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TONY'S HEALING HEALEY
MANY WAYS TONY BATES
is a very fortunate guy, he makes a point of enjoying life, every day
possible he tries to spend time in one of the nicest classics I have seen.
WAS A SIMPLE QUESTION,
but it produced a veritable multitude of responses. All I asked was “So
what’s the truth behind mazac?”
It was in last month’s Myth of the Month that I revealed that it seemed odd that although I’ve always thought I’ve known for years about mazac, I didn’t actually know anything about the detail of the product. I recalled that I believed it was a metal that could be chrome plated and that it had often been used for making badges.
But I went on to question whether I should be using a capital letter M to start the word to signify that I was using a brand name, and I also recalled the thought that the new products may be chrome plated, but it wasn’t possible to reapply a layer of chrome plate to an existing item.
Even before last month’s edition of Classic Motor Monthly had hit the doormats, I’d already taken the lazy option to research. Yes, I’d typed “mazac” into an internet search engine. There were lots of results, and I now know of the Yamazaki Mazak Corporation from Oguchi in Japan who are a leading machine tool builder. This was perhaps not the mazac I was looking for. After all, the one I’d found in Japan ended with a letter “k”. So I resorted to a more reliable research method, and I started to dig through some of my collection of books, magazines and other assorted papers. Eventually, whilst leafing through a set of photocopied papers entitled “Automotive A-Z”, I came across “Mazak”.
I straight away smiled at the final letter “k”, and realised my spelling with a letter “c” had been erroneous all along. Here’s what the A-Z listing said: “Mazak – A die-casting zinc alloy containing small amounts of aluminium, copper and magnesium and used extensively in the motor industry for carburettor bodies, door handles, boot and bonnet hinges, wing mirror arms and decorative door trim. Such items are usually chromium plated but, if neglected, suffer from inter-crystalline corrosion.” I wondered about “inter-crystalline corrosion”, and thought back to my comment that Mazak (note the correct spelling now!) “..looks nice and shiny when new, but can lose its shine and look pretty horrible after a while.”
I then heard from Mr Editor that The Lockman had come to my rescue. I’d certainly recommend a reading of his full letter which appears in the Classic Motor Monthly Classic Torque Readers’ Letters pages, but I was particularly taken with the Germans calling it “Zamak”. Why the difference, I wonder? I was also reminded of the term “monkey metal”. Now there’s a name I’ve not heard for a few years, but certainly one I’ve heard being used for Mazak. I think I can sum up the topic by echoing the words of The Lockman: “Mazak is now a world-standard material.”
Let’s get BACK TO BASICS and return to our recent topic of filters. I’ve already mentioned various things about filters and how they work, and I gave brief mention to the thought that a deterioration of the filtering efficiency of the oil, air or fuel filter would usually lead to a lack of performance from the car. I posed the question of how we could best make sure that our filters are working at peak efficiency for the greatest length of time. I also mentioned a conversation down at the Chequered Flag about the lifespan of each filter. So now that a basic picture of what we need to look at has been laid out, it’s time to delve a little deeper.
There’s no question that the engine fitted to a modern car runs far more efficiently and develops far more power than engines that were in use fifty years ago ever did. Just looking back twenty years is to look back to a time when fifty miles per gallon was achievable, but not by many cars. This improvement has been brought about by advances in many areas, and one of those areas is filtration. The oil flowing around the engine is now cleaner as the oil filter works better; and the air and fuel mixture which, when combined, is ignited to provide the motive power is served by better air and fuel filtration respectively. Apart from the engine, other areas of the car have benefited from filtration. There’s the air filter that is now commonly used on the air inlet side of the ventilation system, and we’ve already considered the nature of a filter when we looked at drainage filters that help prevent blockages. So there’s a long history to the filters on our cars, and that’s what we’ll turn to next month...
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THE SECRET AUTOJUMBLERA COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I came across an headline in the Daily Mail saying "Snake Bites Boy In Bolton". Naturally I was on the dog and bone immediately to check out the staff at the CMM HQ in Bolton - fortunately all were fine and there was no worry at all.
Then, in another isolated conversation with our esteemed leader, I stated that I was considering "coming out of the closet" and revealing all (let's hope not, I hear you all say). Anyway watch this space - I guess there could be a prize for the person who comes closest to my correct identity, but there again something for charity should be the order of the day. We'll see.
So where are we? Yes back to the day job and let's have a chat about the latest shows - so it was down south (a bit) to Newby Hall (near Ripon) for their fantastic show (Sunday 20th July) and boy, oh boy, this is one of the best, not only for cars attending but the quality and quantity of the 'jumble.
The cost of a pitch is only £15, the size of which is big enough to get your vehicle on plus stand, gazebo, tables (or whatever). The weather forecast was not good, as showers were on the radar, but holy moly it didn't rain at all. OK it was a bit cloudy but it was warm. I just popped in and stayed all day - I couldn't remember what the catering was like, so I had made up my lunch box the day before. Aa good job as I could only find an ice cream van (which I, of course, had to partake in - later in the day that is - ice cream for breakfast isn't my cup of tea. I don't think they do ice cream flavoured tea - do they?.
I have to say there were quite a few empty pitches, despite someone mentioning that it was full - I guess the forecast put some of the less well equipped off (to keep the rain off).
I would say that there were about 100 stands with virtually no car boot stuff - now that's rare these days. It took some time to get around them all, but I did find some gems, lurking in those slightly damp cardboard boxes and goodness me the stuff was cheap. I took several carrier bags full of stuff back to my car. I knew quite a lot of the jumblers and all reported good sales with smiles all around. The toilets here are excellent - new block type with soap and towels throughout. Why cannot the likes of Enfield and Bromley get these types of loos? I guess they will be a bit more expensive, but the kudos would be fantastic and it would solve the major problems experienced at these two shows - forever.
The cars attending were super duper. I have a penchant for the Rover badge and watched as a 1934 14/6 tourer glided in, beautiful in ivory paintwork. There was a Marauder (based on a 1948/9 Rover 75) in sky blue, an exceptional 1933 Austin Light 12/4 and a magnificent black Bentley with those huge P100 headlights and over a bit a Daimler Majestic (6 cyl version) and a whole clutch of other Daimler models. These were just a few that tickled my fancy - but there were 100s of others. In summary this is a laid back show with stonking cars and a tremendous autojumble. Always worth a visit...
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