Classic Car Batteries

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Classic Car Batteries

6 VOLT Classic Car Batteries for your vintage car

Of course, I always try to keep up to date with my blog ! so, updating and re-writing is common practice for me. naturally this post is no exception and perhaps this is a good thing. Because new legislation about battery acid is making life a bit more difficult. In brief, these batteries are what we call “dry charged”. meaning that the battery is emptied of the acid and sent to the customer in a dry state plus an acid pack.

Fundamentally, the law now forbids us to send out any form of acid packs. So, we now have to take each sale as they come ! meaning that we deliver them in a fully charged state in our own transport. Consequently, we can only do this when we have a few more deliveries in the same area. Hence it probably, will not be a next day delivery. All in all, we have not found a way round this problem as screw top batteries are difficult to seal with a vacuum.

if there is ant machine out there that could seal and vacuum a battery then please let me know !

The dream of owning a classic car

So, owning a classic or antique car is a dream shared by some men and women. Cruising down the high street on a lovely sunny day in an old or vintage car not only turns heads but it makes you feel great knowing that you’ve invested in something that will hold its value.Classic Car Batteries

Cars like this Rolls-Royce Wraith are fitted with Classic Car Batteries 6 volt batteries, some are converted to 12 Volt Battery systems but in general the vintage car owners prefer to keep the cars the way they were originally.
Of course, many car enthusiasts decide to restore their antique car that they’ve purchased. Generally speaking, many go to specialists. of course who will restore the car for them at a price. Significantly, such a company in the Halifax area of Yorkshire, UK, is Horsfields of Halifax.

Customers, know that even though it involves many hours of time and hard work. So, the end result is well worth the effort, and like the car in this image, an “eye catcher” is born.

Where do we get the parts ?

Firstly, things to do if you are planning to  restore an classic car, Especially if its a weekend job ! is to find out where you’ll go to find parts required. Of course, most people do know where they will get the parts. But to start a restoration job it may be best practice to have some information. In effect, about where to get parts from.

Most enthusiasts will probably have visited many of the vintage car shows. Of course, that are staged throughout the year. Vintage car parts can be difficult to find. Generally you would not be able to walk into your local spare parts supply store and buy the part.

Instead you will have to do a bit of research. Finding out where the antique car parts you need can be purchased. Of course, this can be done by buying specialist magazines. Significantly though the latest trend for buying car parts is on the internet. Including buying your tyres and your batteriesClassic Car Batteries . 

 

The first place to look these days to research vintage car parts is on the internet

Although specialist magazines are still popular in the UK. Specifically, giving you web-site addresses where you can find the parts that you re requiring. Just go to a search engine and type in “vintage car parts” followed by which ever town you live in. Subsequently, by typing up your battery part number. Of course, you can also do the same if you are looking for Classic Car Batteries for your new project.

With amazing accuracy, many different results will come up. Giving you a local source for your parts. Consequently, there are several web sites that work with their customers to find the old car parts they need for renovation . Simply request a part and the company will locate the required parts for you. Just the same as if you want a modern day car part (nothing new) .

There are also companies who only specialize in vintage car parts.

They collect a vast collection of varied vintage parts. Looking like a breakers yard. So, and offering them to their customers through their website or store front.

Of course, there may be additional charges for shipping. But if you’ve been having trouble locating a specific part. Hence, this can be the best way of buying what you want. This also applies to Classic Car Batteries. Many battery companies now sell 6 volt Classic Car Batteries along side all the other modern day car batteries.

Classic Car Batteries

Typical smaller type scrap yard

Sometimes you can find a treasure in an unexpected place. Auto wreckers (scrap or breakers yards) often have some antique vintage cars in their yards. These are cars that were not restored and they reached a bad condition . Fortunately, they are now being used strictly for parts. Surprisingly, it is wonderful what different parts that you can pick up from one of these yards.
More modern auto salvage companies keep a very good computer record of their stocks. Covering all the car models that are on their site. So making it relatively simple to call them and inquire about the part. Naturally, citing the type of classic or antique car that you have. Of course not forgetting that you will probably need the log book and chassis number. Particularly, of your soon to be restored car. Expressly, this helps the breakers find you the correct part and wastes you less time.

