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    Always liked these. Prettier front end than a Pilot IMO.
    You have a Spitfire?! Going to be a flyer one day?

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    Hi, I always thought that the designers of pilot ruined a really classy vehicle, the front of the bonnet, grille and headlights were a step back in time ten years further on!


    I don't think the spitfire will be flying anytime soon!
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    Doesn’t everyone have a spitfire in the garage?..

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    On any Sunday....most of sunday removing the caked on oil soaked muddy putty from the out side and the disgusting sludge from within; (I've no idea how engines run with this kind of filth)

    Interestingly I couldn't remove the fly wheel with the sump in situ, as the gear box mounting flange on the sludge housing is a smaller diameter, so I'll have to remember to put it back on before the sump!


    On the bottom of the block there are two round holes in the water jacket (one each side) they were plugged (sort of) with bits of rubber; so what should they have, core plugs? or rubber bungs?
    Last edited by Austin Martin; 10-06-2018 at 17:06.
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    that's cleaned up nice,

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    I'd rather bead blast ally but I only have sand in the, er, (sand) blaster and that leaves a finish easily contaminated by oil etc, so it was the trusty wire brush in the drill.

    The sump has a built in engine breather (angled rearwards) that connects to a gallery all the way up to the camshaft, probably has some mesh in it as standard, mine had nothing, and no doubt that contributed to the thick coating of glue!
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    Nothing to report on the '37, (waiting for some bearings) in the mean time a bit of work on the Impala; as can be seen in the thread "is this normal " in on topic, some scuzz has cut the brake drums with the oxy...…..if I can make the front ones fit all will be good as the fronts need to be discs.



    To that end I've replaced the 14" wheels (as supplied) with a set of 15"'s I've had knocking around for quite a while (so long in fact that I appear to have lost the wheel nuts) managed to balm them on with a few turns of thread with the original ones; initially the rears were reluctant to take part, but then I realised that the trailing link suspension move the wheel centre too far forward on full droop, the answer was to prop the axle on a stand whilst lowering the car on the jack.

    turns out I've invented a new style of wheel as well (which was nice)


    Last edited by Austin Martin; 25-06-2018 at 13:45. Reason: cant speld
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    Fairly trivial, but …… hub cap mk2 (II)

    So I bit the bullet and bought a set of wheel nuts; usually this is enough to force the lost items to the surface, but alas they are still hiding, all good but they are domed and now the mk1(I) hubcap no longer fits, (I could cut the domed bits off but having just shelled out £2 ea I wasn't feeling destructive!)
    As can be seen the mk2(II) is the mk1(I) with the cap removed the inner ring removed and the cap replaced on the opposite side; now the dish works in my favour no longer fouling on the domed nuts

    As the trim is stainless it should polish up ok when (and if) I can be bothered to polish the wheels!

    Unfortunately there is a cuckoo in the nest and one of the center caps is plastic bearing the legend "made in Taiwan" so a replacement will need to be sourced

    Right you can wake up now!
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    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    When they say "new old stock" they're not kidding!

    The ye olde hepolite piston manufacturing emporium, and Glacier bearings from when they used to make mints from polar bears......
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    Just a passer by as you might say.

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    Moving the entire workshop from one building to another (almost the most fun you can have with your trousers on)

    On the left 8 pistons from the '37 ford, and on the right one from a Merlin; 8 ford pistons are the same displacement as 1 from the Merlin!PIC_1774.JPG
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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