Bristol 401- 85C engine

Need new main bearings – 0.010 . Any suggestions on suppliers? Standard and 0.020 seem to be obtainable but not 0.010 .

Also a replacement /new camshaft required for same engine.

Apply and renew online

Credit Card / Gold & Platinum

BODA are pleased to announce that you can now join the club or renew your membership online.  Simply navigate to the membership form held within the membership section and fill it in.

In addition you can now select the option to pay online at the same time.  You can pay by debit card, credit card or Paypal.  Simply make your selection when completing the form.

Don’t worry,  we still accept cheques and postal membership applications/ renewals if you prefer a more traditional approach.

Car Audio – New world tech, old world charm

The age old question for classic car owners is whether to fit a modern audio system that pleases the ear or a period radio that pleases the eye.  Stuart Risebrow has attempted to “have his cake and eat it” by fitting a modern audio system with period looks.

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This unit, manufactured by “Retrosound”, a USA company, was found to be perfect for the job.  You have a range of period bezels and knobs to choose from that replicate the look of classic radios such as radio mobile and Phillips.  However,  the two rotating switches are detachable, allowing bespoke placement as well.

You will see that Stuart chose to make up a plywood insert to fit the mounting whole in the dash which he then veneered himself in walnut before adding a polished lacquer finish.

The “Retrosound” radio also comes with a small auxiliary unit that is wired to the rear of the radio and located remotely.  This allows you to plug in an SD memory card, USB storage device or 3.5mm audio jack.  The SD card allows you to store 1000’s of songs which is perfect for all those 60’s hits and Glen Miller tracks!  Stuart placed my remote unit just inside the glove box.  You would hardly know it was there.

The radio itself has an inbuilt amp that provides plenty of “oomph” and has all the expected outputs for larger amps, aux players or an electric ariel.




BODA at Petwood 2013

The BODA get together at the Petwood classic Concours event was once again a great success.  A total of seven cars made the long journey to Lincolnshire to enjoy a sun filled day at the home of the dam buster pilots during the second world war.

Those attending included:

Warwick Banks           404

Stuart Risebrow          411

John Grindon              411

Richard Baines            411

Michael Barton           Beaufighter

Richard Levene           Blenheim

Welcome to the new BODA website

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Welcome to the new club website.  You will notice that I have changed the style and layout of the website considerably.  I hope you like the changes we have made and that the new site will prove a valuable tool for its members.

Please note you MUST log in as a member to see the majority of the content we currently hold for our membership.

The main aim of the website is to be able to bring you the latest news and information from within the club.  The latest articles and news will appear in the centre section of the home page.  You can access the information through the tabs at the top of the page (Hover over a tabs to bring down the sub-menu).  You can also type a word into the search box to find articles on a specific topic.  Finally content teasers and links can be found on the left and right side bars.

All the technical archives from the old site have been imported and can be found under the maintenance tab.  Note that the sub-menu now allows you to choose all articles for a particular area of a car or a particular car model.

We now have a Facebook page and this can be visited by clicking the Facebook icon the the right.  This page is in its infancy.  Expect news to be added throughout 2013.

Finally, there is no doubt that there will be a few bugs or errors to be corrected over the next couple of weeks.  Please do email me with any suggested corrections or fixes.

Stuart Risebrow, Webmaster





If your Bristol is stolen !

I would like to bring to the notice of Forum members a useful facility to aid the police recover a stolen car. It seems a good idea when one thinks of the devastation if one’s Bristol was stolen – it doesn’t bear thinking about.

I was very interested to learn about the police lost and stolen goods database at . Described as ” helps UK Police forces to identify the owner of lost & stolen goods thousands of times every day.  Loss & theft updates you make are immediately available to the police nation-wide “.

Your Bristol can be registered on the police database free of charge via. a free account at I have registered my 403 and I have given a visual description together with registration number and, importantly, chassis and engine numbers. Combined with photos of side and frontal aspects, hopefully it now has an improved chance of detection should I report it to the police as stolen.

Registration of the car details on the website was uncomplicated and I am posting this in the belief that there may be others who see a benefit in doing the same.

Dave Dale.

Smiths Car Heater

While not specific to any particular vehicle, the information contained in the link below seems to cover the early V8 Bristols but may apply also to the 6 cyls. It is included so that members may get a better understanding of how things work, and we thank Per Blomquist for sending it in.

Click here to download (TYPE, 2.66MB)

408 miscelaneous parts suppliers


Bristol Part No Jaguar Part No Other Part No Part description Source
404-1-23049 N/A SKF 30304J2/Q Outer bearing -stub axle Bearing King
N721009 N/A SKF 32206J2/Q Inner bearing -stub axle Bearing King
907-1-23175 N/A MFC TC 1.750 2.750 0.375 1 Hub seal TOP Hinckley
407-1-23168 CAC9938X N/A Upper Ball Joint David Manners – CAC9938
907-1-23170 10821 Dunlop VBO 5138/L Brake pads(Dunlop calipers) David Manners – 10821
? 8522 N/A Handbrake pads (Dunlop) David Manners – 8522
407-1-23134 C29979 N/A Rebound stop David Manners – C17172
? 148876J N/A Voltage stabiliser for minor gauges David Manners – 148876J
907-1-63032 JLM9552 Lucas 35020 Flasher unit David Manners – JLM9552
907-1-68004 C24158 Lucas 33209B Ignition relay David Manners – C24158
907-1-68010 C26651 Lucas 33232A (6RA) Cooling Fan relay David Manners – C26651
908-1-68014 C26651 Lucas 33250A Heated Rear Window relay David Manners – C26651
907-1-63063 C26651 Lucas 33188B Horn relay David Manners – C26651
? N/A Lucas DLB102 Igniton coil Lucas DLB102 Auto Electrical Supplies Ltd,         Part No 060711
? N/A Lucas 060703 Ballast resistor 1.6 Ohms Auto Electrical Supplies Ltd, Part No 060703
907-1-63023 N/A Lucas 31788 Heater,Side/headlight switch OFF-ON-ON Holden – Part No 31837
N/A N/A Lucas 153601 Chromed sleeve Bezel for panel switch mounting Not currently available
907-1-63067 N/A Lucas 31800 Floor mounted Dip Switch Holden – 31800 (BMC J4 Van)
907-1-63024 N/A Lucas 31828A Petrol Reserve,Rooflight,Fog lamp switch, OFF-ON Holden – SPB200
908-1-68021 N/A Lucas 54330378 Fan Hold Pull Switch  OFF-ON Holden – 020.316
910-1-68045   Lucas 35633 Hazard warning switch Holden – 33888               Holden – 397511
  Holden Vintage & Classic Ltd, Linton Trading Estate,Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4QT.  T 01885 488488  Fax 01885 488889    Website – Order On-line Bearing King Unit 5 Stonerow Way Parkgate Rotherham S60 1SG Transmission of Power (TOP) Unit 37 Workshops Sketchley Meadows Industrial Estate, Hinckley  01455 616606/616538  Auto Electric Supplies Limited, Granville House, 11 Cross Street, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8EF, UK T 01584 819552 Fax  01584 819355 email: David Manners Ltd          991Wolverhampton Road   Oldbury                  Birmingham B69 4RJ              T 0121544 4040                                   Fax  0121 544 5558