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, Aug 12 2019 04:35PM
This very original Velosolex 3800 has found itself a new owner. He came and picked it up today and left with a smile on his face. I'm so glad it's finally going to get used.
By Chris McPheat, Aug 6 2019 04:52PM
This nice David Brown was dropped off at the workshop today. It's running well but unfortunately is losing its coolant into the sump, possibly one of the liners has moved and is no longer sealing. Should be interesting getting the engine out, just got to break it in half and then separate the front end.
By Chris McPheat, Jul 31 2019 05:42PM
This rather decrepit Lancia Fulvia was dropped off this morning. The owner wants me to take it down to a bare shell that he'll take away and have restored. I'll then rebuild all the removed parts with a view to re-fitting them on completion of the bodywork.
By Chris McPheat, Jul 24 2019 05:52PM
When I got the Bentley MkVI out for my open day a month ago a misfire and rough idle worried me a bit so this week I decided to look into it. Opening up the right side of the bonnet revealed the problem almost right away, the rearmost intake manifold gasket was misplaced and could only signify a major air leak. I ordered gaskets from Introcar yesterday and today pulled the intake assembly, cleaned it all up and put it back together with the new gaskets. Apart from this problem it was nice to see there was nothing else wrong and the intake tracts are spotless, I rebuilt this engine quite a few years ago now but it looks like new. It's also running sweetly, on firing it up the problem was gone and it idled as smoothly as a Bentley should.
By Chris McPheat, Jul 12 2019 05:29PM
With the Triumph Roadster jacked up and the wheels off it was clear that all corners needed work. The drums will be skimmed as that has not been done yet and the "new" shoes need re-lining as they are impregnated with brake fluid. I had the cups to rebuild the front cylinders but will get some in for the rear. I also looked into the fuel system and found the pump/filter to be totally choked with stale fuel, this modern unleaded goes off so quickly. The tank has been drained and fuel pump and carburettor cleaned out and checked so all should be ok with some fresh gas. Unfortunately I found that the oil pressure gauge pipe fitting in the block was not there so have sourced some parts to hook this up, can't start it with a hole in the lubrication system.