Readers may recall the article featuring wire wheel re-builder James Wheildon in the February issue, When I sent out the printed copies of the February issue I sent a complimentary copy to James and he was most appreciative. He asked if I would be prepared to feature ‘Flexolite’, the business run by his wife Sue, and of course, I readily agreed. So, Sue has provided me with the following:
Flexolite are leaders in fuel, oil and hydraulic systems for classic cars. The largest part of the business is the ever increasing range of spin-on oil filter adaptor kits which enable classic cars to take advantage of modern oil filtration technology. For ‘T’ series cars with the bypass filters we are able to supply a remote filter head which utilises the modern spin-on filter. Flexolite also supply stainless steel braided hoses and fittings for oil, brake and clutch applications as well as a host of other products.
As many classic cars now have to cope with hard motorway driving they can be susceptible to oil overheating and the fitting of an oil cooler is high on the list of upgrades to be considered. Flexolite use mainly Setrab oil coolers and can supply the components, parts, or a complete kit including rubber hoses, unions, fittings and instructions.
Another popular improvement when restoring classic cars is the fitting of a replacement electric fuel pump to help overcome fuel starvation caused by vaporisation. At this stage it is also prudent to consider modern fuel filters and possibly a fuel regulator.
Flexolite also sell one of an additive endorsed by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club, Ethanolmate, which stabilises ethanol blended fuels. To put it simply modern fuel left in a tank tends to break down and becomes corrosive. Ethanolmate stops this process so reducing the damage this mixture can cause to pipes, unions, carburettors etc.
As many as possible of Flexolite products are sourced and manufactured in Britain. We make up hoses to order for brake or fuel systems and have 100s of specification on file. If you can supply a pattern or detailed information Flexolite can produce hoses to your specific requirements.
Always ready to help, please contact Sue Wheildon, Flexolite, Old Brickwood Farm, West Grimstead, SALISBURY, Wiltshire SP5 3RN. Tel. 01722 712829 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.flexolite.co.uk
Editor’s Note: I thought that I would show the side-laced wheels which James Wheildon rebuilt for me. They are now shod with 400 x 19 Blockleys and will go on my PB later this year. I had the tyres fitted by Peter Briffitt of Bridge Garage, Bleadon, North Somerset. Peter is ‘old school’ (not many left!) and is very keen to keep our cars on the road. Peter, (contact details 01934 812206) is on our list of T-Type Friendly Garages, is an MoT station and has attendant fuel delivered service (rare these days). He corrected the camber on Derek Pearce’s TA and I know that Derek was pleased with the work done on his front axle.