Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 -Classic Jaguar was used on many early TV Police type films.

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4-early sixties MKII series 2 Jaguar

 Post Updated 26th Dec 2013/22nd March 2016

Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 waiting for the MOT Test.

 This beautiful Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4. Hence, takes me back to an old manager of mine. Back in my days as a tyre salesman. I noticed it waiting for a MOT test.For this reason, thought I would try to find something interesting. Hence, about these wonderful cars.

This car is a classic early 1960,s MKII silver Jaguar. The best I could come up was with the TV Inspector Morse. If you can remember. Inspector Morse had a superb Burgundy coloured Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4. Ours is a silver one.

This car was introduced in October 1959. When I was just 11 years old. It was known as “a compact four-door saloon”.Accordingly, was sold brand new for £1,534. It was the car that typified the Jaguar look. Hence, a real stunner. There were around 25,000 made. For this reason, and the 2.4 was fitted with a 2483 cc giving 120 brake horsepower. With a top speed of just under 100 mph. This car was also seen in many police films. Usually in black with the London police force. The car would do about 0 to 60 in 17 seconds.

The car that turned up for the MOT test was in great condition

 For its age and passed with flying colours. I would like to thank the owner for letting me use the image.Thus, for this blog and if you like this model of Jaguar please log onto the link below for more information. This car is one of many old and classic cars. That we MOT and service here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire. It is here of  course that the Tour de France cycle race. So, will be starting out in early July.As a result is expected to be watched by Millions of TV viewers.Thus, all over the World. There is no doubt that classic cars. Hence, like this Vintage Jaguar Mk2 2-4 will be around for many years to come. lastly, and will be tested on the List of New MOT Rules.

 Eric Roberts

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye -Michelin-Dunlop and Goodyear were the Market Leaders in the 1960’s

 Post Updated 22nd Dec 2013/22nd march 2016

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-My car tyres beginnings

 Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-My very first job in the auto trade was as an apprentice mechanic in a small Yorkshire garage. I only spent four years there and after having an argument with my boss we decided to part companies. The best thing to come out of my old job was the fact that I became interested in tyres. Very strange you may think but that’s the truth. I had to repair all the punctures  and fit new ones using a tyre lever, a very difficult thing to do, until I got the knack of it.

Most punctures in those days were to tyre inner tubes. Most  in those days were fitted with tubes and were used right up to the tyre becoming completely bald and beyond. There were no laws in my early days this would come later on in my career.

I was now at home under my mother’s feet looking for, a new job. To my surprise, a vacancy for a  fitter appeared in the local paper. My mother rushed me off to the Briggs Auto-centre centre, within minutes of the advertisement appearing. The then manager a guy called Brian interviewed me and was very impressed that I could take off car wheels and fit and repair them by hand using tyre levers.

I received a polite letter saying that I had got the job. My mother was more pleased than me, because I would be no longer under her feet and she would have my weekly board money coming in again. I started work the week after and soon got settled into the job. I truly loved my new job and settled into my new role as a fitter.

This was to be the begging of my lifetime love for the  industry and was to set me up to run my own business in years to come.

The company was called The Tyre House , a local company soon to be bought out by the ever-expanding Dunlop retail outlet called Brigg’ s. Briggs were a group of  companies and were soon to merge with another group called Marshams , this was later to become National  a wholly owned company of Dunlop .

In those days, the major manufacturers were hell bent on buying out any  distributor to consolidate their share of the market. This was due to the ever increasing market

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-Vintage Avon tyres from the 1960’s often seen on upmarket cars such as Rolls Royce and Bentley s

place as cars were becoming affordable to more and more people as jobs became more plentiful. Therefore, more people needed tyres,

 Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-The first car tyres law came out

 and I was promoted to office manager for my enthusiasm and it was beginning to get easier promotions in a large company such as Dunlop made at the famous Fort Dunlop tyre factory in Birmingham UK. I eventually left National Tyres and moved to Goodyear owned company in Leeds to try my hand with giant earth mover tyres, but will never forget the friends I met some of whom were friends for life and my first job in the tyre industry.

