Jowett Jupiter Spares and Service
(and by definition Jowett Javelin Spares and Services)
To begin, here is a page showing how useful certain ramps can be. Scroll down to the last car - it is a Jowett Jupiter, that of Nigel Woodford
All the clubs listed on the Clubs Page supply spares, and often arrange for needed parts to be manufactured. There is a world-wide interchange of spares between clubs. The Jowett Car Club has a modest levy attached to its annual subscription; this provides additional resources for the manufacture of parts. The spares group can be contacted on Monday evenings 7pm to 9pm (UK time) on +44 (0)1274-604 455. Sales to JCC members only.
In particular Jupiter owners, especially those who are in the process of restoring their Jupiters, are urged to join the Jupiter Owners Auto Club and/or the Jowett Car Club (UK) and/or their Local Club (USA - Australia - New Zealand).
The Jupiter Owners Auto Club now
supplies its Jupiter spares
only to Jupiters
owners who are paid-up members. The Club's spares supplier is
classic-car spares company Catmint. All JOAC members are supplied with
For New Zealand Jowett spares, you can E-mail Bob & Robyn Smith
For Australia Jowett Spares, you can E-mail [email protected]
There are a number of small businesses operated by Jowett enthusiasts, who can supply spares and reconditioned units etc. (ALL UK-based except KMC - see below).
Disclaimer: the Jupiter website only lists those known to be active. No guarantee can be given about the standard of workmanship. You are advised not to pay any money in advance.
I have received no money from any business mentioned on any pages in this website.
Before telephoning or using a phone/fax please calculate time-zone differences!!
below is an original Jupiter tool-kit, even showing the metal
case (separated from the Jupiter fixture behind the seat) that
housed the jack
The list of small businesses is in no particular order:-
Dennis Sparrow, 2 Beech Gardens, South Ealing, London W5 4AJ, England.
Jupiter service. Jowett Javelin service. Any mechanical work on a Jupiter can be undertaken but not coachwork. Some spares can be provided. Modern carburettors, special camshafts, all-solid-state distributors, lightweight pushrods, lead free heads, engines built to your specification; gearbox overhauls. Dennis has decades of experience of Jowetts. Dennis is now on e-mail. Ask him about his fantastic all-solid-state distributor, with no capacitor, points, or spinning weights and springs. Several distinct improvements all done by a well-programmed microprocessor and all in the distributor itself.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8579 1776
An owner is happy with the engine work done by T & L Engineering of Elstow, Bedfordshire, and would recommend them to others.
"The only disadvantage was having to remove the engine myself but I did learn a lot from the experience! The work was not cheap but was considerably more extensive than I had envisaged and it is not exactly a commodity item. On the advice of the local garage after the MOT I took the car to a nearby rolling road "doctor" After some tweaking it was rewarding to see the manufacturer's bhp being recorded".
T & L Engineering, Pear Tree Farm, Wilstead Road, Elstow, Beds, MK42 9YG
01234 352 418
Fax: 01234 352 100
Email: [email protected]
Bill Lock & Associates Ltd are now at 18 Cleaveland Road, Surbiton, Kingston, Surrey, KT6 4AH, UK.
Home Tel: +44 (0)208-390 7904 or Works Tel: +44(0)1327 831 247 or cellphone +44 (0)7768 383 213, Jowett spares can be ordered through any of these numbers. He can offer engine main bearings, Jupiter sills, and much else.
Martin Jay runs Distributor Doctor and can recondition original-type Lucas distributors to as-good-as-new standard.
A Transmission engineer who has worked on Javelin and Jupiter back axles (Salisbury 3HA) is Paul Grainger of Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.
Paul's Home phone is 01642-532 041, and his Mobile phone is 07855 - 739 742
Speedograph Richfield based in Nottingham are highly competent when it comes to speedometer repairs and much much more.
You could try Tim on 01159-264235.
Another firm doing repairs to instruments of classic cars is JDO Instrument Repairs of 34 Spring Avenue, KEIGHLEY, West Yorkshire, BD21 4UG
Telephone : 01535 672125. ( + 44 1535 672125) E-mail [email protected]
But for car clock repairs, try Grant Hunt. His e-mail is [email protected] and he is based just North of Birmingham.
