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Scimitar Continues

The new gearbox went into the Scimitar this evening after attending to a few odds and ends prior to fitting.  The new clutch proved to be slightly less than straightforward: This particular car has a 10.625 inch pitch circle for … Continue reading

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The Correct Settings

I had a visit from a Bristol 403 today (not forgetting its owner) for the fitting of new rear shock absorbers – or to use the more technically correct term: dampers.  One of the things we discussed was the intital … Continue reading

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Scimitar Taking Shape

The bellhousing conversion for the Ford Type 9 Gearbox in the Scimitar SE5A is now finished and pictured here as a trial assembly.     Also pictured is the new cover assembly for the selector rail which has to protrude … Continue reading

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Petrol

I needed to pick up a new bandsaw blade on Friday afternoon and it seemed the perfect excuse to take out the MK2.  Although I ordered the blade when I was getting ready to manufacture the Scimitar adapter plate, the … Continue reading

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More Ford Type 9 Conversion

I finished off the adapter plate for fitting the Type 9 gearbox into the Scimitar SE5A today – and managed to get a decent workout into the bargain when it came to finishing the profiled edges! The finished plate bolts … Continue reading

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Scimitar Gearbox to Type 9 Conversion

Just as many other children did in the 1970’s, I looked forward to my weekly helping of The Professionals on Sunday night.  Unlike many children, however, a good deal of my thoughts were devoted to making things on lathes and … Continue reading

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Another Mixed Day

Today has been one of some variety:  First job was to replace the flat belting on one of the lathes and on the bandsaw.  The fact that these machines use flat belting should give you some idea of their age:  … Continue reading

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Finishing Touches

Today I have been carrying out a few rather rewarding odd jobs on a MK6 Bentley. The owner and I rebuilt the engine some years ago and since then we have never got around to making it run quite as … Continue reading

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The Ethanol Chronicles

I think that the subject of Ethanol in fuel is going to become the topic of the moment in the next few years and in view of the frequency of my posts on the subject am beginning to wonder whether … Continue reading

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Stripping back the memories

I’ve been looking for some paintstripper recently since I can no longer buy it at local DIY stores. At least not the stuff with Dichloromethane in it and, having tried the alternatives, I have come to the conclusion that paint … Continue reading

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Driving at the Limit

The Hupmobile passed its MOT with flying colours today – although the two wheel brakes caused the brake rollers to spit the car out before anything like a full reading could be obtained.  The car has a 3 litre 4 … Continue reading

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More Ethanol?

I have been servicing and checking a Hupmobile Model R prior to its MOT test tomorrow. Many of these cars were supplied new to Australia and New Zealand which was where this car came from, giving it the advantage of … Continue reading

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The Best of British

The series 1 Land Rover arrived on Friday as planned and we decided to go ahead with the brake master cylinder conversion.  The original Girling cylinder has had it’s share of trouble over the last year or two:  It had … Continue reading

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Comment Spam and Cars

One of the first discoveries with a new blog is comment spam. We all get used to email spam which tries to grab our attention in the hope that we might spend some money, but comment spam works a little … Continue reading

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One life… live it!

Or as one Land Rover owner has it: “One wife: Livid!” I’ve been finishing off the Porsche 944 today which now looks lovely and rust free underneath and runs somewhat sweeter courtesy of new rotor arm, plugs and leads and … Continue reading

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Porsching it – is there an alternative?

I have spent the greater part of today with someone’s rather nice new acquisition: A Porsche 944 in suitably good condition. This is a car which really needs to be included in the debate about “what constitutes a classic car”  … Continue reading

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A Dart in France

The SP250 is now motoring it’s way 800 or so miles down into France and regular updates are reaching me from its intrepid driver’s iPhone. With this post is a picture, not of the Dart in question but of my … Continue reading

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Ethanol in fuel

The Daimler SP250 left today for an 800 mile drive to its home in France.  I have also been attending to the S.U. carburettors belonging to the Daimler’s stablemate: A Rover 105R which has been running poorly and flooding.  It … Continue reading

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Surgical Procedures

It has been a mixed day in the workshop today:  The 5 speed gearbox conversion for the Scimitar has proved to be a good solution and I have been doing the preliminary design work on the adaptor plate as well … Continue reading

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Classic Reading

I picked up a weekly classic car publication from the newsagents today. I was on my way to an appointment and looking for something more interesting than “Horse and Hound” to read in the waiting room.  It occurs to me … Continue reading

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