Rubber Components

for AC's post-war 2 Litre Saloon
Part 3
Door Stop

The door stop rubbers are pressed tightly into steel holders, which in turn are screwed to the screen pillars.

Guttering Rubber

The guttering rubbers are inserted into the groove above each gutter to conceal the fixing nails. These were usually painted over in bodywork colour.

Jacking Point Bung

The jacking point bungs had their heads painted in the bodywork colour, as was the surrounding area of chassis visible from outside the car.

Wiper Motor Pad

The windscreen wiper motor rests upon 3 of the above rubber pads.

Rear Number Plate Seal

The number plate seal is a rubber tube slitted along its length, and placed over each edge of the Perspex cover. The tube is in 4 separate lengths.

Fuel Pipe Pad

The fuel pipe pad prevents the pipe from rubbing against the chassis and sill-board, where it emerges from the chassis side-rail near the fuel tank.

Spare Wheel Door Seal

The spare wheel door seal is fitted across the top of the door aperture in 3 sections, separated by the door hinges.

Rear Wing Stone Pad

The rear wing stone pad seems to be missing from many ACs now. The above drawing shows the form of the original item. Its outer edge is clamped in place by a stainless steel piece of trim.

'Furflex' Draft Excluder

The 'furflex' type draft excluders are fitted to the screen pillar (A post), hinge pillar (B post) and the rear pillar of each door. The top end has the cloth folded over to conceal the rubber core. The boot lid also has this draft excluder at its bottom edge. Cloth colour usually matches the head lining and/or the carpeting of the car. Most replacements available only have a rubber tube with no flap. The draft excluder for the screen pillar (A post), has the flap trimmed off at the upper end where it has to bend around a tight curve.

Wing Piping ('plastic')

The rear wing piping is tacked into place, using the gap between bodyshell and inner wings to get the tacks into the wooden wheel arch. Front wing/scuttle piping has its tail end tacked to the plywood wing panel (concealed by the detachable wing panels). Front wing/cowl piping is fixed to the wing flange with an aluminium rivet at the top, the piping then stretched tightly around the curve of the wing, and then hooked under the radiator cowl. The wooden bead is longer than the plastic until the latter has been stretched.

Top Radiator Hose

The pipe on the radiator header tank, and the outlet from the thermostat, are very close to each other. For this reason, a hose with a lot of lateral flexibility is needed, hence the design illustrated above.

Driver's Floor Mat

The driver's floor mat is sewn onto the front carpet section. It's centre line coincides with the brake pedal centre line.

Fuel Filler Grommet

Note that the drawing above is based upon a 1980s replacement part and not an original. This grommet fits around the quick-release fuel filler and sits upon the outside of the bodywork. The original was reinforced with fabric inside.

Dust cover for rear brake expander

Gaiter for front spring

The spring gaiter tends to sag under the increasing weight of grease added to the spring slipper, so you might wish to develop a better solution to keeping dirt and water out of the slipper. Nitrile is the preferred material, although neoprene might be suitable too.

Bump stop for front spring

Note that the above bump-stop uses a fairly soft grade of rubber.

Steering column bush

Adjust the inside diameter for a perfect fit (after painting the steering column if you are restoring), since this bush affects the steering.

Trafficator bump stop

Radiator cap seal

The above seal is for the original type of brass, screw-on radiator cap. Most of these were superceded by a quick release cap.

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