6 volt Classic Car Batteries need to be new  

 Before you venture out to a scrap yard them remember ! Some of the large scrap car yards do not allow you to just wonder around. Smaller auto wreckers prefer their customers to actually visit their location. So, to look over the vehicles themselves. Of course, it will be a good idea to take along some tools. Remember only buy new vintage tyres and Classic 096 Car Batteries, so that you can be sure of the condition. So, many owners of second hand cars suffer from flats batteries in the first three months of ownership.

When buying your battery online. In my opinion stick to some golden rules. So, really cheap batteries may not have the amps that they are supposed to have. To avoid this then I recommend that you buy a reputable make of battery. Of course, I do recommend the makes that we sell. But they are all tried and tested. Brands suck as ApolloPower, Bosch, Varta, Lucas and Banner batteries are all tried and tested. Thanks !

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer-When a rapid tyre de-flation happens on your car

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer-So what do runflat tyres actually do ?

In general, many of my customers complain. Especially, when they have to buy their first replacement runflat tyres. Customers, simply do not understand how these tyres have evolved during the past 10 years of car design. Consequently,its all linked with green house gasses and your cars emissions.

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer and also help to reduce the overall weight of your car. Of course, this is done by not having a spare wheel, jack or wheel brace. So, which reduces the overall weight of the car thus making your car more fuel efficient.

No spare wheel reduces weight

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;How run flat tyres work

Also the fact that you do not have a spare wheel gives you more space in the boot and as stated a lighter load. The runflat tyres are also made from less materials than the conventional tyres. Which also makes them more environmentally friendly.

As far as tyre performance is concerned the BMW Run Flat Tyres are just the same as the conventional tyres. Providing all the benefits of the modern performance tyres. Predominantly, the main difference is that when your car has a puncture while you are out driving.

Then the runflat tyre will not deflate giving your car normal handling and cornering. Therefore reducing the risk of an accident with other road users. So, in other words Runflat Tyres Are-Safer . This is especially important say if you were in the fast lane of the motorway when the puncture occurred. Your normal tyre would instantly deflate making your car very unstable and possibly causing a bad accident, in fact figures show that tyres cause a large percentage of motor related accidents, and the runflat tyres are a big improvement on the accident figures, enabling the driver to keep a straight line when a puncture occurs in one of the runflats. .

These new runflat tyres systems were originally created to keep drivers safe

Because punctures and blow-outs can be dangerous.Accounting  for a large majority of fatal accidents on the road. Apart from safety, a flat tyre can be a real inconvenience. Adding time and cost and sometimes embarrassment to your journey. Changing a tyre is fairly straightforward. But it often occurs at the most inopportune moment. Frighteningly, getting stuck on the side of a motorway.Especially, in the pouring rain with noisy kids in the back seat is really no fun at all! And trying to change a tyre on the hard shoulder can be dangerous in itself, or even impossible if you are disabled or elderly, in fact many drivers have to call out the rescue services to change the wheel for them,

But the drivers with runflat tyres and tpms systems do not have to put up with this

Of course, once the tyre warning light comes on in the cab, they can safely tootle home or carry on with their journey,(all be it at 50 mph, which is the recommended speed once you have a flat on your runflat tyres).

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;Any vehicle fitted with runflat tyres

should also include a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) this will show you whether you tyre pressure has been lost, this is because without this the loss of pressure in your tyres will not be noticed

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;Tyres construction

Of course, Runflat tyres are meant to maintain there speed, handling and smoothness of driving. Particularly, when a puncture occurs. Indeed, even when driving on a motorway. A TPMS is essential to alert the driver to a loss in tyre pressure. To be sure it will indeed becoming part of the MOT test in the near future. Your TPMS works from either a sensor in your wheel , which is usually a special valve or from the cars ABS braking system.

Almost all of the Worlds leading tyre companies Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres make runflat tyres including Continental and Goodyear, cheap tyres can be bought online, but I recommend that you stick to the make that you have on the car at the moment or as a good cheaper alternative we recommend General and Apollo tyres.

Since first writing this post, the the runflat tyre has increased in the popularity of the car manufacturers.

However the public still begrudge paying for them. Consequently, these tyres are now fitted as original equipment to smaller car models. So, the problem start when the cars become second hand and start to need new tyres.

Fortunately,  runflat tyres are now available in “budget tyre” brands. One of the most popular tyre sizes is 205/55R16. Of course this is also a runflat tyre size as well as a conventional radial tyre size. Significantly, this size is available in several brands. Including, the 205/55R16 WINMAX EURUS63 91V RFT at £67 fitted. Chinese tyre manufacturer Jinyu also make the Jinyu YU63 economy runflat tyre range.

