Classic car as a daily runner?

You are course course spot on, I was having a brain fart maths wise. 5 banks not 6, 30 cylinders, not 36. Plus 5 distributors and 5 carburettors.

On the face of it an abortion, but Brit tank crews apparently quite liked them they were easy to look after, ran well and did not require the pre-start hand cranking that the radials needed. You could probably not tip petrol down a drain faster though.

You would have thought that they would have ditched it as a concept as soon as something else came along (like the GAA) but ooooo no.

There is a website out there somewhere that lists the production output of the larger US industrial concerns in WW2. I was astonished to see that they made over 44000, yes 44 thousand, multi banks.
Chrysler built a majority of the Wright R-3350 engines used for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in it's Chicago Dodge plant..

 

napier

LE
Moderator
Kit Reviewer
Bump.

The Golf is taking a little longer than expected. The old engine was completely goosed and ready for the bin. It could’ve been rebuilt but not to the standard I wanted. It appears to have been rebuilt in the past by a rank amateur and nothing was correctly torqued up, some serious wear in places showing signs of previous oil starvation.

Luckily parts for these are dirt cheap.

I had the option of putting something silly in, a mate is currently selling a tuned 20v Turbo engine that’s pushing out around 250hp but I want to keep this car as original as possible (save for the wheels).

Found a replacement 1.8 DX engine with less than 100k miles on it for 150 quid delivered.

My guy has completely rebuilt it and it’s as close to a brand new mk1 Golf GTI engine as you can get. New bearings, new seals, new gaskets all round. Availability of parts has been a bit of a nightmare with massively long delivery times, a combination of the “pingdemic”, BREXIT and just general COVID shitness.

However the engine is back in now and we’re just waiting for one or two bits to finish it off mechanically. It will be driveable next week.

I want to enjoy this car while we still have some summer left, so I’m holding off on the cosmetic bits for now (a tatty roof, ripped driver’s seat, penny sized rust bubble on one wheel arch and the driver’s door, and maybe the alloys could do with a refurb if we’re being really picky.)

Can’t wait to drive it again.
View attachment 594529View attachment 594530
sure you're not driving it yet?
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
A little run out in the red car today.

Nice classic show over at Barnard Castle with a drive out round the local area. Unfortunately the convoy didn’t exactly go to plan with everyone splitting into smaller groups and getting lost. I was following a bloke who was following a bloke in a mk1 escort. The escort pulled over unwound his window and said “I’m not part of the drive, I’m just on my way home, everyone else turned off about 3 miles back.”

Cheers.
FCD0DC1D-C2E0-4540-A697-4A120FC3FDE8.jpeg
16E09BF7-AC2F-48D1-A1F8-5AA963A1227B.jpeg
D56EF876-8F2C-4863-817C-560CB93B8F93.jpeg
E04C4BCC-04E8-4CDA-964D-8F4A0F8CD3A9.jpeg
930F99F3-84F3-43EC-9F40-AD5FD7B7D5A2.jpeg
6AC3EAF3-2351-4E9F-9649-1570493038CA.jpeg
87128ECD-B196-4FF2-90AF-7C0784E8A3E6.jpeg
2BEE04CC-588A-4A0D-A8DD-678D72532FD0.jpeg
B674AFEB-4639-45E9-81AF-2CD1E0E7787C.jpeg
733A5BE5-8D12-463D-B24E-50142FD25144.jpeg
ADDBDEDA-7A64-416F-97C3-32C0E241B51B.jpeg
CC137537-3556-40FC-8857-4563B6CFEDA5.jpeg
7B615E40-7892-46A7-9580-BD27816CD4E0.jpeg
1B316E2A-6DBA-48FC-BC34-F3E8574E3A34.jpeg
11E77590-91AB-46B9-97FC-D3C5895E7AAB.jpeg
9645782E-CAF2-4278-8AC1-2B2E62C6091A.jpeg
D1271935-FE6C-4488-AA55-64DF11AAF058.jpeg
9DE863B9-4C47-4C20-AB4F-F8B4DCF8A3D8.jpeg
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
It also amazes me what some people will bother dragging along to a classic car show these days.

There was an impressive array of utter shite there too.

Highlights include an early 2000s Honda Civic Estate, an MGF with a stoved in side that had been hastily rebuilt with filler and not painted and 2 or 3 completely bog standard TDI Landy Defenders.