 

 

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and we can offer Next Day Delivery Car Tyres and we have been in the battery industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national
tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in
the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about
anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye

Car Tyres Days Gone Bye-sort of cars from the 60s

Tyre Blowout Accident

Tyre Blowout Accident-What happens when a tyre blows out-Accident Street Compilation 2016

Tyre Blowout Accident

Tyre Blowout Accident

We all talk the talk when it comes to tyre safety. Of course, I know that I do go on and on about the problem, but hey? someone has to. Therefore, I have a relentless request to inform drivers about the dangers of part-worn tyres. Unfortunately, one of our stumbling blocks is the fact that most of these part-worn tyres are sold in back street tyre shops. Hence, these tyre are sold to unsuspecting motorists. Thus, who just think that they are getting a bargain.

In fact, it is just the opposite? Because it has been proven time and time again that buying these tyres at so called bargain prices of £10 to £20, is total false economy. Like many tyre business owners, I am amazed at the way that these part-worn businesses have been allowed to escalate. They make a complete mockery of the law that governs tyre safety. What drivers do not understand is that they buying hidden death traps.

People think that we are always complaining about the part worn problem, so that we can make more money ourselves? Of course that could be true in some cases. However the majority of decent guys that own legitimate tyre businesses, are totally against this illegal trade. This video gives the motorist, some idea of what can happen when a tyre blows out.

Tyre Blowout Accident in France

I had a first class experience of a tyre blowout  recently in France. Driving on the A26, and heading south. I was two cars behind a truck and trailer. The next thing I knew was a large explosion and much smoke. The truck swerved and hit the central crash barrier, before correcting itself and pulling over onto the hard shoulder. As expected, my heart was pounding as I could have been overtaking the truck a few minutes later. Perhaps, drivers give more thought.About what could happen if an illegal part worn tyre explodes?.

Eric Roberts

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=part+worn+tyres

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Whats Rubber- Without rubber latex there would be no tyres?

Whats Rubber

Whats Rubber-Rubber tyres but what is it?

Rubber is one of those everyday things that we take for granted. We all use things made of rubber in our daily lives. In my case, I see large things made of rubber, namely tyres. Most of the Worlds rubber is manufactured from a white runny substance that is extracted from trees in huge rubber plantations that are grown in the tropical regions of the World. The white substance is called Latex and is obtained from the small trees from slits in the bark that allow the latex to run into collecting cups. These cups are then poured into bigger vessels and collected. The collection of the latex is very labour intensive and requires thousands of people to work in the vast forest plantations that stretch for mile after mile covering many acres.

This simple process marks the beginning of making tyres and all other Natural Rubber products. The latex has to move to storage factory facilities very quickly as it soon sets to a solid from its runny liquid form when it is extracted from the trees. The rubber is then split up to be used in separate products.

When the latex is in the process, of being moved. Such as during transportation. An amount of Ammonia is added which stops the latex from setting, before arriving at the factory for processing. When the rubber reaches the plant, it is allowed to set into sheets and is cut to size for shipping. It is often referred to as “Gum Rubber”.

Way, it is necessary to mix the gum rubber with other chemicals.

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These are usually sulphur and peroxide or bisphenol. This mixture improves the resistance. Preventing the dough from perishing. This process is known as Vulcanisation. Naturally,  was seen as pioneering work by Charles Goodyear back in 1839. He also used carbon black. Hence, to improve the strength of the rubber mix that is necessary for the manufacturing of rubber tyres. Making tyres is a very complicated process of mixing the right chemicals and always needing and heating the rubber mixture using huge machines and would require another article, but I still think it is amassing how a tyre starts out in a rubber plantation as a white liquid and ends up like a tyre.

Creating rubber in the tyre factory is carried out in several ways. Extrusion is one of the most common methods used this is when the rubber is heated and passed through large rollers to mould the rubber. The rubber is then heated and the forced at high pressure through a small hole this method can produce long strands of rubber. Another method of creating rubber is compression moulding. This is done under heat and pressure, however, this time the rubber is heated in a mould. The rubber is then left to cool in the mould, and the rubber creates a replica of the mould. The final way of which rubber can be moulded is a method of injection moulding. This is achieved by heating rubber again which is then injected into a mould and cooled to create the ultimate product tyres.

 Eric Roberts

 

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4×4 Tyres-Which are the right ones for you ? Consider the excellent General 4×4 Range

 Customers are still not sure which 4×4 tyres to choose

4x4 Tyres

4×4 Tyres; Mud terrain tyre on a Land Rover Defender. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article is a follow up from one that I did a few years ago. One of the problems that we have at Pellon tyres, comes from the owners of 4×4 vehicles who are not sure which or what tyres to fit to their vehicles.

In our area of Halifax in the Pennine foothills, we have several types of different terrains to cope with. Choosing the right tyre can be difficult.

