Sunday, 14 October 2018

Workshop and Workplaces For the Historic Engine Co Late Summer.

This Wonderfully original, 23,000 miles Derby Bentley has been in the family for decades. Here being surveyed at Fiennes Restoration. Everyone is keeping fingers crossed that they might see this car back on the road..

Treasures waiting outside of my own home workshop.

You may have seen the Delage a little while ago. We decided it prudent to see if we could fit a modern oil filter to the engine as it had been built but not run in te late 60's. I am glad we did, this is the second filter in a few hours of running, Mostly this is white metal machining swarf. We elected to partially strip and clean the engine and crank oilways.

I think this is one of the nicest natural, mature slightly worn cars I have ever worked on. The owner has looked after her fastidiously over the many years of growing up children, grand children and family dogs, this Triumph is near perfect inside and out. She had a bit of a "refit" (the owner is a maritine man) in the 80's using all new Triumph parts.. amazing condition.
We have been attending to the head gasket and a number of other items prudent at this time, including a new radiator and electric fan.

Not the Triumph now: The photo below shows that if you have the opportunity, check machined parts and new parts as the "buck stops" with the engine builder. There is about 30% contact when blued in this recut seat. In this case there were other issues too ..... I actually don't know who did the machine work as this is how it arrived, I am pleased to have removed the valves. 
This is not uncommon, I think the running difference is thought to be negligible perhaps, but it only takes an hour or so to lap a set of 4 or 6 cylinder valves (with exceptions of course :) )

Jacob gains a wealth of experience when he is working at Fiennes Restoration .... the place that started it all for me!

As you will see in older posts, I have a childhood interest in modelling and slot cars and American Oval racing.
Quite a long time ago I carved a "buck" of an American sprint car with thought of trying to vacuum form a body. Inspiration from W / Commander Ken Wallis and from the coach-
builders that I regularly work with, had me wondering ..... a copper body slot car, Sprint racer!
This is a WIP and has been for most of the year but it is coming to shape.
You might be interested in the models of Gerald Wingrove, his books always topped my school holiday library book list.

This model is 1/32 Scale, about 4" long (100 mm).

Wing Commander Wallis:

Saturday, 1 September 2018

iRacing : Grand Prix Legends - 2018 S3 - Round 12 - Circuit de Spa-Franc...

If you like "real world classic grand prix cars", try to sit through this video as much as possible to enjoy this race, this isn't PlayStation or Xbox, this is laser scanned Spa and cars with simulation physics modeled from the real thing as well as tyre behavior models created with assistance from the tyre companies.

The drivers are all ages, many are mature ex racing and / or contemporary racing drivers.

The whole package comes together with some very amusing close racing.....Give it a look if you can. You may enjoy it..

If you would like a go, you can buy a used wheel and pedals for under £100. The wheel gives active feedback, which with a little time, hones the missing seat of pants "feel" to your palms and your brain does the rest!
You really can feel the back "step out" or the car go light.