So these advancements have helped with the motoring expenses of the not so well off drivers with smaller cars.

There is no doubt now in my mind. hence that these runflat tyres are indeed a great safety feature. Especially when driving on our extremely congested motorway system. Only the other week a poor motorist had a tyre blowout on the M6 motorway. I know because I was caught up in the massive tailback.

Subsequently, it was a lady driver with a very flat tyre caught in the fast lane with a tyre blowout. She looked terrified as the traffic began to back up and during the vehicles recovery. So, I just could not help thinking that if she had runflat tyres fitted then she would have been able to limp the car off the motorway and home. Albeit at 50 MPH. Expressly, these tyres do save lives and get drivers home safely.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Bridgestone Prize Winner-Automotive Blog Grandmother wins surprise £20,000 BMW with Bridgestone – Automotive Blog

Bridgestone Prize Winner

Bridgestone Prize Winner

Grandmother wins surprise £20,000 BMW with Bridgestone – Automotive Blog

Bridgestone Prize Winner

It is very refreshing to be able to see an actual prize winner. Therefore, how many times do we see these competitions.As a result, and never see who is the actual winner. This reminds me about a few years ago. My wife Michelle, was an avid competition fanatic. Michelle would enter all the competitions available.Especially, on our local radio stations.

Thus, it would drive me crazy when she thought that she had a chance of winning and she thought that she knew the answer to a said competition. One of the competitions was to win a brand new Toyota Yaris GT. She spent hours and hours checking on all the clues that were released on a daily basis. As expected, Michelle thought that she had formulated the answers. The winner would be asked a type of riddle that was formulated from all the different clues.

All the winner had to do, was to be the lucky 100th caller on that day. Of course the odds against being the 100th caller must have been tremendous? On that particular week, the guest presenter was Tony Blackburn. When Tony gave the go ahead for the 100th caller then Michelle went mad trying to get through. On that day she did get through and was the 100th caller. She gave Tony Blackburn the correct answer and was the owner of a brand new Toyota Yaris GT.

Source: Automotive Blog Grandmother wins surprise £20,000 BMW with Bridgestone – Automotive Blog

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres-impacting way dealers do business-The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres

This article comes out of the USA. As a result, reflects the growth in internet tyre sales across the globe.Hence, including tyre retailers here in the UK. As a tyre dealer of over forty years. So I have seen many changes. Including, the beginnings of the internet revolution.Therefore, I decided at an early date to embrace the internet, by having an online presence.

At first, it was just to show local people, what we did as a local garage. Of course, this was twenty years ago now. Things have moved on at pace and we now offer a full priced tyre website, where our customers can buy tyres online. Naturally we can now compete with the large national companies. Because of our alliance with Micheldever Tyre wholesalers.

Thus, our Pellon Tyres website can keep up with all the other internet prices and compete.Accordingly, our sales online have increased. Because, our customers can buy their tyres from the local company that they have always dealt with. The other revolution that has come from the internet.So is the increase in social media.We always try our best and give the best prices to our customers.

This has now escalated through social media, mainly Facebook and Twitter. I can honestly say that the future is bright as long as we keep up with the big boys.I do believe that this is possible as long as you the garage owner give the best service to your customers and remember that bad news travels as fast as good news.

Source: Online sales impacting way dealers do business – Tire Business – The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

coronavirus protection

Pellon Tyres and Coronavirus

Pellon Tyres and Coronavirus

Pellon Tyres and Coronavirus

Pellon Tyres and Coronavirus

So as many people now know, we here at Pellon Tyres are on the list of essential services. Of course, to remain open during this crisis. Extremely important that any of our valuable customers must please adhere to our strict policy. Consequently, outlined below which we have been advised by health and safety COVID-19.

Firstly, stay in your car while job is being done if at all possible

Our aim is to keep our customers and employees safe at Pellon Tyres. So, to do so we have introduced a procedure for all our customers to follow. We have limited spaced seating in our reception! So if there is no room you must stay in your car. While your tyres are being changed or punctures repaired. You can then call reception and pay with your card over the phone.

We have also marked the reception floor for “Social Distancing” so please keep to these distances for all our safety.

