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DS Boyes de­scribes the fit­ting of Cord rings back in the 1950s/60s as a bodge ( Let­ters, 10 Fe­bru­ary). My father op­er­ated Lon­don taxis back in those days, and an­nual mileage was high. They were driven hard, and with oils some­what in­fe­rior to to­day’s, bore wear was in­evitable.

Op­er­at­ing day and night re­duced the rate of wear be­cause cold starts were less fre­quent but, even so, af­ter roughly 120,000 miles, oil con­sump­tion was sig­nif­i­cant and at that stage we used to fit Well­wor­thy Duaflex rings.

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We took the pis­tons to Well­wor­thy (some­where in south Lon­don, I can’t re­mem­ber where) and they would re-cut the grooves and fit the rings. With­out fail this cut the oil con­sump­tion to prac­ti­cally zero (es­pe­cially when the en­gine was new), and the en­gine would be good for at least an­other 120,000 miles. It was a cheap and ef­fec­tive way of pro­long­ing the life of a ve­hi­cle.

We never re­garded it as a bodge. Rather, we thought it good prac­tice. Ron Watts, King’s Lynn, Nor­folk

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