Saturday, 9 July 2016

Judy Reid, at the RCYC in 1982

This was the year that the Cape to Uruguay ocean yacht race was on, Judy was selling the race programs.

Picture taken by Ivor M (name obscured in the cutting)

The picture was taken from one of the Cape Town news papers, I have kept it all these years!

We are still in touch with Judy (now Timms)  who now lives down on the island of Tasmania.

She was in Cape Town last month  ( June 2016?) 


Friday, 8 July 2016

Restoration of a Hillman Imp Californian car

The 1967 Hillman Imp Californian took some 24 months to restore,

The car is now close to complete, the fitting of new disc brakes on the front may be the next job to do, the discs are in stock, so an easy job to fit.

This is how the front disc sets look when fitted to the Imp car, this one has extra length studs to accept Supalite alloy rims, which were fitted on a race imp in 2012.

The calipers are Ford and suit the Imp when it has the 13" rims fitted.

With the Imp Sport engine conversion this 875cc engine gives a good acceleration over the standard Imps engine.


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

British Seagull 102 series restoration?

This will be my last 'customer ' restoration of a British Seagull?

Click on the images to enlarge them.

I say 'the last' as the cost to parts and labour just is not cheap, time taken is countless hours, which if I charged on a normal mechanics or a plumbers hourly rate would escalate my charges beyond affordability?

I have one more 102 series similar to the one in the picture, that will be done as an in house stock motor and for sale.

The engine above came in last February 2015, that is over six months ago, the time to source spare parts comes to much of that time and of course the final cost to the restoration.

The same engine, bench tested and ready to be collected?