Every tyre a manufacturer makes is designed with specific strengths in mind. How well it performs to these strengths depends on the construction methods, materials used and the technologies applied in the design and testing process. 4×4 tyres by definition introduce even more variables than these into the mixing pot. For our area we recommend a 50/50 or a 40/60 tread ratio between a normal type summer tyre and a rugged off road tyre. To make it a little easier to select the right one, a good place to start is to think about what you intend to use your 4×4 for. Many people used to say the Land rover as just a status car, where others such as farmers need Land-rovers for more practical uses, so a different tyre application is needed.

If you are intending to use your vehicle off road then you need to determine just how extreme the terrain is likely to be and how much time you are likely to spend on it. Farmers would be doing far more off road work and therefore would require a much heavier tread pattern on the tyres.

Off Road Grading Index for 4×4 tyres selection

To help our customers we use a very good visual guide called an (off road Grading Index) or ORGI for short, and then grade all the 4×4 tyres accordingly on our stock compute so that we can tell customers exactly which tyre is the best for them. The ORGI guide assigns every 4X4 Off Road tyres we feature with an off-road competency rating between 1 & 10. From here it is possible to disregard certain tyres as unsuitable and narrow the field of selection down. It works of an easy to understand scale from 1 to 10 depending on how tough you want your tyre to be, an excellent grading system. I hope this will be of help to all my customers who own 4×4 and SUV vehicles and want General 4×4 tyres.

4x4 tyres

ORGI chart

 About Eric Roberts

 

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national
tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in
the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about
anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters-A great video explaining tyres and How Its Made HD

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

Michelin Tyres World Beaters

As a tyre retailer in Halifax Yorkshire, UK I can tell you that Michelin are not the easiest tyre manufacture to deal with. Therefore, we sell Michelin products but through a third party wholesaler. Over the years I have tried to deal direct with Michelin. But I find that they are not flexible enough for a small tyre business like mine.

Of course, I think very highly of the Michelin tyre products. In my opinion, i think that they are the best tyre in the world. Of course, other tyres are starting to catch them up, but they are well in front at the moment. The text bellow accompanies the video and it is well worth watching.

How Its Made Michelin Tyre

Michelin is a well known tyre brand across the world that is located in Clermont-Ferrand region of France. The company started operation on 28th May, 1889 and two years later, it procured its first patent for the detachable pneumatic tyre. In the year 1900, the Michelin Red Guide was published and in 1911, the Michelin Sports Association was created. In 1916, it had built the first paved runway in the world. During 1920 to 1930, The company’s large rubber plantations were operated in Vietnam and it invented the ‘Micheline’ locomotive and pneumatic tyre for railway cars. In 1934, the tyre maker introduced the run flat tyre, which is also called as self-supporting tyre. This firm had filed a patent for the new radial tyre in 1946 and later adapted its radial technology to truck tyres

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Wheel Alignment Explained Video

Wheel Alignment Explained Video-The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment Explained Video

Wheel Alignment Explained Video

It is a proven fact that correct wheel alignment can help extend your tyres life. Regular, alignment checks helps you identify if your vehicle wheels are out of alignment. Therefore, it is not rocket science, to have your wheel alignment checked. Thus, at the same time as you have new tyres fitted. This video is a good example and explains what the alignment process includes.

Of course, many of our customers, do not know what the alignment procedure involves. Therefore this video, defines what common alignment is and adjusting the settings such as positive and negative camber and toe-in and toe-out.

The other complaint from our customers, involves their steering wheel. Accordingly, we may get a complaint, that their steering is pulling from left to right and visa-versa. This is often after we have fitted new tyre. Especially to the front of the vehicle.I must admit, that in busy periods, then we sometimes neglect to ask the customer to check their cars alignment.

With early snow fall. So this winter is especially busy with our customers buying winter tyres. I know that some will return with steering wheel problems. Time is always a problem in a very busy business. Unfortunately, we cant devote the time to every customer. As a result, we always advise the client to call us back if they have a problem and this has worked over the years.

We charge the driver £29.90 for a full front alignment. This is if the steering is not seized. Of course, this is a problem on the older cars. As a result, if the steering is too bad to adjust, we then re-quote for each individual job. As expected, we have to use heat equipment to release seized up parts and this costs extra money.I must stress though that most alignment jobs are straight forward and require no heating.

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Contact 5 CONTINENTAL TYRES-Sees the introduction of anew premium tyre.

