This classic car restoration project is proving to be slower and more challenging than anticipated! Our last report hoped that work would start in early 2014, but at last in summer 2015 the engine restoration is starting to gather pace.
The image below shows the engine block with the original Ferrari identification numbers – F101 AC 001 number 00174.
A new set of pistons were received from JE Pistons in the USA and replacement valves also arrived in Autumn 2014.
The engine has been thoroughly examined and cleaned, the piston liners machined and little other damage was found.
A few of the engine studs showed thread damage, and as Thomas Smith Fasteners is a leading manufacturer and supplier of both metric and imperial fastenings to the classic and historic car industry, we were easily able to manufacture the replacements in Grade 10.9 material (with M8 x 1mm pitch one end and M8 x 1.25mm pitch the other) on our CNC machining centre.
The studs have recently been delivered to John at Headshop (UK) in nearby Warrington. These studs will be used in the rebuilding of the short engine using the gaskets that have been supplied by Maranello classic parts.
Here are links to previous posts in this series:
Part 7 – Engine stripped down, diagnosis
Part 6 -Bodywork, oil & water issues
Part 5 – Replacement door sills and exhaust
Part 4 – Alternator, driving on the roads
Part 3 – Engine, front wing, braking system, MOT
Part 2 – Car history
Part 1 – Introduction
Manager Gary Stevens recently visited Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway whilst on holiday in Wales. Thomas Smith Fasteners supply many vintage and heritage railways with imperial bolts, including the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway.
They operate two unique narrow gauge railways with completely different personalities.
Together, they offer the chance to explore the beauty of Snowdonia from over 40 miles of narrow-gauge railway.
Gary chose to take his family on the Caernarfon line but got off at the lovely village of Beddgelert. His daughter Annabel got her picture taken on the footplate of the train.
A great day out for all the family which is highly recommended.
For more information, visit the Ffestiniog railway website: http://www.festrail.co.uk/
Abbie McCain, 15, won the Thomas Smith Fasteners sponsored pony race at Knutsford Races on Sunday 17th May, riding Little Bull. Abbie’s sister Ella finished 2nd, making it a great afternoon for family McCain.
Abbie is a good rider, whose future career as a jockey is keenly anticipated. The picture above shows Abbie and her father Donald McCain, a leading racehorse trainer.
Gary Stevens, manager of Thomas Smith Fasteners (pictured above with daughter Annabel), was on hand to present the prizes for all three pony races.
Thomas Smith Fasteners is to sponsor at the Knutsford Races point to point steeplechase this Sunday (17th May).
Manager Gary Stevens will be in attendance and will be presenting prizes to the winners of the pony races. Thomas Smith Fasteners is sponsoring one of these races for up and coming jockeys.
Knutsford Races is a point to point steeplechase race meeting that is a great family day out in the Cheshire countryside. In addition to the steeplechases and pony racing there are plenty of other activities for all of the family such as amusements and funfair, specialist trade stalls and bookmakers.
For more information, visit the Knutsford Races website.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Thomas Smith Fasteners were delighted to help out a new client in Abu Dhabi, UAE, who had an urgent requirement for special UNC bolts in Zinc/Nickel Plated.
These bolts, which were required for a power station, were manufactured in our machine shop before being sent to our local platers for the Zinc Nickel finish.
From receiving the order we were able to turn-around in just 4 working days.
Another satisfied customer!
The others say obsolete – we say they are right up our street!
To complement our vast range of BSW (Whitworth) & BSF Bolts and Setscrews, Thomas Smith Fasteners is excited to announce that we now stock a large range of Nylon Insert Nuts Type P.
These nuts are becoming obsolete around the fastener trade but we are aware they are critical components of certain assemblies.
Our range starts at 1/4″ dia to 1″ and can be purchased on our online shop or you can contact us via email or telephone for larger quantities.