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Archive for April, 2011

25
Apr
11

Project Herald: Goodwood Chic or Outlaw racer?

What started as a casual look at a local car that came up for sale turned into a full on hunt for a Triumph Herald…Why?  Erm, not sure really, they are just one of those slightly rarer cars that are everything you want a ’60s British car to be: Odd, bit of racing pedigree and rear wheel drive.   So it was my Dad that found this car (it’s his fault) and after the usual viewing, test drive and haggle (though none of this mattered; the second the garage door went up I knew I was buying it) I was driving it home.  It’s not going to be a massive project, in fact it’s pretty much there…but you know I can’t leave things alone so…erm, we’ll see!

Wheels are Spitfire optional Dunlop Steels.

Engine is a 1500cc from a Spitfire with twin SU carbs, 4-branch manifold and stainless system.  ‘Box is a 4-speeder from the same.

The suspension is Spitfire at the front and poly bushed with just a lowering block at the back.  Brakes are also from a Spitty with braided lines.

I’ve done a fair bit of work already from changing all the fluids to bleeding brakes to fitting a new clutch master cylinder and balancing the carbs.  The interior also got a good clean as it was covered in 43 years of life (and from the smell of it a fair amount of death).

It’s been so cool just cruising about in it this weekend.  Still umming and ahrring about what to do.  I love the period street racer look and the Outlaw 356 style from my earlier post…let see.

The main reason for getting the car is to have something I can use as much as possible from hitting the shops to hitting the beach this is my not quite daily cruiser.

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25
Apr
11

Outlaws and Racers

Right now I can’t get enough of Porsche 356 Outlaws and racers in general.  Between these cars and anything that looks like it could run la carrera panamericana I’m in love.   This is pretty much the kind of feel I want for the new project car (more on that soon…when I finally get some pics!): ’50s/’60s road race hod rod chic?   ALL OVER IT.

23
Apr
11

Nostalgia: A new car on the fleet

This is not a stance project.  This is not going to be an internet sensation.  This will not make your trendy fixed gear bike club jealous.  What this is, is nostalgia on wheels.  A car from a time when gentlemen were racing drivers and smoking was good for you…

11
Apr
11

You’ve come a long way baby

After years of waiting, dreaming and hoping…the Sunbeam is on the ground.

A quick spin over to Rog’s saw the axle finished and back in.  I’m pretty sure this car is at least group 4 through 12 now.   Alas, it’s on the back-burner while a certain cheeky Italian number gets some love… Alfa and Omega?  We’ve got it covered.

03
Apr
11

Project KP30: Relocation Station Part #2

So, this weekend battery relocation escalated… Six weeks later here’s how it sits!

I got carried away and re-painted the bay and rocker lid.   That’s not what took the time though;  There’s been the usual mix of real life getting in the way of play time, but I did end up spending a whole week chasing electrical gremlins.  I knew me and wiring was a bad idea.  The problem turned out to be a combination of a dodgy earth and a (subsequently) fried voltage regulator (sorry, phone pics).

A massive shout has to go to Luke at WOSP Performance who sorted me out with a plug and play electric regulator (and a spare mechanical one).  I never thought I’d get one to fit the car second-hand, nevermind an upgraded electrical one.

Oh yeah, this pic shows how it was before.  I’ve moved everything under the wing and built a new loom to keep everything in the bay clean.

LSD plans have taken a back seat for now.  Thanks to everyone who helped me out on this.  I think I’m going to convert the axle to a 5.6″ over next winter and with that get some new wheels.  Now the weather is better I don’t want the car off the road!

03
Apr
11

Curborough Sprint Course: MG Club 03-04-11

I’ve been gagging for the sprinting season to kick off at my local track and last week it did.  Except I couldn’t make it, so with some actual good weather and at least one of my cars in working condition I flew up there in the KP this morning.

I know, MGs aren’t going to set the world on fire and yes, they are still the preserve of the flat-capper, but, and I’m throwing it out there, I think they are cool.  Everyone is so obsessed (myself embarrassingly included) in being fashionable, rocking the right wheels and having the freshest stickers all over their cars that I can’t help but think we’ve lost sight of what’s actually so good about cars.  It was refreshing to see proper, lightweight, old skool british sports cars.  No frills, just fun.

I’ll just climb off my soap box then, and show you some pics….