He charges £70.50 to receive, clean, send a report (1.5 pages of A4) on its state, and then he asks permission to proceed. A Jupiter man reports that it took around a fortnight for Grant to ensure the clock was running accurately, repainting where needed. He adds a diode to stop the contacts destroying themselves.
Classic Performance Ltd, Unit 7 Trent Industrial Estate, Wetmore Road, Burton Upon Trent, DE14-1QY.
They work on a wide range of Classic Cars including all mechanical work and complete restorations. They have rebuilt a Jupiter engine from various components and have also apparently reconditioned a couple Javelin engines. Perhaps you should contact one of the Jowett clubs first if you are seriously considering this company.
Telephone +44 (0)1283 531 122
Fax +44 (0)1283 531 328
E-mail [email protected]
There is a company name of Power Track Ltd who can supply Lockheed and Girling brake (and clutch) parts for cars from 1935 to 1980.
Telephone +44 (0) 1753 842680 phone/fax. Paul Hunt of Power Track Ltd is most helpful and he knows about Jowett Jupiters. All their seals (and their wheel cylinders) are new and the rubber is compatible with silicone brake fluid. Click on http://www.powertrackbrakes.co.uk/
or e-mail [email protected]. They list the Jowett Bradford, Javelin and Jupiter amongst the numerous models for which they carry spares.
For hydraulic brake overhauling including sleeving of hydraulic cylinders, try:
Past Parts, Unit 4
Chase Road, Northern Way Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32
6NT Telephone. +44 (0)1284 750729
E-mail. restore @ pastparts.co.uk (remove spaces). Website http://www.pastparts.co.uk/
The original nominal diameter of both front and rear wheel cylinders was 7/8 inches
Ashford Chroming operate a plating service for Classic & Vintage cars. Click on Ashford Chroming or call +44 (0)1233 660879 - UK & Europe
Chroming, triple-plating to show standards, brass plating vintage parts, resilvering of reflectors etc.
And in North America:
Kip Motor Company Inc, 2127 Crown Road, Dallas, Texas 75229 USA.
Kip Lankanau supplies many useful parts for orphan cars. He knows about Jupiters as he owns a nice example restored by himself, for a sequence of restoration photos click here. Many Jowett Jupiter parts available. He E-mails "We have shop and parts manuals, interior kits (leather or vinyl), tops, tonneaus and most anything else".
Toll-free order line (USA and Canada): 888-243-0440
E-mail: [email protected]
Scott Renner For second-hand spares in the USA: Contact Scott Renner <[email protected]>
For such a rare car, not bad, eh?
Another type of supplier is the more general one, whose stock includes some parts used on Jupiters.
I have only used some of the companies concerned. They have not paid me to place this information before you - indeed they are almost certainly blissfully unaware that I have!
A supplier of electrical equipment is Holden Vintage & Classic Ltd. This company has a useful illustrated online catalogue from which you can buy.
The very useful Complete Automobilist has been taken over by the equally useful Paul Beck Vintage Supplies. Here are the relevant contact details:-
Paul Beck has an online catalogue. He supplies lots of useful items (components, materials) for cars built in the nineteen-fifties. He has been trading since 1970.
Dugdale Vintage Motor Supplies has a useful on-line catalogue for wiper arms, wing piping, mill-board, and many other useful things
Namrick, the Nut and Bolt Store, 124 Portland Road, Hove, Sussex BN3 5QL, England, Tel: +44 (0) 1273-779 864 Fax: +44 (0) 1273-726 708. For all nuts and bolts and their plain and lock-washers: BSF and Whitworth, also BSF and BA spanners, taps and dies (their spanners are of very high quality being made by the German firm Elora). Incidentally, almost all nuts and bolts on the Jupiter are Whitworth/BSF but a notable exception is the rear hub which is 1 1/4" AF. Also trim fasteners, electrical connectors, grease nipples with BSF threads, studding, high tensile, capheads, etc. (Also other standards but I wouldn't mention them on the Jupiter website, would I?). They also supply helicoil kits including the special tool to repair those stripped threads - yes in BSF - and do the fittings and copper pipe for making your own brake pipe sets, and can supply the Silicone Brake Fluid some of us (including me) are using in our Jupiters. And also hood, tonneau cover, and carpet fastenings.
