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, 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.
By Chris McPheat, Jul 7 2019 05:25PM
This week I've been reading old issues of the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club magazine and doing so encouraged me to get the Commodore out this weekend. The fine weather forecast also helped. It's been a few months since I've taken it anywhere and the drive home was plagued by a misfire but running around in it yesterday sorted that out. Today we took it down to Knott End at the mouth of the river Wyre - what a lovely place, and with a massive and mostly empty car park (something you have to think about when parking this car).
By Chris McPheat, Jul 5 2019 05:06PM
This Triumph 2000 was dropped off today. The owner has had it for 45 years and has been restoring it for 30, now it's in for the final push to get it on the road. The rebuilt brake hydraulics need rebuilding again, if you are restoring a car always do this job last. It has run in the past but no longer starts so a fuel system check is on the cards and there is also a fair amount of work to do to finish off and tidy up the electrics under the bonnet. I'll then go through the whole car to make sure everything is working and the car is safe for the road. There are more photos on my Flickr page, you can access that through the Home Page.