Recycling to save the Planet
quite the planet, at least some ACs and a
lot of money anyway!
Over the years we have
accumulated a considerable stock of used parts
of all eras including blocks, sumps, heads,
crankshafts, pistons, rods and liners. We
are all aware that with the rising values of AC
cars, horrific prices have been asked for engine
parts of doubtful condition, many of which turn
out to be absolute junk. We have now begun
a programme of restoration designed to return as
many items as possible to use and as
economically as possible, especially those whose
lack can bring an engine to a complete
halt. Please read on for further details.
It is commonly but
incorrectly believed that the AC cylinder block
is the Achilles heel of the AC engine. In
fact, the cylinder head can be just as
challenging although its shortcomings, being
less obvious than those afflicting the block,
are less well appreciated.
Head maladies can
include corrosion, distortion, cracking,
mechanical wear to valve seats, camshaft
bearings and rocker shaft housings. Owners
seeking to replace a defective item are faced
with a lack of new heads at a sensible price or
the risk of buying another used one with no
guarantee as to condition and freedom from
hidden faults. We will soon be
offering repaired, verifiably crack and
pressure tested cylinder heads from stock.
These will be bare head castings that the
customer may then furnish with his own or our
new parts or we can build up a head assembly to
whatever state of completeness required.
We believe this will
remove an awful lot of the stress and doubt from
the hitherto risky business of buying a used
cylinder head. It also means that, stocks
allowing, long delays in having heads repaired
We may be able to take
your existing head in part exchange if
repairable or, if you are not actually in a
hurry, arrange for it to be repaired.
Buying a used
crankshaft can be as chancy as buying a used
head. Cracks invisible to the eye can lurk
in odd places and previous attempts at repair
lie in wait. All used crankshafts sold by
us have been inspected and crack tested
and are documented as such. We can, of
course, arrange for new crankshafts to be made
but this inevitably takes time so for the owner
who needs a crankshaft quickly or who has no
need for a new one, buying one of our tested
cranks can make a lot of sense.
Please note that we do
not currently repair crankshafts.
New cylinder blocks are
available from various sources and this is a
good thing. As a highly cost-effective
alternative we can supply original blocks with
new water jackets ready fitted, if required,
with crack tested, reground crankshafts.
We usually have one PVT and one post-war block
available or very nearly so.
have a sizeable stock of engines for sale,
whether complete and running, complete but
needing overhaul or enough dismantled parts for
owners to build up complete engines
themselves. These include Vintage, PVT
UMBs, early and late version
post-war UMBs and some CLs.
rebuilt engine comes with a photographic log of
its overhaul so that prospective
purchasers are able to see exactly the amount
and type of work carried
out. All engines are test run for several
hours and can be further run during viewing.
We have an extensive
stock of used parts comprising virtually every
engine component, large and small. The stock
is too long to list and is constantly changing
so if a good used part would suit your
requirement it is always worth contacting us
to see if we can help you.
- Crankshafts of various eras
- Cylinder blocks, pre-and
- Cylinder heads and components
e.g. valves, camshafts, springs
- Other parts:
In addition to engine components we
also have several gearboxes including a
completely rebuilt PVT box, running gear for Two