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rants about some vintage car owners and the misery of living with Old cars.

Not my Work at Auction.

Folk Posted on Wed, October 14, 2020 13:28:10

Well I do say “How do you know if an auctioneer is lying?? easy his lips are moving.”

Do not believe for one second that the Riley Brooklands Special for sale at Bonhams 17-10-2020 was Professionally Restored by Brooklands EngineCraft at any time.

I did sell a pile of poo, before I was Brooklands EngineCraft to a guy as a rolling chassis. It had a poor quality Mike Holden chassis and an as found engine and box sold to me as rebuilt by a typical Riley Register guy ( no expense incurred) In fact it had a Merlin idler gear in the worn out timing gear set, so the oil pump could never of worked. It did have new Metalled bearings and I stuffed in an aluminium idler and eccentric so it would have oil pressure. All the rest of the engine was just old used Riley bits….Gearbox as a mess, but was told rebuilt…again no expense uncured…apart from all the welding to it, that’s why it’s red!

The Chassis went to Brooklands BodyCraft and that was the last I saw of it. Darren made a body and sent it on it’s way.

I have told them to remove my name from adverts, but I am sorry to inform you that as of 12 today 14-10, nothing has happened on line…funny I can alter my adverts immediately on line….they said it take 24 hours.



Says it All!!!

Ponderings Posted on Tue, April 28, 2020 19:15:12
I Need It!


Lost the plot!

Struggles Posted on Sat, April 18, 2020 09:52:46

This is the state of Chippenham workshop now. 7 nines in build that can be seen, four out of shot….plus a couple of Wolseley 6 cylinder engines on the go! Don’t mention the gearboxes or it might tip me over the edge!

Tweaked engine for Oily Rag car, now gone to Scott for fitting. New game for you of ” spot the difference!” Bottom picture is the latest.

Before.
Spot the differences!


Head in My Hands!

Struggles Posted on Fri, April 10, 2020 10:45:20

got stuck into a batch of heads this week. got one block to collect from re-bore and a set of wissy round type bits at balancing.

Which is who’s?


Covid19

Ponderings Posted on Wed, March 18, 2020 06:39:18

Big fear worldwide, this little bugger. Is it the end of Vintage motor cars? With the demographic of those at most risk being those who are interested in Pre War cars, could this spell the end of the Dinosaurs that are us! Not that we would be classed as Velociraptor, more like Headupthearsaurus.

Headupthearsaurus: Ponderous bipedal through back, having only retrospective vision and short attention sp….. where was I?

Hoping we all come out the other side of this pandemic…..wishing you all good luck.

Something New to play with while I antisocialise, self isolate.

What Fun!



New Kid on the Block.

Folk Posted on Wed, March 18, 2020 06:34:36

Scott has launched himself onto the Old Car World with him new Web site. He will be working in collaboration with Darren Goodgame and Myself on some projects we have for the future and ongoing builds already started.

Find him at www.brooklandsautocraft.co.uk

Wishing him every success for the future.

One we made earlier, Scott’s wiring job.


On the Shelf.

Struggles Posted on Sat, February 15, 2020 16:22:48

Had to start making hard to find short falls. Came to build a customer supplied Mk.6 engine (pile of bits) did the oil filter system but was missing pressure take off and pipe work at rear of engine. Also one main feed pipe and the pressure adjusting screw is the short spring type ( problematic).

So now have made all parts new, for the shelf…. as I was also short on some of my engines in the line…and there must be others who will need them.

Also making for Mk.V timing gear idler shafts, as they are not available and are different to Mk.4 and Mk.6

Things are getting hard to find in the “used parts bin” and no one much is producing anything new anymore.

Mk.6 with external oil filter.


Getting through them!

Struggles Posted on Fri, January 24, 2020 07:12:53

I have more engine builds in house than you can shake a stick at…but a couple of them have gone out this year already, thank goodness!! One Arrow crank, one original.

Arrow Hot job.
Standard Monaco.


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