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Directors’ Report: December2015

 Dec 2015 timing gears


Riley Register Spares Limited – Directors Report to Members

 It is with great sadness that the RRSL team have to report the loss of one of their long- standing board members. John Stammers passed away peacefully on November 8th 2015 after a sudden deterioration in an illness he had been fighting for some time. John remained positive and was actively involved with RRSL business through his illness with a determination to have a modern website to showcase our Riley spares and provide up-to-date information to all Members. John made a major contribution to the spares organisation and will be sadly missed as a friend and colleague.

Lucas Fuses – One of the items mentioned in the recent survey was Lucas glass fuses which were very common in both pre and post war classics. As with many old car parts nowadays these are available on the internet but are a problem for those who do not have easy access to internet search facilities as most of your local motor factors will no longer have these items. Many of the internet sources will handle phone orders but finding them can be difficult without access to search facilities. We are still looking into the supply of these and the following provides some pointers.

The standard Lucas fuse was 1 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch imperial and metric equivalents are best avoided if possible. The shorter item sometimes found as a field fuse is 1 inch x 1/4 inch. When buying these fuses care is necessary because Lucas normally specified the “Blow” current not the continuous current carrying capacity as is normal with modern fuse rating systems. The actual continuous current rating was 50% of the “Blow” current. So for example, the fuse we use a lot which has 25A on its paper label actually carries up to 12.5A on a continuous basis. Some existing fuses actually state both ratings, which is very useful. We have noticed some internet suppliers quoting fuses against the “Blow” rating and others are using the continuous current capacity rating so care needs to be exercised when purchasing new supplies to make sure you receive the correct fuse rating.

Register Starter Ring Gears – The table below shows the replacement ring gears currently stocked by RRSL. We are just starting to work up fitting instructions for the these gears and they will be posted to the website and provided by Richard with orders as they become available

RRSL Part No Model No. Teeth Starter Entry Tooth Relief Bevel*
ECO 37 9hp 98 Rear Right
EKO 38 12/6 or 14/6 manual 94 Front Right
EF002 12/4 or 15/6 ** 93 Rear Right
MW104R Big 4 104 Rear Right


* Looking from the front of the engine towards the flywheel

** May not be suitable for 12/4 with Borg Warner gearbox, please check before purchasing.

Gasket Fitting Instructions – Following a number of comments and questions on fitting cylinder head gaskets the RRSL instructions have been updated to include advice on torque settings and on ensuring adequate stud sealing. These new instructions have been posted on the website against each head gasket option and will be provided by Richard as hard copy with each order.

Used Parts – One of the most frequent responses to the questionnaire was the request for RRSL to stock used parts. This topic was discussed at the last RRSL meeting and on the basis that a number of commercial organisations hold and refresh their second-hand stock the decision has been taken that RRSL will not expand its remit to include second hand spares.

Carpet Material – Some members requested the stocking of replacement carpets in their questionnaire response. With all the variety of models, this would not make sense but we are looking to on occasions order batches of carpet material. If you are interested in acquiring carpet material, please contact Brian Reeves

Steering Worm Segments – In the last Newsletter we reported interest from one member enquiring about supply of replacement steering worm-wheel segments, part number A3272. Please let us know if you would be interested in this part.

 Please let us know your views by a call to Richard or alternatively an Email to

 Stores Report from Richard Ives

 There are a few important items to bring to your attention this month. In the past, we have always sold some of the Rubber Extrusions, e.g. RPO93, by the meter. This seems to always generate waste both for you and for the stores, so it has been decided to sell these items by the Centimetre. The price remains the same, for example, the above-mentioned item was £6.50 per meter and now becomes 0.065 per centimetre. Don’t worry! You can still send in your requirements in feet and inches, but I hope this will prove to be in our mutual advantage.

The other matter is our minimum order charge, this has always been £7.50, plus post, but we have decided to increase this to fall in line with other suppliers, to £10 before post. Talking of the post brings me to my next point. I visit the Post Office, which incidentally is a 9 mile round trip, three, not 2 as stated in the AGM report, times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, although some heavy parcels will go by courier the next day. I have always been willing to provide next day delivery if the part is urgent, but I need the order to be in by midday. Please bear in mind that next day guaranteed postage is expensive and is not economical for a small order.

We are here to help, even out of hours! Except Tuesdays which is my day off! The photo this month shows some of the parts that make up a 9hp Timing Set. 6’s and 12/4 Timing gears are also in stock. May I wish all our customers the season’s greetings and a really good Rileying 2016.

Please remember to check regarding stocks with me on Merlin 9 and 15/6 pistons before having your block re-bored /sleeved as we are leaving investing in new piston stock as long as we can due to the large amount of cash needed to fund re-stocking.

The discount offer still applies on some half-shafts: namely A1156 (six stud 26”), three remaining; A1900 (RH K/O wide track 28 3/4”), one remaining: A1901 (LH K/O wide track 28 ¾”), one remaining and 10BA105 (Mark 1 to 3 25 9/16”), five remaining.


Catalogues: –    By the time you receive this Newsletter the Spares catalogue will be available from the Register Website  It is always worth checking prices and availability with Richard as prices are amended when new stock arrives. Alternatively, Richard Ives can provide a paper price list at a postage cost of 3 second – class stamps.

Ordering Spares: – Please quote your membership number so we can look up your address.

From the Website – Enter the Spares section of the Register Website, go to My Account and register (you only need to do this on the first time) and then select the parts and number-off you require. The go to Checkout and complete your order and the site will then email your requirements to Richard who will contact you to confirm availability and provide the total cost including carriage and packing.

By Post: – Enclose a cheque to “Riley Register Spares Ltd”, sign and date leaving the amount blank and endorse “max limit £— allowing enough to cover postage.

By E-Mail: – Please mention Riley or something similar otherwise, your email may be treated as spam and deleted. Due to mandatory regulations with our card processor, please note that we can no longer accept card details by email. Please phone with your card details, If paying by card, a Debit Card is preferred because of the higher cost of credit card transactions.

 By Telephone: – Where I can confirm we have the required parts in stock

Hours: – 9 – 5 Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, exceptionally up to 8 pm. Closed Tuesday and Sunday.

Contact details for ordering  Richard Ives, Fenners, Mill Lane, Brandeston, Woodbridge Suffolk IP13 7AP

Telephone 01728 685636    E-mail