel top right of google
screen, click, select “SEARCH SETTINGS” scroll down to GOOGLE INSTANT
and deselect it
now back to high speed typing in Google.
everyone you know.
peeking into the Forum shows there is still discussion about the cooling system
and header tanks.
LDpart we have quite a few items related to fitting your own header tank. Type
“header” into the search box and hit the radio button for “ALL” and
see a variety of plumbing bits you may need.
suggest the Mercedes 190D tank for RHD cars as
it uses the Stag Radiator cap, offers visual level check, and has an analogue
level sensor which can connect to your oil pressure warning light or the
temperature warning light in the Mark 1 warning light cluster.
think a header tank is essential in a Mk2 Stag. This
is the developmental point when the Pressure cap was moved FROM the Radiator TO
the Bottle for a fully sealed system. In the Mk1 its
not fully sealed, the regular exhaust of coolant into the overflow bottle and
suck back is the way this works.
a Header Tank in either system is a great improvement in a cooling system that
Pumping in vane 3
seriously reflected yet again it seems the number of vanes on the water pump is
two coolant containers.The engine and the radiator.
engine heats the coolant up slowly.
radiator cools it down quickly.
moves the coolant between the two.
as the water moves from the engine to the radiator before it boils it seems
unimportant as to whether it moves it faster or not.
faster it moves the less time it has to heat up but also to cool.
So it seems
that the difference between the 6 and 12 vane pumps of a few litres per minute is not major in terms of making a
remind readers that our own investigations reveal the clearance between vane
edges and cover is much greater on the 6 vane, which most likely accounts for
its slower pumping.The 12 vane simply
fits more snugly to its cover.
further point concerns cavitation at high revs where
6 vane pumps are preferred although we feel that cavitation
is only likely to occur if air is in the coolant and a header tank could
bear in mind that, particularly with 3 speed autos, the faster the car goes the
hotter the engine gets.
Also at tickover the crankshaft driven fan only runs at crankshaft
those last two reasons the replacement of the engine fan with a 16inch 25amp
electric fan seems to us an essential modification as the Original Design does
not provide enough cooling except on cool days.
why it is referred to as Marginal.
end we think it doesn’t matter which pump is installed, and that it will make
very little difference if any.
New Products in the shop since June 2011
Discs for holes in floorpan
Washer for seat buffer under squab
Orifice or jet for carb
Bulkhead pad pop rivets
Wiper motor parking switch
Speaker to fit mono dash top situation
Auto gearbox front seal
Dowel pin adapter plate
Flat washer 7/16 x 7/8 wp60 or wp46
Soctfl wiper blades tricospeedblade type
Model car ld13 rvc434h
Wiper motor strap stainless kit
Twin points condenser GSC107
1/4 bsphosetail for Mk1 Rad cooling mods
LDpartNEWS!18 Jun 2011
Pumping in vane 2
article below (LDpart News 13 Mar
2011) I should have said “You probably need to ask
Dr “BRIAN” Cox”, thanks to Mr. Garrod for the correction.
its 3 months since I wrote any News. That’s because we have been so busy with
I take a peek into the SOC forum
and saw the recent questions about 12 and 6 vane pumps.
saw the mention of the error concerning Professor Cox.
the answer remains the same.
takes longer to heat water or coolant that is 50% water or more from 95 to 100
than to cool it from 100 down to 95
magazine in April 1994 showed the results of flow with 6 and 12 vane pumps.
vane moves more coolant in a given time. It will also move it more smoothly,
less pulses, although I don’t think this matters.
tests show the impeller fits to the cover better in a 12 vane set up.
over many years we do not have any real evidence to suggest a 6 vane pump is
better than a 12 vane pump or vice versa.
Machining Company that cuts impellers to receive ceramic rings is quite clear
that the 12 Vane pumps are a better quality item, better made.
instinct is to go with 12 vanes.
reason for this is that the Stag cooling system is marginal.It means the radiator isn’t big enough. It
does not provide enough cooling.If it
did the thermostat would shut it off more than it does.
heat from the stag engine seems to be due to the Siamese central exhaust ports.
Too much opportunity for metal to get too hot, so they need as much cool
coolant thrown at them as possible.
an electric shower.If the pressure is
high and the flow too fast the water doesn’t heat up.
a cold or luke warm shower.
for your ablutions but it is what we want in a Stag engine.Slower water = more time for that water to
water = Less time for it to get hot
sure it is not that simple but I’ll need Dr Brian Cox or any budding physicist
to tell me why.
NEW IN THE SHOP
We have over 700 products on offer now and
some of the new ones are as follows
Floor Disk in two sizes for those large holes
Plated Long Manifold Bolt – hhmmits
not a bolt its actually a Set Screw.
need to cut “ thick Thermostat gaskets
H4 bulbs-Needed for the light units that are availalble now
clip 5/16 for twin runs of fuel pipe
Hood interior side rail finishers.Plastic grainey
quality Hard top ZigZags with extra thick chrome for long lasting perfection
Pump Banjo Bolts
New Hoses for Air conditioned Cars the ones that feed the heater unit.
Rivets that hold the tonneau stainless trim in
Screw for the Carburettor Needle
Washer for the Needle Adjuster Screw
all for now folks.
Back again when we find a moment.
LDpartNEWS!13 Mar 2011
Pumping in vane
It is an
established fact that minute for minute, 12 vane water pumps pump more coolant
than 6 vane.
shift a higher volume of coolant.
good or bad?You probably need to ask Dr
Simon Cox when he has finished explaining the universe will end in several
heats up more slowly and loses heat more quickly.
longer to heat water from 95 to 100 that in takes for 100C boiling
water to get from 100 down to 95
know this if you heat your reheat coffee in a microwave.It gets cold very quickly and the colder the
room the quicker it cools.
more hot water you can get into the radiator the better. (Or is it? Back to Dr
whether or not you use a 6 vane pump or 12 vane pump
it seems to make little difference to the cooling characteristics of a given
burning question is however “Why does the twelve vane move more coolant?”
we have the answer which is a bit of a head banger.
vane impeller, with a top nut added, when offered into a 6 vane cover,
demonstrated a huge clearance between the vane edge and cover beveled face.
undertaking the same comparison with a 12 vane cover we found the gap between
the vane edge and the bevel is far less.
So it is
simply a matter of fit.
willing to bet that if each vane of a 6 vane pump could be built up with weld
and shaped about 3 mm higher
it would move as much coolant as the 12 vane‘Doh!’
there lurks the awful threat of cavitation.Back to Dr Simon Cox again we think. What is needed is a glass water
pump cover, then we could see what was going on.
Yes we have
a new photo of the old beast, the old beast that was my daily transport for 17
years and covered 100,000
miles in that time after already having covered
100,000 with earlier owners before 1990 when I bought her. Every part fitted in
100,000 miles is the
same offered by LDpart.
last 20 years we have seen £24,000 spent on servicing and repair and some
restoration. That’s £0.24 per mile
comparison my 150 BHP Octavia
has seen £5000 in spend for the same distance but a third of the time.
on the Stag the cost includes engine rebuild with rebore, new automatic
gearbox, doing the heads after 50,000, all suspension, bumper chroming, two
differentials and two propshafts, new hood, Kenlowe fan, petrol tank, complete
overhaul of brakes twice that is Disks Drums Master cylinder etc etc.
basically only the body and lamps and grille, dashboard, seats and hood frame
that are not changed.
not have to do that on the Octavia
engine will last 500,000
miles, so we are told. The body is guaranteed
for 10 years so it is going to last 15. There is no Chrome or hood.
is boring however despite its stunning 0-60 time. It is the first car I have
ever owned that needs a retrim before anything else.So off to the leather guys
with that one.
never have the appeal of the Stag.I
will take another look at that photo now.
LDpartNEWS!27 Feb 2011
Wrong Part Chaos
in the trade press about an Audi suffering loss of power at 70mph.
independent workshop diagnosed a clogged EGR valve
but after changing that still no improvement.
they changed some of the sensors around the car and finally fitted a new ECU at
ever mounting cost to the owner.
still had not cured the problem!
owner kept sane is beyond me.
the garage and owner are now on First name terms and the garage is thinking 5 litres of
petrol and a match is probably the solution.
car came back with a handbrake issue.On
fixing this, it was found the wrong brake springs had been used to fit the
brake shoes by some anonymous previous operative and the excessive brake force
in one corner was enough to send the wrong signals all over the car and cut
power at 70MPH.
the correct Brake springs were fitted the car behaved perfectly.
me of our Skoda Dealer. We said the cruise control is not working.
said there was nothing wrong with Cruise control but they had found a faulty
brake light switch.
changed it, and guess what. The Cruise Control started working again. Worse
still the dealer was surprised.
1) It is
often nothing to do with what you think it is.
often all other problems on modern cars come back to brakes
use very cheap or incorrect parts. This will cost far far more in the long run.
are available brand new but so expensive.
change the ones you have now?
while the patina of age is all very well, the rocker part of the window
switches takes this concept too far and the switch rockers become faded, and
develop a matt bloom finish. This does not look very attractive.
the replacements are very expensive.
thinking of having the rocker part made to allow refurbishment of old switches.
have it make in shiny black plastic.
insides of the switch are easy to overhaul.
switch body pulls out of the bezel part by closing the retaining barbs each end
inwards and pulling out the body.
Rocker can now be pryed off the body.
the rocker are two tiny spring loaded plungers in a small white housing.Be careful collecting up the plungers and
there are two copper W shaped rockers. They have contact pips at the ends.
the switch body are also contact pips.
and the W rockers can all be immersed in Coca Cola for 24 hours.
they are removed and dried the pitting in the top of the copper pips can be
seen where the switch has progressively arced more and more as the contact area
will need dressing flat with a flat end stone in a Dremel type electric tool.
W rockers can be checked for straightness along the length, and easily
straightened if necessary with pliers.The switch can be reassembled and will work properly again.
nothing to wear except the points of contact. Re-flatting contacts will give
thousands of miles usage although eventually there is a limit to how many times
a contact point can be recovered.
So all we need now is a nice new shiny black
polish the old ones, but unlike the Bezel plastic which polishes up well with T
Cut on cardboard, the rockers are made of a different plastic and it will never
polish to a durable finish. Within a few weeks it will bloom over again.
time will tell if we are off our rocker with this idea.
LDpartNEWS!13 Feb 2011
months ago our Web Hosting service discontinued Statistics as they were too
We were asked
to use Google Analytics instead.
us a whole heap of information about you, not you specifically but you our
Where you arrive from to get to our site.Over the last two days 20.69% visits were
initiated by the SOC Forum.
31.90% were from Internet Search engines.This is very much not due to surfers searching on generic keywords like
Stag Parts but very specific phrases like part numbers or
jwis timing chain for
particular example is not going to result in a sale we feel.However we learn these timing chains are used
on Mini as well.Not sure which Mini it
majority of visits to LDpart, being the remaining 47.41% were from direct
of so many of you to have the site bookmarked or type in or click on
other statistics that the web marketers talk about is bounce rate.
is nothing to do with Spax. (although it could be I
LDpart.co.uk the bounce rate on 11 and 12 Feb 2011 is 12.07%
on reviewing a few ‘You tube’ videos on Google Analytics, bounce rate is the
percentage of visitors that only look at the ‘Landing Page’ and then click away
realising the site is not for them, or going into deep shock at the sight of a
Triumph Stag and wondering how on earthsuch things are allowed in the technically advanced age of Apps and
Ipads and Nanos and ds and ps3 and Kera Punk Emo and Nandos and ……hey wait a
minute……that’s a Portuguese restaurant!!
industry figure for bounce rate is 40% or 50% namely this sort of area.
12.07% bounce rate means we are a sad lot!!
going on to prove it:-
SOCTFL REAR LAMP SEATING GASKETS
A few months ago SOCTFL were asked to look at
sponsoring the rubber gaskets used between the rear lamp base and the rear lamp
Fresh from sponsoring the manufacturing of Quarterlight Seals, and following a
similar process SOCTFL have now partially funded a project that has already
come to fruition in the shape of product ' available for sale now '.
A brand new NOS original pair were loaned to SOCTFL by
a Stag Owner and they were copied and the new product moulded precisely to the
exact size and profile complete with the correct edges.
They have been test fitted by a SOCTFL board member who reports they fit
perfectly but they take some dexterity to fit.
We are happy to inform you that we have this product on offer at LDpart.
It is called ?Rear lamp seating gasket?.
number 216126 in your BL Parts Triumph Stag catalogue plate
S12 (01-85) in your Mark One parts book or page
05-32 in the 1978 BL Parts Book
product has not been available in this form for years.
Many of the lamp gaskets out in the field are brittle, age hardened, cracked
and leak water in the top which fogs the rear lamp and allows the panel to rust. Additionally
others have a thin paint line as it is difficult to mask them accurately.
Lastly a fair few cars were never fitted with them in the first place.
SILICONE HOSE SETS You will have no doubt seen universal cooling hoses on offer in blue,
yellow and red and many others.
These are the silicone hoses, used in racing circles.
One of our suppliers has asked us if we can put on sale their Silicone cooling
hose sets for Stag, made in UK by Samco.
These hoses carry SAMCO branding
These are not actually in bight colours they are black
I asked why anyone would want to spend up to £150.00 on a set of hoses and I
was told? Because they last forever?
They are a fit and forget part.
Also we notice they are double reinforced.
We think that is a huge amount of money for a set of hoses.
