Words From The President
We have had a bit of a gap in the Cam torque production with Vince away but he
has returned to Australia and if he did half the things he talked about before he left he
should be able to write a report a month for six months.
The FOCC is planning a new style of progressive dinner where the emphasis will be
on travelling together and meeting and eating together. There will be no observation run to take away the aura of a meet and eat together evening. That will happen on October the 19th.
Gloria Howe has sent cards on behalf of the FOCC to some members and their families. It was decided to have a generic FOCC card made up that could be used for sickness and other happenings and sent when necessary. Gloria was nominated as the FOCC Welfare Officer and given a budget for the cards and mailing costs. Stephen is to be advised of cards sent so that he can report them in “correspondence out.
The Rochdale GT has been sold. Did that surprise you? It certainly surprised me. Only one person needs to want a vehicle for the vehicle to be sold and I thought that with my Rochdale GT package finding that person would be hard. Eventually the vehicle sold itself as that one person found the Rochdale GT in an “out of date” Just Cars given away at a car show in the Blue Mountains.
The Rochdale GT was sold as a rolling body shell so I was left with the special Willment engine and Laycock gear box. The guy actually knew what a Rochdale GT was and flew in from Sydney, inspected the car, said he had some “issues” with it but it was just what he wanted so that he could go historic racing.
I am sure that with a friend repairing and making fibreglass surfboards and he running a big mechanical vehicle repair workshop he will be driving it before the end of the year.
My Anglia Tourer street rod project is progressing in an orderly manner as problems are solved along the way. A “mock up” Willment engine and a Celica alloy cased 5 speed have been fitted, a fancy tail shaft to torque tube drive joiner has been
made and the shortened torque tube drive rear axle has been fitted.
The floor from the seats back is mainly fixed. A Datsun based steering box, a pedal box and the driver’s side floor forward of the seats are currently being worked on.
The Willment engine has found a place to be but the 100E Laycock gear box is still for sale and waiting for a home. If that does not sell somewhere down the track I might find a nice two door 100E Anglia irresistible.
The first car I owned in my own right was such a car. I have enough special 100E parts to put another good 100E engine together but it will not be up to Willment standard.
All for now ...