We’ve been busy building this 1994 Mini Cooper Group A rally car for a customer. We started with a genuine Rover Mini Cooper SPI body shell which was surprisingly good. After repairing and replacing any rusted panels the body was seam welded. As well as seam welding we reinforced various weak points. Rally cars have to put up with a lot of abuse so reinforcing and strengthening the body shell is very important. Then we test fit the Safety Devices roll cage and welded in the counter plates for the feet. Then the body was media blasted before being prepped and primed. Next, we applied seam sealer before spraying the flame red top coat and white roof.
Following the body preparation and paint we began to assemble the car starting with the subframes. Both front and rear Mini subframes were seam welded and painted black prior to assembly. The subframes were assembled using the homologated components for a Group A rally car. This includes adjust tie rods and lower arms. Additionally, the homologation papers allow for 4-pot Metro brake calipers and finned alloy brake drums.
When complete the car will be just like the Group A Mini Cooper that competed in the Monte Carlo rally in 1994 with Paddy Hopkirk.
We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Vapour Blasting Service here at CCK in Sussex. We are ready to clean your engine components with our brand new Aquablast machine from Vixen. This wet blasting process works wonders, especially on aluminium, bringing it back to look like new. It leaves your engine components spotlessly clean with a subtle sheen, ideal for restorations. The process cleans by flow, and not impact, producing a ‘soft’ finish. Additionally, the water acts as a lubricant, avoiding media impregnation. It will clean the surface without removing any material unlike dry media blasting.
The vapour or aqua blasting process is perfect for removing all manor of grease, grime and staining. Cylinder heads, timing covers and cam covers can look like new again. Even heavily stained gearbox and differential casings can look like new again. For vapour blasting in Sussex call us on 01825 733659.
This week we had an old Bentley R-type in for a new exhaust. The old one was blowing badly and when we looked underneath we found it to be totally rusted. The only solution was to fit a complete new system. The system came from Flying Spares and was a great fit.
A classic Mini straight cut gearbox for our FIA Appendix K Mini Cooper S race car. A fresh rebuild on the straight cut, close ratio gearbox has been assembled. New bearings and gaskets were supplied by Mini Sport ahead of the Goodwood Member’s Meeting race this April. The 77th Members Meeting will hold a Mini only race for the cars 60th Anniversary. 60 Minis will do battle in the Betty Richmond Trophy race.
Get in touch if you need a gearbox or a differential rebuild for either Mini or Sprite and Midget road and race cars.
We’ve just finished a custom bolt-in roll cage for a lovely little Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Made from 38mm CDS tubing to FIA Appendix K regulations and painted in the body colour Alfa Rosso. This cage has 6 points with rear diagonal, door bars and a harness bar. Roll cages are not available for all historic vehicle so a custom made cage might be the only option. Additionally, some people like to tailor their roll cage to suit their driving position.