Even then the bottle hose is not included, nor the radiator bung Nylon Washer.
For this reason we will not stock them but we will buy them to order so they
will take a day or two extra if anyone wants such an item.
The price is £114.72 plus postage plus 20% VAT
so overall cost to your UK door is £147.50 http://tinyurl.com/4ecupwj
Phew you would never believe it was
January we are rushed of our feet again already.
slowed down a little last year in September and November, presumably due to the
back to school activity or holidays for the people not at peaceful child free
again perhaps fears of the global recession were beginning to bite at the
December it was the weather in the UK that
slowed the UK economy
into negative growth (Don’t you just love that term?)
LDpart turned over more in December 2010 than 2009 but this could be because we
are always adding products, and the Stainless Steel Sleeved Clutch and Brake
Master cylinders are hugely popular presumably being a fit and forget
item.We struggle to keep stock of
these, as they literally fly off the shelf.
had to request your old item first these days as we were running out of what is
know in the trade as ‘core’being worn
parts to be restored.In other words the
surcharges were not enough incentive to get the old parts send back.
So it is
a ‘New lamps for old + cash’deal now.
still we run out.
quite a few worn ones now ready to be done which will take a few weeks.
You will have seen the blue the
yellow and red and many others.
These are the silicon hoses, use
in racing circles.
They are also a fit and forget
our suppliers has asked us if we can put on sale their Silicone cooling hose
sets for Stag, made in UK by Samco.
are not actually in bight colours they are black as original.
why anyone would want to spend up to £150.00 on a set of hoses and I was told “ Because they last forever”.
notice they are double reinforced.
that is a huge amount of money for a set of hoses.Even then the bottle hose is not included,
nor the radiator bung Nylon Washer.
not stock them but we will buy them to order so they will take a day or two
extra if anyone wants such an item.
price is £114.72plus
postage plus 20% VAT so overall cost to your UK door is
hush there I fancy.
next time then, enjoy your Stags and get them ready early this year as we will
have a fantastic summer in the Northern Hemisphere and your Stag will want to
be making the most of it.
LDpartNEWS!16 Jan 2011
I am beginning to wonder if this
is such an appropriate greeting.
floods in Australia of
mammoth proportions. Terrifying rain damage in Brazil.Riots in Tunisia.Various
animals committing mass suicide in different global locations.
emailed all our Australian customers with a message of condolence and hope and
one of the replies indicates surprise we have heard about it.Like English people do not have their eye on Australia at the
of Cricket - one of England’s greatest
exports.Like the Stag.Bringing together
enthusiasts from all over the world.
In UK we have
been warned to expect 150mm of rain in some places. That is 6 inches in one
storm and absolutely unheard of.
highest expectation in Ben
Nevis in the Scottish mountains is 170 inches per
year say 14
inches per month.
double the rainfall in nearby low lying FortWilliam.
nearly half Ben Nevis Rain in
one storm in England is just
it hasn’t happened yet.If we get 100mm
in Wendlebury several houses are flooded.
not know what happens when 150mm of rain falls and we don’t want to either.
Ambition --- I’ll
Take a look at this story by
Shams Al-Shakarchi of the Kent Courier Group about a Stag Owner in Kent who is
now driving again after having had a stroke.
Maybe some readers know this
incredible gentleman.We can take great
heart from such incredible fortitude.
Julia Hartley Brewer, writing in
the Sunday Express is complaining that the English cannot speak their own language.
She has just come back from
holiday in Thailand and heard Finns Norwegians and
various other nationalities speaking English better than the English people on
she is being a little bit stuffy over this.I remember it being very cool when I was young to use a kind of street
language that only had meaning for your fellow cronies in college or at the
Even so I am rather shocked when I see people
cannot spell when it matters, so she may have a point.
poor spelling can be to your advantage if you are searching for items on Ebay.
Mispelt items are always there to be bid on at very low prices because no one
else finds them.
example ‘Hyundia’ is a good one for a cheap car.
‘Convertible’instead of ‘Convertible’ is a very common
one, so much so its not much of an advantage to spell it wrong because
absolutely loads of people do already.
common one is Vane – of a water pump.I
have seen Vain and Vein amazingly
to be possible to search for Truimph but Ebay have stopped that and will not
let you search for that, and convert all Truimphs to Triumphs automatically
you can still get away with ‘Notbook’ if you want a cheap ‘Notebook’
LDpart we try to spell things correctly but then we have the added complication
of two names for things, like
Rod End or Tie Rod End
always try to use the Triumph terminology in the BL Parts Catalogue for Triumph
Stag but even that is not consistent.
why we offer two types of search.In the titles or in the product detail.Hopefully you find what you want.
If we do
not have it in the shop we have a suggestion normally.Just get in touch by email or phone.
LDpartNEWS!9 Jan 2011
You will have all made your New
Now let me guess.
actually quite difficult.
I would say
“Eat less”, but come to think of it, none of the Stag owners I know are
overweight.I have been fortunate enough
to have moved around the Stag fraternity for 10 years or more and if you do
this you will find you get to know a great many people.
thought about it before but none of them is on the plump side.They are not stringbeans either, just a good
that be connected to Stag ownership.Thinking about it even more it seems to be any classic car owner.
So if anyone
out there reading this is not a Stag owner and is overweight
the New Years Resolution must be-
“I will buy a Stag”
ready for the summer
It is going to be HOT!
Winter The winter of 1946-47 was one of the worst on record,
and certainly one of the snowiest of the last 150 years.
Summer The summer of 1947 is the 7th warmest on record in
records dating back to 1659. Only the summers of 1826, 1846, 1976, 1983, 1995
and 2006 have been hotter.
Do we see history repeating itself?
IN WHICH CASE, it is time to get
In the heat of summer it is
impossible to drive a Stag top down.
We found this going to France in 2006.The Stag was powering along the French
motorways. Through the plains and through the mountains in 35 C with blistering overhead
sunshine, top down would have given us sunstroke in no time.
So we had to run with the top up
and the windows open and back window down.
This is not the point of having a
convertible.The idea is to run open
top, with the wind in your hair.
So this year it seems the time to
be doing this will be March April and May, so the advice has to be, start
getting your car ready now. Start doing the lists, booking the garage, and
getting the parts. We are in for a long hot summer.
mass or dual mess
Some modern vehicles, particularly Diesels,
have Dual Mass Flywheels these days.
This means a flywheel in two
parts, one with the starter ring gear the other taking the engagement of the
clutch plate, and joined by a long coil spring arrangement.
The purpose of these is to reduce
vibration and stress now that direct injection diesel engines can produce much
higher torque at much lower revs.
However many fleet managers and
technicians believe they wear too quickly and quite a lot have been changing
the vehicle spec by reverting to a traditional standard solid flywheel when
Now this idea has become
There is the story of the Taxi firm
who changed the fleet of 1.9 Octavia diesels back to solid flywheels and then
later had a crankshaft through the block side.
After this happened three times they decided to revert back to
manufactured spec and
fit dual mass flywheels again.
The dual mass flywheels do
exhibit some play.However manufacturer
Luk has revealed that out of every 100Dual Mass Flywheels returned under
warranty only 2% are faulty.
Hmmm interesting as it is for
modern cars, it just goes to show you cannot beat the good old ways of making
cars. We never had this problem with Stag Clutches.
However if you DO have a modern
direct injection diesel do not get talked into replacing a Dual Mass Flywheel
with a traditional type when getting your cutch done.
They cannot take the low rev
modern diesel torque power.
Save the money and spend it on
your Stag instead where it is guaranteed to improve your smile.
LDpartNEWS!26 Dec 2010
On 5 Dec I said “You have to
worry about people in 6 inches or 10 inches (of snow)”
On Friday 17 we got an inch of
snow at .I know that as I was planning to go out fora Christmas Lunch with friends.
I was going on the bus to Oxford.The just failed to turn up.The came along and the driver very
kindly skidded 6INCHES to stop in the snowy layby.
That was it for Friday, ONE inch of snow.
Then comes Saturday.My goodness - it started snowing at and didn’t stop until . Great big snowflakes like
Kleenex tissues falling out of the sky.At we had 14 inches of snow. Yessir14 inches. I have never seen anything like
that in my life.
Even 1947 was
not so snowy.I remember 1962 when we
lost power for 2 whole days. That was interesting.Fortunately we had a coal fire so heated
water on that and also made soup.
I remember thinking to myself at
the time, I will always have an open fire in my
house.And that is what I have always
We now have huge trees in the
garden so while I let the saplings grow where ever they start, or transplant
them I cut a large lump off a tree every year.Now fortunately we have the wood from several year’scroppings and a lovely log fire in this incredibly
cold weather where even your heating system doesn’t work.
TO THE STAG MY CHILD AND LEARN
why your heating doesn’t work in subzero
Heating systems, cooling systems,
any Stag owner has thought deeply on this stuff.
I see talk about central heating
pump speeds. The setting 1 is about 1000 rpm 2 1500 rpm and 3 2000 rpm.
Which is better.If the water travels too quickly it will not lose heat to the room or
gain heat in the boiler.
isn’t this the same conversation we have about 6 and 12 vane pumps.
That’s a new one however. If we
could set the Stag water pump to anyone of three different settings what would
It occurs to me it simply doesn’t
matter.What matters is the relative
surface area in the heat exchanger.
The all the surfaces in the
radiator add up to a greater area than all the surfaces in the boiler, the boiler
will never catch up.
If the opposite is true then the
boiler will be switching off frequently.
So we have the concept of
Kilowatts.The room of an average UKhouse is between 1 and 2
A boiler then needs to be 10
kilowatts for an average house – Add 2 Kw for the
All heating systems are designed
around a temperature drop value.Usually its around 20 degrees C
This means your house will stay
at 20C when it is 0 outside.
What if it goes down to minus 17
as we have seen.Then the house is +3Bring on the Open Fire.
The theory is all the same Stag
or central heating.The Stag is a
central heating system in reverse.
If we think of the Stag engine as
a Central Heating Boiler it is like putting a 20Kw boiler in an average house
and removing the thermostat.
Very soon you will cook as you do
not have enough radiators to remove the heat.
Doesn’t this sound so familiar.It is why
we are so keen on electric fans.They
only work when required and then boy! Do they move some air.
I have seen three cars broken down overheated
today.All within 3 miles and all ten years old type cars.
Why would they overheat.My guess is they are trying to pump jelly
round the cooling system.
This means they have the old Blue
Green Antifreeze and they run at the traditional 10 -25 %
The owners have not checked the
level recently and not upped the % to cope with the cold.
In the great Blue/Green versus
Pink/Red Antifreeze debate we now see that it is good to be using Pink Red for
1)It must be used in a 50/50 mix.This saves your engine from overheating in subzero overnight ambients.
2)It should be used in systems with header tanks.For Stag owners, adding a Header Tank is a
3)On the local forecourt, as I predicted in 2002, only Pink/Red is on
sale.Yes get your blue green at Halfords but hmmmm!!
I just thought of two
other reasons to put Pink Red in Stags
1)It lasts 5 years.In fact you
never replace it just top it up.
2)It has very superior corrosion resistance and your Stag heads will last
Be sure the engine is given a two part
flush before switching antifreeze as the Blue Green and Pink Red are seriously
incompatible and must never be mixed.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
LDpartNEWS!5 Dec 2010
That’s our opinion of Snow.It’s OK on mountains and open country, and
the conifers in Scotland look supreme when their outer
branches are dusted with snowflakes.
OK enough of that. There are
things to do, people to see, places to go, and all that stops when it snows.
In Oxfordshire ¼ inch was enough
to mess everything up.There is a bridge
over the dual carriage way and ¼ is enough to render it impassable.No one grits these small unclassified
roads.So we have hundreds of tons of
goods trundling around on gritted roads and no one who lives in a house can get
out on to these roads as they do not grit peoples driveways or side streets.
You have to worry about people in
6 inches or 10 inches or even 24 inches of snow.
It must be utter misery.
In UK we are so not geared up for
this despite having increased plant for dealing with snow from under 1500 units
to over 3000 units in the last year.
You can have sheds full of salt
and a huge fleet of snow ploughs and gritters but if the people cannot get in
to drive them, or the council can’t afford the overtime or the staff are off
sick then we do not go anywhere.
At least it was encouraging to
see the TV interviewing the Manager of Didcot Power Station. He said they had
over 1,000,000 tons of coal and emergency residential accommodation on site and
food for 6 months and there was every contingency in place to keep the power
supply going.That was really good to hear.
it Goes on
Here are the next five days
High -3°C High -1°CHigh
Not exactly ideal
weather for working on your car.
It is a good idea however to
start it up and get it really hot now and again. Leave a brick on the pedal and
let the engine race away. Not 20 minutes of tick over but really pound it, and
burn off some of the water that hangs around in the engine. Not a good idea to
run out of petrol however so keeping an eye on the fuel gauge.
So here is a new one.
The SOCAGM was held at Landindrod Wells.
That evening was the coldest in UK. Maybe -12C
So two stags parked in snow
rather exposed both had click nothing experiences.
Jump leads, advice, you name it,
they wouldn’t crank
Both were trailered back to England
Two days later one of them is
given a go and bingo up she fires.
Same thing with the
Of course now it’s only -2C or -1C
So what is going on there?
Well the extreme cold somehow
generated excessive voltage drop between the battery and the Red white
connection at the solenoid and not enough juice was getting through the
We had a similar thing with a
Starter we sold, although not cold related.
Did exactly that.
Click and nothing.
