Monday, 17 June 2013

Readying the Spitfire engine

More work on getting the Spitfire engine ready to run.  We will not having a heater so I found some old hose to bypass the heater circuit.  Top picture shows the SU carbs and radiator back on.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Getting the Saab ready

Four of us stopped on Wednesday to get the Saab ready for next week.  We had etch primed the bare metal earlier in the day.  Then brush coated the high build primer over.

Early next week we intend to flat the bodywork ready to add the colour, lacquer and final polish later. 

Had lots of practice masking up this car.

Monday, 10 June 2013


Have been taking engines to bits for the last few weeks.  The college has many different engines to investigate.  In Steve Gilbertsons room  are these two special engines on left is a Sachs rotary workshop demonstration engine and on the right is an old inboard boat engine.

Spitfire thermostat

The Leeds City College Triumph Spitfire cooling system is very rusty.  Just look at that thermostat.  There was so much muck on the top of the thermostat it looked like muesli.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Skills portfolio evidence paperwork

I have just gone through the paperwork needed to evidence the skills learned as part of the Classic Car restoration course.  Have sent a copy of it all by email to all my fellow students. Will try to find some time to add in my photos.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Spitfire build up - a rolling chassis

Now the Triumph Spitfire is being reassembled. Still needs a cooling system, fuel supply, brakes and a seat before we can think of running it on the football pitch out back of the college.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Old Escorts

Stopped off at the Ferrybridge services on my way to college this am. Saw these two rally car Ford Escorts both were covered in mud - somebody had had a good time over the weekend.