Wiper upgrade on 2-litre cars

The problem with existing systems is often the poor state of the rack and wheel boxes as well as a tired motor.  Modern wiper systems for kit cars are readily available and transform the original system on the 2-litre cars.  Stick with the existing wipers or, if you are serious, fit a modern system. 
Such a system comes from Stafford Vehicle Components.  It can be adapted to use modified original wheel boxes so no changes to the holes in the scuttle.  A fair amount of fettling required.  It’s not a direct swap.  Once set up it is superb.
Holden’s and J&L Spares who recondition wiper motors may offer alternative approaches.

On the other hand, just disassembling, degreasing and re-greasing the various parts of the Lucas system will often speed things up and make the mechanism more vigorous.  Motors also often need their commutators polished and the grooves between commutator segments deepened so the brushes make good contact with the brass segments.  Relubrication of the motor bearings almost always helps speed them up.

410 for sale

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411 S4 for sale

For Sale 1974 Bristol 411 Series 4. 

A car that’s in very good condition and a sheer joy to drive. I’ve been its custodian for 16 years since 2002 and it has been well maintained and looked after since. Any simple work has been carried out by local specialists and any peculiar Bristol items by Spencer Lane Jones. Most of the documentation for the period that myself and the previous owner had it is present.

It had a bare metal respray in 2012, together with hubcap re-chroming and new tyres. It also has an electric factory fitted sunroof and it has an MOT until November 2018.

The whole car is practically original, with original seats and wood veneer, the major exceptions being the headlights upgraded from sealed beam to halogen, and the previous owner had the Carter carb replaced with an Edelbrock (carried out by ACCS).

Although the V5 states that it has had 7 former owners, it would appear that there have only been 3 main users in its 44-year life, most of the changes being from private to company car and back again – it is a car that people like to keep.

£44,950 – please contact Andy Bernard on 07508 402066 or andy.bernard@gmail.com


Spares for 401/403 for sale

The following 401-403 NEW spares are offered for sale 

a) Repair panel in front of windscreen – £50.00.

b) Bonnet nose repair panel – £40.00.

c) Top of front wing repair panel – £30.00.

d) 2 – O.S & N.S rear wings with wired edge – £500.00.

e) N.S rear wing repair panel – £75.00.

f) O.S rear wing.repair panel – £75.00.

g) O.S rear wing to ‘B’ post repair panel – £100.00.

h) 2 rear wing front repair panel – £100.00.

i) 2 roof front corners repair panels – £50.00.

j) 2 rear roof to rear window repair sections – £100.00.

k) Arnolt Bristol crankshaft with balance weights & std main & big end bearings – £1800.00.

Photographs available for all items on request. Please contact ;

derek.hughes467@gmail.com or Phone 01642 654328.


NEC 2018

Lever arm shock absorbers

A company which reconditions these shock absorbers is;

Stevson Motors Ltd (Specialist classic car hydraulic component manufacturers and recoditioners of lever arm and telescopic shock absorbers)
Unit 1, 2a Harrow Road
Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DN
Tel: 0121 472 1702   
Email: stevsonmotors1@aol.com

Engine Mounts for 407,408, 409, 410


The engine mounts for the 318 poly fitted to the 407-410 appear to be a rare and expensive parts kit.  This seems odd given the likely demand in the US.  The Brackets fitted were the Mopar “Floating Power” engine mounts for B body cars.  We were only able to find one US vendor selling new parts along with a number posts from US Plymouth owners grumbling about the price.  $484 plus carriage, taxes and duty!











For later 408’s, 409, 410 & 411

Tools, nuts & bolts

  • British Tools & Fasteners
    7696 NY-31, Lyons, NY 14489, USA
    +1 (315) 946-9400
    (Ship internationally)
  • Tracy Tools Ltd. (Tap & die specialists, engineers tool supplies)
    Unit 1, Parkfield Units
    Barton Hill Way
    TQ2 8JG‎
    Tel: 01803 328603‎

Suppliers of brake parts and services


Suppliers of hubcaps (Warning: Chrome quality might be poor)