Our reconditioner visited the
car, slapped a 10 p across the solenoid Red White terminal and battery incoming
terminal and Off she goes.
Nothing wrong with the
Too much voltage drop along the
My guess is the cold shrinks the
contacts in the connector block or the inhibitor switch in an Automatic.
One answer would be to replace
the terminal block with a better form of connector.
The other would be to locate a
relay above the starter that is triggered by the ignition switch but pulls in
direct current from the solenoid battery IN terminal. We might figure something
out for this. It would provide a path from battery to solenoid with fewer
opportunities for the excess voltage drop that so often cripples starters.
A 30 amp relay, some bits of wire
and ring terminals should do it.
However first thing is always
check the earth lead to the battery is in top shape. No missing or broken
strands and good contact to engine and body.
LDpartNEWS!28 Nov 2010
‘A’Seam- to the rescue!
Do you suffer damp carpets and
misty instruments that clear when the car warms up? Have you searched and
searched without success to find the leak.
One more place you need to look. The rain
Probe carefully, with a fine
piece of wire, perhaps 1mm diameter, with a small 90 degree bend at the end.
Search in the gutter the length of the seam between the windscreen A post and the gutter panel.Look for tiny cracks and perforations in the seam sealer. If you find
even the tiniest hole, that’s a problem.
The water will run into that tiny
hole and into the A post. It then runs down inside the A post and out through a
tunnels shaped hole where the A post joins the inner sill.It then sits under the carpet getting it nice
and wet so it becomes a nice wet poultice that will rot the floor pan out
If you find a hole, then seal it
with anything that you can paint over. Most of the gutter area can be masked.
It only needs painting in the very bottom.Then hang your carpets out to dry indoors. Dry the floor pan with
Let air flow through the car to
dry out the instrument panel.
You can save your car this way.
failed Carb Rod ends
One of the less clever parts of
the Triumph Stag is the plastic rod end that connects the linkage to the
carburettor throttle spindle.A strange
plastic receptacle that is threadless but screws onto a 10 - 32link rod, and when you least expect
it, it splits due to tiredness from use and wide temperature variation.
You are not unable to proceed.
So LDpart have introduced
something to fit now and prevent the above mentioned event from taking place.
Metal Link Rod ends.
This is part number 155455M metal
carb link rod end.These are imported
from USA, cut down to be a straight
forward replacement on the rod and push fitted to the ball on the spindle
Other such rod ends in the market
are too long. We have done the cutting for you.
Better still we have made them so
there is enough room for a lock nut to be fitted to retain their location and
VAT each at the 20% rate.
Buy them before Jan 4 and they
are £0.07 less.Most cars already have
one metal end so a car set means 3 pieces plus lock nuts HN2005 at £0.05p each.
One thing less to
worry about when commuting or touring. Another Fit and Forget item.
4 Ways Your mobile phone can help in emergencies
The Emergency Number worldwide
for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out
coverage area of your mobile network and
there is an emergency, dial 112 and the
mobile will search any existing network
to establish the emergency number for you,
and interestingly this number 112
can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it
out.Don’t let it answer however unless it is an emergency.
Have you locked your keys in the
Does your car have remote keyless
entry? This may come in handy someday. If you lock your keys in the car and the
spare keys are at home, call someone
at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot
from your car door and have the person at your
home press the unlock button, holding
it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car
will unlock. Saves
someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no
object. You could be hundreds of miles
away, and if you can reach someone who has
the other 'remote' for your car, you
can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Editor's Note: It works fine. We
tried it out and it unlocked our car over a mobile phone!'
Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your mobile battery is
very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your
mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50%
increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile
How to disable a STOLEN mobile
To check your Mobile phone's
serial number, key in the following digits on your
phone * # 0 6 #
A 15 digit code will appear on
the screen. This number is unique to your handset
Write it down and keep it
somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can
phone your service provider and give
them this code. They will then be able to block
your handset so even if the thief
changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally
You probably won't get your phone
back, but at least you know that whoever
stole it cant use or sell it either.
If everybody does this, there would be no point in people
stealing mobile phones.
LDpartNEWS!21 Nov 2010
BEWARE THE SOLUTION!
Now we hear several somewhat
worrying things for Stag owners
The first is that all the
Harbingers of Doom are warning of a really hard Winter.
Lots of snow and cold in UK.
I have to admit the berries on
the trees this year have been very fulsome. The Yew was covered in these little
upturned red cups. The BerberisDarwinii
was a mass of tiny tulip shaped orange flowers and the Pyracantha looked more
as if someone had upended a 50 gallon drum of baked beans over the
What does nature
know that we don’t know and how does nature know?
Secondly the good old county
council, well here anyway, having been caught out last year with insufficient
salt, has come up with an idea to make the salt stick around longer.
It is going to mix sugar in as
well so as to make a sticky concoction that melts ice and stays put.
The problem is that it will NOT
No, it will get flicked up all
over the bottom of our cars.
Oh Wonderful.We not only have salt to contend with, now we
have sticky salt.
This comes after a shot blasting
from the grit that chips all the nice paint away. It will be like catching a
virus that rots steel away at a faster pace as it doesn’t wash away in day to
day use in normal rainy or wet conditions
So lads and lasses in UK and anywhere else this heinous
idea has found interest, we are going to have to invest in frequent bottom
washing followed by steam cleaning in spring if we use our precious wheels in
I think this also applies to our
daily drivers as well, whatever they are. Otherwise we may suffer quicker than
wanted bottom rot there as well.
BO JO Success
We are delighted to tell you that Andy Hedley
and his famous Damson Stag successfully completed the Beaujolais Run this year
Facebook is a bit of a mystery to
me but pictures of the famous Stag back in UK with LDpart stickers are now
So congratulations Andy on
completing the 4 day run into deepest France with no issues.Did those LDpart stickers provide just a bit
This year we have been privileged
to be asked to sponsor the Andy Hedley Damson Stag on the Beaujolais Run.
This is the USA spec car which was originally
owned by Richard Chamberlain of ……well we are sure you know about this car. I
first saw it at Ally Pally in 1992 when the SOC displayed it on a Stand with the
theme of Rush Hour with Love which presented a clever theme of using the car to
go to work with the sophisticated overtones of James Bond and Dr Kildare.
For more about this years event, which sees departures from Brands Hatch early
on Tuesday morning 16 Nov 2010, go to
The run is to bring back to UK the famous Beaujolais Primeur.
So we wish Andy Hedley and his
team all the best with the Stags. Lets hope they get a
Podium with lots of lovely pix showing the LDpart
LDpartNEWS!7 Nov 2010
We read in the SOC magazine that in the UK the current 5% of ethanol in
unleaded petrol will be increased to 10%
Further research shows this is in
order to meet a new EU directive basically aimed at reducing Carbon emissions.
The Directive states that from
2011, petrol may contain up to 10% (vol.) ethanol. In order to avoid damage to
old cars, however, fuel with 5% (vol.) ethanol will continue to be available
until 2013, with the possibility for member states to extend that period.
It seems it has been at the 10%
level in USA for some while now.
Apparently ethanol will attack nitrile used in Rubber Petrol pipe.
It is clearly not to be good news
for Classic Cars and also attacks fibre glass fuel tanks used in boats.
It is produced from plants and
therefore cuts our reliance on the expensive stuff from the Middle East. It has higher octane and
produces cleaner emissions.
It is a very complex topic and a
host of material at differing levels of detail is out there.
In response to this LDpart will
in future only be sourcing fuel pipe that is resistant to alcohol, apart from
the main fuel line in the Stag which is Nylon and is used in the majority of
However there are rubber
connectors and moulded elbows at various points. LDpart will be offering Nylon
elbows and joiners with short lengths of Alcohol resistant tubing to replace
rubber and Nitrile fittings.
Places to watch are
Straight connector near the rear
axle and bulkhead
Elbow from pickup pipe and elbow
to fuel filter
Pipe from filter to carbs and connector and elbow to RH carb.
The fuel filler neck may not get
the same degree of exposure but if the inside of that starts breaking down we
will need to be ready with some well researched way of dealing with the
Perhaps the answers already exist
in the USA
What have our visitors to the
site been looking for this week.
Each week we see about the same
statistics on our web site
50% of Traffic comes from direct
access, people typing LDpart into their browser or using a bookmark. Thank you!
25% of Traffic comes from Search
Engines, people typing all sorts of things into Google. Most recently festoon
bulbs and inlet manifolds have featured highly as keywords.
25% of Traffic comes from the SOC Forum would you believe. Many thanks to our regular supporters in this respect.
The most popular link by
a mile is the Adjuster rings we offer for setting door mirrors correctly.That is clearly a major problem.
It arises because the
Mirrors are only available from one source and the tooling has worn to the
extent there is an almost undetectable error in the pressing.
The attachment threaded
stud in the mirror back sticks out through a domed pressing.
The domed pressing is
supposed to be a hemisphere. But it is not an exact hemisphere. There is a
slight lump at one side and this restricts the potential for articulation of
the mirror head on the stalk.
The adjuster rings fit
over the hemisphere and provide a new perfectly shaped hemisphere and now the
mirror will articulate the full stretch.
Unfortunately in the Stag
application, the mirrors are more or less on full adjustment for most drivers
to be able to use them.
Other very popular Forum
links are to Door Trim Pad clips, Brass Exhaust Nuts [which we do not really
understand] and Distributor base plates which is really good as they are the
last item investigated by SOCTFL and its enterprising Director Mr Fisher to the
extent we now have a result.
drives us madder
As if getting onto a roundabout
was not enough there is another problem.
Getting off it.-Which exit, which lane and of
three which lane collapses to make two? Why is there an immediate Pelican
Crossing as we leave ?
We heard this week that
Road Deaths in the most recent reports were down on last year in the ThamesValley region.Amazing when considering our Roundabout Story
last week and the sheer ‘speed’ at which some drivers negotiate hazards.
Perhaps there are just
more accidents that do not result in deaths as we get more Air Bags, not only
more cars on the road with air bags as older models are scrapped , but more Air
bags in the cars.
I think in our own modern carwe
have 4because they are in the door
pillars as well as the front andmost
modern cars have even more including the head restraints.
There is a theory that the more safety features we
have the madder and more reckless becomethe drivers.
The motorist now hasABS, collapsible bumpers,air bags andnow more air bags. Over- revving prevention devices and fuel cut outs.
Even the Stag has that last one called the inertia switch.
There are stricter MOT tests, better tyres and disk brakes all round.
So when drivingStags we need to bear in mind we
Do not have ABS like the rest.
Do not have AIR BAGS like the rest.
We do not have collapsible bumpers and our front panel top edge could
break someone’s leg.
Moral- Follow the 2 second rule and leave plenty
of space in front.
We are interested in preserving
Stags not seeing them written off.
We are even more interested in
preserving the owners!
LDpartNEWS!31 Oct 2010
HOT HEADED WARNING!
How hot is your engine getting?
Do you need a warning light ?
We now have a switch in
the shop that will illuminate a warning lamp if your coolant reaches 113Cor235F .
Well actually the cars were launched in 1970 with
these warning lamps and the red “TEMP” sector of the Mark 1 warning lamp panel
exists to be lit up when the temperature of the coolant exceeds 113C9235F) . In your ROM the first wiring diagram show it as
item 77 and 76.
Then, because the lights kept coming on, and
customers were in the Dealerships all the time with these “TEMP” warning lights , Triumph decided to ask Dealers to cut the supply wire.
Yes that was the Triumph Engineers answer to the
problem.The argument was based on an
assumption that the sensors were inaccurate and tripping the RED lights at too
low a setting .
In the Mark 2 cars this item is left out of the
However the ½ ins BSP
threaded hole is there if you want to put one in.They are a very good idea as they will
provide a warning that may save you £000’s on having your heads repaired.Now that heads are becoming rarer and rarer
it is a good idea to do everything possible to protect and preserve the ones
that do work properly
You could connect it to the Choke Warning light or
the Handbrake Warning light or even buy a small extra warning light to fit into
the dashboard if you want something RED in colour.
Another zephyr on ebay
I think you must know by now I er’like these cars. It is a close run
thing between these and the Stag
The Stag wins because it has
electric wipers, radial ply tyres and gets reasonable BHP out if its 3.0 Litre engine size. The Zephyr
struggles to to 80mph with 2.5 litres. Spares availability is an issue.
You can’t even get an oil filter. (Well you can but £15.00!)
So the Zephyr needs much updating
to get it to a usable condition for today’s roads,
Never mind just take a look atEbay item 160498615147
My firstcar was a Zephyr Mk1 Saloon. It was
the same colour as this ebay one.Pale blue green with white side flashes.
My next car was just like the Ebay
one but red with white and beige with cream leather interior.
Seeing this one on Ebay
has me twitchy again.
drives us mad
The UK is a wonderful place to drive !!
How we avoid having more accidents I do not know.
Driving along the road is fine until we come to aMotorway Exit or a
Then it all goes to pieces bigtime!
For some reason the British people are expected to
be clairvoyant mind readers of massive judgemental ability.
As we approach a roundabout on a dual carriage way
some strange things happen.
The roundabout has two lanes arriving and there are often at least three exits from the roundabout
So which lane do we choose?
Well we seem to know that the nearside one is for
people turning left or at the first exit
We seem to know which one is for right as well. The
offside lane leads us to the right turn.
Which one do we choose to go straight on?
this is the question. Lets face it there is no answer, and the police driving
manual doesn’t know!
