Type “B” 3.4 Jaguar XK150 SE Cylinder head undergoing rebuild as part of a full engine build. This head has hardened seats inserted, new valves, springs, Cam bucket guides and new Cam buckets. The head has also had David Newman cams installed, these cams are noted for giving a smooth idle with lots of torque in the mid range. The head will be painted the correct “Sky Blue” for 3.4 SE cars.
1969 Boss 302 Ford Mustang, Yes the one to have!!
This engine looks very nice but in fact is in for a full rebuild and gearbox selection problems, slipping clutch and very large oil leak from rear main oil seal which will be converted to modern one piece Teflon seal.
Cylinder head ready to be installed with new carburettor mountings in the later hardened rubber material. Fast road cams should give another 20bhp and make the car feel a lot more lively and crisp!
Here the engine is just about to undergo a full strip down, watch this space for more updates and progress on this rare engine build.
Ferrari 355 gearbox undergoing rebuild in our workshop and an update to the clutch release bearing system which was a problem on the early cars.
Kits are available to upgrade cars using stronger bearings and Nitrile seals.
The new clutch ready to be installed, this new unit is much stronger and can easily take the power of the 355 and has a lighter clutch pedal feel, so it’s a worthwhile upgrade all round when a clutch replacement is required.
We diagnosed several problems with this MGB cylinder head, least of all a cracked seat and totally worn out valves and valve guides.
Here we are reinstalling a reconditioned cylinder head with unleaded exhaust valve seats and new valves and guides, with a high quality Payen composite head gasket.
These MGB engines are notorious for blocking up the breathing system, part of the problem with this engine, coupled with insufficient oil changes throughout it’s life.
The Cylinder head of this Jaguar XK150 has been removed as part of a major engine rebuild. This was necessary because of the fitting of an inferior lower timing chain tensioner which broke up and sent pieces and swarf all around the engine and scoring both the crankshaft and cylinder bore walls. The engine had apparently been rebuilt some 10,000 miles ago! It’s the old saying you get what you pay for unfortunately. We also discovered that it had not been run on any anti corrosion inhibitor and was already showing signs of extensive corrosion. The engine will go on to be rebuilt to exacting standards using all genuine Jaguar parts supplied by Guy Broad Jaguar in the UK.
Alfa Spyder in for cylinder head overhaul, unleaded valve seats, new valves and fast road cams.
Before work starts!
Back at the clients ready to be enjoyed!
Engine bay cleaned and ready to accept rebuilt cylinder head.
Rolls Royce Phantom II cylinder head having received new valve guides, new valves and the seats cut to suit. Final lapping in of the valves and then Vacuum test for correct sealing.
The engine in our engine shop at the beginning of the reassembly process.
Crankshaft, New camshaft and new revised cam followers installed with modified oil feed to cam followers, overcoming the Achilles heel with which these engines suffer.
These pictures show a Triumph TR4 engine as fitted to a Morgan +4 Supersports. These engines are a good example of an engine that responds well to the installation of modern materials, i.e. All steel Farndon crankshaft, ARP rod & big end bolts, Mahle race pistons. All these items work together to make this race engine a much more reliable unit and with the ability to utilise more revs with complete piece of mind.
Bugatti Type 57 Atalante ready to go back to the customer after some minor engine work and service after been laid up during the winter months.
Here, we are replacing a head gasket and exhaust manifolds on a Ferrari 400 V12. Using genuine Ferrari head gaskets is a must on these engines as they can burn lesser quality head gasket material very quickly, resulting in the whole operation needing to be carried out all over again. Over the years we have acquired most of the tools to undertake operations like this with ease, saving the customer both time and money.
We are able to carry out standard, fast road or full race engine builds, we always look into the possibility of upgrading items such as bolts, bearings, head gaskets, etc, to achieve a more reliable engine even in standard form. All our machining work is carried out by an ex aeronautical engineer who also shares our passion for classic cars, and runs a 2 litre Alfa Romeo, Formula Libre single seater.
Our engines are supplied with a build sheet showing detailed parts installation and specification which may differ from standard especially in full race trim. Following are some of the projects we have completed recently.