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 7 2019 07:25PM
The crankshaft & crankcase for the open drive Rolls-Royce 20hp engine I have been working on came back from JEL Bearings last week. Whilst I can't do anything with the crankcase (the replacement cylinder head studs are on back-order until January) I have been able to assemble the crankshaft. A lot of time was spent making sure all journals and oil drillings were free of sludge and all journal caps have been refitted and secured and the drilling plugs have new lock tab washers. I'll have to oil it and wrap it up until I can put it back in bottom end next year (eek).
By Chris McPheat, Nov 1 2019 05:28PM
The owner of this 1996 TVR Chimaera 500 called today to see if I had room to take it in with a view to looking into a couple of problems in the next few weeks. Today was most convenient for him so I shuffled some vehicles around and he drove it over. It's been oiling up one of the spark plugs and there is a little bit of noise that sounds like the top end. A bit of investigation first, compression test, endoscope the cylinders, that sort of thing. There's also a question hanging over the cooling system so it might be a good idea to just replace the radiator with a more efficient modern one.
By Chris McPheat, Oct 29 2019 06:42PM
The owner of the Ford Mustang I have been looking after for a year or two called today and asked me if I'd like to help him with a commission sale. Expect to see it show up on the Inventory page in the next couple of weeks.
By Chris McPheat, Oct 29 2019 06:20PM
I have spent some time preparing the Morris Minor Traveller for sale and today have been able to add it to my Inventory page, check it out for more details and photos.
By Chris McPheat, Oct 24 2019 05:26PM
Nothing for it today but to have a go at getting the engine back into the chassis. The oil level indicator floats turned up yesterday so I could get the sump and timing cover back on and a few other bits and it was ready to install. Once it was hooked up to the gearbox, which took a while, I could connect the control rods & oil pressure gauge pipe such that the carburettor could go back on. It still needs a little bit more work, the front pivoting mount is not yet secured to the engine and the fuel and vacuum pipes need to go back on with new aluminium washers. That'll be the engine done, after that the radiator will go back on and I can think about firing it up.