So the great British Driving public have to draw on
Its called judgement!
That would be great if you always arrived at the
roundabout on your own. You could say, well the exit is not exactly straight
ahead it’s a bit this way or that and choose a lane accordingly.
The problem is there is nearly always another car
trying to negotiate the roundabout at the same time.
So now our dear old brains are faced with a complex
Not “Which way am I going to go?”but additionally
“Which way is that other car going to go?”
If you are trying to give a signal as to your
intentions and change gear as well – well you can see its
got mighty complicated.
All this assumes you know are familiar with the
hazard and know where you are going!
What if this is the first time you ever encountered
this roundabout? For example you are away from home, or as happens frequently
they just built it.
It gets worse.
The wonderful HighwaysAgencyrealise the problem we are all having so what do they do.
They arrange for the end of the dual carriage way to
be split into three lanes at the roundabout. One left one right and one for
That means we now have an added problem.
How do we know if the next
roundabout will have this feature or not on our approach.
If it does which lane splits into two.The inner or the outer.
Well it could be on a Road Sign ,
but it isn’t and it never is.The only
place you see it is the road markings. The white painted arrows.
So even more judgement.Different
gear change pattern, different signals, and now we have to guess the future
direction of not one other car but two.
Mind readers, psychics and brain surgeons, queue
here to take your test because you will need to be all three.
Oh to be in America where God Bless you all.You have sorted all this out.
Where ever you are in America and want to go somewhere else, just follow the lane
for that route.
One lane per route
One route per sign
One sign per route
No wondering which lane should I be in?Its all clearly
marked with an overhead sign. This way for Interstate 42,this way forSouth Beach, this way for National Route 25 etc etc.No roundabouts .
America where for many years it was 55mph max even has
decent speed limits now as well.
My very crude analysis says if it is a republican
majority vote state, its 70 or 75 and Democrats are at 65.
Arizona and New Mexico seem to be 80 --- Wow!
I envy USA Stag Drivers.Of course you cannot run with the top
LDpartNEWS!24 Oct 2010
Free hand made xmas
card and gift box with every DVD and CD
It’s true!With every purchase of a CD or a DVD or any item in our Xmas
Gift Ideas Category, we shall include a free hand made Xmas Card and for CDs
and DVDs a Free Hand Made gift box as well.
These beautiful items will grace your gift in a
unique and personal way. In these days of rising commercialism and disappearing
Christmas we provide the means for you to continue to enjoy traditional
seasonal expression in a unique way.
samples of the Cards in the shop.
GET THE PICTURE
Statistics results never cease to amaze.How did we get one visit from a search on “Acme Screw Nut”?
Even after many
pages of Google listings using this search terms you will not find LDpart
This is just as
well as Ldpart is not a supplier of ACME screw nuts.There is one part on the Stag called Acme
Screw and nut and 6 pieces of it are used to hold on the Fan shroud on USA cars.We have a part that covers this application
but it’s not an ACME screw, just something very
similar that does the job.
Apart from being
the only factory ever to feature in Tom and Jerry Cartoons what is this Acme
screw thing and how did a searcher find LDpart.
Well they must
have used a search we often use when we can’t find an item in the internet.
It is called
have still got a picture of the original Acme screw used for the fan shroud, so
perhaps we had better take that down as we have none left.Then we will not distract the Acme screw
images” is a really revealing use of a search engine.Try it next time you are looking for
You may just
finish up at LDpart again!
CONNECTION OR WHAT?
Here is another
strange deal on Google Analytics which is the system that tracks to performance
of your website.
It tells us how
much time each visit lasts.Last month we experienced two visits that had a reported time of
Not which is a one second visit.
No these are
visits that are greater than Zero (Yes we got that!) but less than 1 second.
All we can assume
is just as the visitor arrived at our site the power went down.
No one has a
connection that can change pages in under a second do
they?Oh and guess what!One of them was an ACME Screw Nut
need to kill that picture!
evening in UK the Nation is
treated on TV to the “X” Factor which is a 4 month running talent show.
It whittles down
contestants by poplar vote until one is left who is considered to have the X
That is the
voice, timing, expression, range, presence, confidence, personality and sheer
unremitting stamina that constitute Star quality.
The last act left
standing will go on to become a serious recording artist and make the
presenters lots of money.
The last winner
was Leona Lewis who strangely, was, for a while, more popular in USA than UK.
Y then, when this
wonderful programme is running, do people find themselves on their computers
generating orders to LDpart.
All I can say is
thank God for the sanity of Stag Owners.
We are having a bit of a clean out of items that we cannot put in the
We have one item being 4 not the usual 3 Water Pump cover Gaskets. 2
thin ones instead of 1.
They are Brand new and on at 99p post free.
We have 14 page views, 2 watchers and no bids.
Is this not weird, or do we not understand Ebay?
If no one buys it that’s understandable.
But why would anyone add that to their watch list!Anyone out there who can explain this,
please ‘wise us up’ on behaviour.
LDpartNEWS!17 Oct 2010
Today Ebay has 34 Stags on sale starting from
the highof£13,000 yes £13000.Seven of them over £7000So the market is definitely on the up especially
for the one being sold by Spiderman http://tinyurl.com/23v5a3jYou will not see this
advertised anywhere except on the web! (Oh dear!! we can hear you groaning!)
Here’s hoping the
new owner puts a Stag engine in it and it will really go up.
If you want to
see some more stags for sale, and one of these at OVER £19,000go to http://tinyurl.com/26kztzcalthough quite a few of these are already sold.
Get out and about in your Stag and as a result everyone will give you a
second glance. If you do not have a Stag then scroll up to the top of this page
and start again.
PUB’S ARENOW OPEN AT
Yes! You can find, as of today, for sale on this site, the new Stag
‘Publications’ DVD which works !!
[yes] on Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 and
even on Macs running windows.
The Main British Leyland Publications as copyrighted by the Heritage
Motor Centre at Gaydon are all there
The official workshop procedures are there in the ROM.
All the part numbers from both the late well known Parts book and the
earlier one as well.
You will also find all the owners manuals.
Basically all the official documentation is there.
It is easy to print out any of the pages which is
especially useful when doing complex workshop tasks like for example,
overhauling a steering rack.Just print
the pages. No worries about dirty thumb prints on the your treasured manuals
We have recently added Reconditioned Servo Units to the web site.These are completely overhauled and yellow passivate plated for smart appearance and resistance to
corrosion. You can send your old one back in the box we ship in to reclaim your
Centralize and keep your brake drums in the right place.We now offer the Brake Drum ScrewV5435the ¼ UNF Brake Drum Screw in Bright Zinc Plate so
they will not fall off your magnetic Screwdriver.
LDpartNEWS!10 Oct 2010
Time to reopen the old news page with some
What a summer! We have been so flat out all through summer we had
no time to write up the news.
It was all work and no beer
makes Peter a very dull boy.
Now things have quietened down we can get out
of the bins and back on the typewriter.
All the old news is still intact and present so if you want to find
anything just use the Edit drop down menu in your browser and Find or Find on
this page and type a word.
An example could be ‘clutch’.I
am just going to try it now and see what I get. Its
bound to be newsworthy again!
Well I got the headline “IN OUR CLUTCHES” from May 2009
It says AP are
in administration and ooooooer what will happen about clutches.
Well AP have been taken over by Caparro and guess
what, they make the hydraulics for today’s
Land Rovers so great news for continued existence as Jaguar Land Rover output
and Profits increase.
RESULTWe have plenty of clutch
covers, plates and bearings in stock.
Again AP product is the topic.
We wrote to all email addresses subscribed to the LDpart mailing list
about Clutch fluid Reservoir
These are not available anymore.Is this important?Yes
Because the top tends to become pinholed with rust.This doesn’t stop them working but lets in
Then one day you use a GunsonEezi-bleed which attaches the cap of the Reservoir to a
spare inflated tyre.
This then pressurizes the pinholed reservoir
and what do you get?
A Brake Fluid Fountain.I had thought of naming it a BFF
but that’s a bit too obviously degradable.
So we are thinking of having some of them made.
We wrote to subscribers to find out about the importance of remaking
them with the original writing, as the use of the writing would be with AP
permission or even involvement.
LOCKHEED MADE IN ENGLAND
Out of 350 recipients, about 20 responded that if it was feasible they
would like to see the writing retained.
So we have two avenues to pursue.
‘With writing’ and ‘without writing’.
To make it ‘without writing’ in Stainless steel is not so
difficult.But it will not be seam
soldered by hand as original.
To make it ‘with writing’ – it seems more complicated and costly and
probably it would turn out very original.
We will keep you posted.
NEW ITEMS IN the SHOP
The last list we did was in April 2010-Here is what we added since then !!!
6003951inch wide Wiper/choke
Jackshaft Sprocket 144895
Chain Guide Kit
Crankshaft sprocket 143257
Red Grommet 600396 Genuine Land Rover
Boot board Quarter Turn Stud 623475
Complete powder coated Track Control arm with ball joint and polybush
Flange Head Self Tapping screw for Boot Trim boards 575939
UV Torch and Goggles for leak detection dyeBSL840
Valve Seat 150863
Cone Split Valve Collet106663
Headlamp bowl in plastic with Chrome rim
Brake Master CylinderReservoir
55Amp Ford Alternator
Viscous coupling from Land Rover German made British Assembled
Radiator Support Panel
HID Headlight upgrade kits
Reconditioned Stainless Sleeved Clutch Master Cylinder(Sold out - Stock pending)
U nut for Air Intake ScrewsFJ2445
Road Springs Front
Road springs Rear
Re-conditioned Steering rack
Front Spring Pan 133546
Genuine GKN Universal joints
10mm Copper tubing for DIY header tank connection
Bolt HB711Holds fan to viscous
coupling and Auto Shift stick at its base.
Distributor Base Plate Set for Twin points Distributor With or without
Speedo angle drives
Headlamp units (H4 Bulb)
Brake Servo Grommet for non return valve
Bridge seals for Brake Calipers
adapters for the breather hose attachment 155148
Battery Box Side panels R and L
Battery box Back Panel
Power Steering Hoses
Socket Cap screws for cylinder head to timing case.
Star Washer for the metering needle adjuster screw
Adjuster Screw for carburettor metering needle
Wire Wheel Extension Bevel nuts
Pedestal Mounting Insulator156249INS
Restored Inlet Manifold later type for Foot thermostat
And Lastly – To go in the shop later today-Reconditioned Servo Unit
Phew – time for my Sunday afternoon cup of tea I think!
Before I go
Well true for Canadian Stag owners anyway.
Their British Car Day at BrontePark in Ontario was if nothing else spendidly photogenic.
But what a Triumph for Tony Fox and his
Over 1000 British cars and 37 Stags–
an all time North
American Record, terrific.
This takes me back to the sixties. I used to have one of these. See,
there were not any Stags around then.
It cost me £150.Haa ha haHaaaa!This one is £28,000WOW!
Ford Zephyr or Zodiac Convertibles were about it when it came to a 4 seater convertible that looked good, sounded good and went
good.Well there were Mk1’s around but
they didn’t have that brash 50s styling and Rootes
group stuff looked boxy. The Sunbeam Talbot was OK but a bit dated.
Mine was Red with white side panels.Powered Hood.3 Speed Manual with column change.Bench front seat. 6
Cylinder 2550cc engine which was the most
indestructible engine I ever knew.Petrol cap behind the Number plate – smart.
I did 50,000 miles
in that car ranging from a 2 mile commute to Unipart to
massive European trips to Spain,
Italy( Isle of Elba) , and Switzerland.With its front drum brakes (disks from 61) we
learnt about boiling brake fluid on the SimplonPass.
I spent hardly any money on it. Just new front tyres every 10,000 miles and some spark plugs now and again.
In the end I was given a company car – At a young age (26) 3 cars were
out of the question, so the old Zephyr went to the scrapper. (Look, I had had
it for 5 years so its value was zilch)But was it ever scrapped?Probably,
as it needed arches etc.
This Ebay Zephyr Convertible is now
£28000.It is from 1960.Ten years ago you could get one of these for
The stags were 30 years old in year 2000 and selling for £8000 - £10000.
The Fords were 40 years old.
Suddenly at 50 years old Ford money goes up by nearly 3 times.
So when the Stags are 50 years old, my conclusion is they must be worth
3 times their value today.
So watch out for £25000 stags in 2020!If we are still alive that is!
LDpartNEWS!14 May 2010
being Original Publications - Triumph Stag Catalogue, Repair Ops Manual and
We have some very exciting news for you:
MTG Trading, who created CD’s of all the above which were offered by Ldpart
and only good
for windows XP or earlier, have updated System requirements for 2010.
They have changed the media from CD to DVD due a change in the copy protection that
use on their products.
The new copy protection is compatible with Windows operating systems from 2000
through Seven as well as all versions of Adobe Acrobat from
version 6 through 9.
The DVDs can also be run on Apple Macs WHEN running Windows. A
like VMware Fusion 3 will need to be used to do this.
Customers with earlier versions of these titles (on CD ROM) and running Vista
continue to use them by downloading the Vista fix from Hexalock.com (suppliers
protection on the CDs) or from the British Motor Heritage website
but the earlier versions of Acrobat Reader (6 and 7) will be required.
(Please note as we use XP at LDpart we have not been able to try this)
MTG tell us, the only sure way to ensure ongoing compatibility is to
purchase a new DVD ROM. This is due to the copy protection that the
manufacturers require MTG to use to
protect their digital assets.
