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Post by Clueless1 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:05 pm

I’ve started to refurbish the master cylinder and have come across a problem straight away! The two screws holding the reservoir on are totally knackered, rusted solid. I’ve managed to get them out but now I need two more. Does anyone know where I can buy them? Also where can I buy a kit to recon the master cylinder?
Cheers, Nigel.


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Post by myredscimitar » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:35 pm

I bought a seal kit to rebuild my master last week from QRG. Cost a fairly eye watering £48 ( + VAT I think )

However I just logged on to post a question and found your post, my question could be relevant.

I believe the SS1 master is from the Austin Princess???? Would be good if someone could confirm this because a trawl of E Bay came up with:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Austin-Princ ... :rk:2:pf:0

and

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUSTIN-PRINC ... :rk:6:pf:0

These both look very like the Kit QRG supplied ( complete with a lot of seals that don't seem to exist on my m/c ) but at a fraction of the cost.

I always try to support the traders ( usually QRG in my case ), but the price difference here is a lot!!

Don't know how well my rebuild is, I've done the m/c but until I get my calipers back from Biggred I can't finish the brake refurb and test them.

If we are sure the SS1 m/c is ex Princess I think I'll have a set of the e Bay seals for my spares stash.

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Post by myredscimitar » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:38 pm

Clueless1 wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:05 pm
The two screws holding the reservoir on are totally knackered, rusted solid. I’ve managed to get them out but now I need two more.Cheers, Nigel.
I found these little b.....s were the hardest part of the job, I managed to get mine out in a reusable condition but it took a lot of time and was touch and go. No idea where you might find replacements, sorry.

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Post by Clueless1 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:08 am

I tried all of the usual BL people, no one stocks them so I phoned QRG. He is going to try to take 2 out of a used master cylinder for me.....at a price of £15 plus vat! I need these but I won’t be using QRG again!
I’ve bought a master cylinder seal kit from eBay for £7. I’ll let you know what it’s like when it comes. It’s a genuine AP Lockheed set so it should be ok. The kit is for an Austin Ambassador.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:24 am

Don't forget QRG are not only charging for the used parts , but also time taken etc


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Post by chrisgallacher » Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:30 am

Clueless1 wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:08 am
I tried all of the usual BL people, no one stocks them so I phoned QRG. He is going to try to take 2 out of a used master cylinder for me.....at a price of £15 plus vat! I need these but I won’t be using QRG again!
I’ve bought a master cylinder seal kit from eBay for £7. I’ll let you know what it’s like when it comes. It’s a genuine AP Lockheed set so it should be ok. The kit is for an Austin Ambassador.
Hmm... you ask QRG to supply something they wouldn't normally supply, which they do to keep a customer happy. This involves them digging out a used item, then partially dismantling it to get at the desired items. Which might take say 20mins, presumably leaving them with an incomplete 2nd hand item on the shelf. I'd have thought £15 wasn't excessive in the circumstance.

And then you post here that you won't use them again. Seems unfair to me.


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Post by myredscimitar » Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:55 pm

Have to agree with the others, £15 for a pair of special, hard to find, screws isn't unreasonable.

Picked up my calipers from Biggred in Worcester this morning, they look rather better than when I dropped them off last week. Now fitted and system bled, on the basis of a short test drive I think that's the job done, pedal feels nice and firm, pulls up well and straight.

I would be interested to know if the E Bay Ambassador / Princess seals fit, a substantial saving if I ever need to redo a master cylinder. Hopefully not though, I've done both my SS1s in the last 18 months so they should be good for a long time yet.
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Post by AllingtonGT » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:39 pm

chrisgallacher wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:30 am
Clueless1 wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:08 am
I tried all of the usual BL people, no one stocks them so I phoned QRG. He is going to try to take 2 out of a used master cylinder for me.....at a price of £15 plus vat! I need these but I won’t be using QRG again!
I’ve bought a master cylinder seal kit from eBay for £7. I’ll let you know what it’s like when it comes. It’s a genuine AP Lockheed set so it should be ok. The kit is for an Austin Ambassador.
Hmm... you ask QRG to supply something they wouldn't normally supply, which they do to keep a customer happy. This involves them digging out a used item, then partially dismantling it to get at the desired items. Which might take say 20mins, presumably leaving them with an incomplete 2nd hand item on the shelf. I'd have thought £15 wasn't excessive in the circumstance.

And then you post here that you won't use them again. Seems unfair to me.
Countersunk screws with the correct thread are available elsewhere for not much. I've replaced several SS1 reservoirs and had no problem replacing them. I'm sure Nigel knows.....



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Post by Clueless1 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:30 pm

I understand that the parts are hard to come by, their time and hourly rate etc but £10.50 each is a bit steep
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I wouldn’t have minded but they are in the same state as the ones that I removed.


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Post by Dcrosby13 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:37 pm

That's terrible


I break stuff...... :w

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