If anyone is interested, I have in among my "leftovers" a hardbacked book published by the "Imperial Smelting Corporation Ltd",dated 1952, titled:- "MAZAK" which is an authoritative document on the subject, and explains the dreaded substance in great detail. It also explains several ways in which the substance can be preserved from corrosion and repair techniques too. I was going to put it on ebay but perhaps it would be of more interest to one of you guys rather than a book dealer. Please make me an offer off-group if you are interested. The item is in "as-new" condition.

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Hi Charles. The book sounds interesting, thanks for the thought. Could you give a few more details please. Things like number and size of pages, number of illustrations, chapters, etc. would all help. Thanks


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John Manders

I've had some success in stabilizing zinc based alloy castings (usually carb bodies) with hard set Araldite. It's pretty empirical, but its always worked for me so far.

Clean the article as thoroughly as you can - Acetone or something similar (usual warnings and disclaimers, I suppose, although I expect to be talking to witful people in this forum!) Set aside to dry in a warm place like the airing cupboard etc.

Make up a batch of HARD SET Araldite - this is the stuff that takes hours to dry, not the sloppy junk that you find by the till in B&Q. Warm the article by placing under a spotlamp. I find this works really well and it warms through slowly and thoroughly. When its a bit too hot to handle comfortably, start applying the Araldite to the external surfaces and you'll find that the metal absorbs quite a bit, particularly if it's old. Carry on until you've coated the entire outer surface.

Put it aside to cure in a warm place - the grille at the back of the fridge is ideal. It is usable in 24 hours, but not fully cured for seven days. It will cure porosity (I used to fix Amal Mk II Concentric carbs like this when Triumph Bonnevilles got lumbered with a porous batch in the early 1970's) stop cracks spreading, fill small cracks and minor fractures too if not load bearing. That said, I have mended broken carb flanges before now and as long as you reface the flange on glass with wet 'n dry used wet, it will hold quite well - just don't expect too much of it.

I've no doubt at all that there are better, tougher, smarter epoxy resins than Araldite and I mention this well known product purely as it is readily available and I've used it for many years with complete success.

Ford Silver Fox is a good spray can colour to replicate new zinc castings without going over the top. And it's petrol proof ...


Kim Siddorn,

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J K Siddorn

Dear John, The book is a "Research Department" publication, it measures

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