If required we can email you your invoice. So no need to get out of your car. Importantly, we feel this is an excellent procedure to keep our customers and staff safe. All you need to do is call us to organise this on 01422351314.

Message to out tyre and battery delivery drivers

No customers or delivery drivers are allowed to enter the premises. Of course they should keep to the 6 foot spacing rules. Including all our own staff who must keep at least 6 feet apart and  away from each other at all times.

At Pellon Tyres our focus is on the health and safety of our customers and employees. For all our safety, our depot is cleaned and sanitised daily and we have implemented additional safety practices to minimise health risks when visiting Pellon Tyres. Including wiping such things as all worktops and in the car the steering wheel. hand brakes, door handles and gear sticks.

We must fight this together!

Of course, with the ongoing Corona virus developments. So, we will continue to evaluate our policies and procedures. Stringently adjusting them as needed. Of course, in order to ensure the safety of all those who do business with us.

Thanks Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres-Tyre History-Early days gave a hard Ride when fitted with wrong suspension?

New Radial Tyres

America was slow to take to New Radial Tyres

Of course in the early days of tyre development. So, the American tyre market was much slower to use the option of radials. Especially, on the new cars that they were then producing. Predominantly, the rest of the world including Europe and the UK were starting to use New Radial Tyres in much larger numbers.

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; The Michelin X was the first steel belted radial tyre in the World and gave double the mileage, although the grip in wet weather was nothing to write home about.

Especially in France and Germany with Peugeot and Citroen leading the way. Of course, fitting Michelin tyres on most of their early Diane models.

However, things were very different across the pond in the USA. Indeed, they tended to go for the Bias-belted tyres, which complimented the type of suspensions. Consequently, that were used on most American cars. One of the problems they had with the New Radial Tyres was that the precise handling. Hence, showed up hidden weaknesses in the American cars.

Ford became the front runners in correcting the problems. Introducing “radial tuned” suspension on the new Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Modification enabled Ford to offer radials  as an optional extra. Indeed, this started in 1967 a couple of years after I started my career in tyres here in the UK.

At first, the offers of radials were not taken up very well. Of course, by the public and one of the reasons was supply problems. Other major car makers followed fords footsteps. Though subsequently, they were supplying sub-standard radials. Therefore, suffering quality problems. Because radials were in their infancy in the United States.

Many of the manufacturers had to replace these sub-standard tyres

Firstly by importing Michelin tyres. Michelin had tyres that were tried and tested without any quality problems. Accordingly, one of the biggest players in tyre supplies in America was the department store, Sears. Sears controlled about 25% of the American tyre replacement market in those days. Later,that settled down to about 10%.Because their competitors had all  started to sell New Radial Tyres. This ate into Sears tyre numbers. Sears had done a deal with the tyre makers Armstrong Rubber company which supplied Sears with their Bias belted products, but things certainly picked up when they started to introduce radial tyres, making them one of the top tyre retailers in the States.

Ford used the first radial tyres in America

In 1968 top Ford officials had a meeting with the Michelin company. Offering to fit their radials to the new Lincoln Continental as original equipment. Michelin would be the exclusive supplier of tyres for this new model. In general, the American public knew that radials  lasted far longer than the Bias belted tyres that the were used to driving on, sometimes up to four times longer. It is widely reported that Ford paid $19.50 for the first Michelin, only $5 more per tyre than for bias belted, this was indeed a great deal for Ford and the first American cars rolled off the production lines on cheap Michelin Tyres UK.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

apollopower battery

VW Polo Batteries Online-A great way to buy a cut price battery

VW Polo Batteries Online

Buy VW Polo Batteries Online;VW batteries one of the most popular selling on line

Buy VW Polo Batteries Online

VW Polo V (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course, the world of car battery marketing has changed drastically. Especially, in the last six or seven years. Gone are the brands of battery that we were all once household names! So, brands are now purely set behind national borders and more localised. Instead, batteries are now been produced that were at one time one label. But are actually built by another manufacturer. A good example of this is the Varta and Bosch labels. These batteries are exactly the same products. Of course have their own marketing labels. Globalism is here and the battery makers have openly embraced these changes.

So most Car batteries are now made by the giant battery companies of the World.

Consequently, and just given brand names. For example Varta batteries are now marketed by a Manchester company here in the UK. However they are mainly made by Brookfield Business Partners LP and its institutional partners.