We expect to receive stock of the new DVDs in early June 2010
LDpartNEWS!17 Apr 2010
Here is the latest from the
Royal Mail Web site
We expect Courier
Services to Europe will be affected by overload from rerouted
Royal Mail Service Update
for all customers this weekend
The closure of UK airspace and airspace in parts of Europe since Thursday morning has affected
our distribution of mail by air. This has impacted on some UK domestic mail, which travels by air
at night and mail due to either leave or enter the UK via UK airports.
We have robust contingency
plans in place to keep as much mail moving as possible, using alternative road
and rail networks to replace air services. However, despite these contingency
arrangements, there may be a small delay to mail being delivered in some areas,
for as long as this situation lasts.
We're really sorry for any
unavoidable inconvenience this causes, but please be assured we're doing all we
can to keep disruption to an absolute minimum. We will get all services back to
normal as soon as the situation allows.
Deliveries and collections
Normal deliveries are being
made in all areas on Saturday; normal Saturday collections are taking place in
all parts of the UK.
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as parts of South West and
North East England, mail deliveries may be lighter than usual as transporting
mail to and from some of the more distant parts of the UK will take longer than normal
without air transport. There may also be a small delay to mail in other parts
of the UK as a result.
Special Delivery™ services
- temporary suspension of next day guarantee
The closure of UK airspace has impacted on our
ability to transport mail around some parts of the UK. We are continuing to accept and prioritise Special Delivery™ items and we are confident
that if customers use this service, the vast majority of Special Delivery™
items will arrive on time. However, we use the air network to transport a
proportion of our mail around the UK and because it has not been
available to us, we cannot guarantee every Special Delivery™ item will be
delivered on time, in all areas.
In order to provide
customers with clear guidance, we are removing the Special Delivery™ guarantee
for items posted on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th April.
We will continue to make
every effort to deliver these items and will restore the guarantee of next day
delivery as soon as we can assure customers we can honour
the Special Delivery™ service promise in all areas.
Regular updates about
Special Delivery™, national and international mail services will continue to be
made available on these webpages.
International mail due to
leave or enter the UK has also been affected by the
closure of airspace and so a delay to mail leaving or entering the country is
likely at this time. Mail leaving the UK for Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and other parts of Europe, is being transferred to road
services where possible. Mail for other parts of the world is being held in
order for it to continue its journey as soon as flights resume.
much of the USA (zip codes 4-9) is being routed via
a southern European airport.
We will continue to update
these web pages about the status of mail services throughout this period; you
can also keep up to date with services on twitter www.twitter.com/RoyalMail.
LDpartNEWS!08 Apr 2010
We need to do some supplier visits.
This means we need to tell you that orders
placed on Friday 9th April may not get
posted until Saturday morning, so please order items you want next week before
Also we will not be able to ship orders placed after on Monday 12 April until
Thursday 15th.So all orders
this week will be held
for the Thursday dispatch.
NEW ITEMS IN the SHOP
SE102061 It is a tiny screw to hold the
ignition switch to the steering lock housing.
It is also used for the overdrive switch to
WP20 This is a
very slimline washer that is 3/8 x 5/8 and is under
the nut holding the
carbs on, and also used on the horizontal seat
Parts of the top mount on the front struts
Outer bearing, inner sleeve in Stainless steel,
Drag Strut washers (original BL)
We have the nylon bush and rivet for the
window lift channel
Also the webbing wrench to undo a spin on
Sump Gasket for the BW35 autobox.
It doesn’t fit a 65 Box
The rear hub adjuster piece 134584
The water flinger for Water Pumps
145839 Timing cover gasket kit.
The handbrake cable.
The New SOCTFL Quarterlight seals.
We stopped selling these for quality
However we are researching them at the
moment looking for reliable unit supply.
They are a critical item so need to be up
Here is what is says in the Preliminary
Service Notes dated 1970.
The torque limiting device operates on a
principle of a shear fluid coupling in which a
driving plate anchored to the crankshaft transmits
drive to the Driven plate via a film
of silicone fluid.
The driven plate is bolted to the fan
which, at the maximum efficient fan speed, will
apply sufficient torque to slip the drive. Thus
a maximum fan speed of 2500 is
So nothing to do with
High speed fans are hugely powerful. They
were used on the front of Spitfires (the
Aeroplanes) and they only had two blades.
If the coupling locks up the power of the
fan will eventually back out the crankshaft bolt
and the fan will sail into the radiator
There can be three types of failure with
A They can slip at too low a speed and cooling is
B They may not slip when they should and
that tends to the lock up effect above
C The bearing inside eventually wears out
and the insides break up.
This will cause vibration and the blades
can be easily rocked when they are on the way
We are absolute devotees of removing Engine
driven fans and Viscous Couplings and
fitting16 inch electric fans.
We used to have the three reasons of
A Quicker warm up
B Use less petrol
C Better cooling when its
Just thought of another reason, which is not having to worry about these Viscous
couplings that have caused many owners grief out of
proportion to expectation.
LDpartNEWS!12 Mar 2010
Items from SOC Spares
Did you see the SOC Spares advertisement in the March Stag Owners Club Magazine.
Somewhat different from their usual
They talked about some products that were now available, stating
they were available from your usual supplier!
Hopefully you will be pleased to hear that includes LDpart
So we have on offer in the shop the Automatic Brake Pedal Rubber
and the Fuse Box Cover.
We did not put the door handle plastic in as there are pricier
metal ones available.
We do not yet know what the general preference is.
This is changed advert and way of promoting parts is strange you
What SOC Spares Ltd has decided to do is to concentrate on
They will be gradually stepping back from retailing direct to
They will leave retailing to the likes of LDpart it seems.
WHO ARE THEY
Our understanding is as follows
Originally the owner Stuart Soutter was the spares secretary of the
Stag Owners Club.
This would have been in the early 80s.
Things grew so fast that the club decided it would all be very much
better if Stuart set up in business with his own Limited Company.
So the club dispensed with the post of Spares Secretary.
All parts would be supplied on behalf of the club by SOC Spares Ltd.SOC Spares Ltd would get a special mention on Page 3 of magazines.
The only link with the club, apart from the purely non binding
theme of common interest, would be that any Directors of SOC Spares Ltd must be members of the Stag Owners Club.
After a number of years SOC Spares decided to branch out in to other Classic Car Parts.
Their premises was then in Headcorn Kent.
Headcorn was later sold off to another Parts Company and SOC Spares Ltd just kept the Stag Parts part of the business and moved
these to another premises.
Headcorn is now SOC Autoparts and nothing to do with SOC or SOC Spares or SOCTFL.
Try googling SOC Autoparts and you will see.
Someone somewhere really wants to confuse us all methinks!
have 3 distinct organisational groupings.
1 SOCStag Owners Club. The members of this are owners
2 SOC Spares Ltd Suppliers of Stag Parts –
Autoparts – Nothing to do with Stag Parts.
Our understanding anyway!
Life Ball Joint
A favourite complaint about cars made since the seventies is that manufacturers
gave up fitting grease nipples to ball joints.
In the sixties and earlier the underside of a car was a veritable
mass of grease nipples, almost all of them to disappear after this time.
The “sealed for life” type of component was fitted instead.
Trouble was, the life was probably not so
long as that of the car.
Hence a healthy volume of business for makers of replacement ball
joints which turned into an absolutely massive industry on a global basis.
Get them to last longer.
The way to do this is to fit a grease nipple to a new ball joint
and pump some grease into it every six months.
Buy new ball joints or track rod end. Then buy a grease nipple
perhaps threaded 1/8 BSP.Choose
straight or angled depending on how you think you will reach the nipple with
the grease gun.
Start by drilling a 3/16 hole in the
sheet metal cap at the base of the joint.
Coat the drill with grease and go slowly at the end to get the
grease to grab all the swarf.
Then use a small pipe tap that matches the nipple to thread the
Grease the flutes in the tap to catch the swarf.
Now you can just thread in the nipple and “Bingo” you have a joint
which can be serviced on a regular basis.
When pressing in a ball joint it can be
done in a manner that aims an angled nipple inwards to allow gun access.
LDpartNEWS!31 Jan 2010
The 150th anniversary of the lead-acid battery passed
largely unnoticed last year.
We have found out a little more about Gaston Plante’s
1859 invention with some help from Aftermarket Magazine and input from David
Shield of Yuasa.
Despite being one of the heaviest electro-chemical systems, lead
acid is still in top spot for batteries used in starting, lighting and
Thirty years ago, they day!! Motorists had to top up battery
On modern batteries you don’t need to.
Originally the addition of Antimony added strength to lead alloy
grids but meant more water loss.
Over time improved processes have permitted a reduction of Antimony
from 10% to 1.5%using
This permitted the birth of the maintenance free batteries we have
Now Antimony is removed altogether and replaced with calcium-tin to
give the so named“calcium-calcium”
Experts predict that eventually, very costly lithium solutions will
replace the lead acid battery for hybrid vehicles but it is expected that Plante’s invention can look forward to at least another
decade as the battery choice for manufacturers.
LDpartNEWS!22 Jan 2010
As you may well be aware we were encouraged to offer German IWIS or
JWIS (old German) timing chains by various knowledgeable authorities on the
We put some into stock but within one month they had all been sold
despite the high price we have to charge for them.
To our astonishment we find ourselves reordering these items are
very pleased to say that the fresh stock has just arrived.
We are also currently sourcing sprockets and certainly didn’t
expect to sell all the chains before launching the sprockets.
Back to Normal
After all the snow and disruption to various services including power
cuts and some Broadband downtime for an upgrade we are at last back to full
We had some incoming orders stuck in City Link depots. We wondered
why DHL and other carriers could deliver but notCity Link.
It turns out that all their vans are rear wheel drive, whereas
other carriers have FWD and can get through the snow.
However all our orders that were on their way are received now.
We still have some pairs of the new SOCTFL Quarterlight
rubbers in stock.
Oddly enough it was always owners in USA or Australia that were
pushing for these, yet 80% of our sales are to UK customers.
Stag Parts life is constantly full of surprises.
Whatever will be the next one.
LDpartNEWS!10 Jan 2010
The warm up is now on the way.We see a clear indication.
The overnight temperatures here last week, which were close to
forecast by the Met Office were
Mon – 9Tue-8Wed -15Thu -17Fri -10Sat-7
The forecast for the coming week is
Sun -0Mon -1Tue -1Wed -0Thur-0Fri -0Sat +1
This means we will start to see a thaw in the daytime,
and the snow will turn to slush.
Our forecast is that services will be all back to normal by the
next weekend 16 Jan.
This includes all orders we are currently processing but not
This is because we do not want parcels “Stuck” in the system.
As you know we believe the delivery services deal with Backlog last
so we hold off in these disruptions in order to become new business on
resumption of services.
No doubt there will be a shortage of green vegetables and root
vegetables. They are stuck in the frozen ground.
Imports will cost us more so watch out for price increases.
This is going to bring back our old enemy called Inflation.
This may well mean the end of 0.5 Bank Rate.Shame… it was rather helpful.
We have recently launched expensive IWIS or in old German JWIS,
timing chains that are used on Mercedes and BMW cars.
For Mercedes they are not a service item. They last the life of the
engine.They will carry over 1 Ton
before they break.
We saw a Mercedes forum posting from an owner who had been used to
cam belt changes and now had IWIS chains.
He asked “When do I change the chains? It’s not in the manual and
they have done 170,000 miles?”
The reply came.
“You do not have to change them.”
He responded “This is Ridiculous. Surely they need changing after
such a mileage!”
“It is a MERCEDES!!! They are not changed!!”
This means they do not break and are not stretched much either.
The tensioners will do a lifetime job of
keeping the chains tight.
These will be the next thing we offer.We have checked in several places and
understand perhaps there are sprockets out there with the mount holes in the
Lay a 12ins long straight edge across the mounting hole centres.
The straight edge should pass over the point of a tooth each side.
If the straight edge bisects a valley then the timing is 4.5 degrees
out.This will impact performance and
may cause strange overheating after a timing kit is fitted.
Watch out for our offering as we may have to have new mounting
holes redrilled at 90 degrees (or rather 94.5
degrees) to the existing ones.
OK we have to start getting on with completing orders as
“NormalService will be resumed as soon as possible”
LDpartNEWS!6 Jan 2010
Going Nowhere, probably for some days
We have never seen snow like this, it looks deeper than 1947.
We have 27 cms here and being in a
Village no one is going anywhere, probably for several days.
This cold spell will last for two weeks so we cannot predict when
our order will start to move again.
This will give you the weather at many places in the World.
Here is what we said
on Jan 6 2009
Keep your Stag running in the cold.
My goodness it was -12C last night.We are talking Oxfordshire UK here.Benson Air base in
fact where there is a UK Metrological Office
Decided to start up
the Stag this morning but already it had warmed up to minus 2.
The stag started on
the second pull but it seems the battery could do with a charge.
This cold weather will
take it out of your battery so the Stag really needs to go for a run every day
to keep it sharp and starting.
If the battery is the
slightest bit down, then starting will suffer as the fuel needs the fattest
spark it can get.
If all the power is
turning the engine and the radio volume is reduced then so is the spark.
So last Jan 6 we had -12C but no snow.
On Jan 6th 2010 we hear that in some parts of Britain is will be -20C tonight.
Is this something like Greenland or the Polar ice cap?
So it’s due to Global warming.
No actually it is!!
The Polar Ice Caps and Glaciers generally are melting.
