Is it possible to still get the original Lockheed cylinder seals and rubber boots for a 1970 bug?
British cars of the 60s up to the 80s at least were pretty much exclusively supplied by Girling (British) and increasingly Lockheed (USA). Due to the massive market the parts from both firms were supplied in vast quantities, and of course aftermarket suppliers also made huge amounts of pattern parts to fit, so today the supply situation is plentiful. Typically, a seals kit is not a lot cheaper than a fully assembled cylinder, so many say buy the whole cylinder and save yourself the hassle of refurbishing an already old one.
But there is another, better reason not to refurbish an old cylinder. In normal use the piston and hence also the seals only travel over a limited part of their full possible range. As water gets absorbed into the brake fluid and the pipes etc, the exposed inner surfaces of the cylinder start to corrode and get rough. No matter how much you think you have polished the inner face of a used cylinder, these "little used" regions at the extreme ends of the piston travel will be rough, or pitted, or less than perfect in some other way.
When you subsequently use your refurbished cylider, if you do an emergency stop you will apply far higher than normal pressure to the piston, pushing it into these less than perfect outer travel regions of the cylinder. So at the very point when you most need the seal to be perfect, you are pushing it into a region of the cylinder where it is least likely to be so, and where failure is then most probable.The seals sets were originally offered for economic reasons, back in the day when many folks could afford neither complete new parts nor the garage costs to have someone fit them. Today, when in real terms all manufactured goods are perhaps only 10% of their cost 50 years ago, it really does not make sense to cut this particular corner, even in the pursuit of originality.
karl: For more details pm me or Ron Biggin (Biggles)
Aug 6, 2018 18:19:30 GMT
martin: OK will join club , but cant print form yet ,will do when home next week
Aug 12, 2018 16:21:10 GMT
martin: Hi, as my father cannot get ins he would like to sell his bug. I will put on ebay but if anyone is interested please ring Martin 07590723076 . Good bits... he has rebuilt it and its one of the first . Bad bits ... its painted red and has home made bumpers
Sept 2, 2018 9:22:46 GMT
Little-John: I watched Mike and Eddd. restore a Bond Bug on "Wheeler Dealers." At the Woburn 40th birthday party there were two very professional looking 4 wheel Bond Bugs (one yellow, one green.) Were they factory versions? How were they done? By whom?
Dec 1, 2018 22:10:14 GMT
davidhtomlin: hoping to buy a bug, advice appreciated.
Dec 10, 2018 13:28:14 GMT
andrea: HI Guys! trust everybody enjoyed the holiday season! Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help? Please let me know. Thanks
Jan 6, 2019 22:58:49 GMT
andrea: Hi Guys! anybody there?
Jan 7, 2019 21:39:15 GMT
andrea: Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help?
Jan 7, 2019 21:44:41 GMT
mybug: Anyone know the whereabouts of PTO 365M? It was mine back in the early 80s and some pix have surfaced here (apparently from ebay around 5 years ago) so is it still around?
Jan 14, 2019 13:58:31 GMT
karl: Andrea, just seen your post. if you're still looking try putting it in the for sale wants thread.
Jan 14, 2019 19:58:09 GMT
mybug: Searched and spooled through every image/video/old ad I can find on the internet, I'm thinking that PTO 365M is not around any more. May be resting in a shed, but given the small and tight-knit Bug community, I'd have thought that someone would know it.
Jan 16, 2019 14:19:51 GMT
Biggles: I think David and Jim Williams are doing the Hinges ....
Jan 27, 2019 9:41:59 GMT
Dave Powell: David did me some great hinges.
Feb 11, 2019 21:52:09 GMT
mikebentley: how does this shout box work?
Feb 16, 2019 13:40:51 GMT
nigel1962: Hi mark ,did you get my reply
Feb 18, 2019 20:44:05 GMT
crabo: Does anyone have the registration plate numbers or the chassis numbers for the Rothmans Bugs (six of). I friend of mine has just purchased a white Bug (700E) in need of restoration, reg URC 42L, chassis no BR62313, eng no 9816.
Mar 27, 2019 19:41:42 GMT
jefferdp: All, does anyone know the size of the headlights on the bug, Some say there 7/6" but that seems a little large to me. Also where can you get replacments now?
Apr 4, 2019 16:54:48 GMT