Importantly the Varta label and the Bosch label are just brand names. Subsequently, owned by a large company who do not manufacture the product. This is not to say the batteries are inferior indeed in my opinion the opposite applies and the batteries are of excellent quality.
Volkswagen’s cars such as the Polo are one of the makes of car that come out with a normal battery, usually calcium/calcium maintenance free.

The thing nowadays is that when the battery need replacing you will be probably be buying the same battery but with a different name. The German made cars tend to come out on a battery that is made by the big companies, but with names like Bosch or Varta.

 Cars like the Volkswagen do not need special batteries                     

Naturally, the VW Polo only require a standard battery that you can buy at a cheap price online. For example Varta or Bosch blue top range will be more than capable of starting and handling the electronics of a VW Polo.

Many of these batteries are offered on sale from the internet. Excellent quality ensures that these batteries are good enough for the VW Polo . Indeed including all the rest of the  VW range of cars. You could find that your VW dealer may tell you that their cars require a special battery. Not true! In my opinion this is not necessary.

VW Polo Batteries Online

You can buy a battery of just as good a quality at one of the better online stores at a much cheaper price. A decent quality battery for a Polo part number 063 should be in-between £40 and £60 delivered online.

 

About Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 odd years.

Nokian Winter Tyres-launches new flagship tyres – European Rubber Journal » European Rubber Journal

Nokian Winter Tyres

nokian winter tyres

Nokian Winter Tyres

This article is about a new range of Nokian tyres. Therefore, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 will be available for regular passenger cars. Especially, designed for passenger cars. As a result, Nokian Hakkapeliitta 9 will also be available to fit the SUV for sports utility vehicles. Nokian winter tyres are no doubt amongst the best in the world.

Eric Roberts

Source: Nokian launches new flagship tires – European Rubber Journal » European Rubber Journal

Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes-A Brief Explanation about what they do and what they are?

Car Disk Brakes

Whatever car you drive you are likely to have Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake fluid on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

Whatever car you drive a perhaps it is a small, medium,or a large 4×4 car even a motorbike or a pick up truck, you will probably have Car Disk Brakes fitted as standard on your vehicle.

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Of course, Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Brakes. Importantly, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes. Firstly, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) . Secondly, the disks, the part of the brakes that are the most commonly used on today’s modern cars. Disc brakes are far better and much more efficient than drum brakes. Because of their more modern design and more powerful stopping ability. Disc brakes are a success story . Developed, from the world of motor racing. So and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Disk Brakes consist of two pads. Made from a non-asbestos material. Consequently, that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. So, when you press the brake pedal inside the car. Significantly, the pressure is transferred from the pedal to the discs thus stopping the car.You control the braking power. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads come together on the disk, forcing it to stop turning which will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.

How To Keep your Disk Brakes in top condition.

Whatever type of type of vehicle you may drive, you will probably need to consider having your brakes serviced and brakes maintenance or replacement of your brake parts , at some point along the way. It is important to have the thickness of your brake pads checked by a competent person preferably a qualified mechanic . If your pads are thin or even down to the bare metal, they can cause damage to your disc brakes which will increase your bill due to disc damage due to” metal on metal”.

Also check your brake fluid

Replacing the brake pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easy on your own. However, it is worth noting that the brake discs and pads are becoming much more sophisticated on the cars of today. So Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure. Once again it may be wise to let your local brake centre to do your brakes professionally.

What are the signs of brake disc damage ?

There are many ways your break disks will warn you of impending damage. The first experience that our customers have is a complaint of a “grinding” sound. This is usually the “metal on Metal” that I described earlier. The disks can also warp, scar or crack. Of course, due to heat that is caused by heavy excessive braking. Once again these signs are picked up in routine brake servicing.

Are there different disc brake designs?

The answer to this is “YES”, these days, the designs of the cars Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel. Others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate. So keeping the discs cooler. Once again a development from racing car design. These drilled out steel discs help prolong the life of the Car Disk Brakes.  Because they reduce built-up heat. Preventing the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless!  Each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for over 40 years.

 

 

Workshops encouraged to “keep calm and carry on” – Garagewire

As workshops have a vital role to ensure the country keeps moving during this challenging period, they are one of the few businesses officially allowed to stay open amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. To show its

Source: Workshops encouraged to “keep calm and carry on” – Garagewire