Roll of Honour

We are always keen to hear from our customers old and new and we are also constructing this area as a 'Visitors' Book'. If you would like to email (or post) a picture of your car and a few details, we can include it in our next site update. Thanks in anticipation and we look forward to hearing from you!

1930's Morris Minor
(Body Panels & Radiator By Vintage Wings & Radiators)

In the meantime, we hope you find this to be of intrest. Oscar Wilde stated that "The English and Americans have everything in common, except of course language". We hope you find these examples enlightening!

English – American
Accelerator – Gas pedal
Aerial – Antenna
Anti-roll bar – Stabiliser or sway bar
Big-end bearing – Rod bearing
Bonnet – Hood (engine cover)
Boot – Trunk (luggage compartment)
Bulkhead – Firewall
Bush – Bushing
Cam follower or tappet – Valve lifter or tappet
Carburettor – Carburetor
Catch – Latch
Choke/venturi – Barrel
Circlip – Snap-ring
Clearance – Lash
Crownwheel – Ring gear (of differential)
Damper – Shock absorber, shock
Disc – Rotordisk (brake)
Drop arm – Pitman arm
Drop head coupé – Convertible
Dynamo – Generator (DC)
Earth – Ground (electrical)
Engineer's blue – Prussian blue
Exhaust manifold – Header
Float chamber – Float bowl
Free-play – Lash
Gearbox – Transmission
Gearchange – Shift
Grub screw – Setscrew, Allen screw
Gudgeon pin – Piston pin or wrist pin
Halfshfat – Axleshaft
Handbrake – Parking brake
Hood – Soft top
Indicator – Turn signal
Interior light – Dome lamp
Layshaft – Countershaft (of gearbox)
Leading shoe – Primary shoe (of brake)
Locks – Latches
Methylated spirit – Denatured alcohol
Motorway – Freeway, turnpike
Number plate – License plate
Paraffin – Kerosene
Petrol – Gasoline (gas)
Petrol tank – Gas tank
Pinking – Pinging
Prise – Pry (force apart)
Prop(eller) shaft – Driveshaft
Quarterlight – Quarter window
Retread – Recap
Reverse – Back-up
Rocker cover – Valve cover
Saloon – Sedan
Seized – Frozen
Sidelight – Parking light
Silencer – Muffler
Sill panel – Rocker panel (beneath doors)
Small end, little end – Piston pin or wrist pin
Spanner – Wrench
Split cotter (for valve spring cap) – Lock (for valve spring retainer)
Split pin – Cotter pin
Steering arm – Spindle arm
Sump – Oil pan
Swarf – Metal chips or debris
Tappet – Valve lifter
Thrust bearing – Throw-out bearing
Top gear – High
Trackrod (of steering) – Tie-rod (or connecting rod)
Trailing shoe – Secondary shoe (of brake)
Transmission – Whole drive line
Tyre – Tire
Van – Panel wagon/van
Vice – Vise
Wheel nut – Lug nut
Windscreen – Windshield
Wing/mudguard – Fender