Friday, 26 June 2009

Engine and Gearbox

The engine and gearbox are finally back in the car.

The engine now sports a modified 4 branch stainless steel exhaust manifold. Modifications were required to clear the Shorrock inlet manifold on primaries no. 2 and 3, and no. 1 needed pulling in to clear the Shorrock unit itself. Underneath, the Y piece exits at 1 5/8" running all the way to the back with a single silencer just clearing the towbar bracket. The front of the cylinder head has been drilled and tapped out to accept a bigger stud to handle the weight of the Shorrock unit. On my previous Shorrock installation, the original bolt broke and I'm hoping the bigger stud will alleviate the problem.

The 3 rail gearbox internals are now housed in a new aluminium gearbox casing from Canley Classics. The bell housing is an original aluminium item sourced many years ago from Bill Davies at Rarebits4classics. On the back of the box is a D type overdrive unit.

It's coming together really well, and I can't wait to get it on the road!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Spitfire MOT Passed

After a minor issue with the handbrake, I'm glad to report Sarah's Spitfire passed the MOT. After being sat in the garage for a couple of years, I'd forgotten how quick and nimble the Spitfire is. We've had a couple of enquiries, but if you're looking for an example of a nice MkIII this one ticks many boxes.

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Monday, 8 June 2009

We Have an Engine!

It took longer than originally expected, but on Saturday I collected my engine. The basic spec is as follows -

BORE : Plus 0.040"
STROKE : 76mm
SWEPT VOLUME : 1183.6cc
CON RODS : Lightened, balanced and shot peened
CRANKSHAFT : Shaped, nitrided and balanced
FLYWHEEL : Lightweight and balanced

Here it is hanging on the crane after receiving a few coats of paint.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Load Adjusters

A job I should have done a while ago, but have only just got round to, was ditching the shocking "Load Adjusters" on the back of the 2000. Any caravan-pulling 2000 owners want them (!) let me know before they go in the bin.

Hopefully the rear end will now settle down a little.