This means millions of gallons of fresh unsalted water getting into
the Atlantic Ocean.
It drops to the bottom and then moves south at the bottom of the
This then disrupts traditional currents in the worlds
The current that keeps Britain and Europe warm is the Gulf Stream Drift i.e. MexicanGulf water.
It comes across the Atlantic Ocean and the mass of fresh water from the melting ice has disrupted
this warm flow.
Consequently we have Siberian conditions in UK and some of Europe.
We are hoping now that the buses will run and we can get along to the
main road and take a bus to get food.
Yes it is really back to survival basics, if not today, as we have
food and heating oil and power, but for how long?
All plans are dropped now as we see how we can progress through the
next 14 days.
More bulletins through the forthcoming days as we see how the
LDpartNEWS!7 Nov 2009
workers deliver truce!
So the postal strike is over for the time being.
After an acrimonious series of failed talks suddenly the Posties are going back to work.
The Royal mail are taking on many more
temps than usual to deal with Xmas volumes of mail, because they have excessive
backlog due to strike action.
The Union have said; hey wait a minute we are going to court as this is
strike breaking and illegal.
We think those clever Royal Mail solicitors have argued that the
hiring of temps is normal at this time of year and therefore normal practice.
Also it is very likely there is no cap on numbers in the agreement,
so our learned plaintiff’s lawyers have probably told the Union, look chaps
very sorry but you are not going to win this claim of strike breaking.
Go back to the drawing board.
So the union has decided it is a waste of time striking when the
temps can be hired i.e. in the run up to Christmas.
So although they haven’t said as much, we believe there will be
strike around Easter perhaps when lots of people send cards.
The CWU are very stubborn and will strike deep and hard in the
Unfortunately for them everyone who wants to send a letter will
send and email instead.
We hardly ever write cheque these days all our suppliers are paid
by the company credit card, or we make an online transfer.Our personal credit card payments are all
done online or by telephone.
As we are located close to many of our suppliers we can visit them
and give them a cheque.
The only items we get by post are Magazines.
As regards packets we have been offering Collect Plus (Google it) and
it takes a day longer BUT it has the great flexibility of delivering packets
and parcels to a Shop or Filling Station near you.Most of these are open late, so you collect
at your convenience. No waiting in all day for the Postman.
Unfortunately they have a size limit of 50cm which is too short for
Head Gaskets and Valve Cover Gaskets so they have to go by Royal Mail.
So order those before Easter!
We also have our own trick of knowing when to post in a strike
situation by choosing the right day and time of day to post items.Our local Post Office lady laughs when I
tell her this but mostly our items get through.
Only Head Gaskets and Valve Cover Gaskets sometimes get stuck.
Why?We think there is a
high shelf at the sorting office and a short member of staff.The parcels generally turn up in the end
perhaps 14 days later.
At the end the union will not be able to resist the new machinery.
It will be installed eventually. In ten years time it will have been
operational for at least eight years.It
is just a matter of time.
The union will want the machines to try and win back the business
they have lost.
LDpartNEWS!14 Oct 2009
We have now found a possible way of getting goods to you in a
It is called Collect Plus.
The concept is based on delivery to collection point by the shipper
and collection at another collection point by the recipient.
So we take the goods to a Petrol Station near here that is open
24/7 and you then collect the parcel from a Supermarket or some other business
that is also open 24/7 near you.
They have organised 3000 pickup points over the UK.Most are within 2 or 3 miles.In the more remote areas
you are looking at 8 to 10 miles maybe more we haven’t checked every postcode.
It only works for UK.
Look it up on the internet.It is called Collect Plus or Collect+
Their charge is £3.99 (Not ours) for up to a Kilo which covers many
of our shipments.
So we are adding a check out extra which is Collect Plus free of charge on orders over 0.4 Kilos
These are orders where UK Carriage is £4.30 or more. (Ours includes Packing etc)
The main problem with this service is it is untried by us and will
probably be very over subscribed in the early stages.
On the other hand they will email you or text you the arrival of
your item at the pick-up point.
Small Overseas or European
Orders will be affected and the only thing to do is build the order so we can
use a courier service.This will mean an
order generating a Carriage charge of £7.00 or more which is 0.5 kilo to
Overseas (not Europe)
By all means e-mail us to work out the best way to build/ship your
LDpartNEWS!25 Sep 2009
Triumph Stag Essential BuyersGuide-A new book!
We are now taking orders for this new book or booklet.
It is a pocket friendly 64 page guide to take with you when looking
at a car.
• Stag enthusiast Norm Mort teams up with restorer and Stag expert
• Comprehensive guide reveals the Stag's strongest and weakest
• Details of all model changes made throughout production listed
• Unique and rare options
• Features 100 PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS
• Models produced for European and North American markets
• Engine and detail photos
• Production data and original road test info
• Common problem areas
This Essential Buyer’s Guide on Triumph’s popular Stag examines the
model’s evolution, features, fittings, performance and typical problem areas
through detailed text and colour photographs of both restored and original
Stag enthusiast Norm Mort teams-up with Stag restorer and expert
Tony Fox to write this handy pocket-size guide. Triumph’s Stag combined the
smoothness and performance of a V8 in stylish Italian coachwork designed by
Giovanni Michelotti, which allowed for both closed
and open grand touring. This Essential Buyer’s Guide examines the model’s
history, evolution, features, fittings, performance and typical problem areas
through detailed text and colour photographs of both restored and original
Like Veloce’s other Essential Buyer’s
Guides this book features chapters such as “Is it the right car for you?”, a
very detailed checklist for rating a potential Stag purchase, advice on deciding
whether or not to restore a Stag, paint problems, issues that can arise through
underuse, and lists of clubs and spares specialists.
Tony Fox bought his first Stag in 1991,
and a total of ten other Stags came and went in the years that followed. He is
a director for the Triumph Stag Club, USA and coordinator for the Stag in the Toronto Triumph Club.
A Triumph and Stag enthusiast, Norm Mort has written for car
magazines and newspapers for the past 25 years. This is his fourth book on
automotive history and restoration.
UK Buyers please order
single copies only andchange your country to UK ZERO VAT .
LDpartNEWS!19 Sep 2009
At last we have a bit of a breather and have time not only to
update this page but advance our header tank project a little further.
We are using a Mercedes Tank as it uses a standard Stag radiator
cap and also has a couple of terminals for an analogue
We will connect this via the Temperature warning light. If the
light comes on really early we will check the level.
It is exciting to think at last we will know how the cooling system
is behaving and be sure of expelling all air.
We will tell you how we have done it in a future news piece.
We have seen emails and taken calls recently about recently
supplied oil pumps and the high pressure they deliver.
We do not offer one yet, but if we do it will almost certainly be
the one you can buy everywhere else.
However we would be unhappy with the pressure being reported, up to
100 psi in one case, and would to want to offer a
product like this.
The high pressure is a function of the relief valve spring
The principle of operation is simple.
The oil is picked up in one chamber of end cap, and squeezed down
into the other and onward into the engine where the tiny places it must pass
Thus the pressure builds as the revs rise.
The two chambers are connected by a cylinder with a plunger on a
When pressure reaches a set point it is enough to overcome the
poundage of the spring.
The bucket shaped plunger has side holes near its base.
When the plunger is forced back enough the holes are exposed to the
arrival chamber so pressured oil is leaked back into this chamber.
Thus the pressure is stabilised.
The pressure reached is determined by the spring.
As revs drop the pressure drops as well and the valve closes to get
all the pumped oil out into the oil galleries.
If the pressure is too high then basically the spring is too
We have an original Hoburn Eaton Pump and
we can tell you that it takes about 3 Kilo weight to compress the springs open
coils by 3/8 inch.
We are going to see if we can source suitable springs from another
make of vehicle, as very many oil pumps work on the same principle.
Then we will offer them as well as the pumps.
LDpartNEWS!2 Aug 2009
Bottomed Chrome Plate!
We have just taken delivery of some Chrome Plating
work we had done on our car.
Now we know the difference between good and average work!
In this site under Links (see left hand panel) we suggest S & T
Electroplating, Yate as the place to get your plating
It would even be worth it for overseas owners on the smaller items.
We are now convinced of this.
Forget your local cheaper plating supplier, or your stainless steel
bumpers which do not have the telling look of copper bottomed chrome
plate.(Actually chrome plate is copper
We had rear bumper corners repaired
and plated by S &T in 2002.This job
had to go to them as the two or three local platers
could not make the repairs to the workpiece.There was as usual a hole big enough for a
50p to pass by the brackets.
Our local plating suppler said “oooph”
too far gone we cannot do anything with that, but we will do the centre section
and the over riders.
S & T advised over the phone, no problem we should be able to
They were not cheap at over £100 per corner, but what a wonderful
After 7 years, and being put away in December 08 after a really wet
and salty journey, we thought the bumpers and other parts of the car would
In June we come to prepare the car for MOT and decide a clean of the
chrome is in order.
What do we find?Big rust
splodges all over the centre section of the bumper, and the overiders.Even a piece of chrome has fallen off leaving
copper base on show.
The corners, have sat wet and salty since December and which are 7
years old, clean up to perfect.
Even a new front horseshoe section fitted in 2008 is pitted,
whereas the old original horseshoes are still virtually surface perfect.
So here is what we suggest.
Never buy new chrome parts from a supplier.Always rechrome
what you have.
Stainless steel bumpers cost over £1000, and rechroming
by S &T they tell me is less.
This chrome lasts 5 years of daily driving followed by 2 years of
occasional use and being stored wet.
If you must buy a new piece of chrome, like the Horseshoe, we think
it is better to have a used one rechromed.
Even if you buy a brand new one, have that rechromed
as well by S & T!
These guys know how to chrome plate for very long life and we have
proved it, well over 7 years.
We do not know how much longer they will last but they look
great.Perhaps if we waxed them they
would last for 20 years.
LDpartNEWS!14 Jul 2009
Yes, that is what we said in March 09 not realising it would be our
news page during this busy summer.
So we had to put the News Page on the back burner.
We have recently had our site reviewed byBusiness Link. The graduate who
prepared the report said our News page was very current!!
Well it was almost 30 days out of date so what are other sites like
we ask ourselves? At least it made us feel better about a lack of stories.
We however HAD to include this following piece as it is something
we believe in.We don’t want to kill off
the Stag engine as it sounds so good, but greening up the rest of the car is
very much our scene.The Tate and Lewis
four speed box, for example, is a very good thing to do it seems to us if you
your classic engenius?
Future's Classics Monthly magazine has
launched the Engenius Awards 2009, and is on the hunt
for the best classic cars which have been adapted for modern motoring
conditions and energy considerations - bringing together the best of old and
The awards celebrate
the beauty and originality of a classic car which has embraced future
technology to create what some enthusiasts would call,
an all-round perfect car. A six-speed gearbox in a Morris Minor or an economic Bio-diesel engine in a Jensen Interceptor are
both examples of 'engenius' engineering. Engenius classics and their owners are not the same as
other classic car enthusiasts; they're a different breed who want the style and
individuality that their classic brings, but with a modern twist which allows
them to tailor it to their personal requirements. These engenius
classics could be hiding out there! Classic car devotees could win one of the
two Engenius Awards in recognition for their
engineering prowess, hard work and dedication. Both awards recognise work that
demonstrates fuel efficiency, performance, reliability and environmental
awareness by evolving the car's usability - with the 'Industry Award' going to
a company or specialist, and the 'E nthusiast Award'
going to an individual. To enter, get this month's issue of Classics Monthly,
available from all good newsagents' and some bad ones!
Now its getting
Thanks to the high volume of customer’s orders, we have been fully occupied
but at last find a moment to communicate some news to you.
The main piece of information to inform you about is that we have established LDPart as a Limited Company and as from 1st June 2009 our
invoices will be made in the name of LDpart Ltd.
This will have zero operational impact on customers save those who, happy to
wait for a few days clearance, send us cheques, and after 1st June 09 these
will need to be made out to LDpart Ltd.
There will be some slight changes to the web site like the wording on the
invoice and notes in the Terms and Conditions.
Time for a break
We also wish to take this opportunity to inform you that we will be
closed from Mon 8 June 2009 until Fri 12 June 2009 for holidays.
You may still place orders after Mon 8 June and they will be acknowledged
(Subject to resort Wi-Fi) but not posted or shipped
until after 12 June 2009.
So if you are thinking of buying any parts from LDpart for early June, please
order before 3:00pm 5th June 2009 for the usual next day service for small
orders up until 15:00hrs (UK orders). If it is for more than ten order lines,
best to place the order on 4th June 2009.
Stopping the rot!
The UK members of parliament (MPs) are
falling one by one as the rotten parliament falls apart.Some M Ps are just about hanging in there as
the appalling selfish greed of those who we elected is paraded daily by the
Daily Telegraph. Others are defending their excesses with hopeless affront.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has concerns about Democracy.
Well he needn’t worry, unless he has
Democracy is fine.
Democracy is a great system.
If the measure of a great country is having
huge numbers of happy successful people, then it seems Democracies provide this
outcome more often than other systems.A
benign dictatorship could be better but it is not enduring. Democracy is best
NO worries about which system to have
Just worries about how well it is being
done by the present incumbents.
The UK Parliament is like a rusty Stag.You know the situation. A few rust bubbles in
the sill, and some on the wing.The
paint is removed and there’s more rust. A lot more.As you remove the rusty parts it starts
coming away in handfuls as all this corrosion has been going behind the shiny
How do we deal with it.We ruthlessly cut the rot away. Slice it out with
an angle grinder. Chop every single rusty piece away.If you simply try to repair it with rust
removing products the rot just comes back again and again.