Another excellent supplier of BSF, Whitworth and BA etc nuts and bolts is NU-SCREW & NUT Ltd of 311 Neasden Lane North, London, England NW10 0AG Tel: (44) 0208 452 8631 Fax: (44) 0208 452 2987
J.E.M. Vintage & Classic Car Consultants. For all Jupiter wheel cylinder and master cylinder seal requirements. New wheel cylinders are no longer available - your units can be honed by them if they are not too bad. J.E.M. specialise in acquiring difficult brake parts - Girling, Lockheed, Dunlop, DBA, ATE. Ashcroft House, Druid Street, Hinkley, Leics LE10 1QH, England. No website, but they can be contacted as follows: Telephone: +44 (0) 1455-230 626 FAX: +44 (0) 1455-611 543.
Radiator hoses for British vehicles 1930s to 1980s including the Jupiter can be obtained from Romohoses of Leeds
For the precision stainless-steel sleeving of hydraulic master and wheel cylinders, contact AFC, Unit 12, Peartree Lane, Dudley, DY2 0QY, telephone +44(0)1384-482 600.
Fuel Systems Co, contact name Ben Shallcross writes: "we are a specialist
carburettor supplier and restorer. We keep vintage carbs and parts and of course
cover the Zenith, SU and Solex units". Address is FSC, 204 Aberdeen Centre, 22
Highbury Grove, London N5 2EA, England. Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 207-354-1399.
Website is WWW.CARBURETTERS.CO.UK One of the pages on this website is a very useful faultfinding table to enable you to trouble shoot your carbs. E-mail is [email protected] .
For King Dick Whitworth/BSF/BA spanners available for purchase over the internet, try this link. They are called AA Quality Tools and they have a useful-looking website.
For an efficient parcel service to anywhere in the world, whose prices can't be beat, I always use Interparcel.com
BSF / Whitworth spanners (wrenches) (ring, open ended, sockets, combination) are available from A & R Sheldon, Dept CC, 33 Bramhall Park Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3JN, UK. The firm sells from its website, or you can use:-
UK Tel/fax: +44 (0) 161 440 0821. E-mail: [email protected]
Keith Ardley can supply all new PF770 headlamp parts except the light unit itself, which he can renovate including fitting new glass to the light unit. Address 14 Bridge Road, Mepal, Ely, Cambs CB6 2AR, UK. Telephone +44(0) 1353-778 493 E-mail [email protected] yes that is the spelling. A customer told me "I would like to commend Keith Ardley. A stone smashed one of my PF 770 glass's. I rang them up explained I needed the car for the 15th and asked if it was a big job. Apparently it wasn't. I rang on Thursday 6th posted it on Friday 7th. It was received by Kieth and Margret on Monday 10th AND TURNED ROUND IN THE SAME DAY. It was back on its way to me that afternoon. The cost was £15.00!!! Well done Kieth and Margret
Coventry Auto Components Ltd are suppliers of parts for XK120 - XK150 Jaguars. This includes new PF770 headlamp units which Jupiters need. Unit 4a Binns Close, Torrington Avenue, Coventry CV4 9TB, Warwickshire, UK. Telephone 44(0)2476 471217 website http://www.xk-parts.co.uk/
There are several places in
a Jupiter engine or gearbox where
helicoils could be
Some Jupiter owners are resisting the temptation to spray-paint their beloved cars with twinpack and are sticking with tradition and using Coachpainting which is a very old method of applying paint to a surface using a brush.
Here is a website devoted to coachpainting and coachpaint and all you need to know to apply it successfully. If you access it you can follow a link to a blue Jowett Jupiter with black wings, presented as an example of the finish obtainable with Tekaloid Coach Enamel.
Very kindly Stephen Hull has volunteered to field paint-related queries - alas he has no paint formulae for colours earlier than 1962.
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