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Wolseley 16/65
January 8, 2020
4:41 pm
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James Goad
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I am considering buying a 16/65 1938 and I am wondering about the availability of spares, particulalrly engine and brakes. I have just completed a rebuild of Morris 16/6 and really struggled for bits. Help please.

January 8, 2020
11:07 pm
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The 16/65 is a rare model, and hence so are the spares. However, many parts within the Series III range are common to the 14/60 and 18/85, and the Series cars also share many parts with the equivalent MG and Morris cars. Basically, the 16/65 is almost identical to the 18/85 – apart from the engine block. Coincidentally, there is a Series III 16/65 part engine just appeared in our Classifieds on the website.

You will need to assume that you cannot get body panels for the car, even though many are common to the 18 and 14. They ovvasionally turn up 2md hand at autojumbles and on Ebay, but you cannot rely on it. The club does have a few parts, but your assumption should be that you will need to repair any existing panels where required.Trim is also almost impossible to find, although the club has a few bits. Mechanically, its not so bad, companies like PowerTrak can often help with brake cylinders, but if you need new shoes, you may have to consider getting them relined.

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January 9, 2020
9:01 am
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Thank you Bob, that is most helpful. The car is complete and original so trim and panels etc no problem. If anything the availability seems a little better than the Morris. Unfortunately I can`t access classified until I`ve joined the club. Regards, Jim Goad

January 9, 2020
11:12 am
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Hi James
The Classifieds are open to the public, so you can see them whether a member or not.

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January 9, 2020
12:09 pm
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Thanks Bob. I have just come back from buying the 16/65. It is a very original car complete in every detail with the addition of a police bell, aerial and radio for an Agatha Christie film. I will be joining the register today and look forward to my Wolseley journey, first job to rebuild the carbs I think. Wish me luck, regards Jim

January 9, 2020
1:10 pm
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Bob, sorry to bother you again, I have made contact with the seller of the series 111 engine a, can you just confirm that it is the correct engine for a 16/65 as he also has a series11. Regards, Jim

January 9, 2020
6:49 pm
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Hi Jim

Congratulations on buying the 16/65, I hope you enjoy it! The carbs should be a fairly simple job really, with all parts available from Burlens.

I am afraid that I cannot confirm that the engine for sale is a 16/65. I know he has both a Series III and a Series II for sale, but the only way that I can think of, whilst the head is missing, is to measure the bore of the cylinders. For a Sixteen, it should be 65.5mm or possibly a little more if it has been bored out in the past.

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January 9, 2020
8:50 pm
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Thank you Bob, the engine is in Thurso and I`m in Cornwall, I`m prepared to risk it for the cost of a pallet. Regards, Jim

January 9, 2020
11:20 pm
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Fair enough, but why not ask the seller to measure the bore first? The diameter is critcal. For example, if it is only 61.5mm, then that means it is a 14hp, or if it is 69.5, then it is an 18hp.
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