When the shell is completely cleaned
out, restore the shape of the body with fresh panels that are untainted, strong
This is exactly what the UK has to do with its Parliament.Ruthlessly cut out the rot. Get rid of the
Iffy MPs. Remove the ones who have tried it on and got caught.Sack all the expense system abusers.Clean out the doubtful panel members.
Then rebuild the whole Parliament with
fresh new MPs. I am sure there will be plenty of willing people. They are
usually queuing up to stand at elections.
If you are doing a Stag its expensive
so some are scrapped.
If you are rebuilding a Parliament it
is not expensive. Actually it is cheaper than funding all the excess
expenditure of the rotten lot.
The result of properly and thoroughly
rebuilding and restoring a Stag is a stunning looking car with superb
The result of properly and thoroughly
rebuilding and restoring a Parliament is a stunning looking country with superb
It is probably the best thing that has
happened to the UK for years and years.
A bit like the Stag really!
Get the picture.
Do you get those times when you see
something on your computer screen like an Ebay item listing or an unexpected
screen that frustrates a web site process like making a paypal payment.You want to share the issue but how?
You can take a picture of the screen!
If you already know how to do this then the
following is not for you.
So you come to a problem screen.
What you can do is take a picture of the screen.
There is a key on your keyboard usually top right, that is called Prt Sc or “Print screen”.
If you now hold down “Control” and then press “Print
screen” you have saved the screen to the clipboard. (The Virtual clip board
where items are stored after a “Copy” command).
Now click on Start – All Programs – Accessories –
Paint. Open the programme called Paint.
Now using Edit drop
down menu select paste.
Now you have a picture of that screen that
interested or annoyed you.
You may not want the whole picture, so use the
Marquee tool to cut out the bit you want.
The marquee tool is a dotted square on the
left.If you do not see the tools, the
brush the eraser the spray can, then click “View” and select “Tool Box” from
the drop down menu.
Now select the Dotted square. It is called a marquee
tool although in “paint” they call it “Select”.
Using the tool and your mouse you can drag the tool
around and select a portion of the Picture.
Then cut out the bit you want and paste it into
Paint. You will be asked if you want to save but skip this.
When you have the picture you want, save the file
with a suitable name to your desktop or any other place you want this file.
Tell me if you want your mail published in this
OK Training course
over.Till the next time – keep enjoying that Stag!
The Triumph Trans-America Charity Drive 2009
Here is John Macartney’s latest report!
I'm going to be taking a few days off
this coming week, so won't be at my keyboard to
answer queries any of you may have about developments for Triumph
There have been some updates on the site that you may not have noticed.
1. The Stag.
Joe Pawlak and the Worshipful Company of Busted Knucklers at ISOA have worked truly
wondrous things in bringing 'uncle jack' back into running order. Just LOOK at that paint
finish!!!! At the time of writing, while we don't have the very latest pix of the car
with the lights and grille fitted (with all the stuff that goes behind them)
you'll agree this car is amazing.
2. The Route page
Has been updated several times as news comes in from the Clubs about the plans
for taking part in the event. For those of you in Florida and especially within easy
reach of Daytona
Beach, there are
more comprehensive details about the START itself and
what will be happening when things get underway on 27th June.
3. Media Coverage.
It's also worth mentioning that interest is building in the UK - even though the event
won't be taking place there. Several UK clubs in Rotary International have also
generously pledged money for all THREE non-profits which I feel is not only
but most commendable as well, because many organisations and individuals only
support what's going on in the own backyards. There's also additional coverage
substantial regional newspaper and the link to the article in question -
published on 1st
May, is already on the Home Page of the site.
New Scientist magazine's Feedback
page reports that the Ikea furniture store responded to the online contact form
submitted by Anne Lane with the message:
"Thank you for contacting Ikea. We will respond WITHIN the next 24
hours, if not sooner!"
That is our aim too!
STAG FLU UNABATEABLE
Although it is virtually
incurable Stag Flu is something that will actually prolong life as opposed to shortening
it like normal flu can in a few regrettable cases.
Stag flu creeps around
the place almost unnoticed as a kind of background psychological reprogramming
bug. When it strikes the victim is powerless and the infection is fully
expressed as the victim finds they are now suddenly and irresistibly drawn to
the idea of owning one of these cars.
Eventually the victim
locates a car they can afford, which they feel they can restore, or which needs
nothing doing to it.
The victim that purchases
the fully restored or great original condition car will be worst afflicted as
many of the cures for Stag flu, like fighting to repair the bodyshell,
or struggling for ages with incorrect parts in the carburettor before
understanding they are incorrect will only affect purchasers of the lower cost
Other good cures are
failing to solve problems with the strange and costly uneven tyre wear or being
constantly defeated by the stiff hood frame.
When exposed to enough of
these frustrations, Stag flu will almost be cured and in some cases it is as
the victim finally manages to struggle free from the affliction and sells the
car swearing never ever to have another.
The cure is not
necessarily permanent as a visit to Stag Owners Club National day can trigger
the deep seated virus into action again and unless some bad memories are
quickly brought to the forefront, the Flu will return as the once cured victim
now starts looking for another car.
It is not a dangerous
condition and will prolong life by providing access to a medium for the
complete and healthy detachment from the normal stressful woes of life, like
paying the rent or wondering where your teenage children really are this
There is however one
slightly risky area which is known as the wallet.This can suffer considerable damage as a
result of Stag flu but, well, who ever said a long life was necessarily a low
LDpartNEWS!26 April 2009
THIS SCHEME IS NUTS
In UK as you see below we have
this new crazy scheme.
Your 10+ years old car is
worth a £2000 handout provided
A)You buy a brand new car
B)You have owned the old car over 12 months
C)It is MOT’d
We have been looking at T
plated (April 1989) and earlier cars.
Most of the ones we see
are in fine condition.
So we have a scheme that
will scrap perfectly good cars to replace them with brand new cars.
The cars are too good to
Who is going to be able
to afford the difference?Your ten year
old perfectly good car is worth £200.
When it gets too rusty or
too dirty or worn out, you will buy another used car, not a new one.
We saw an M plated Jaguar
XJ40.There is no way the owner of this
car will buy a brand new Jaguar at £40,000 or change to a brand new Citroen C1.
He runs a Jaguar for
If you hear of anyone who
is taking advantage of this scheme write to us and let us know.
We will be very
LDpartNEWS!23 April 2009
DON’T YOU DARE –
Trade in your slightly crusty Stag for a Peugeot 107 or a Citroen
C1 after the UK scheme was announced as part
of the budget.
These cars cost about £6900 - £7700 but if you trade in your
restorable Stag (tragedy) you van get one of these for £4900-£7700
But as usual with these things it is not as simple as that.
Around half the cash on offer will come from the
Government and the remaining £1,000 or so will come from car companies
So are the manufacturers going to keep those prices?Hmm one has to wonder
To avoid a black market, all relevant cars must be
registered with the DVLA and have a current MOT
test certificate, while the registered keeper must have a UK
address and have owned the car for a year.
Oh Joy!No one can buy up
old SORN stags and earn two grand.If
you have a Stag with an MOT it’s got to be over
£2000. Hooray we are safe.
LDpartNEWS!17 April 2009
ForthRoadBridge needs new nuts
The Forth Estuary Transport
Authority says an interim report into the failure of nine heavy-duty nuts on
the ForthRoadBridge decided that all
1,888 similar nuts on the bridge should be replaced with bigger ones. The
nuts hold 192 cable bands to the bridge's main cables - metal castings over
which the steel rope hangers holding up the roadway are looped. All the
cable band nuts and bolts were replaced in the late 1990s with new, smaller,
harder nuts. It is nine of these that have cracked There should be
minimal delays for traffic and no, the story didn't emerge on 1 April.
probably don’t have a big enough size for this.
From the Transport News Brief as part of a free service from the
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
LDpartNEWS!13 April 2009
On 19 April at the Heritage Centre Gaydon(J12 on M40)
SOCTFL (Stag Owners Club Tooling Fund Ltd) is staging its AGM.
Members of Stag Owners Club (SOC) have all been invited by a Notice in the Club
Magazine to come along to this event where Coffee is served from and the formal proceedings start at .
If you are looking for something to do and are a
member why not come along and hear who is doing what with regards to Parts
If you are not in UK then why not send in your Tooling Fund question
from wherever you are?
You can also ask questions about any part and
someone present will know the answer or email you.
If you can get along and are feeling really bold you
could even volunteer to help, by taking on a project and attending four
meetings per year which at the moment are held just off M40 J5 at the Fox
Country Hotel Ibstone on Fridays early evenings.
If SOCTFL do not see some new volunteers very soon
it might just fold up as it is down to four directors and a secretary and two
of these are coming up for retirement after decades of tireless and much
SOCTFL under its articles, and even if they were
changed, cannot seriously function with two directors and a secretary.
As well as all the fun of the meeting you also get
to visit the Museum Free of charge according to the last SOC Magazine, but bring your membership card in case
someone wants to check it.
I have not mentioned the most important part of this
event from your viewpoint.It is that
dreadful word bandied around by Institutes, Federations and Government
sponsored business organisations, and called Networking.The word is corny but when it comes to a club
for a Classic Car it takes on new meaning because you can meet so many people
with the same dedicated interest as you have.
go on, make it a date and get that Stag out, put the hood down and get off to
Gaydon, because now you have SIX reasons to go. (SOC Members only!)
there is another reason, I nearly forgot, we can deliver your order and save
postage on heavy parts, or even light ones.
change your Country to UK
Collecting when checking out.
will bring your items to Gaydon.
LDpartNEWS!31 Mar 2009
President Obama has set seriously
difficult targets for troubled GM and Chrysler, USA auto manufacturing giants.
If these two companies do not come up with sensible
“Restructuring Plans” they do not get the bail out money.
the USA parts companies getting 60% of their OEM (Original
Equipment Manufacturing) sales to GM, any failure of GM will bring down the
Parts Makers, and that in turn will bring down the
rest of the Industry in USA.
It really begins to look like American Cars will be
history before long.
With worldwide car making capacity at 90million cars
and worldwide demand at 60million, as the old song goes, when a “Rock meets a
Hard place somethin’sgotta
Well it is terrible for jobs in USA and all those people involved in the industry who
will need to find new jobs.As we saw a
month or two ago in this News column the wealth of a Nation is its ability to
work, for itself and for others.The
Americans will be truly tested here.
It is not so bad for the Planet however.Less cars being made equals less Carbon etc
and stuff that’s bad for the environment and global warming.
Take this to its logical limit and the cars we have
today can go on for a very long time.If
you are interested in Stags you can see where this is going.If everyone kept their cars like Stags and
everything else, the annual demand would not be 60million cars but maybe as low
as 6million cars.Keep ‘em going forever we say.Well we are slightly biased. But what a great argument
for keeping Classic Cars and using them. Lets all do the Daily Driver!
LDpartNEWS!29 Mar 2009
We believe this means “excessive use of the Triumph
Stag” and as such we think that such eventuality is extremely unlikely as Stags
cannot be used excessively.
The wise guys and gurus of Government and Public
institutions have been fearful of Stagflation but their fears are relaxed on
the latest inflation figures.
This shows 3.2% in UK and it is because of the weak pound and much
importation in the area of food and clothing.
This measure is the Consumer Index.
The top people seem remarkably lacking in astuteness
when it comes to forecasting the economy.
It seemed to us obvious that there would be an
inflation hike on this measure, one that removes house prices from the
If you leave house prices and mortgages in the pot,
which is a measure called RPI or Retail Price Index, then
we are at 0% inflation.
They talk about the need to raise interest rates now
to stop inflation.
Do they not realise that this will raise inflation.Demand for food and clothing will only be
stopped marginally by increasing interest rates.
People need food and clothing.
It is demand for non essential goods that can be
IF interest rates are raised, then house prices will
fall further, the housing market will dry up. Car production will fall further
and unemployment will rise.
G20 are smart it seems to me. Smarter than the UK people it seems.We cannot go on spending money we do not have.
Most countries seem to understand this.
So when your normal everyday car becomes uneconomic
to repair, don’t buy a new one, use your Stag.
Spend the money on keeping your Stag in good shape
as it if we are hit with inflation then your Stag will go up in value while the
prices of other cars falls.
Then use your stag everyday. We used one daily for
16 years and only had three breakdowns.
1) Split hose due to poor quality parts.
2) Broken throttle cable (How stupid was that,
always carry one in the boot and a screwdriver. Changing it is easier than
getting the spare wheel out.
3) Fuel line broken, old parts.So the fuel line needs to be checked over
fully during the annual service.
So daily use is really highly
Try it.It is
LDpartNEWS!27 Mar 2009
IN OUR CLUTCHES
Things have been so busy we have neglected this News
This is inevitable as we grow and when we reach the
size of needing another member of staff the update will be more frequent.
We need to tell you that although you cannot find a
clutch at the moment we can offer a clutch.
It is in separate parts.We are about to load up clutch covers and the
As our price on the clutch plate is really good, the
kit you can make up by selecting the items separately will be competitive we
The cover and the plate are from AP (formerly AP
Lockheed) who actually manufactures the Borg and Beck Branded items.
Unfortunately AP is in administration at the moment
and whilst we are still getting product from them things are highly uncertain
for the future.
Perhaps we should get ready via the SOCTFL hat for
the time when field stocks at all suppliers dry up.
