In the sixties if you wanted more power out of your Mini, Austin Healey Sprite, Austin A40 or Morris Minor the Shorrock and Judson superchargers were about the best as you can get. This very rare Shorrock supercharged A-Series engine is going into one of the FIA race car Austin Healey Sprites we are currently building.
This 120″ wheelbase Master came in with a seized engine but with the help of some new custom pistons and a lot of machine work the engine is back in working order and the car can continue on for the next 90 years.
This vintage Rotary-Engined Pickup (REPU) is a restored example of the second generation Mazda B-Series pickups. The 1974 Mazda REPU was the first year for a rotary engine in a pickup which had a four-port 1.3-liter 13B four-barrel carbureted engine. 15,000 units were built.
These specialized four wheel drive military fire trucks were built for the air force. With only a few thousand miles on the clock these trucks can still be put to use in specialized private fire departments.
With a new digital distributor, suspension, and interior this Alfa can now be back on the street where it belongs. This is the first car for us using the 123ignition digital distributors and we already have more on order for other cars.
In July of 1951 the MG TD2 pictured in white on the right was introduced which came with many upgrades over the standard TD. Although both of these TD are 1952 models the red car on the left is a “competition” version designated the TD/C Mark II which came factory will all of the competition equipment that MG offered such as dual shocks on each corner and a more powerful high compression engine.
The rear drum brakes on this 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta are the famous Alfin style copied later by Datsun. The front however use these very wide aluminum drums with cooler fins that make it appear as if it is a large helical gear.
The Italian manufacturer Innocenti whom started producing cars in 1920 but is most famous for it’s Lambretta scooters of the 1940s to 70s started making their own versions of Austin’s best cars in the 1960s. Each of the cars on the right is the Innocenti version of the Austin car on the left. The Minis were still called Minis but the Sprites were called Spiders.
The GT body style was first introduced in 1964 with a Volvo B18 unit with overdrive gearbox and De Dion rear axle. In 1966 they switched to the Ford Kent “Formula Ford” engine. The plywood chassis was glued together from 386 separate pieces and was not only light and strong. Although most people have never heard of Marcos which ceased production in 2007 you have heard of the drivers who raced them. Among the drivers were Jackie Stewart, Bill Moss, John Sutton, Jack Gates, John Mitchell and Jackie Oliver, as well as Jem Marsh.
This Sprite arrived in typical fashion exactly as you see pictured here. The owner has decided to put on hold the 1958 Sprite we started and move the racing engine and suspension over to this car instead and then restore the other car to a more factory condition. This car has signs of being an old race car with the roll bar cut off near the mounts and when finished will be faster than ever.
Rolls Royce has famously advertised the horsepower of their cars as either “adequate” or “sufficient” instead of printing an actual number. Today we find out if the power made by the 6.25 Liter Rolls Royce V8 in this 1961 Silver Cloud is actually adequate.
With the metal work finished, including new floors, rear quarters, battery tray, trunk floor and one new front fender this car has come a long way in the last month. After the suspension is done we can start the prep for paint.
The DynoJet is a great tool for more than just seeing horsepower and torque numbers especially on a car with a small engine. Using the DynoJet on this 1953 Ford Anglia we can scientifically check how the carburetor is functioning, ignition health, top speeds in each gear, and accuracy of the speedometer.
Both of these Land Rovers are 1972 model Series III 88s but one is an original right hand drive and the other is a US spec with added reflectors and slightly different lighting configuration. After some testing on the dyno the advantage of the add-on overdrive units is clear and with the overdrive the trucks could travel at 80 mph if you were brave enough to do so.