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Brian Eldred

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  • Birthday March 16

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    TR4A 1966
    TR2 1955

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  1. Eee tha's reet Pete. We take t'wheel up to top of Ilkley Moor then roll it all t'way down, balancing it like, to t'river Wharfe where we wash all t'muck off t'tyre like
  2. Thanks Ian, I've now found a place a bit closer to home - Knaresborough Tyres. They were recommended by a nearby restorer Pool Lane Classics, who use them for all their tyres and have fitted to many wire wheels. They are quite happy fitting customer supplied tyres too. I'm now trying to decide which tyres - narrowed it down to Vredensteins or Blockleys, about the same price. I guess its sensible to replace the tubes too, and I've read that Blockley tubes are good. Brian
  3. The Motorist at Sherburn doesn't have the kit. They recommend Longstone Tyres, who as well as being rather a long way away are v expensive compared with Camskills (Vredenstein Sport Classic at £163 v £116.) By the way when did tyre prices go up so much? I bought the same Vredensteins for my other car in 2015 for £63 each. Elsey Tyres at Malton don't either, but says they use a standard inner cone and a rubber outer cone that locates on the spokes (??) and have fitted and balanced lots of wire wheels including for customers of Malton Coachworks. That's where I had the other set fitted in 2
  4. OK I'm convinced! I kind of was anyway, just surprised at what the MoT guy said. To return to the topic, I'll call The Motorist at Sherburn on Monday. If no go I remember a place in Malton that was recommended by Malton Coachworks.
  5. Hi Rob, That's what I thought too. So how come an MoT tester thinks differently? The rubber doesn't 'feel' any harder than much newer tyres on my other car.
  6. Thanks Keith, I hadn't thought of them. As it happens, yesterday I took the car in to my local garage, who are experienced with classics, for an 'MoT-type check'. First time on the road, apart from a couple of runs round the block, since 1973 I believe. The mechanic that tested it said the tyres were fine, despite being around 23 years old. Firestone F560s. There's no visible degradation apart from some fine cracks between the treads, which he said weren't a problem. It probably helped that the car has been stored in a dry garage on wheel skids since they were fitted in 1997. I assum
  7. Hi Bob, The flap on the front edge of the sidescreen is actually a bit wider at the top than the bottom. If I lift the rear any more I'll get less of the top under the hood flap. I think I will have to live with it unless and until I can alter the hood and the front bracket. Brian
  8. Hi Rod, As I said I can't get the front to go any lower as the bracket is sitting on the door cap. It would take some cutting and welding of the bracket to get it any lower.
  9. This is as good as I could get it. The front won't go any lower as the bracket is sitting on the door capping, and the screen won't go any further forward. In fact when I close the door, the front edge of the screen won't engage in the slot in the stanchion by itself as it catches slightly on the stanchion as the door shuts, so I guess it even needs to go back a bit. On the rear bracket, I'm going to have to drill a 3rd hole in the wedge to get it to sit low enough. I've lowered the socket as far as it will go without having to drill through metal - they both now sit about 1/2" below the
  10. I found this, which has some good pictures at the end of the last page https://www.britishcarforum.com/community/threads/back-to-tr3-sidescreens.81211/page-5 It looks like the screen goes further into the stanchion slot at the bottom than the top, and only a little way into the hood flap. Much more fiddling about to do
  11. Thanks Stuart. What I don't get is that the sidescreen won't slot into the stanchion at the top when I shut the door until the top corner is tucked under the hood flap. I can poke it in from outside the car, but not from inside! I guess I'll have to live with the misfit at the rear as its not going to move that far forwards. Brian
  12. Good afternoon, I know this subject has been covered many times, but I still have some problems I can't find answers to! I've spent several hours bending the brackets and frames and trial fitting the drivers side screen until It's pretty close I think, as pics below. The forward socket seems to be in the right place, but the rear one was too high and is at present unfixed. Before I screw it in place, some questions: 1. The side screen won't tuck into the hood flap at the rear, it would need to go about 2cm further forward. Is this just a poorly fitted hood? 2. Does the loca
  13. Thanks Andrew, rather a long way from Wetherby but if I get stuck.... I think its been said before but it would be handy if we could put together a list of fitters that have the kit.
  14. These look like the job, but at £216 a bit expensive for what may be a one-off job? My other TR has wires, and I've only had them balanced once in 8 years...
  15. Good afternoon. I need to change the tyres on my TR2 (unused but 24 years old!). Can anyone recommend a tyre fitter in the East Leeds/Harrogate/York area that has the necessary cones to balance wire wheels properly? Thanks, Brian
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