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Directors’ Report: September 2013

RRSL Cooling System Parts

The RRSL team see no benefit to members in adding to our catalogue spare parts that are already available from commercial suppliers. Please let us know if we are proposing a component that is already available elsewhere.

Project Updates

9E17 & 9E18: Rocker Lever Assembly

Working with suppliers to produce samples for approval.

9E278: Clutch Thrust Bearing Assembly & 9E510: Clutch Thrust Race

Components ordered from UK manufacturer.

16/4 Head Gasket

Components ordered from supplier.

A4352: Girling Brake Front Balance Lever

Obtaining costs.

9hp Gearbox Cork Seals

Working with supplier to sort manufacturing tooling.

SV110: Side Valve Cylinder Head Gasket

Issues found with the original batch missing some water passages; now working with supplier to develop a new gasket.

Wish List Additions

1” Kingpins

Does anyone want these?

Mk 1, 2 & 3 Kingpins

Beginning to review design.

9hp Replacement Connecting Rods for White Metal Bearings

Costs obtained, process to be reviewed and demand assessed.

Later Period Petrol Filler Caps

These are the result of feedback when the early pattern filler caps became available again. A potential supplier has been identified and an enquiry sent.

Stock Replacement

The following items are flagged for re-order and we are seeking feedback from the membership on demand for these items. Sales records show that the majority of members are purchasing collet retained valves; we are unlikely to restock unless we get feedback that these parts are still required.

  • 8E64: Peg Valve, 1 5/16″ (9hp, 12/6, 14/6 & 15/6)
  • R64: Collet Valve, 1 3/8″ (12/4)
  • R1169: Collet Valve, 1 9/16″ (12/4, Sprite inlet)

A number of members have express a view that these are still required. Initial indications are that these will be significantly more expensive than buying all the components to convert to collet-retained valves.

Storesman’s Report

Spares News was absent for the last issue, so a little more to catch up with this time. Thank you to the customers that wished me well and were patient with their orders, I am now running up to normal, fully recovered.

Coventry went well with a lot of interest in our stock that we brought along. Those customers that paid by Credit Card and would like their invoice and receipt, if you care to contact me I will gladly send you a copy. Next year we hope to be in a position whereby we can generate proper invoices on the day.


The Stores will be closed for 1 week 14th to 22nd September, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New Parts in Stock

HT7MM: High Tension Braided Cable

This is very vintage looking with a black braided cover, much more in keeping than the previous black plastic.

RPO97: Bonnet/Scuttle Seal (Merlin)

This has been out of stock for some while.

6E36: Valve Rocker Box Cover Clip

Not in stock yet but expected later this month.

E14/10: Bright Full Nut (10) 1/4 BSF

We now have the full depth type with chamfer top and flat bottom, a lot of enquiries for these.

E705 & E725: Sump Studs

Many enquiries for these long and short studs for the 9hp.

12/4 Timing Gears

Due anytime.

Featured Images

Our picture this time is a selection of parts from our Cooling System category.