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, Jun 27 2019 04:49PM
Carrying on the theme of finishing what I've been starting, the Mustang that was dropped off on Saturday was picked up this afternoon. The oil leaks were traced to the sump and the power steering control valve. With the sump off the car it was found to be split around a bolt hole and really beyond repair. The owner sourced a new sump, gaskets and a kit to rebuild the power steering valve. These arrived yesterday, the sump went back on easily enough and the valve was straightforward to rebuild (it looked like it had never been done before). Then it was just a matter of firing it up and seeing what came out of it, as it was nothing but exhaust gasses and noise I could let it go. Small steps with this car, it still needs proper brakes to handle the 351 Clevelend that's been jammed in under the hood and there's work to do on the exhaust. Etc..
By Chris McPheat, Jun 27 2019 04:41PM
Another car left the workshop this week with the owner of the Bullnose Morris coming yesterday to drive it home. The adjustments to the carburettor stopped the fuel leaks, the new down-pipe gasket closed up the exhaust and I sorted out the wiring so the engine can be turned off using the correct switch on the dash. The electric horn also now works. It must be ok as the owner made it home and let me know it was running well.
By Chris McPheat, Jun 25 2019 05:42PM
A customer from the US stopped by this week and dropped off this 1913 Renault AX engine. He had spent a week with the Renault Freres club in Northern France and, on the way up to visit the workshop, bought this. It is a 9hp, 1060cc, 2 cylinder, and was used extensively in Paris taxis from 1908 until the 1914-18 hostilities. They are renowned for their reliability and there is a possibility it can be tuned slightly so it suits a voiturette body (better valves, aluminium pistons and a slightly raised compression ratio). All I need to find now is the rest of the car, or a chassis at least.
By Chris McPheat, Jun 25 2019 05:30PM
The tuning of of the carburettors on this Wolseley Hornet Special went well last week, and the test drive showed that the cam timing work was also a success, but the thermostatic control to the already fitted electric fan was found to be inoperative. I ordered and fitted a "Davies, Craig" controller and kept most of the owner's wiring and the fan. The controller shows the current temperature through a probe that fits perfectly into the honeycomb of the radiator. A push button allows the user to set the temperature at which the fan turns on and it will turn off 6 degrees below that level. On test the temperature recorded on the controller was only a degree or so below the reading on the temperature gauge. The owner came and collected it today and drove it home (it came in on a trailer).
By Chris McPheat, Jun 24 2019 05:43PM
The Ford Mustang I look after has come back in for a couple more jobs. The last time it was here I traced the starting fault to a broken (and brittle) wire on the back of the ignition swicth, fixing this meant the owner could take it on the "Hot Rods & Hills" event recently held in the Lake District. Now that event is out of the way it's back in to track down some engine oil and power steering fluid leaks. Once the underneath was wiped clean and the engine fired up I could see that the power steering control valve on the end of the tie-rod was pushing fluid past its seals and there was a trail of oil from one of the sump bolts. With the sway bar and chassis cross-member out of the way (which was loose anyway - not ideal) the sump was pulled easily enough and, once cleaned, I found it was split around the leaking bolt hole. There were also signs it was part split around a couple of other mounting holes and continuous over-tightening of the sump bolts had bent the flanges beyond repair. The owner has ordered a new sump. Whilst I've been down there I've also replaced the leaking transmission dipstick tube o-ring and will be looking into improving the pipes that run to the cooler. All things being equal it should be done by the beginning of next week, or at least it had better be as he wants to take it to Tatton Park for the Stars & Stripes car show on July 6th.