If you have a Laycock
Clutch cover and can get it refurbished that is the route to go on those, do
not chuck them.
Must rush ---hopefully more sooner rather than later
LDpartNEWS!8 Mar 2009
Time to talk about Water pumps again we think.
Let’s consider this strange affair that graces the
Stag engine and the Slant 4 of TR7 and Dolomite fame.
We haven’t yet worked out why these engines have a
shaft driven water pump other than the Slant 4 engine was designed for racing,
and when racing, the last thing you need, is a slipping water pump belt.
Of course your cooling fan needs to be crankshaft
mounted so it cannot be overdriven.But
then for racing we aren’t too bothered about idling, are we, as we will not be
doing much of that.
So our Rally Legends of SAAB and Dolomite can be
So it is a shaft driven pump.
Why then are there so many water pump shaft failures
reported from time to time over the years, and why do they mostly happen when
the pumps are fitted on Stags.
Also why would Unipart, who made these pumps fromaround 1978
until the mid 1990’s, refuse to pay out warranty claims on the pumps that
suffered mangled shaft gears.
If there was
a manufacturing issue, then Unipart would have sorted it.
They always claimed the problem resulted from
Rarely because the top bolt had
been engaging with the cover due to incorrect gaskets being used.
Perhaps because the bottom bush
in the block had not been changed.
However, as far as we know, not ever because the
hardening was insufficient.
Unipart always asked for failed pumps to be returned
for inspection.They found evidence to
suggest incorrect fitting in all cases where the warranty claim was rejected.
They could not be more specific than “Incorrect
Fitment”.We expect that was for legal
We know of not one single occasion when any court action
was brought against Unipart for not honouring warranty on a Stag water pump.
We can have a guess andsuggest we have good reason to believe
that the failed water pumps had been in contact with non original Jackshafts
with incorrectly angled gears.
Not only was this implied once by the engineer
responsible for the product at Unipart, but also our own observations of failed
shafts show distinctly that the wear on the gear teeth is not as one would
expect if there was insufficient lubrication.
All the worn shafts we have seen have strange wear
Each tooth on the shaft has a flat edge which looks
rectangular viewed end on..
We notice on worn shafts that this rectangle is worn
to a point at one end, in other words the bottom of the tooth is worn but not
Also the shafts are blue from heat.
Adding this altogether we can only presume there are
or rather were some rogue Jackshafts out in the field.
They had the teeth cut maybe½ a degree out.
We do not believe in the notion that the pump shafts
were insufficiently hardened. If that had been the case Unipart would have paid
out the warranty and sorted it very quickly we can assure you of that.
Think about it.The water pump does not have that much of a load on it. In theory it
seems to us the shaft could have almost been made out of very soft material and
Actually a number of cars have pumps with impellers
made out of plastic.
Once the car is cruising the water is very easy to
However some many of the pumps we heard about failed
in under2000 miles.How do you
mash up shaft gears in under 2000 miles when the gears are mating perfectly.
Of course if they are not, well it’s not going to
last very long it seems to us.
When overhauling the water pump keep the shaft that
has been successfully mating with a Jackshaft for many miles.
If a Jackshaft change is unavoidable then it is
suggested the new one is checked using engineers blue or some means of
measuring the angle of the driving teeth.
A motor engineer or engineering shop perhaps can be
engaged for this purpose.
If True Blue is not presenting return the new
Jackshaft as unserviceable.
LDpartNEWS!26 Feb 2009
LD Not V
For those of you who do not knowLDV make Vans in UK, and have been recently refused Government help in
the current crisis being owned by a wealthy Russian. The British Government
decided the owner was sufficiently well off to not need a bale out.
However there is some positive news for LDV now from
yesterday, an SMMT release.
Guy Jones, PR and
marketing director at LDV, writing in a blog at
www.ldv.com says news is positive as talks resumed at the UK government's
department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform between the LDV
management buy out team lead by Erik Eberhardson and
Ian Pearson, to clarify the issues raised in the media. Eberhardson, head of the management buyout announced the
day before and Liam Bryne, MP for Birmingham Hodge
Hill said "We had a long and constructive meeting with Ian Pearson, the
buyout team, LDV management and workforce representatives this morning.
Discussions are ongoing and we continue to believe there is a viable long-term
future for LDV". The plan would make the Birmingham-based firm the first
volume maker of electric vans in the UK. It says it has
prototypes of low-carbon green vans on trial with a number of major companies
and strong prospects of support from the European Investment Bank
So why are we talking about this.
Just to be completely clear that LDpart and LDV are
not connected in any way.
LDpart is not struggling, in fact is positively
buzzing. The product range has just been expanded by about 30 items and
everything is going well.
Even if we experience a slow down we shall still be
LDpart even has a Bank that is healthy and
profitable called the Clydesdale Bank PLC and this is owned by the National Bank of Australia.
However any publicity using the phrase LD, which
rubs off, is nice.Was it Lord Lever or
Henry Ford who said in reaction to bad publicity “Any publicity is good publicity”
LDpartNEWS!10 Feb 2009
On the private email, not the Ldpart, we have just
received aphishing mail that is very convincing.
It says that it is genuine and you can tell it is
genuine and not a spoof. Genuine Paypal emails will always be addressed to you
personally whereas spoofs will be to “Undisclosed. Recipients”
most genuine looking email from Paypal, addressed to your email addressis a scam if
it contains links and needs your password.
The easy way of dealing with these phishing emails is to assume that Barclays, Natwest, Paypal, Ebay etc etc
will never email you.
They may send an email saying there is amessage for you,
please go to the web site and log on.
But NEVER NEVER EVER log on to any thing connected with money or anything
else from a link in an email.
Thanks for forwarding
that suspicious-looking email. You're right - it
was a phishing
attempt, and we're working on stopping the fraud. By
reporting the problem, you've
made a difference!
Identity thieves try to
trick you into revealing your password or other
personal information through phishing emails and fake websites. To learn more about
online safety, click "SecurityCenter" on any PayPal webpage.
Every email counts. When
you forward suspicious-looking emails to
help keep yourself and others safe from identity
Your account security is
very important to us, so we appreciate your
Always challenge every single mail you get about
your Credit Card, Bank, Paypal ,ebay
and never ever click the links as they will take you to a password.
If you have already entered you
password after following an EMAIL link then change your password now!!
LDpartNEWS!6 Feb 2009
In both senses now, we have orders
waiting to go out and we have loads of snow which is stopping the
infrastructure from working.
We have not had a postal delivery for
2 days.We are therefore holding orders
as we know from bitter experience that the Royal Mail and Post Office clear
backlogs on a “LAST POSTED – FIRST DELIVERED BASIS”
We will start up after the post starts
getting delivered again. That is the best chance to avoid items being lost for
long periods in backlogged mail.
It used to be the same at Unipart
after a transport strike or other hold up
All the new orders were despatched first
before they started what they called “Rolling in the tail” which in Unipart jargon
meant clearing the backlog
Not a Unipart Strike, they were
virtually unknown after 1974 when the CEO wrote individually to all 900 or so
striking people and told them if they didn’t turn up for work on Monday they
would be sacked.
They all turned up!No more strikes!The company then told the unions a few years
later they would no longer be recognised and later, after the company was
de-nationalised, all company employees were offered shares at very sensible
So we are responding to snow now.
The last time we saw snow like this
was 1983.It was a bit later in the year
nearer March and hung around for three weeks.I think what we have now is more like 1963 when it was very bad, or 1947
when everything came to a standstill.
However in 1947 people didn’t have
cars and teachers cycled to work.Only
the headmaster had a car.That meant
people lived near to work unlike today where they commute all over the place.
Result was that the schools never closedand school was fun as we had these
wonderful slides in the playground.
It is not very good for Stags of
course and we are reminded of last years SOCAGM in Cumberland where a members stag was stranded in
overnight snow with a failed fuel pump. That car however shrugged that incident
off and runs as well as ever.
I’m not taking mine out today
LDpartNEWS!1 Feb 2009
What sort of hood frame do you have
, easy peasy, or just plain beasty?
The frame moves easily and sweetly
when its assembled correctly.
However I wonder how many of them were done right from day one.
Can you imagine these Triumph workers faced with a huge array of different nuts
and all having to go in exactly the right place and being on bonus piece work.
Could you build 25 hood frames a day
working against the clock and get them all right?
Supposing you had a
couple of pints at lunchtime to boot.
Our hood had a wrong bolt that was just slackened on the production line to get
working and off the line and onto a car. No time to painstakingly redo it.
About 10 years ago I tightened the loose bolt up when sorting an endemic front
rail problem and lowered and raised the hood and
the bolt shot across the garage like a
bullet. When I got the new bolt for that position, it
had a longer shank! (Yeh had to find that bullet for
forensic). The original bolt was incorrect and had been there since day one.
No wonder the corner of the frame was
broken and was welded up. All that yanking it around.
The front rail must swivel on the rivet or the hood doesn't go down sweetly. Is
If you have a beast and not an easy peasy,
check out your hood frame.
I advise ordering one each of the different bolts and checking them against
have in that frame. When all the right bolts are in the
right holes and the front rail
side bars swing like arms on the rivets the frame will open and shut like a
LDpartNEWS!23 Jan 2009
No Story for 6 Days
My goodness you have been keeping us busy.
So thank you.It means that we can put even more parts into stock.
And also big thanks to all the
Stag Owners Club forum commentators who said such nice things about us.
However these are somewhat scary times.With pundits saying the Government of UK is
getting what they call the in-tray from hell, and so many expectations of him.
With interest rates at 1.5 % and the lowest since
1652 was it?And the recession confirmedtoday at
1.5% reduction in growth.
We cannot have Liberal Democrat Vince Cable saying
its bad, going to get worse and we can’t see the end.
He may well be right but we need to hear about a
We need to be able to hope that one day within a reasonable timescale things will get better.
And we hope that people will not fall out of love
with their stags.Actually we think
there is very little chance of that so it is this kind of positive mental
attitude that keeps us all going when it’s difficult, all over the world we can
look at our stags.Yum! there IS something worth looking after because looking at it
brings such a good feeling.
It may get looked at quite a lot in the near future
because good feelings are not in abundance from other sources at the moment.
LDpartNEWS!17 Jan 2009
That shine. How do they do it?We are talking about the cars at the NEC.
Not just any cars.
Most cars you look at are poor. You may think they
all look very good and rare and nice, but finishwise
most are awful.
Get close to them, and look at them under the light.
Look very closely and you will see on the vast majority of Classic cars, a
scratchy finish. Even the ones on the SOC stand I regret.
There is however one stand
which is outstanding in terms of sparkling finish. Well there was last year
This was the Meguiar’s
The cars on this stand were stunning. Absolutely outstanding.
Since we are up for a bit of bling,
we decided to look into this.We wanted to
know which particular treatment produced such stunning bathroom chinaware
smoothness in the finish.
Well we are located not that for from Meguiar’s place so we will go and find out.We have the brochure but it needs more work
to really get to grips with what is appropriate. For example the type of paint
may be important.Are you two pack or
cellulose or good old acrylic?Do you
have a clearcoatoverbase
as they call it over a solid, i.e. non metallic, colour.
This may all be relevant. We will find out and tell
you how to get to that fantastic finish. Of course it may mean us becoming a
dealer in which case we will try and sell some of their products.However we will not do that
wily nily. Oh no. We find out first what is
LDpartNEWS!16 Jan 2009
Check out your jackshaft next time you have the
front off or do the chains.
From time to time we hear of something described as
a rogue water pump.
This is one that had its gears smashed.
We have always thought this particular phenomenon
was a result of incorrectly cut teeth on a rogue Jackshaft.
We believe the water pumps are all ok.Some of them from the late 80’s were said to
be soft and lacking the necessary case hardening.
It is true we have seen some that were a less well
hardened than others.
However we believe the real culprit is the “off” teeth on the reproduction Jackshaft.
So next chain job, especially if
the chains have not covered a high mileage, take off the water pump, pull out
the oil pump and distributor drive and get the jackshaft tooth angle measured
by an engineer.You may find this very worthwhile.
We know several owners who have given up on regular
water pumps preferring electric but there are issues to solve, like supplying
the Thermostat is open.
So the original pump is best in our view, as long as
all jackshaft the teeth are straight or 45 degrees rather.
LDpartNEWS!12 Jan 2009
Yes yesyes. Spend on your Stag. Get it into really good nick.
New panels, spruce up the interior service the car
replace all the awful bits.
Take a couple of years over it. Make a determined
effort to get your car just great.
Because of “quantitive
This means making a few extra pound notes available.
Pointless exercise really.To know why
go back to our economy discussion some weeks ago and see pebbles.
For example, going to our Stone Age example lets say
an hour’s work is worth 10 pebbles all signed by the village chief.
So the village finance manager decides there are not
enough pebbles in circulation because everyone is hoarding them.
So he gets the village chief to sign as 10% more
than is out there.All of a sudden the
ones being hoarded are worth 90% of yesterday.
Everyone spends their pebbles quickly before the
value goes down and buys anything that will appreciate as the currency
The last thing they want is savings, cash.The interest will be nothing anyway.
ART, ANTIQUES, STAGS, yes this is your time to spend
money on Parts and put your Stag into top shape.
Only decent cars will be worth money.
When your stag is worth three to four times today’s
value, sell it.Let’s say 2011 or 2012,
giving you two years to restore it.
Then three years later you buy another one as the
prices will have come down.