Vintage Car Rants

Vintage Car Rants

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rants about some vintage car owners and the misery of living with Old cars.

Ted's Brooklands

CarsPosted by Steve Hughes Wed, December 26, 2018 07:18:15
Finally, after 55 years slumber, the Prototype Gamecock Brooklands is back driving again.
It has been sat for some years now since I did a vast amount of work mechanically. Went off for wiring and the odd little thing to be fitted, lights etc..
Anyway, Ted will have it back diving for next year now....He crashed it in 63 having owned it for a short time, then life got in the way.
It is now back in the form it had in the late 30's when owned and raced by Lady Mary Grosvenor.

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CarsPosted by Steve Hughes Thu, May 25, 2017 18:36:34
Badges have arrived at last for the works team cars.

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New Home

CarsPosted by Steve Hughes Wed, November 23, 2016 06:14:52
The Wrong Special is on her way to a New home. A lovely couple Tim and Emma aim to use her much the way I have done to have some VSCC fun and join in with class 8, soon to be biggest class?
Now to get on with the Shoe String Special.

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New make on the Horizon

CarsPosted by Steve Hughes Sat, September 17, 2016 09:34:33
Soon to be seen at V.S.S.C. events is the little Known car make badged. H.R.A.....these are all Riley based Specials Built by the Hughes Family.
David's car should be finished by the spring of 2017, then I hope my Brooklands Special followed by Scott's car...the hope is we will all be in Class 8 of the VSCC and all the cars will be Badged "Hughes Racing Automobiles"!

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PonderingsPosted by Steve Hughes Sat, September 17, 2016 09:26:40
Recently had a clog up inside, heart that is.....although many of my ex-wifes would say I don't have one!
Now need to grow 3 inch in hight to get body mass in line with Government Guide lines.
Gods make " time of the Essence" wake up, has focused the mind on all the crap I have just got to get sorted out!
Thus selling "The Wrong Special" and getting the "Right Stuff" on the slipway.
F.T.D. here we come!

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12 & 14/6

PonderingsPosted by Steve Hughes Sun, November 29, 2015 07:19:29

Have been asked about replacing a 12/4 with original type 6 cylinder engine recently, prompted following reply:

Things to consider are gearbox, clutch, and why change.

Things to check are cracks around centre main,cracks on sides and back of water jacket and cracks around cam follower holes inside and on top face studs to followers and waterways. Also that all main carriers are correct type for the block/oil ways. Size of cranks and soundness there of, rods probably not worth reusing... cams likely same.. Starter motor, Dynamo, inlet manifold, water pump and dissy?

Check head very carefully to see all the oil /water holes match up.....this is a minefield on Riley six cylinder engines.

Rebuild costs hard to quote, but beware of "New" Folk in market place who appear to be singing from the Hymn sheet of Adam and the Ants......
"Stand and deliver".....after the event and now even, before.

We would recommend new rods on shells, as rods are the weak point of the in of modern oil filler. If using a Pre selector box, we do make a flywheel to take a 12/4 2nd type clutch as the original type is more like a Claymore mine than a clutch....Not sure if there are any bell housing available anywhere! Several needed in the last couple of years following explosions. Manual All helical box coming into stock soon, can supply lightweight flywheel and Borg&Beck clutch.

Main thing to remember is to join the 6 cylinder Riley club there is an oath/joining ceremony to preform :

Open your wallet and say after me "Help yourself"

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AC New Crank case

StrugglesPosted by Steve Hughes Sat, August 15, 2015 06:35:02
We have now, finally, finished machining the first batch of New Weller AC six cylinder aluminium crank cases. Block no.1 is match machined with crank fitted to replace the buggered case mentioned in earlier post.
I now just have to build the thing and get running.....along with one hundred and one other jobs!
Right Bob, now for 5 New Sprite gearboxes that are on order for winter!!

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top of the hill

CarsPosted by Steve Hughes Thu, May 14, 2015 06:43:15
Now it goes up hills, drive Wiscombe in the wrong special yourself at

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