Case Studies

Here are detailed case studies of previous Fix and Repair engineering work. It's fairly diverse!

Pre-repaired 1930s MG Aluminium Sump

This sump was found by one of my customers amongst a ‘job lot’ of bits from an auction.  It is a sump that was used on a 1930s MG racing car.

 

Why does it look like this?

You will see from the photographs that the sump has fins cast into it.  Looking at the picture showing the ‘inside’ of the sump, you can see that...


Ford  GPW World War II jeep

I bumped into Kevin and his WWII jeep at a local show. He was expecting to do some work on the engine of this jeep to keep it running.

These WWII jeeps were made for use in war and originally expected to have a short life of about 60 days. This one is still going strong after 60 years! You will recognise this type of vehicle from war films such as 'Saving Private Ryan' . I...


Magneto Drive Gearbox

I was asked to machine a set of special gearboxes for MG vintage cars. These cars, originally made in the mid 1930's, are being restored in 'racing' form.

Why a Magneto?

The racing version of these MGs needs another type of ignition system to deliver the spark to the spark plugs that keep the engine firing. Most spark ignition cars (even modern cars) rely on the...


Vintage MG preselector gearbox bellhousing

I was asked by Alan, my customer, who restores vintage MG cars (made around the mid 1930s) to see if I could develop a repair strategy for this bellhousing casting.

The bellhousing is the component, usually a casting, that connects the engine to the gearbox. Usuallly the clutch and engine flywheel are to be found inside the bellhousing. However, this particular car is being restored to...


RSI desk complete

This website was built by Carl. When we first started to discuss the site Carl mentioned that he had a problem with repetitive strain injury (RSI) a common and painful problem with people who use computers for a living. Carl wondered if my skills could be directed on to constructing a desk adjustable to giving him as good a posture for working at his computer as possible. After looking over...


stock image of Chain Drilling Jig

I was asked to see if I could repair a conservatory made of hardwood that had rotted mostly around the base. Other trades people had given quotes for complete replacement in UPVc. My approach was to support the top part of the conservatory and replace the lower part with brick which made a neat job at a quarter of the price of a complete replacement.

However, one of the hardwood window...


image of Gear Actuator arm with missing section blanked out

The arm in the picture is an actuator arm off a 1930’s MG fitted with a pre-selector gearbox. These gearboxes are semi automatic, that is they only change gear when the clutch pedal is pressed. This is attractive for racing enabling the driver to ‘set up’ the gear box ready to accelerate out of a say a corner. A similar approach is used on racing cars to this day albeit...


A colleague of my partner asked me if I could sort out his drum pedal. He is a ‘heavy hitter’ in a rock band that plays pubs and clubs in Liverpool (yes this is the city where the Beatles started).

The problem was that during a gig the drum pedal bearings that are attached to the bottom plate kept coming loose during the performance. He had tried everything to stop it...


image of MG K-Type Axle, vintage car part, side full view

A small consortium of vintage car restorers had these axles cast in steel in order to replace the original forged axles on these cars.

I was asked to machine the critical features of the King Pins (angled drilling) and Cotter Pins on these axles in order to finish them for restoration projects. 

One of the axles had lost one of the cast-in features (Cotter Pin Boss) and I...


image of MG car oil pump flange, close up above

This oil pump flange (from a mid 1930s MG K type) was found at a vintage auto-jumble by one of my regular customers. It was in a bad state. The mounting face was pitted and, worse still, the oil pressure control piston was jammed deep inside the flange. It was in the ‘last chance saloon’ as all attempts to remove the piston had failed. I was asked to remove the piston and tidy up...