Saturday, 6 January 2018

Alvis, Reluctant To Leave The Building!

It is funny how sometimes projects seem to be reluctant to leave their home of the last few months... or years!
Although this Grey Lady was in for only engine work, she certainly put up a little fight before being declared fit for the road.
We seemed to have a collection of little faults and frights. With the ever present high tension of the first engine start after a rebuild,she started on the button, first press... but before my pulse rate had chance to settle, this 6 cylinder changed to note to a 5 cylinder. Horror thoughts of pistons, rings, valves and gaskets raced through my head until there, on No 1 plug cap, was a pretty good impression of the lightening forks that had filled my bedroom window a few nights before. Phew, a quick insulation fix and back to 6 lovely cylinders.
Then after a few subsequent adjustment runs, as a routine I press the start button, but nothing! just a dull sound of nothing rotating.... now I am showing the signs of a winter of very, very, long weeks and I over reacted!! A quick attempt to turn the engine over by hand confirmed my worst fear. "Oh no", as I ripped the distributor and drive out of position, "It must have happened" ..."seized" .....snatching the skew drive gear out with long nose pliers, oblivious to marking any timing positions, "It must have wrecked the infamous cam and distributor skew gear", dripping with fear I peer in... but no it is fine, no distress whatsoever, I could almost feel it questioning me as I held the warm and oiled gear in my hand, I am sure it was as alarmed as a tipped teenager out of bed for school, only to find it is the first day of summer holidays!
So if isn't seized??...  well,..... After rebuilding 62 different makes of engines and over 160 engine builds, including many quirky, unknown vintage types.... it obviously doesn't get any easier, or me any wiser, because a calming voice from the other end of the workshop cautiously quipped..."it's not the starter motor Jammed in mesh is it?" Oh how stupid am I, of course.. and with a satisfying "clunk" as that little square on the rear of the starter is turned, all was well and the engine happily rotated with a little pressure from my hands!
Now, where are those timing marks again...
Anyway, after a partial starter motor rebuild and recovery of the very distorted Lucas Eclipse Bendix type drive and a few more small issues with disintegrating HT caps and troublsome bonnet mountings  and lighting and floorboard fitting etc..etc.. We have finally been out and about, touring this Grey Lady in her 6 cylinder splendour before she returns to her very patient owner..














Monday, 25 December 2017

Autumn and Winter 2017


Thunderbird Tribsa


Nick's Hot Rod 32 Ford Birthday Cake!



Anthony's Lamborghini

Wolseley Hornet Cont'd


 Put to Bed For The Night ....If They Could Talk?...



Hornet Engine Preparation


Welcome to Jacob, Our New Apprentice, Mounting the Hornet Into An Engine Stand.





Cylinder Head Preparation.







Making Longer Outboard Aero Screen Posts


'59 Turner 950s Chassis Corroded Tube Replacement.










Turner Trailing Arm Replacement (Original in photo). The edges will be formed to a return and welded back to back, the teardrop section is an addition, as the originals had cracking adjacent to the large boss.


Richard has brought so many delightful, unusual cars on visits this year... thank you Richard and friends!





This wonderful Falcon has a Formula Ford 1600 Xflow engine..



And Below, Swanage Fire Service "Gumball Rally" after cakes of course..


Rebuilding Corroded Land Rover Defender Doors.









Alvis Grey Lady, Now running and waiting for delivery.



Grey Lady Distributor, we have machined a replacement distributor drive pin oversize and reamed the location to suit.

Air Silencer / Filter Housing Modified to Accept a Modern Peugeot Filter

The Original throttle Idle Horn had a very worn and a repaired post that was restricting smooth operation. We thought it best to ream the horn and make a new bush to suit, then to make a new post to allow smooth full operation.



In and around the workshop.


350 Bullet Royal Enfield Service.




New (Old) works truck, It is now Maroon and Cream with a black bonnet .... very Nascar!