Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Rear Suspension Platform Castle Nuts

 Rear suspension platform castle nuts made up from hex bar.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Starting on the crank assembly

Getting ready to sort out shims, spacers, springs, bolts etc.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Derby Bentley in the way

A new body will be under way soon, there just the matter of the Derby Bentley that's taking up the build space. As soon as this is finished my rolling chassis will sit here with another tc next to it for taking measurements from. That's Bentleys for you, always in the way!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Beaulieu International Autojumble 2015

A couple of excellent finds:

A Rotax cutout

and the internals of a Rotax FT26 complete with fuseholder.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Both front brake drums topcoated

Both front drums and backplates have been topcoated.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Other front brake and drum done

Both sides are ready for topcoat tomorrow...

Front brake shoes in, drum primed

The first set of front brake shoes in place, drum on and primed.


This thingy holds a spring in place, that holds the brake shoes in place. Made from scratch.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Rear brake backplates being sorted

Wear plates on the rear brake backplates being "unworn".

Front brake Levers

Made out of incorrect but genuine brake levers.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Brake Shoes repaired and relined

Brake shoes back from being repaired and relined. Eight rear and rear handbrake shoes on the left, four front shoes on the right. At some point someone must have put too thick a lining on the front shoes, so machined off a bit of the cam follower to get them on! That had to be sorted.

The front shoes are unusual in that one end of one shoe is anchored, then the shoes are linked together, then the cam acts on the far end of the linked shoe. Applying the brakes means that the braking action on the first shoe forces the second shoe into the drum far harder than the normal system. Sunbeams have really good brakes!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Water pump and patterns

New water pump castings and the patterns.

Perot shafts

Perot shafts ready to go on.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Restored anti-clockwise (converted) BTH CE6

The BTH CE6 magneto I bought at Beaulieu Autojumble years ago, back from being restored and converted from clockwise to anti-clockwise. The vernier is still an Alvis one. That needs to be changed to a 20 tooth Simms which I also got from Beaulieu a year or so later.

It needs an advance/retard lever to clip around the brass collar. That's being made.

Beaulieu Spring Autojumble - Rotax FT26 and a fuse box

The innards of a Rotax FT26 switch panel (I found a brass face plate for one last year) and a fairly modern fuse box I might use - it resembles the Rotax cutout I have pictured below.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Door Handles

Very pleased with these. A pair of original tc door handles.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

New crankshaft

Quiet for a couple of months, but there are things going on as usual...

A new crankshaft, machined from the solid. The originals usually cracked, this is made from a modern alloy to fix that problem.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Both front hubs and drums

Both front hubs and drums are now in place.

Oil Pump

An oil pump. It's very worn but a lot of the parts can be re-used to build a new pump with a new casting.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Claudel Hobson AZP Carburettors

A better picture of the carburettors. There's a 10p piece on the left one to give some scale. I need to take off that rusty bar on the left hand one! 

A starter handle and cone

A starter handle and cone. There were two sizes, I now have one of each.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Hub number one!

First hub and brake drum on. You can also see the the steering tie rod is on and the perot shaft is attached, waiting for a casting that bolts onto the chassis and holds the other end of the perot shaft, and the radiator trunnion.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Gearbox casing

A gearbox casing. Fairly shot as it's been sitting in a damp place for umpteen years, but it could be repaired at huge expense - failing that, parts could be cut out and welded into a damaged gearbox to repait it.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Resplining hubs

Hubs being prepared for resplining. First they are welded up, then machined back to the correct diameter as seen here, then the splines will be cut.

Glass blowing bowls for AutoKlean fuel filters

The wonderful people at were able to help me make some new glass bowls for the AutoKlean fuel filters:

Monday, 19 January 2015

Radiator cap with thermometer

Not sure if this is a twincam radiator cap, because it may be too small. It may be from a Sunbeam 20.9.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Exhaust manifold

The judges are still out on this - but it should be usable. It's pretty solid and the flanges look OK.

Claudel Hobson AZP Carburettors!

I got these today. It's just fantastic to have an original matched pair!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Steering linkages going on

Steering linkages going on and work started on the Perot shafts

Backplates ready to go on

Restored backplates ready to go on...