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MGB Camshaft

Received today the camshaft for the MGB engine rebuild from David Newman Camshafts. This is a billet camshaft and not re-profiled although I have no doubt that David’s re-profiled cams are excellent quality like all his cams, it’s a matter of personal choice. I have been dealing with David Newman Camshafts for at least 25 years maybe longer and never had any problems. What I like is that all the guys that work there are always willing to talk about installation techniques and offer advice on how to get the best combination of head/cam etc.

We stock a small range of David Newman Cams and we can get most profiles for most of the classic British cars within a couple of days. If you have a camshaft requirement give me Andreas a call to discuss.


Midi Rétro Auto – Toulouse

We will be at Midi Rétro Auto in Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées  from March 31 to 2 April 2017. A hall of 4,000 m2 will host indoor stands , with outdoor exhibition areas showing more 200 vintage cars.

Midi Retro Auto

Midi Rétro Auto, Toulouse


Rolls Royce Phantom II Update


I have spent some time back on the Rolls Royce Phantom 2 engine and managed to get all the piston rings gapped and installed onto the pistons. In the third photo, the yellow spot is to tell me that the ring is the right way up! and you can just see the piston ring gap at  4. o’ clock set at 12 thou. I then installed all the rods & pistons into the block, castellated big end nuts secured, engine then turned over really smoothly. You may be asking yourself, why has he spotted the big end nuts with yellow paint when he has clearly cotter pinned all the nuts?! The yellow paint is to tell me that the nuts have been set at the correct torque before installing the cotter pins, just in case the phone rang between both operations, it’s an old lesson learnt from my racing car days, leave nothing to chance!

Rolls Royce Phantom 2 Pistons

Rolls Royce Phantom 2 Pistons

Rolls Royce Phantom2 engine rebuild, pistons

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Pistons

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Pistons engine rebuild

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Pistons

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Engine Block

Rolls Royce Phantom2 Engine Block

New changes for Classic Cars in France to the Contrôle Technique. Read on…

If you own a classic car that was first registered in France before 1960, it may be good news for you. A new rule was passed on 24th February 2017 that exempts classic vehicles which are older than this from their contrôle technique which is obligatory every 5 years. (This is the equivalent test of road worthiness to the MOT in the UK).  
 This rule also applies to vintage vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, regardless of age. (However, all other vintage vehicles outside of these two categories remain subject to a standard contrôle technique).

To be recognized as a collection car, the vehicle must meet new requirements:
* Be constructed or registered for the first time at least 30 years ago
* No longer be produced
* Be historically preserved and maintained in its original state (with no major changes having been made to the characteristics of its main component parts).

If a vehicle of over 30 years of age is not declared as a Classic vehicle, the regulations related to a Côntrole Technique do not apply and it must be done every 2 years.
Further information on this can be obtained from the government website:

If you need any help with any aspect of administration for your classic car in France, do not hesitate to contact us, we can help!


E-Type Jaguar

After extensive searching and viewing of several not very nice Jaguar E-Types I finally found this very nice, original and unwelded example in the UK on behalf of a client here in France.

A 1970 4.2 Series 2 Roadster, this car came with extensive history having been owned by Sid Collberg an American car enthusiast/collector and member of several prominent car clubs of America. The car is finished in its original primrose yellow and black leather interior and is in great condition.

If you are considering a classic car purchase then why not call and talk with us and let me help you find that classic car whether for sunny day enjoyment or pure investment.

Primrose Yellow 1970 E Type Jaguar classic car

Primrose Yellow 1970, 4.2, Series 2 E Type Jaguar

Some News for the MGB

Finally stripped the MGB engine in my workshop and it’s not looking to good, Cam followers are completely worn and starting to break up, most of the bearings have run to the copper, one broken compression ring on No2 cylinder and oil pump full of black congealed oil. The block has been measured and will go for acid dip, then rebore +20, machining of deck height and lower surface machining.


MGB Piston Ring

Broken Piston Ring

MGB Cam Followers

MGB Cam Followers

XK120 Wiper problem

I tried to find out why the wipers were not working on an XK120 and decided to remove the wiper motor for further inspection. Once removed and stripped it was fairly obvious what the problem was. The white grease inside had gone solid and the whole wheel assembly had stopped turning, so a complete strip and clean was the only remedy and repack with fresh grease, reinstalled and Hey Presto!

MGB Wiper Motor


MGB Wiper Motor


MGB wiper




XK150SE following complete engine rebuild

This beautiful XK150SE went back to it’s owner having undergone a complete engine build in our workshops, returned from road test and ready to go. We usually have customers return their cars after 500 mile running in procedure to change all oils and check over the engine to make sure everything has settled down nicely. Hence we will be seeing this XK again soon.