Saturday, 11 June 2016

Hillman Imp engines

This has been a fascination of mine from the age of seventeen when I got my very first car, it was a Balmoral Grey 1963 Hillman Imp.

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Since those early days I have built so many Imp engines that the numbers are lost to me.

Many have been the standard 875cc some have been the larger 998cc, one of which I raced here at the Killarney Circuit just outside  Cape Town.


Friday, 10 June 2016

Car restorations in Hout Bay, South Africa

I am able to restore cars such as the Imp to any standard, including sprint and race plus engine rebuilds.

My main speciality is the 1963 to 1973 Hillman Imp and its cousins. on the images to enlarge them.

This red 1967 Hillman Imp Californian coupe is my own car, it has been in progress now just short of two years and while other works were happening.

The car is now a daily driver and can be driven if required.

Imp 875cc engine rebuilds are a special part of what is on offer.

Many parts are ex stock, others are Imported from my many suppliers.

Imp front disc brakes are also possible.

Engine rebuilds, the one on the left is a 998cc block.

Cylinder heads are ex stock.

Total body works can also be done.


Folding alloy mast steps for sale

Now sold!

I have three, two have been used but are fine to use, the other is brand new.

R300 each only!

An imported product and possibly hard to find now?

I can post to most places in the RSA via Postnet for just R100 extra.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Building our Optimist kit in the USA

We recently sent three Optimist kits to a sailing school in America.

It looks like they are off to a very good start with reading our detailed builders manual!


Monday, 6 June 2016

Aries Mk5 self steering gear for sale

Now sold and it will be off cruising soon I hope.

This is the last design model that Aries Marine Vane Gears poduced?

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This Aries Mk5 is a little different though as after three South Atlantic Ocean crossings and when the delivery crew on the last trip failed to lubricate the gear once a day, the original alloy gears and nylon bearings required renewing.

The new parts installed were all in stainless steel.

New parts and by then the gears were in stainless steel were imported.

Since refitting the gear has been used once on a local test sail to show some local friends how well the Aries vane gear works.

The mount bracket, tubes and vanes for the water and air control are included.

This is very much a once off offer and at only R25,000 is a very good offer for such a quality self steering gear.

Seen here and on the test sail as mentioned, what you see is what is on offer, the transom extention is included if required?

At U$1675.00 this is too cheap?

Ex Cape Town, South Africa.