Bill S. 1985 Aston Martin Volante.† April 2004.
I have been servicing this fine vehicle for several years, now.† Modifications have been made to make the car more drivable and tractable under normal, city driving; which is the kind of driving Mr. S does.† This involved rejecting of the four double choke Weber carburetors, along with other proprietary adjustments.† I have been an Aston Martin specialist for many years and know the cars fully.
This time, there was a problem with the rear stub axle drive flange.† Unfortunately, the V8 is subject to rear wheel bearing and axle failure.† This repair required some parts sourced from England.
Steve W. 1958 Morris Minor.† February 2004.
This car belongs to one of our brave men who went to Iraq.† While he was gone, my instructions were to get the car running.† He had started repairs but was forced to leave things undone during his deployment.† Things started out as a valve job, but I discovered some very bad work, previously done (in England!).
The engine was rebuilt as was the cylinder head, carburetor, and distributor.† The customer supplied a rebuilt transmission and I replaced the clutch and rebuilt the clutch linkage.† I was able to install a better camshaft than the stock one, which resulted in a very nice driving car.
David S. 1958 MGA.† July 2003.
It was during a full chassis-off restoration that Mr. S brought his engine and transmission to me.† The car was being restored by the owner to a very high standard.† My instructions were to also restore the engine and transmission to the same degree.† But the owner wanted some performance modifications done at the same time.† These modifications would be noticed by the driver by a more powerful and smoother running engine, but were not to be visually noticed by others.† I was able to accomplish these requests by a careful selection of camshaft and engine balance and assembly.† Special, custom pistons were made which resulted in an increase in compression.† The end result was an engine with the characteristics exactly as requested.
Steve B. 1994 Jaguar XJS 6.0 Liter Convertible.† June 2003.
Although I do not work on many cars built in the 1990ís, I do specialize in all Jaguar V12ís.† This car is the last of them and is also the best and most powerful ever built by Jaguar.† The car arrived running very rough and was soon discovered to need a valve job.† I wish I could say this was uncommon to the 6.0 liter, but it is not.† It is a big job and everything must be set just right for the big cat to run correctly.† I am happy to report this car has run faultlessly since I performed the work.
Frank S. 1984 Jaguar XJS.† March 2003.
Mr. S. had only recently purchased this very nice example, intending to use it for daily transport.† It was brought to me to ascertain what was needed to ensure the car was reliable.† Jaguar V12ís are one of my specialties and I am very familiar with them.† I soon discovered that, although this was a very well looked after car, it was in need of some serious maintenance.† The V12 is an engine, which when cared for properly, is nearly impossible to break.† But this care requires an owner who is willing to follow his mechanicís advice!† Every four years, these cars need major cooling system repairs.† Things such as hoses and thermostats (there are two), belts and coolant.† The radiators need to be removed and cleaned.† Because of their low design, the cars tend to collect dust and leaves on the front of the radiators.† This dirt effectively blocks up to 75% of the cooling effects of the radiator.† Other things needed are attention to oil leaks which usually occur at the camshaft covers, and distributor and ignition maintenance.† †After I complete these repairs the owner can expect a very strong and reliable car. †
Frank S. 1986 Jaguar XJ6.† February 2003.
This is a beautiful example of the Series 3 Jaguar Sedan.† However, it had over 150,000 miles on it and was showing itís age, both engine and transmission wise.† It was decided to rebuild the engine fully, installing higher compression pistons into a fully balanced and blueprinted job.† The transmission was the stock three speed type and it was decided to fit a four speed automatic, with overdrive available in the fourth gear.† All of this was accomplished along with an updated cruise control.† The engine compartment was carefully cleaned and removed of excessive items and was professionally painted.† A new, factory, bonnet insulator pad was installed to complete the job.† The end result was exactly as the owner requested, a very smooth and very drivable Cat!
Engine and Transmission Restoration of 1967 Austin Cooper S,† June 2002.
This car is owned by Steve S. of Julian, CA.† Plan format was to rebuild both engine and transmission to a high level of restoration.† The engine was to be slightly modified by balancing and a road and rally type of camshaft.† Drivability to be maintained but a more smooth and powerful midrange was requested.† Suspension, steering, sub-frame, and brakes were also addressed.† As I have extensive knowledge of the early Miniís, this was no problem and the customer was delighted with the results.† If you are interested, this car is currently available for sale.† Contact me to get more information.
Kent K. 1979 Triumph Spitfire.† January 2002
After many years of faithful use the Spitfire was ready for some serious engine work.† While the engine was out, the owner wanted to clean and paint the engine compartment, which he did at my shop.† The engine received a full and custom rebuild, balanced, as is my custom with all rebuilds.† All the ancillary items were replaced or rebuilt such as distributor, carburetor, starter and water pump.† The transmission was resealed and clutch replaced.† All belts and hoses were replaced and anything else which was worn out.† The result has been very gratifying for the owner, having had no trouble from the work done whatsoever.
Arlene W. 1979 Jaguar XJ6.† August 2001
This was a very extensive and comprehensive rebuild to an older but very classic Jaguar Series Two Sedan.† All Series Two cars suffer from overheating.† The trouble stems from small cracks, which form between the cylinders themselves, in the block.† There have been several attempts over the years to correct this problem, but it was never corrected fully until the Series Three Jaguar introduced a modified block in 1982.† The best repair to these older cars is to update them with not only the block from the latter cars, but the entire engine itself; which is what I did.† It is not exactly a bolt in conversion as the cooling system and other items need modification, but I have done several of them and the results are worth the effort.† Since the repairs this car has been one cool cat.† The owner is now happy to discover she can both drive in hot weather AND run the air conditioning!
Rear Stub Axle Flange for Aston Martin Volante V8, showing bearing damage (top of photo).
Engine and transmission assembly, Morris Minor; Ready for installation.
Engine and transmission assembly, MGA.† Ready for installation.
Jaguar 6.0 V12 during teardown.
Jaguar XJS V12 showing radiator removed.
Jaguar XJS V12 radiator showing heavy dirt accumulation at bottom of radiator.
Jaguar XJ6 engine being rebuilt and under bonnet after painting, prior to engine install.
Austin Cooper S, top engine ready for install. Bottom, engine installation.
Triumph Spitfire engine, rebuilt.
Jaguar Series 3 engine being rebuilt and prepared to install in Series 2 car.