Sunday, 26 May 2019

HEC Archives 2

Another random instalment from a previous.. very pretty BSA C15 project:
This was a ground up build using an Otter frame and a "free hand" from a very trusting owner who wanted a trials bike that is a little different, we built many hand made one off items:

Racing Mini A..head

Over the last few months, we have been working on this Shelsley Walsh championship 1380 Mini.
Unfortunately, it arrived with a suspected head gasket problem, but this escalated WITH the finding of a crack in a an inlet port.
Having taken the opportunity to check the individual piston TDC positions, relative flywheel timing marks and measure the cylinder bores as well as carry out a simple "in situ" block pressure test. We have now fitted a new ported head along with ARP studs. The carburettor has been removed and cleaned, it is surprising how water had backed up the long inlet tract. We now look forward to the next outing.

Life Boat Contribution

We would like to thank the very kind contributors to our lifeboat box.

WFO - Steve Hinton's 2017 Piston Engine Speed Record

Monday, 13 May 2019

Archives 1

Although this is a little of a mixed up subject matter, I was going through some of my old boxes of photos and thought it might be of interest to post some of these, I will continue with further Archive posts as a series.

Here are the first few:

From about 20 years ago, a 30's Lagonda V12 rebuild, quite complex.

And about 18 years ago, with Charlotte's help, the resurrection of a 1927 Salmson 7 AC from T-chests and sacks! 

And below, nice memories motorcycle racing on my KTM motocross bike, a Weslake grasstrack bike and the same 500cc Alcohol Weslake engine, having made a sprinter frame to suit NSA events. All taken in the 80's. 

Above picture is during a "Children in Need" special night time floodlight event.

Foxhill GP track

Santa Pod

Spring Work Progress

Wolseley Details

Seat attachment to allow quick removal for access to service points in floor hatches.

Front panels and bonnet fitting up including fabrication of fittings etc. as well as provision for a little teardrop bulge to clear the carburettor. Attend to footwell pedal clearance and brake pedal position; providing a steel doubler to compensate for the reduction of some wooden frame to clear the drivers ankle! There isn't too much room for big feet!

Choices of ammeter not including the late Lucas.

Looks like a car, just a few tweaks to the shotgun exhaust system to follow.

Headlamp repair

Remote battery cutout, with protection shield in position.

1380 Mini, new Cylinder head (this car is a Shelsley Walsh Champion)

Mazda Mx5 NA (Very good emerging classic).
Rear weld repairs, rust treatment and suspension overhaul with new Bilstien dampers and the return to standard top housings.