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Austin Loadstar K2 14 Nov 2019 16:18 #204182

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Hi
I’m the brand new owner of an Austin K2 Loadstar and am wanting some advise on where to purchase parts for my truck.

Thanks in advance

John

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Austin Loadstar K2 14 Nov 2019 21:42 #204190

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Depends what state it is in as one strategy is to buy another of same model and have that on hand to provide parts as and when required. Antique Auto Parts has been recommended for the pommy stuff. The Loadstars were also sold under the Morris and BMC badge, and eventually Leyland. depends what year. Split screen or one piece?
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Austin Loadstar K2 14 Nov 2019 23:58 #204194

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The body is pretty good so no need for panels etc. perhaps when I’m really obsessed I’ll get another one to have for those spares. It’s a split screen model.
I’m more looking for engine parts. Replacing lines, filters, tyres, oils, fuel advise, fan belts, windscreen rubbers, cables, etc. Suppliers mainly.

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Austin Loadstar K2 15 Nov 2019 08:47 #204198

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Hello John,
I guess you are a new user of the forum and if so, welcome.
The K2 used the 4 litre, 6 cylinder petrol motor common to most Austin, Morris, BMC and Leyland trucks from about 1950's to 1970's so no shortage of motor parts. Some variations over years.
Lines (do you mean brake, fuel, etc.) are standard car, small truck parts.
Filters probably available at Repco or Autobarn, etc.
Fan belt at industrial belt supplier or car/truck parts place.
Fan belt and cables at Auto Surplus in Rooks Road, Nunawading, Melbourne,
Windscreen rubber at truck or bus parts supplier, Auto Surplus, Peter Jacksons Auto rubber, etc. (Google rubber parts)
Tyres from your local tyre place. You may have to shop around to find someone who can be bothered to source them. Get prices from several as price differences can be huge.
This weekend is Bendigo swap meet. Many rubber and other parts vendors there.
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Austin Loadstar K2 20 Nov 2019 07:24 #204306

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Thanks for the info Morris....I also wanted to know what sort of fuel and fuel additive to use in the truck. I thought there might have been a specific brand and additive that is proven best to use.
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Austin Loadstar K2 20 Nov 2019 15:51 #204308

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On our vintage tractors I use Flashlube as an additive to the fuel we run. As these old engines don't have special seats for the valves to seat against that is what I use.
As to what fuel stay away from E10 crap, and after that the more you pay the better you get. I run Premium in all our stuff and have done for years all with no issues.
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Austin Loadstar K2 24 Nov 2019 08:33 #204404

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Thanks for the info that’s a great help. Cheers john

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Austin Loadstar K2 17 Dec 2019 11:58 #205006

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The Austin Loadstar also known as the Series 2 was built between 1949 and 1955. After 1955 they were known as the Austin Road Chief or Series 3 till around 1960. The Loadstar in the 3 ton version had the 4 litre petrol engine or a small BMC Diesel. The 5 ton version used the 4 Litre petrol or the Perkins P6V. You may have trouble getting an Oil Filter as the petrol engine used the old ZS1 Filter. Pretty hard to get now and quite expensive.

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Austin Loadstar K2 17 Dec 2019 12:12 #205007

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cobbadog wrote: On our vintage tractors I use Flashlube as an additive to the fuel we run. As these old engines don't have special seats for the valves to seat against that is what I use.
As to what fuel stay away from E10 crap, and after that the more you pay the better you get. I run Premium in all our stuff and have done for years all with no issues.


If you get the head done up, get hardened valve seats fitted, otherwise you need to use AVSR (anti valve seat recession) additive in ULP. Flashlube produce one as do others. No need to use premium (waste of money) as the compression ratio won't require it.
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Austin Loadstar K2 17 Dec 2019 22:17 #205033

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Thanks oilman, engine was fully rebuilt years back now but they did not change the seats so I simply run Flashlube and it doesn't cost that much.
I understand that this is a very low compression engine and Premium may be considered a waste but I run it for the cleansing properties as well and do so in every petrol engine we have from mowers to stationary engines cars and tractors.
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