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 Posted: 03-24-2017 05:14 pm
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DonBurns wrote:
Are SKF 414871A or Flennor FS03299 bearings actually available? I have been searching online, been to two auto parts stores and the Ford dealership and can't find either. Does anybody know a source? The closest I have come appears to be someone willing to provide an equivalent from China.The SKF and Flennor bearings are both current. All of the following bearings are current...
414871A ........ SKF
FS03299 ......... Flennor
531 0098 20 ... INA
TKR 9841 ....... Timken
1500004 ......... Ford ... (1977-86 Ford Transit Van, UK)
QTT156 .......... Quinton Hazell (UK auto parts)
55207 ............. Ruville (X-ref, never heard of it before)
GT352.00 ........ SNR ... (X-ref, never heard of it before)

Many auto parts stores are pretty useless if you don't give them the exact part number they have in their computer, and Ford would only recognize their own part number or vehicle application (1977-86 Ford Transit Van, UK)... they won't cross-ref.

But any industrial bearing distributor should be able to provide at least one of the above bearings, or cross-ref to a similar quality bearing that they do carry. Just Google "Bearing Distributor in Fullerton CA". IMHO, it's worth asking for SKF specifically. Just avoid buying the cheapest bearing you can find, or a no-name brand from China.

While there are quality bearings coming out of China (Timken shifted all of it's production to China), there's also a lot of off-brand junk coming out of China. If you don't recognize the brand name, and it's a cheap bearing from China... don't buy it. It's not worth risking the valves in your "interference" 907 engine! One in particular, Bluebird Bearings. I've seen three Bluebird tensioner bearings, and they were all bad out of the box. They were stiff, difficult to turn by hand, and felt like they were full of gravel. I removed a seal from one, and there was precious little grease in it. I avoid Bluebird bearings.

In the USA, contact any of the independent Lotus parts specialists, and they can provide you with an appropriate tensioner bearing. JAE is not far from you, in Goleta, CA. They sell the Flennor bearing as their main line bearing, and can provide the SKF bearing if you specifically ask for it. I always ask for the SKF. Dave Bean is a little further up the road, in San Andreas, CA.

(805) 967-6183 JAE, Calif.
(209) 754-5177 Dave Bean Engineering, Calif.
(215) 538-9323 rdEnterprises, Maryland

In the UK, contact Lotus specialists SJ Sportscars, Paul Matty Sportscars, Christopher Neill, PNM Engineering, etc.

Regards,
Tim Engel

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 Posted: 03-25-2017 10:52 am
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Hi All,

Apologies for my tardy reply. All i need is an email address and the country your in. I will send through a paypal request once i have this. Please keep an eye out for it in your inbox.

Thank you for your patience and regards
Peter

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 Posted: 03-25-2017 10:59 am
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Frank Schwartz wrote: Yes..you can go to PayPal.com and open an account..they charge to your banking checking account. Widely used and very safe...you pay no fees, the seller pays the fees...Works great...but the seller has to send us an invoice or something so we can pay him...I am assuming he uses PayPal??? Maybe he will read this....

Also when you send money to pay a bill you are invoiced for, PayPal also sends your name and mailing or shipping address which you gave them when you opened the account. Quite easy and automatic. I use it very often buying things on eBay and so on...


Hi Frank,

Paypal request sent. Please post up how much it is in USD once you have the request so we can see the current exchange rates.

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Peter

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 Posted: 03-25-2017 11:01 am
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DonBurns wrote: I believe we need an email address or PayPal account of some sort?

Thanks-

Hi Don,

Please let me know your email address via PM, i can then send through a payment request.

Appologies for the late reply.

Regards
Peter

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 Posted: 03-25-2017 05:31 pm
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Good News! Received the request for payment at 165 Australian Dollars .....which when using Pay Pal came to 129.37 US Dollars. And I just sent the payment via PayPal. Looking forward to getting that lovely little item.
Cheers!
Frank

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 Posted: 03-25-2017 05:40 pm
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I forgot to note...PayPay conversion rate 1 AUS Dollar = 1.2754 US Dollar

Frank

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 Posted: 03-26-2017 06:56 pm
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DonBurns wrote: I believe we need an email address or PayPal account of some sort?

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Paypal request sent Don,

Thank you.

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Don and Frank,

Your Hubs will be on their way tomorrow. I will let you kn ow tracking once i have the number.

Thank you and enjoy!
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Peter

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Many thanks ! This will solve the problem of wrenching down in there and having the original tensioner which is difficult at best, to fine tune..
Frank

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 Posted: 04-26-2017 09:33 pm
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Finally got to install the work of art (new tensioner) today.
Flennor bearing, Flennor belt, Kent-Moore tension gage.
Works like A CHARM!!!

Attachment: tensioner in use small 4-26-17.jpg (Downloaded 105 times)

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Are you in Phoenix AZ?? If so, please contact me off line at mfsjr2@comcast. I have a question not related to that great tensioner...

Thank you,
Frank Schwartz

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 Posted: 04-27-2017 07:27 am
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I got my SKF unit from Dave Bean Engineering...not at all cheap...in fact, quite expensive, but works just great.

I am going to try a local bearing house later this week or next and see what they can come up with.

Frank

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When I said "mine"..I meant my SKF roller bearing. Still need to ask you something as you are in Phoenix...
Off line, at mfsjr2@comcast.net if you please...

Frnk

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When I said "mine"..I meant my SKF roller bearing. Still need to ask you something as you are in Phoenix...
Off line, at mfsjr2@comcast.net if you please...

Frnk

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What is the difference between this one and the cam belt tensioner sold by Martin Robey.

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I recently purchased and installed one of Peter’s (qwerty’s) eccentric tensioner hubs. Although it is a very nicely made piece, it did not provide enough offset for me to adequately tension my timing belt. Using a nearly new (75+/- miles) Gates T104RB blue trapezoidal racing belt, a new Flennor FS03299 bearing and replacing a somewhat worn auxiliary timing sprocket, the highest reading I could achieve (adjusting anti-clockwise)on my Krikit gauge was just a hair over 40# before it started loosening again. The belt at its tightest was way too loose to use so I had to revert to my factory (late 74) tensioner which I again have adjusted to 47#.

Peter suggested several things I might have overlooked but they are all covered above. I thought I might be able to find a bearing with a bit larger OD to compensate but that turned out not to be an option.

Although the offset is definitely different from stock, my problem may still be unique to my engine. I have a later model 907 head that has probably been shaved a bit since my cam timing marks do not exactly line up @ TDC (110/110).

I am interested in hearing input from others who have gone this route and, since this is not going to work out for me, I will offer my eccentric tensioner hub to anyone interested including the pressed on Flennor bearing and a new spare bearing for $75 + USPS shipping.

Rick

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 Posted: 07-24-2017 03:44 am
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Someone should pick this up, it's a steal at that price.

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Is this the regular eccentric with two bearings or the very late one with a single bearing that is also the face of the part the the belt rides on...plus...where did you source the T104RB belt? I've tried most places and they all tell me it is not made anymore...
Frank

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Is this the regular eccentric with two bearings or the very late one with a single bearing that is also the face of the part the the belt rides on...plus...where did you source the T104RB belt? I've tried most places and they all tell me it is not made anymore...
Frank

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