Nogaro Classic Festival 2017

Join us at Nogaro in the heart of the Armangac region in SW France for the Classic Festival on 7th and 8th October 2017.

The CLASSIC FESTIVAL welcomed more than 15,000 visitors last year, is open to all and aimed at bringing together all car enthusiasts, in order to share together two days of celebration and racing. Included in the programme: Ancient Aircraft Fly In, Pre-War, Single Seaters, F1 and Prototypes, Shopping Village, local Classic Bodega (parade en ville, course landaise, bandas, brûlot d’Armagnac, dégustation de bourret).


Morgan Framework

We are working on the Morgan wood frame this week producing new lower pedestals and finishing rear crossmember. These will be fitted to the rear frame and repairs will be made to some wood rot on the corners of the frame itself. Will update on that during this coming week with more pictures.


Morgan 4/4 Rebuild Continued

I am finally back on the Morgan this week after several weeks lay-off due to injuring my back stacking logs of all things. Anyway, we have been repairing the wood frame and sanding it down ready for treatment. We have also started drilling all the bulkhead holes to accept the new wiring loom. Currently we are stripping and servicing the Armstrong lever arm shock absorbers with new oil, these are easier to service now and install before the wood frame goes back on. Some people have asked “Why are you bothering reinstalling the Armstrong shock absorbers as these are old technology now, when there is a telescopic conversion available?”. Well the answer is simple, apart from the cost point of view (which will be quite expensive once you take into account the cost of the mounting frame, shock absorbers and labour to install). The other reason is simply that the car will feel more modern and lose that Morgan ride appeal.

The first picture shows the shock absorber stripped out, whilst the second shows the oil drained out with lots of thick, black sediment so definitely time for an oil change.

Pictures of the wood frame repair coming soon so look back to see those.

Morgan 4/4 Rebuild

On Friday I received back the front brake Calipers for the Morgan which have been to the UK for refurbish at a company called Classicar Automotive in Cheshire. They have been overhauling calipers for me now for around 30 years and there work is always perfect. So I will be looking forward to getting them back on the car this week.

Morgan Brake Calipers

I will post some photos of the car later this week as soon as we clear the main workshop were the Morgan is now as it’s a bit chaotic at the moment and would not make for a good photo!

These parts are small items from the Morgan, the engine mounting and steering joint cover. They are away for blasting and then  powder coated in a Satin black finish.

Morgan 4/4 Rebuild

This week saw me back on the Morgan 4/4 (Katinka) which I am restoring for a UK client. This has involved a new chassis and then rebuild as required with some upgrades along the way. I will be uploading pictures and text onto my blog every week so all you Mog fans please look back and see progress on the Morgan.

This first photo shows some of the parts which went off last week for blasting. Repair work will need to carried out especially on the gearbox cover which is badly corroded along the left bottom edge which you can just see in the photo.

Gearbox Tunnel Cover Morgan 4/4

This shows the rear panels which has gone for blasting, the actual medium used on these panels is ground walnut shells which at low pressure does not distort the panels, very important.


Carburettor Rebuild

It’s quite bizarre really, I haven’t rebuilt a carburettor for months and then 3 pairs all at once!

This current set is off an MG TF 1500 which had been standing for several years. Engine started first turn of the starter and idled at 650rpm from cold after several years!

MG TF Brake Cylinder

Working on an MG TF brake system the other day I noticed something quite interesting regarding aftermarket parts, this problem is not new to me and I am becoming very disillusioned with some so called aftermarket quality parts suppliers.

The brake cylinder on the right of this picture is an old Girling rear brake cylinder the one on the left the replacement. You may look at these and say they look identical, well I can assure you they are quite different.

MG TF Handbrake

The replacement on the left although looks the same it does not have the correct angle and leverage in the operating arm for the handbrake attachment which is the small hole you see at the top of the lever arm. When installed onto the vehicle you have the problem that when you install the handbrake cable you cannot engage the cable onto the handbrake lever itself as the operating arm on the brake cylinder does not have enough movement to allow you to connect up the cable.

Solution, order 2 new Delphi brake cylinders, install and hey presto! Perfect. These non fitting pattern parts were supplied by a reputable MG dealer and once the problem was bought to his attention he agreed that the quality was questionable and replaced them free of charge no questions and said that he would remove any others from stock.

Incidentally the replacement quality Delphi cylinders were cheaper than the non fitting pattern parts!

MGB Engine – Crankshaft

Back on the MGB engine, I installed the crankshaft on a dry assembly and found that it did not turn over too well which needless to say was rather disappointing. Having said that, it is of course the whole point of dry assembly rather than finding out that all is not well once everything has been cleaned for final assembly.

MGB Crankshaft

So, the next step was to try and find out why this problem was occurring, so I removed the crankshaft and inspected the bearing surfaces for any clues. No clues at all!

Next step was to mark up all the journals with engineers blue, then re-install the crankshaft and see were the crank is touching or not! As can be seen from the photo, the crankshaft seems to be touching only half the bearing surface, I would guess the bearing crush is not correct. The bearings fitted to this engine were supplied by the clients friend, they are a brand made in Israel, I have not had much to do with them in the past and have heard mixed reports about quality. I have always been a Vandervell bearing fan in the past but these seem to be hard to obtain these days.

Anyhow at this stage having measured up every thing else I am suspecting the bearings are not up to spec, so I have ordered a set of AE bearings and will install those and report back. I have attached a photo to show the results of the engineers blue test.MGB Crankshaft 2

Rolls Royce Phantom 11 Clutch Assembly

Back on the Rolls Royce Phantom 11 engine today and just getting all the clutch/flywheel components together to assemble the clutch housing.

This is a job that requires some patience and a methodical approach to re-assembly, you do not want to leave out anything at this stage as it will ultimately mean removing the engine from the chassis again which is not a 5 minute job!

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Clutch

Having riveted all the new clutch linings to the plates, it is now time to install the clutch linings and central drive plate into the housing. One thing about working on Rolls Royce cars is that every single item is marked with the engine number and all parts are marked for correct alignment and correspondence. The attention to detail in these Rolls Royce Phantom 11 engine is amazing.

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Clutch assembly

Triumph TR4 Carburettors

Arrived today this gorgeous Triumph TR4 in for the carburettors to be rebuilt and all the water hoses changed. Triumph TR4What prompted this carburettor rebuild was that the engine is running a TH5 fast road cam and I do not think the carburettors had been re-jetted to take advantage of the cam installation, however once the carbs were rebuilt and the engine was set up the car ran superbly and idle was a lot less lumpy.

Our Customers’ comment when arriving home after collection “……Driven better than it’s ever done!”


Triumph TR4 Carburettors

We buy all our service and rebuild kits from Burlen Fuel Systems in the UK. These guys know the meaning of service and all the parts supplied are of the highest quality every time, so if you think your carburettors are not as smooth as they should or could be then why not call me Andreas and discuss how I can improve both the engine smoothness and fuel consumption of your car.