The Daimler V8-250 was the first Daimler to use a Jaguar platform and the last Daimler to use a Daimler engine. And what a great engine it is too. The small, hemispherical head (HEMI) V8 engine is a beautifully engineered machine. This car is a recent acquisition of the Southern Classics Society events coordinator Richard Long. The car is in lovely condition having been restored some years ago. We didn’t find too much wrong with the car, mostly deterioration of rubber components including power steering hosed, coolant hoses and suspension bushes. In the new year we will be looking at the brakes. Needless to say this car will be on the road at many club events during 2019.
If you are in the South and interested in a friendly classic car club check out Southern Classics Society. Their website can be found by clicking here.
Last time we saw Roy we did some work on his Austin A35 prior to driving to Portugal. This time we had his very neat rally inspired classic Mini. We had the car on the rolling road a week ago but this time it came in for a new water pump, bypass hose, bottom radiator hose, alternator, temp gauge and temp sender.
We picked up a local Austin-Healey 3000 with some running issues. The engine was cutting out and coughing and wouldn’t go for more than about 10 minutes. The problem was traced to the ignition system. The components looked as though they had not been changed in some time so a new coil, points, condenser, red rotor arm and distributor cap from Distributor Doctor were ordered. Once the parts were fitted and set up it was running sweet. A quick power run and back to the owner.
The accident damaged MGB GT is getting new wings, doors and a n/s rear quarter panel. Underneath this car is not in bad shape.
A few issues came up on the MOT that required attention. We replaced both front wheel bearings, both upper ball joints and the steering column bushes. The new steering column bushes that were supplied were very poor quality so we sent them back and machined some bushes from nylatron.
This Mk1 Lotus Cortina is in for an MOT, a service and some other issues. The car does very few miles and most issues are related to that. The clutch master and slave cylinders need to be replaced and the brake calipers are getting rebuilt due to stuck pistons. There is an intermittent spark on cylinder 1 so new plugs, distributor cap, rotor arm and HT leads are also getting fitted.