A Tech school in Australia has been running a programme to encourage young women to take up a career in STEM. Twenty five students are restoring a classic Range Rover to an electric conversion.
With only 183 ever made, this little HMC is both rare and collectable. Finished in a stunning blue, this classic bears a strong resemblance to Austin Healey. HMC (Holmes Motor Company) was founded in 1984 by two brothers, Graham and Peter Holmes who were inspired by the beautiful shapes of Austin Healeys. However, due to a disagreement between the Healey family and Jensen in 1989 over the ownership of the Healey trademark, the name was withdrawn.
This little 1997 HMC MKIV came in for a flying visit to fix its headlights, which are now as dazzling bright as they’re meant to be.
Our 1969 Fiat 500 isn’t doing too well. It came in a few months back for a steering rack replacement to fix a dangerous modification that had caused it to lose steering, however the parts were stuck oversees and it had sat in the workshop awaiting repairs ever since. Now that we have the parts, we can get started on making this little classic safe again.
The aim is to fit a new steering rack and column however it currently hits against the clutch pedal and universal joints, so we need to take apart the brackets that hold in the rack and column, move the bracket over by 10mm or so, and then refit the steering components. A big job of tearing apart the brackets and mounts, rebuilding them and fitting them back in is on the horizon.
The surgery has begun…
Craig’s DB9 is currently in the paint shop undergoing some paint corrections after the epoxy primer was applied to treat a small amount of corrosion coming through around the door handles.
We’ve also fitted new door rubber and rear window rubber tightened up the rear centre mounted brake lights that were rattling, refurbish the tyres, re-upholster the seats, repair internal door pulls, remove parrot phone system, test and modify power steering and diagnose the shaking, fit new motors to the wing mirrors, adjust the driver’s window that squeak and scratches, fit new stone guard stickers to the wheel arches, remove both front headlights and strip both doors.
Matt has now moved onto polishing and flattening the paint to give it it’s final finish.
Ady has stripped the engine of our 1973 MGB GT V8 so he can diagnose the issue with it.
Mauro is carrying out a thorough Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) on our classic bike before it makes its way down to the south coast to winner, Mike Parsons tomorrow. We do thorough PDI’s on all our competition vehicles to make sure they’re running perfectly before they meet their new owners.
Scott has continued the disassembly of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I by taking apart the mechanics piece by piece so we can access the engine.
Scott has also been removing some more of the wiring loom and then the the engine.
After the client came to see his two Jensen’s, he’s asked for some small modifications which has included changing the yellow Jensen badge to blue, adding mesh grills into the front side vents and we’ve noticed a few places where we wanted to touch up the paint. This Jensen will be leaving us very soon after its long restoration journey with us.
Our 2006 Mercedes CLK200 came in for some small paint and bodywork touch ups which have now been completed. The wheel arch dent has been worked out and the front bumper which suffered from stone chips has been repainted.
Our Austin Healey 100 has had a brand new temperature gauge and sender as well as having the radiator reconditioned to solve the blockage and leaking. We’re also fitting wing mirrors and need to adjust the handbrake.
One of our clients who’s storing his 1997 Aston Martin DB7 with us got in touch after seeing our DB2/4 project to say that his father, John Langley, used to own a DB2/4 however it had an unfortunate run-in with a lorry.
We’re told that whilst on the motorway, a lorry pulling into the side of the DB2/4 and the result was gruesome of the car. Although John survived it, we’re told they still miss that car.
Mercedes found themselves at the heart of disaster at the Monaco GP as Valtteri Bottas’ front right tyre couldn’t be removed during a pitstop on lap 30. This left Valtteri no option but to retire his car
Mercedes have still not been able to remove the wheel due to a damaged wheel nut and can only be removed back at their workshop where it will all need to come apart.
“The wheel nut will not come off!” 🎙— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) May 23, 2021
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“We eventually didn’t get the wheel off, it is sat in our garage with the wheel still on it,” Mercedes technical director James Allison said, as quoted by Motorsport.com. “It will have to be ground off, get a Dremel out and painfully slice through the remnants of the wheel nut. We will do that back at the factory.”
Team boss Toto Wolff added that it had “never happened to that extent before” and was “something we need to understand”.
The instance happened after the pit stop gun wasn’t applied at a clean angle, causing it to chip away the driving faces of the nut.
Even rival team Ferarri tried to help remove the wheel after the race but with no luck.
Mistakes can be made when working on cars, from the simplest of errors to the larger issues, each in their own is easy to make and often comes with frustrating consequences, but its all part of working with complex machinery.
You can read an in-depth review of the mechanical blunder here or alternatively, click below.
The Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 is back in the fabrication bay for some leading. The selection of photos below show inconsistencies in the front over-riders that need addressing to obtain symmetry and leading the spot-welded joints on the shell to ensure there is no cracking or sinking of fillers and paint later on.
