Driving was limited to local runs during the summer of 2010. The car was initially fairly easy to start from cold especially if the battery had been charged but needed to cool down once hot before it would restart.
Electrical investigation diagnosed a faulty alternator and a rewire was all that was needed to ensure an efficient charge which kept the battery healthy. This helped with the initial start from cold but once hot the start problem persisted.
Overall 2010 was a good year having passed the MOT and being able to drive on the roads.
2011 trips became longer, up to 60 miles round trip, and up to to the legal maximum speed of 70mph.
We’ve just received another nice email message from a customer in the US complimenting us on our service!
‘Hi sales & shipping departments-
WOW! Things often don’t arrive this quickly from suppliers 100 miles away.
Couldn’t find Whitworth bolts anywhere in the US, in fact had not ever heard
of them until I needed two for the power feeder in our cabinet shop.
Thanks for the speedy service!’
We take great pride in providing excellent service to our customers, and always strive to improve. It’s great to be appreciated!
Thomas Smith Fasteners has recently experienced further export success by supplying imperial fasteners to China.
Manager Gary Stevens said: ‘We are pleased to receive orders from China & over the last few years we have exported to more than 40 countries worldwide. Recently we have found that we are getting more enquiries for British made products and with our manufacturing facilities on site we are able to supply to customer requirements with all the relevant certificates. This shows that overseas customers still have confidence in the high quality of British manufacture. The order we received from China was to replace all the old fasteners in a British made milling machine. The old bolts were BSW and BSF imperial threadforms which we could make within the specified delivery of 2 weeks’.
The company’s main sales base is in the Greater Manchester area. Thomas Smith Fasteners holds large stocks of metric & imperial fasteners, offering a 24-hour turnaround service with specials manufactured to order.
Silverstone Classic is the most important annual race meeting for classic race cars, and Thomas Smith Fasteners were in attendance.
This huge, three day event saw unprecedented crowds with a record attendance of 90,000, with 24 races and cars spanning 9 decades of motor sport history.
Several of motor sport’s most famous names and champions including Jackie Oliver, Andy Priaulx, Rob Huff, Tim Harvey and Gary and John Pearson all competed, and commentating legend Murray Walker was in attendance amongst the spectators and was interviewed. History was made when a new Silverstone Classic lap record of 1m 46.712 was set by Nic Minassian in the 1991 Jaguar XJR-14.
There were many attractions over a busy weekend, and a lot to take in! This long-nose Jaguar D Type that was driven to victory at Le Mans by Mike Hawthorn in 1955 was at the event.
There were also plenty of aerial activities. A pair of Spitfires performed a thrilling chase routine, as shown below:
Brooklands Museum were in attendance and demonstrated this fantastic WW1 Sopwith Camel.
The show was also a success for us at Thomas Smith Fasteners. Our representatives visited both the National and International pit and paddock areas, and great interest was shown by teams with British made classic cars in our extensive range of BSF, BSW, UNC and UNF bolts, nuts and washers. Our assorted packs of fasteners are always handy to have in the garage in addition to the specialised parts that we manufacture and supply.
A truly unmissable spectacle for anyone with an interest in classic cars, we are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Mixed kits of stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers have now been added in UNC, UNF and Metric threadforms. In addition to our stainless range, we also sell BSW, BSF, UNC, UNF and Metric mixed packs in standard high tensile carbon steel.
All of our kits are available in three pack sizes for your convenience – 105 pieces, 326 pieces and 540 pieces.
These packs are a convenient, great value way of keeping an assortment of metric and imperial bolts, nuts and fasteners to hand.
We are not just an online shop! We have been specialists in fastener supply since 1987 and our sister company is one of the oldest bolt manufacturers in the UK, dating back to the 1800s. We understand that sometimes its preferable to speak to someone about your purchase and we are equally happy to take orders over the telephone. If you’d prefer to speak to somebody, please call our sales staff on 01942 520260 and we’ll be happy to help.