This week we have a beautiful Ferrari Dino 246 for a full service. This time around the Dino is getting a major service. This includes brakes and suspension. All moving suspension points have been check and lubricated and the brakes have all been cleaned and adjusted. Additionally, we change the brake fluid as brake fluid will degrade over time. As well as the underneath, we’ve been in the engine bay. We’ve changed the oil and filter and serviced the ignition system. Finally, we’ve carried out a general pre-MOT check.
This weekend July 6th/7th will see the HRDC descend upon Brands Hatch. We will be taking part thanks to the AMOC in the Aston Martin Centenary Festival. Saturday 6th will see the “Allstars” on the Indy circuit whilst “Touring Greats” get to use the GP circuit on Sunday 7th. Saturday night will also be the HRDC barbecue. We shall be there in full force running David Griffiths in the Standard Vanguard, James Turner in the Ford Zodiac, Victoria Beever in the Rover 105S, Guy Harman in the Fiat 1500, Ian Burford in the Sebring Sprite and as wildcard our little MG1100 will also make an appearance. A busy weekend but it looks like the sun will shine. Can’t wait.
We love historic race car preparation and development. We’ve made huge progress on the Fiat 1500 in the last 2 weeks. A custom exhaust manifold and system will let it breathe an awful lot better. A limited slip diff has been installed in the axle along with custom made competition half shafts. We’ve made a set of 13 x 6″ steel wheels to fit some larger rubber under the arches. There is a new race engine under way which will feature twin Weber carburettors. Watch this space.
Brakes really are you best friend in any race car. For safety we always ensure that the brakes are 100% reliable. This often means new cylinders and brake lines. In this instance we replaced the original type master cylinder for an AP Racing item which might be more expensive but is rebuild-able and is design for the rigors of circuit racing. We have also fitted new discs and racing brake pads and machined true the rear drums. As well as the brakes we have replaced the 4 speed overdrive gearbox with a non-overdrive unit. Parts for these gearboxes are hard to come by so we’ve had to build the gearbox using the best parts from all 4 boxes we had. Should be marked improvement for Brands Hatch this weekend.