King of the pins Taffy now tells of an additional tactic I adopt when fitting new pins. If metal expands as it gets hotter then surely the opposite occurs when things cool down, namely contraction. Therefore before I fit a new king pin, I always put it in the deep freezer for a few days. Any reduction in the pin’s diameter will theoretically help it pass through the knuckle of the front arm more easily when being pressed/knocked into position. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG November 2017
What is art? What is rubbish?? Now there’s a question for Taffy to answer after Gill and I having recently visited a local garden centre where amongst all the plants for sale were some bits of metal I’m rather familiar with. Old clutch plates, springs, wheel bearings etc. all individually painted in bright colours were on a display table ready for purchase. Indeed I shall now look upon the contents of my sheds in a totally different light. Even more reason not to throw anything out! As if!! Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG October 2017
Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather after one particular email recently appeared in my Inbox. Fellow 2cvGB Member Rob informed me that the fitting of LED bulbs to our cars is allegedly illegal with potential liability issues, something of which I was not fully aware. Alas I have a habit of checking my Inbox before bedtime with a view to planning my next day’s activities whilst I drift off to the land of nod. Didn’t sleep well that night, indeed as they say in Yorkshire “that’ll learn ya”. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG September 2017
What on earth is Taffy doing sat in an old wellington boot? Perhaps he’s just trying to be part of the boot scenario relevant to this month’s SPOG Article.
To begin may I announce that a new panel has been manufactured in relation to the Dyane’s rear end. SPOG, having successfully produced rear inner wings plus the boot floor and rear valance for these cars, is now able to supply the vertical panel ahead of the boot floor. Yellow crosses in Nigel’s Dyane denote where this particular new part fits. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG August 2017
Mirror, signal, manoeuvre … was that not the rule of passing one’s driving test? However this all depends on the quality and function of the actual signals on our cars which, as I discovered recently, do need a watchful eye. Whether you use standard glass light bulbs or LED alternatives, there is no time for complacency. But more of that later. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG July 2017
Up, up and away as, with Taffy’s help, I can officially launch and promote www.2cvgbparts.co.uk, the new SPOG Parts website. It was initially considered that this could be for Club Members only to view via a link/password from the 2cvGB website before ultimately going “Live to the World”. Consequently we could have had your feedback before going global, SPOG being owned by every one of you within the Club. However, even with modern day IT skills, this proved nigh on impossible, hence SPOG is now active on the World-Wide-Web. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG June 2017
That was the week that was, or rather the weekend. Very many thanks to all those 2cvGB Members who came along to the Classic Car Restoration show at the NEC in Birmingham and visited the 2cvGB Stand. As said last month, part of our display was SPOG orientated with those folk manning the Club Stand all wearing 2CVGBPARTS Ltd promotional T Shirts. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG May 2017
At this time of the year Spring flowers appear heralding the end of winter and fun times ahead with our cars. As I explain to my six year old granddaughter as we walk home together from Infants School, all these flowers grow from bulbs in the ground and appear in sequence. Snowdrops first, then crocuses followed by daffodils, tulips and hyacinths etc. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG April 2017
Recently I seem to be always messing around with batteries, what with fitting relays for Halogen headlight conversion on my 2cv and the tendency for these electrical boxes to malfunction at this time of the year. Nothing worse, particularly when in a hurry, than turning the ignition key first thing in the morning and then only to hear the faintest of click but nothing else. Battery dead … no starter motor … vehicle going nowhere … well not immediately. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG March 2017
To bring in the New Year Taffy sang “I’ve got a lovely bunch of Halogen bulbs, here they are all standing in a row.” Hope yours was a good one too. But now with all these new headlight bulbs to hand, onwards to fit them including the necessary relays.
You’ll remember from last month my various purchases of wiring products. Well, in between pulling Christmas Crackers, the bonnet was up on my F reg 2cv outside. Indeed for a while I became an auto-electrician … allegedly. Continue reading 2CVGB News article – SPOG February 2017