Vintage Classic sports
News from the workshop, vehicles inspected, sales updates and anything else that might be going on around McPheat Automotive.
By Chris McPheat, Nov 30 2018 05:52PM
A customer has asked me to build him a spare engine and gearbox for his Panhard PL17 and I've been assembling some of it this week. At the engine workshop the cylinders only needed a hone and the pistons and rings were all ok but new small-end bushings have been fabricated and fitted as the originals were worn. The valves and seats have also been cleaned up and lapped in. With the pistons installed and the cylinders and rocker gear fitted and adjusted most of the engine is now back together. The next step is to fit and time the oil pump and crankcase breather and then think about getting it fired up and run in on the bench.
By Chris McPheat, Nov 23 2018 06:39PM
My customer, the owner of this wonderful Salmson S4C single seater, emailed me today to say we have succesfully completed the sale of his car. Once I had confirmed with the prospective buyer that the car was worth taking a look at I put him in contact with the owner and they sorted it out themselves. It's coming to the UK and might already be here. Congratulations to both.
By Chris McPheat, Nov 21 2018 06:52PM
The Trojan engine proved to be somewhat more reluctant to come apart than I had hoped. A lot of pulling, heating, lubricating and levering finally separated the one stuck piston from the bore but there were some casualties, the 2 pistons in cylinder #2 both got damaged but they were in poor condition anyway and the bores at this end of the engine don't look too good either. I also found the main bearings had been shimmed and the foot to crankcase gasket was missing so there is a lot to resolve before I can make more progress.
By Chris McPheat, Nov 20 2018 06:18PM
The Jaguar XK-E I'm restoring made a step forward today, I went to Lancaster Engines this morning to see the engine and it's just about done. They have turned out an "as new" engine and it certainly looks great with excellent attention to detail. Next week I am hoping to take it over to Hi Tech Engines for mounting on a dynamometer. I'll also be taking the triple carb setup, water pump, starter etc. to build it up enough for running. It'll be good to set it all up perfectly outside of the car, when it comes to fitting it will have to be torn back down but I'll know it's just a matter of hooking it all back up. I also picked up the rebuilt gearbox so, with the rear axle assembly I finished rebuilding a month ago, the entire drivetrain is now ready to go back in the car. If I only had the car, it is still at the bodyshop.
By Chris McPheat, Nov 15 2018 05:23PM
The sunset was so nice tonight I thought I'd take a picture of it, or at least of the light it threw into the workshop.