We’ve been asked to carry out a fresh race preparation on this Fiat 1100. The car is already a race car and was purchased recently from an auction. The car is unknown to the new owner so they wanted to get it checked out before hitting the track. Additionally, it’s good to set a baseline on the rolling road so we can monitor the health and performance of the engine.
We started with a thorough front to rear checkover and spanner check. Then, we made a report of areas we thought needed attention. Overall, the Fiat was in pretty good shape. We had to source a handbrake cable and fabricate some 1-piece wheel spacers for the rear. Next, we attended to the electrics and got all the lights working. Following that, we got the engine running and and set the car up on the rolling road. Now the fresh race preparation on this Fiat is complete we are satisfied it works and that it meets safety standards. Next we head to Brands Hatch so the new owners can start enjoying it.
Steady progress has been made on our Plymouth Barracuda race car. The body preparation is nearly complete. However, it is time for the dry build. We want to ensure that everything fits before we paint the body. We installed an engine and 4-speed gearbox with new polyurethane mounts. Additionally, we’ve fitted the rear axle and leaf springs. We converted the car from an automatic transmission so we had to ensure that the new clutch linkages lined up and functioned correctly. As well as the clutch mechanism we also had to install the shifter and linkages. The exhaust headers came from Doug’s Headers in the USA. Space is critical as the left header has to clear the steering box and the clutch mechanism.
We’ve welded supports for the seats to the floor and made a cutout in the scuttle for emergency pull cables. Lastly, we’ve fitted the 6-point roll cage. We are adding a harness bar and double door bars for additional safety. You cannot be too safe in a car of this size. Next, we will strip it back down and prepare it for paint.
Now the 2019 race season is over we’re spending a bit of time on the bodyshell race preparation of our Plymouth Barracuda. In recent weeks we’ve continued to seam weld the body. Additionally we’ve reinforced some high stress areas around the suspension pickup points.
We’ve removed all unnecessary tabs and brackets to help save a little weight. Furthermore, we’ve filled all unnecessary holes in the bulkhead. Because a sealed bulkhead is a requirement under the FIA and Motorsport UK regulations.
The other major modification is the 4-speed conversion. This Plymouth Barracuda was originally an automatic. We sourced a gearbox in the UK and a pedal box on eBay in the states. The rest of the parts came from Brewers Performance in Ohio.
Once we complete the bodyshell race preparation this Plymouth Barracuda historic race car it will be prepped for paint. We’re think red.
September always proves to be a hectic month with both Goodwood Revival and Spa Six Hour just two weeks apart. Following our success at Goodwood we prepped two more cars and headed off for Belgium. We brought with us the Jaguar XK140 of Joao Mira-Gomes and the TVR Grantura of Ernst Luthi. Both cars ran faultlessly all weekend. The XK140 ran in the Motor Racing Legends combined race for the Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss trophy and the TVR ran in the Masters pre-66 GT race. Charles Rainford shared the drive with the owner of the TVR in the 90 minute race. Being the only car in their class they came home with a trophy for 1st in class! We’re already looking forward to next years Spa Six Hour race.
We’ve been testing the XK140 race car. Following the recent return of the Mira-Gomez XK140 for the 2019 season, we’ve been busy preparing the car for Donington Historic Festival. Now that the car has some proper power from the new race engine, things are getting pushed a lot harder. One of those things being the driver! To help keep the driver in his seat we’ve changed the old leather bucket for a new Tillet B6 Screamer. We’ve had custom leather panels made up to match the existing leather interior.
Prior to Donington Historic Festival, Shaun has been at Brands hatch testing the XK140 race car. Now that the is going quicker we will be looking into some other other upgrades to aid handling.