Tuesday, 17 February 2015

More Sprint Goodies

No actual work on the cars last week as I have been away in Liverpool working on Top Gear, and this week I am going to Newcastle for a repeat of the same, but some more nice Sprint parts arrived in my absence

Nice steel flywheel - I have the ring gear for this, just need to "borrow" the oven one day when Anne is out to heat the ring gear so it expands and can be dropped onto the flywheel

Light weight clutch

Some NOS terry Valve springs

and a NOS timing chain

That's all for now, cannot wait to get back to some spannering !

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A little more TR5 progress

This weekend I have been working so not much time for classics, but I did get a few little jobs complete on the TR

It now has a handbrake and its tunnel cover

and I got the inner wing splash guards fitted and the plenum drain pipes.

The TRs have that crappy arrangement where the plenum drains come out between the inner wing and the wing, so guaranteeing rust on top of the inner sill and the wings at the bottom, so I have extended the drain hoses and brought them out through the splash guard, as you can see, but with a nice 90 degree bend at the end of the hose to prevent water and air going the wrong way.

Thats it for today, however I have heard that some more nice engine parts for the Sprint are ready and on their way to me .....

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sprint Bits and TR5

My JE forged pistons arrived on Friday

These are 160 grams lighter (inc rings and pin) than the standard piston, so each rod and piston assembly is 340 grams lighter than standard :) - I hope this will help the engine rev a little better - I need to decide on a cam now.

I have spent the rest of the day on the 5, I completed the rear boot wiring to the lamps

Then I finished the B post and strengthener trim in the door frame

the next job was to install the finishing strips to the wing seams - I hadn't looked forward to this as the painters had used seam sealer between the panels, so after undoing the fixings, I had to gently cut through the sealer with a stanley knife (without causing paint damage) before I could open up the flange and insert the trim strips.

These will need painting body colour, but I will do this when the car is complete so any other paint damage (although I am hoping there will be none) can be rectified at the same time.

Where am I?