Southern Rebore Services has been machining and reconditioning engine components since the early 1960’s. An opportunity arose for us to take over the business whilst retaining the expert engineer Colin Carpenter. We’ve been busy behind the scenes this summer getting ready for the move the firm to our premises at Rosehill Farm. The machines are finally in place and we will be open for business on Monday October 2nd. For those of you who have used Southern Rebore before you can rest assure the service and high standards will remain the same. Colin will continue to run things just as he did before. Over time we plan to expand our services to cover block work for V engines, V6, V8, V12’s and we also plan to put a van on the road for collections and deliveries. Please check out the new website www.southern-rebore.com or gives us a call on 01825 733659. Services include crank grinding, boring and honing, cylinder head re-surfacing, pressure testing, valve seat cutting and more.
We’ve got three A-series race engines on the bench at the moment. The first is the 1380cc motor from Ian Burford’s Sprite “Lumbertubs”. Freshly rebuilt for this season with the latest camshaft. The next is a full race 1293cc motor to go back into our Austin A40 race car and the final engine is another 1380cc race engine which is about to go into Andrew Chenery’s Midget Sprint and Hill Climb car.
One of our many tasks this winter is a fresh prep and engine rebuild for the Griffith’s FIA Triumph TR4. Keeping a good car fast and reliable takes constant work and the winter is a good time to get ahead. We’ve been through the suspension and drivetrain, rebuilt the gearbox and are in the process of rebuilding the engine. The engine is getting a fresh set of pistons and a recently developed camshaft profile.
For those who truly appreciate great American car design then the 1963 Ford Thunderbird must represent one if it’s greatest achievements. From its subtle fins and rocket engine tail lights to the wrap around aluminium dashboard it is truly stunning and thoroughly luxurious. The steering column moves to one side to facilitate entry and exit. All the windows are electrically operated as is the very sophisticated soft top, which automatically folds away into the boot where it vanishes completely. Powered by the ubiquitous pushrod, cast iron V8, that burbles in the way that only an American car can. This example has been a passion project for a local customer. Due to a lack of available time he’s asked us the get the new engine up and running and finish off a few jobs for the MOT. Then all that will be left is to wait for summer and put the top down.