Whatever floats your boat.
 

Truxx

LE
A little run out in the red car today.

Nice classic show over at Barnard Castle with a drive out round the local area. Unfortunately the convoy didn’t exactly go to plan with everyone splitting into smaller groups and getting lost. I was following a bloke who was following a bloke in a mk1 escort. The escort pulled over unwound his window and said “I’m not part of the drive, I’m just on my way home, everyone else turned off about 3 miles back.”

Cheers.
View attachment 595040View attachment 595041View attachment 595042View attachment 595043View attachment 595044View attachment 595045View attachment 595046View attachment 595047View attachment 595048View attachment 595049View attachment 595050View attachment 595051View attachment 595052View attachment 595053View attachment 595054View attachment 595055View attachment 595056View attachment 595057
Barnard Castle eh?

How's the eyesight?
 

endure

GCM
A little run out in the red car today.

Nice classic show over at Barnard Castle with a drive out round the local area. Unfortunately the convoy didn’t exactly go to plan with everyone splitting into smaller groups and getting lost. I was following a bloke who was following a bloke in a mk1 escort. The escort pulled over unwound his window and said “I’m not part of the drive, I’m just on my way home, everyone else turned off about 3 miles back.”

Cheers.
View attachment 595040View attachment 595041View attachment 595042View attachment 595043View attachment 595044View attachment 595045View attachment 595046View attachment 595047View attachment 595048View attachment 595049View attachment 595050View attachment 595051View attachment 595052View attachment 595053View attachment 595054View attachment 595055View attachment 595056View attachment 595057
Love the Pug and the Sebring Sprite.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
I was digging in the front garden this afternoon, Prescott had just finished, I was treated to a stunning display of pre war cars, and more Bentley straight 8s than you could shake a stick at
of course somebody had to go and spoil it , a Lada Riva fitted with a Fiat 2 litre engine and straight cut gearbox
went like a stabbed rat
 

Truxx

LE
I was digging in the front garden this afternoon, Prescott had just finished, I was treated to a stunning display of pre war cars, and more Bentley straight 8s than you could shake a stick at
of course somebody had to go and spoil it , a Lada Riva fitted with a Fiat 2 litre engine and straight cut gearbox
went like a stabbed rat
the Lada sounds interesting but only in that Fiat did it first with the 124ST and that was a million years ago.
 
It also amazes me what some people will bother dragging along to a classic car show these days.

There was an impressive array of utter shite there too.

Highlights include an early 2000s Honda Civic Estate, an MGF with a stoved in side that had been hastily rebuilt with filler and not painted and 2 or 3 completely bog standard TDI Landy Defenders.

Whatever floats your boat.

.....even a red Ferrari....:eek:
 
Unfortunately the convoy didn’t exactly go to plan with everyone splitting into smaller groups and getting lost. I was following a bloke who was following a bloke in a mk1 escort. The escort pulled over unwound his window and said “I’m not part of the drive, I’m just on my way home, everyone else turned off about 3 miles back.”
One of the hazards of zen navigation.
It also amazes me what some people will bother dragging along to a classic car show these days.

There was an impressive array of utter shite there too.

Highlights include an early 2000s Honda Civic Estate…
We saw a Mk1 Civic saloon this morning which seems like a rare sight these days, most of them presumably having disintegrated years ago.
 

LepetitCaporal

War Hero
It also amazes me what some people will bother dragging along to a classic car show these days.

There was an impressive array of utter shite there too.

Highlights include an early 2000s Honda Civic Estate, an MGF with a stoved in side that had been hastily rebuilt with filler and not painted and 2 or 3 completely bog standard TDI Landy Defenders.

Whatever floats your boat.
Utter shyte makes the best stand out
 

Chef

LE
A little run out in the red car today.

Nice classic show over at Barnard Castle with a drive out round the local area. Unfortunately the convoy didn’t exactly go to plan with everyone splitting into smaller groups and getting lost. I was following a bloke who was following a bloke in a mk1 escort. The escort pulled over unwound his window and said “I’m not part of the drive, I’m just on my way home, everyone else turned off about 3 miles back.”

Cheers.
FTF navigation at its' finest. (Follow Truck in Front).
 

Latest Threads

Top