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

End of March sees the launch of the Continental tyres Premium Contact 5contact 5,Continental tyres ready for Daytona races

The press from all the leading motoring journals met In  Barcelona for the launch of the New premium Contact 5 tyres.This new tyre is designed for all types of cars from small

Continental have and will always be one the Worlds front tyre companies, in tyre development the new Contisport 5 is no exception to this rule.

family saloons to the luxury end of the market.

Continental tyres are constantly improving their products, along with the other leading tyre manufacturers. This is to keep in step with the ever changing designs created by modern car makers, especially in Germany and Japan. The new premium Contact 5 is a few steps further on in development from the sports Contact 5. The new premium Contact 5 boasts much better braking distances in both wet and dry road conditions and has the same rolling resistance as the eco contact 5,making these tyres a whole lot better than there predecessors’.

The new tyres come with a few added benefits to add to better contact with the road during braking. They have what they call a 3D edge. The new design also includes a new type of shoulder zone, which reduces energy loss along the shoulder zone. All these extra features give the new tyres a lower fuel consumption, helping the motorist to reduce their fuel costs, it is expected that this could be as much as 12%, a good saving.

Continental tyres have also designed a more flexible side-wall to give increased comfort for the car drivers and with the addition of whisper bars the tyre is much quieter compared with the other tyres in Continentals extensive range.

Once again I must praise Continental for another wonderful tyre product, another step thanks keeps them in number one spot as the Worlds finest tyre maker. Please click the link a learn more on Continental tyres web site...www.continental-tyres.co.uk/passenger

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Subaru WRX-Audi A4 Winter Tyre Race

Subaru WRX-Audi A4 Winter Tyre Race-Follow the Leader!

Subaru WRX-Audi A4 Winter Tyre Race

Subaru WRX-Audi A4 Winter Tyre Race

As a result, a good video showing a couple of cars that were messing about and racing in the snow. Of course, these cars were fitted with winter tyres.

A couple buddies and myself decided to take advantage of all the snow we recently received, and tried to sacrifice our tires and gasoline to the Car Gods. Unfortunately I went out to test the lot earlier in the day, the sun came out afterwards, and we were left with a couple bare-asphalt patches, so the sliding wasn’t as exceptional as it could have been. Oh well, still plenty of fun!

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=winter+tyres

Performance Tyres-Should You Fit Performance Tyres to a Performance Car?

Performance Tyres

Stick to performance tyres

If you happen to own a performance car.So, or a sporty BMW or Mercedes. Therefore, and require new tyres. Then it is my opinion that you stick to the tyres that were supplied original equipment on your

performance tyres

Yokohama makes excellent performance tyres gained from their motorsport participation.

car. Some people try to cut corners by fitting “cheap tyres .” Hence,to this type of car. But these are built with higher speed ratings. Thus, than those for your more usual kinds of cars. They usually have a softer compound. For this reason, which enables them to grip better. Especially, when cornering in wet weather at high speeds. This better grip allows the drivers of performance cars.Consequently, to have more confidence when driving on slippery, greasy roads. Perhaps, after there has been a thunder storm.

Performance Tyres

The secret of selecting the correct ones in the first place is to try stick to the ones that you have on as original equipment. For example, if you have Pirelli p-zero fitted then stick to the same. You can find as much information as you like on the internet, by checking out the manufacturers information about the ones you have fitted to your car. This is important for if the tyre that you have on has been superseded by a new type. It will tell you if the new form is comparable to your old one and so safe to fit when mixed on the same car.

When you buy your new replacements, please make sure that the new ones have the correct speed rating. This is on the side-wall and is marked after the size and load rating for example 19565h15 88 H; the 88 is the load rating this tells you the weight that it can safely carry, and the”H” is the speed rating in this case above 130 mph. All the manufacturers are constantly upgrading their products to keep up with the ever-changing car makers quest for faster more economical cars, and the tyre companies must follow with better products. Top companies such as Michelin, Goodyear and Yokohama take part in racing events to test different compounds and designs for the average guy on the road.

When the car is third hand then buy mid range tyres

To sum up, in my opinion, I think that drivers of the faster cars should stick to the same ones that were in the car when they bought it. If the vehicle is third hand, then it should be all-right to fit mid-range tyres such as Yokohama tyres to save on costs but retain a good quality tyre.

 Eric Roberts

Performance Tyres

Yokohama Performance Tyres are rapidly catching up with the big boys, due to their involvement in F4 racing and other race events.