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Manufacturers do not want to make replacement from other sources that easy, regularly mixing two standard bearings into one assembly, although I doubt that Bristols went this far.

Take off one complete set of bearings (2 sets of bearings per hub; the inner bearing is usually larger than the outer; both will be tapered roller bearings) and find yourself a local  machine tool service company.   Take your bearings in and they will measure them while you wait (about 5 minutes).  There are 3 grades of bearings used classed  A, B and C.  The tolerances in manufacture are, of course, extremely tight so they employ an automatic grading system – A being the best and that’s what you want.  C are the poorest and probably go into washing machines and the like.   I think the classification system may have changed possibly 1 – 3.  If the numbers on the bearings are visible you should be able to quote these to any bearing company and avoid the need to go to a machine tool service company.

Valid at time of writing in October 2016:

There are a number of good bearing suppliers eg Seager Bearings, Kings Heath, Birmingham (0121 444 5391) who will supply at trade prices.

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