We’ve also received the trim pack for our E-Type which is in a sophisticated muted green:
We set out a week or so ago to shoot with Charlotte and our 1989 Jaguar XJS at Bentwaters. We were lucky that the rain stayed away and the sun came out to help brighten up our visuals.
This stunning classic is up for grabs over on our competition website.
Our TVR Grantura has had a few tweaks made including a new rev counter, fuel gage and hand brake cables.
Our 1953 Riley RMS has been completed, having had its overdrive removed and it now awaiting collection from the client.
We’ve bene waiting on the parts for our 1969 Fiat 500 Abarth for many months as they were stuck abroad due to a shipping error. Now, finally with us, we can get started with replacing and modifying the steering rack.
Our 1959 Ford Anglia has been polished and is now being inspected as part of its service. We’re replacing the oil cylinder as we found a leak. We’re also replacing the fuel pump and need to take it for a test drive.
Lydia has also been making a new boot carpet for our Ford. She made the pattern out of paper first and then used it as a guide for the material. She then checked that it fit, trimmed some excess around the sides and will now sew on the binding around the edge.
We’ve now received the new clutch for our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Race Car which can be fitted to replace the faulty one. We’ve also manufactured a bracket for the starter motor as it wasn’t engaging. Once everything is fitted back together again, it will need a test drive to understand if it is running correctly or not.
Our 1973 Triumph Stag is looking worlds away from what it did when it came to us just a few months ago. We’ve sent off the steering rack which is being overhauled due to a leak and the rear brake shoes and brake flexihoses are being replaced. After this it will just need to be started and test driven to see how it runs.
Kath has been tasked with making some new leather seat covering for the 1915 Ford Model T. The seats are relatively basic however fresh new leather will certainly brighten them up.
Kath marked out and measured the seats to be recovered as well as marking out where the sewn in diamond would sit, which she tasked Lydia with later making. She then looked into making some piping and how to adjust the patterns to accommodate the button holes in the square back.
Our 1960 Peony Red Jensen is having its newly built dashboard fitted by Tom and the chrome adjusted by Paul.
Kath has continued with the door side panels and had now completed the passenger side. She has screwed in the panels for the air vents, added carpet fasteners and was then ready for Tom to work on the dash and Paul to work on the chrome.
We’ve had to replace the flywheel, prop shaft and clutch as well as the front lower ball joints as the clutch was slipping. Now with new components, our work van should be good to go again soon.
The new parts came in today, allowing Mauro to get cracking with the replacements.
This classic tundra MGB Roadster is in for a simple check up and service as it has been stored with us since its completion.
This pristine 1952 MG TD is back in for a service and a check over. Stay tuned to see what may need to be done on this lovely classic.
We will occasionally get in cars that push the term ‘classic’. This 2006 Mercedes CLK 200 isn’t quite classic status but its certainly on its way to being a modern classic at 15 years old. This lovely red convertible has come in for some paint and dent corrections on the front bumper and rear quarter panel upper wheel arch.
Scott has been stripping down our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 in preparation for bodywork. This has involved taking out chrome, door cards, electrics and mechanics, all the interior and wiring.
We had an exciting live draw with two winners announced, Mike Parsons won our 1953 Francis Barnett Trials Motorcycle with ticket number 130 and Iain Baker won our 1964 Land Rover Series IIA with ticket number 1248. A big congratulations to both winners, we hope you love them as much as we do!
We had some minor technical issues thanks to the weather but we appreciate everyone’s paitence as we continue to improve our live streams.
A class of 25 schoolgirls from Bendigo South East College, Australia, have been turning an old Range Rover into an electric resto-mod as part of a programme to inspire young women to take up careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Currently, the class have stripped the body from the chassis in readiness to start on the electrics and redesign the interior.
The Tech school director, Graeme Wiggins is running the programme in hopes it will inspire more young women to consider a career in STEM.
“We’re trying to create an aspiration pathway for young women who are interested in engineering, advanced manufacturing and automotive careers,” Graeme says. “And the interesting thing about this group is half were already hardcore car nuts to begin with, who were already considering careers in automotive or engineering.
The car will be charged using solar power and all the money we make from renting the car will go back into community enterprise for young people to develop their ideas and start-ups,”
The classic Range Rover is expected to be completed next year and will be rented out to the community.
You can read more here.
In the UK, Land Rover run an education pathway called ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ which is part of a global initiative to get more young adults into STEM. The programme includes a range of activities and projects designs to spark interest in engineering, science, technology and maths.
We’ve now finished our 1997 Jaguar XK8 which is now looking as good as new – you’d never be able to tell that we’ve taken apart and rebuilt those rear wheel arches! This Jaguar will now head home with its owner, ready to take on the roads again.
Our Jaguar MK1 has had a new fan and radiator fitted as it came in with an old fan that had started to bend and get caught by the radiator. We’ve now replaced both elements so it has a brand new fan and radiator.