Bristol Commercial Vehicles Enthusiasts

RE Maintenance List and Suppliers

Last updated : October 30th 2023 (Alternator added)

Helpful Information for Bristol REs

Semi-auto Gearbox/Transmission
Multitrans BC Multifunction Transmission Fluid - Click here for supplier

Paint Codes
Tilling interior - seat frames - the finish is described as "stove enamelled". Green seat frames are BS6-074 while red frames are BS1-025

Exhaust System Part Numbers
Dinex still manufacture RE exhaust parts which can be sourced from any good supplier. Part numbers and diagrams for LH, RE and VR models are all listed here.

Leaf Spring
Highly recommended for everything to do with the leaf springs on your vehicle are Owen Springs

Clutch/Flywheel parts
The company to contact for all clutch and flywheel parts is Truckfix - they will even manufacture new parts in the UK and can be contacted here.

Drive Belts

The three belts that drive the compressor on a Gardner-engined RE are type 6477MC
The CAV alternator fitted to most REs (apart from early ones) is type AC203-060. The brushes can still be bought new, part number BHD3921 (CAV OEM ref 6220303, 6220477, 6220477A, 6220477B).

Brake Drums
Front and rear brake drums can be manufactured by Winnard. The only catch is that their minimum order is 20 units. The front drum is code BR1001 and the rear drum is BR1003 listed

Alliance Electronics will refurbish many electrical items to a high standard. They can be contacted here.

Tyre Pressure
Nigel Harris kindly provided this chart of tyre pressures/wheelnut torque settings as issued by Southern Vectis in the days when these models ran in service (click to enlarge)
Tyre Pressure and Wheelnut Torque settings chart

Door Parts
Transport Door Solutions are worth a call for anything to do with your vehicle's doors. Their website can be found here

Window Rubbers
Advanced Materials Ltd. of Littlehampton have supplied rubber extrusions for several restorations recently and the results look really excellent, especially their cream rubber. They can be contacted at or on 01903 713566.

Number Blinds
Stu Boxall is able to produce NBC-pattern number rolls for destination boxes printed on tyvek like most of the originals were. A very welcome addition to the services available to the RE preservationist. Stu can be contacted at

 General Parts
If you are unable to find the parts you need I can recommend Partsmaster of Rochester who supply a wide range of parts for PSVs including Bristol models. They stock chassis, steering, brake, exhaust, bearing and suspension parts but John Radley is always worth a call on 01634 296970 to see what he can do for you. Another source of general parts is Carl Ireland of Hull who has a huge stock of parts for heritage PSVs and who will help you whenever he can. Carl can be contacted through Finally Past Parts of Bury St Edmunds are worth a try - they supply many parts for all types of heritage vehicles and will also recommend alternatives if the part you need is out of production and will even refurbish or remanufacture your old part. They can be contacted on 01284 750729, via their website at or you can find them on Facebook.

SCG Semi-Automatic Gearbox Advice
Eastern Counties issued the following instructions for safe and reliable use of the SCG semi-automatic gearbox as fitted to many REs (click to expand)
Semi auto gearbox instructions for use

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