Friday, 15 June 2018

Friday, 8 June 2018

A Few Weeks In The Life Of The Historic Engine Co..

As well as Triumph Gloria and Delage DISS finishing and some time at Fiennes Restoration, here are a few other bits and pieces.
It doesn't show; battling stuck clutch and brakes on a winter stored Morris 8, sticking clutch on a S1 Landy, more Landy brakes. Enfield 350 with no sparks, Jaguar Mk II with no battery charge and post war Hornet charging problem. It certainly is a busy time at moment! All very interesting though.



I'd Like to ring time on this one....20's Morris Fire engine intermittent ignition fault is proving a challenge.





Wolseley special over the last few weeks, coming together, fitting the high (er) compression pistons has required some deep thought and careful machining, I breathe a big sigh as I remove each piston from the lathe..
Hopefully the engine will be going in to the car over the coming days.






Jacob having his first close encounter with a W. O. Bentley... now he is bitten!




Not really Historic Engine Co.. but sort of if you look closely at the "25" car sponsorship..

Some Oval slot cars getting ready to return to Missouri for a fun proxy oval race. All parts are scratchbuilt.







Monday, 28 May 2018

Bits And Pieces Through The Week..

Magneto testing

Slo Mo Rhythm!



Piston machining

Future Projects

Mini Gearbox

This lovely copper work is by Hugh at Hugh Murray Restorations near Stroud Glos.
It is an oil tank for a GN Special



Friday, 25 May 2018

P-51 Engine Out, Off-Airport Landing - full analysis

Delage DISS.......Stunning!

I have been back working through the finishing list of  the Delage (featured in older posts in this blog). Every time I (and everyone else it seems) walk through the door, this car gives me great pleasure to see, it is so stunning, in a very understated way.
As you can see the colour combination and the amazing woodwork along with those big narrow wheels, make this stylish and dignified car.
Her first roadtest was to the MOT station where she passed with a clean bill of health,
after all of those years in boxes, that was quite a moment.
She is back into the workshop now to have some last details and further brake adjustment as the brakes bed in. We are also doing a precautionary check of the engine bearings because, as mentioned in older posts, the engine was white metalled and machined and built before storage in the early seventies, it does seem to have had a brief run after the build but we feel that was very little. The tolerance of the bearings was quite tight and so we have been checking them at intervals to ensure that they are not overheating or showing any sign of distress as they bed in.

The carpenter / cabinet maker has been applying some further coats of oil to the absolutely beautiful woodwork, you can't see in the photos, but the rear seat also has a decking hatch when not in use.

The coachwork has been built by Hugh Murray using the original photos and some original items, Mark has painted her just as the factory, to a wonderful deep, rich, brush coated finish, even though brushmarks are barely perceptible, this gives to the period effect so subtly.









Thursday, 24 May 2018

Gloria Interior Progress

Through the late winter and now into spring we have been making some progress on the Gloria's interior.
The new wooden sections that provide the backing for the headlining and the door post trim have been cut and have received a coat of yacht varnish to protect them before the hessian and fabric covering. Some sections of the interior wooden frame have missing and rotten "fairing" strips for the headlining to attach and form around.
The carpets are in progress from new carpet material.
We have been sorting out some fuel leaks from dry cork gaskets and will have the engine running quite soon, this will help us move her from workshop to workshop as we work through the finishing details.

More progress and photo updates to follow shortly.




Sunday, 20 May 2018

Fiennes Restoration

I have recently been a little involved with Fiennes Restoration Ltd.

Fiennes Restoration / Engineering, is where it all started for me 30 years ago.
Their engineeing and restoration standards have always been of the highest quality and a benchmark for me.
I am very proud to be working, for the moment, with them once again.

Do visit their Website (soon to be updated) http://www.fiennes.co.uk/.

The photos below were taken a few years ago, this large workshop, machine shop and coachbuilding shop is now full of interesting work on a wide range of Rolls Royce, Bentley and many other makes.




 Photos from Fiennes Restoration Ltd web site.