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1954 Austin A30 Points
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simonA30



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:34 pm    Post subject: 1954 Austin A30 Points Reply with quote

Sounds stupid, but I am struggling to find a set of contact points for Josephine (Austin A30 1954). Of course, I can get them from Bull Motif, but needless to say at a rip off price. Any suggestions would be appreciated
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Kenham



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contact Martin Jay the "Distributor Doctor", very helpful man. Just google Distributor Doctor.
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simonA30



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenham wrote:
Contact Martin Jay the "Distributor Doctor", very helpful man. Just google Distributor Doctor.


Thanks, but the import duty to the UK would cost a fortune
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonA30 wrote:
Kenham wrote:
Contact Martin Jay the "Distributor Doctor", very helpful man. Just google Distributor Doctor.


Thanks, but the import duty to the UK would cost a fortune


Is he not already in the UK:

Address

Martin Jay
Distributor Doctor Ltd
Unit 8
Old Brewery Road
Wiveliscombe
TA4 2PW
Phone 01984 629 540
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Rick
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't they the same as on a Minor, or an A40? They must be one of the easiest sets to source I'd have thought. Ebay has a few.

RJ
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They can be found here
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simonA30



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
Aren't they the same as on a Minor, or an A40? They must be one of the easiest sets to source I'd have thought. Ebay has a few.

RJ


That was my first port of call. The only ones that fit are overpriced
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simonA30



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
They can be found here


I have dealt a few times with Bull Motif, and I hate the company. Apart from that, they want nearly 20 delivered, that's just crazy !!
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simonA30



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

D4B wrote:
simonA30 wrote:
Kenham wrote:
Contact Martin Jay the "Distributor Doctor", very helpful man. Just google Distributor Doctor.


Thanks, but the import duty to the UK would cost a fortune


Is he not already in the UK:

Address

Martin Jay
Distributor Doctor Ltd
Unit 8
Old Brewery Road
Wiveliscombe
TA4 2PW
Phone 01984 629 540


Thanks, been in contact, and they want 19.20. I think that is over priced
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The points from te DD will give years of reliable service. A cheap points set bought somewhere else can maybe give the same service, but you are never sure of that. You pay for the guaranteed quality or you can choose not to.
Compared to prices paid for modern car parts I do not think 20 pounds is expensive for a critical ignition part.
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

badhuis wrote:
The points from te DD will give years of reliable service. A cheap points set bought somewhere else can maybe give the same service, but you are never sure of that. You pay for the guaranteed quality or you can choose not to.
Compared to prices paid for modern car parts I do not think 20 pounds is expensive for a critical ignition part.
We have sold over a 100 sets of points this year, all sourced from Martin Jay and not had any issues, I use him to supply all our ignition parts as its so difficult to gauge quality on these sorts of components.

Dave


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simonA30



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

badhuis wrote:
The points from te DD will give years of reliable service. A cheap points set bought somewhere else can maybe give the same service, but you are never sure of that. You pay for the guaranteed quality or you can choose not to.
Compared to prices paid for modern car parts I do not think 20 pounds is expensive for a critical ignition part.


I understand what you are saying, but Josephine does no more than 200 miles a year
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ukdave2002



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonA30 wrote:
badhuis wrote:
The points from te DD will give years of reliable service. A cheap points set bought somewhere else can maybe give the same service, but you are never sure of that. You pay for the guaranteed quality or you can choose not to.
Compared to prices paid for modern car parts I do not think 20 pounds is expensive for a critical ignition part.


I understand what you are saying, but Josephine does no more than 200 miles a year

In which case you will never have to replace the points again!

Your comment reminded me of a story told regarding US Jeep's in WW11; apparently the life expectancy of a Jeep before it was destroyed or captured was so short, that the US Military specified the cheapest components throughout, as a result they got a vehicle that was both cheap...and unreliable!

Whether its true or not I don't know ...

Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin's one of the "good guys". Buy all my points and condensers from him.

You will get what you're prepared to pay for.

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simonA30



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Umm. I can't believe how hard this is. I suspect that the part is a 25D4, but as hard as I search I can't be sure. For sure the part looks similar on the internet. Even my work shop manual only refers to the part suitable for an 848cc engine, whereas mine has an 803cc engine (1954 A30). Believe it or not, I have contacted numerous ebay sellers, and none of them have a part listed for my car. Do you think the 25D4 set will fit (listing below)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/lucas-DSB101 ... 1432681681
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