when i drain the radiator i only get about half the water out. i have removed the drain tap on the block and nothing comes out. what can i do to try and flush out the system .
My 401 is jumping out of third gear. The mechanic is having trouble fixing it. Any advice? (…apart from a different mechanic…)
Might be some interest in this blog. If not – at least some nice photographs of Bristols!
Members who have not already seen this auction listing may perhaps be mildly interested to see this.car:
In my opinion, the car is absolutely gorgeous and is a Bristol engined garage partner for my 403 that I would love to own. Further photographs and some more information are at:
Nice article in the London Evening Standard today.
I have acquired, for the Bristol Owners Heritage Trust, an article from a 1951 motoring publication. It is an account of a cross country journey of 550 miles in Tony Crook’s personal 401, MPH100, which seems to belie the claim that Tony Crook did not allow motoring journalists to test Bristols. There is an interesting description of how the 401’s front wheels were balanced using ‘ the first electronic wheel balancing machine ‘. Nothing remarkable in this article but might be of interest to some 401 owners and maybe others. I would like to share the article with any forum member who may be interested.
To receive the scanned item as a .pdf attachment please email a request to me at email@example.com / bristol at davedale dot co dot uk. On previous occasions I have had many requests to see items that I have scanned. Please be patient and be prepared to wait for a reply as it is easier for me to do nothing until all requests have been received and then I can send out the scan to all, as one mass mailing.
Please don’t post your request to this forum. Many thanks.
This is an excerpt from an article in today’s online Daily Telegraph interview with Sir Paul Smith, OBE:
Which car do you most regret selling?
I remember looking through a Bristol owners newsletter on Boxing Day a long time ago. I spotted this beautiful 1956 Bristol 405 on sale for two grand.
I sent a mate who knew about cars around to see it and when he arrived at the house, the owner was a gentleman in his eighties who was going to Greece to live with his son. He’d had the 405 for many years and he had the central heating on in his garage to keep it warm!
I ended up buying it and he cried as it left. I got a lot of use out of it around London for a while but it started to get some wear and tear and so I sent it away to have it fully restored.
I’ve been keeping it safe with the rest of my archive in Nottingham ever since. Occasionally one of my guys who works in my office there drives it around to make sure it’s still running. So I haven’t sold it as such, it’s just gone on an extended holiday and I miss it so.
Forum members might be interested to see this Spanish blog. Nothing new but perhaps an interesting read. ( ( Need to keep scrolling down ).