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Projects

We are able to undertake a wide variety of projects ranging from a major overhaul to a complete restoration.

We have seen a number of cars that have remained idle for many years and require refreshment to bring them to road-worthy condition. This frequently involves the overhaul of braking systems, replacing rubber hoses that have perished due to age and changing all fluids.

Stage Payments for Major Projects: A major repair or restoration project can take several weeks or months. After an initial deposit a monthly invoice will be produced for work completed to enable the total cost to be spread out.

1972 TRIUMPH TR6 FRAME REPLACEMENT

1967 MGC ROADSTER

1958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL

1972 MGB GT RESTORATION

1999 JAGUAR XK8 ENGINE REPLACEMENT

1969 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 ENGINE OVERHAUL

1952 DAIMLER CONSORT

1951 MARK V JAGUAR

1970 E-TYPE JAGUAR

1963 MARK II JAGUAR

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1972 TRIUMPH TR6 FRAME REPLACEMENT

This project resulted from an inspection of the car at our shop. The owner was shocked at the amount of corrosion that had severely weakened the rear of the frame. It was decided that the existing frame was beyond economic repair due to the need for body removal for access to the areas affected. A new and up-rated frame was sourced from RATCO Frames of New York State.

Link to website: www.rat-co.com

With the body removed, the front and rear suspension was overhauled including a telescopic rear shock conversion. All brake lines were replaced with KUNIFER copper nickel pipe. The end result was a car that felt like new, handled much better and was free of squeaks and rattles. The new frame came powder coated in black and was filled with insulating material.

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1967 MGC ROADSTER

This one owner car came to us in a fully dismantled state. The primed body was partly restored with new floors, rocker panels and inner fender supports. The engine and all other parts arrived dismantled in boxes. After detailed consultations with the owner, it was agreed that we would overhaul or replace steering, brakes, suspension and electrical components. The engine had been re-bored but was dismantled.

The car was sent to Shady Mile Restorations for painting of the engine bay, trunk and under body.

On return, the car was assembled to a running chassis stage. The car was returned to ‘Shady Mile Restorations’ for a show quality paint finish in its original colour of Snowberry White. The proud owner then installed the lights, bumpers, and chrome mouldings himself. The car was finally re-checked, steering and suspension aligned and road tested.

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1958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL

This car arrived in Parksville, having moved with its owner from Manitoba.

In order to pass a BC Provincial inspection, a few on-going issues were rectified. The owner expressed concern that the brakes lacked good stopping power and that the pedal and hand brake travel was excessive. It was necessary to dismantle and overhaul the hydraulic wheel cylinders and replace the 50+ year old flexible hoses using all factory parts. The brake shoes had new linings hand riveted on by Alan. Finally the mechanical brake servo was adjusted and the whole system flushed and bled. The owner commented that in 26 years he had owned the car the brakes had never performed so well.

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1972 MGB GT RESTORATION

This car came to us as a bare rolling chassis having had all new floors, rockers, and fenders fitted. The body was painted in original British Racing Green. Over the next six months, the car was re-assembled with new wiring harness and all new brake lines. The front and rear suspension was overhauled as were the brakes and steering. To prevent future corrosion, the door interiors, frame and inner fenders were liberally coated with WAXOYL rust inhibitor. An all new interior with leather seats, carpets, and rubber mouldings put the finishing touch to this exciting project.


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1999 JAGUAR XK8 ENGINE REPLACEMENT

The early 4 litre V8 engines produced by Jaguar (1998-2001) suffered from a number of inherent problems.

  1. Poor quality timing chain tensioners and guide rails.
  2. Excessive oil consumption due to the failure of the “NIKASIL” coating on the cylinder bores, leading to heavy crankcase compression and oil usage.

This car, being a very low mileage and mint condition convertible example, was a good candidate for upgrade.

The discerning owners did not wish to risk a used engine. So it was decided to supply and fit a reconditioned complete engine from Jaguar Victoria. www.jaguarvictoria.com

This engine incorporated all improvements to current production specification.

The end result is a car that drives like new once again.

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1969 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 ENGINE OVERHAUL

This one owner low mileage car is a regular service visitor to our shop. The owner was increasingly concerned about low oil pressure and consumption causing blue smoke from exhaust as well as heavy leakage from old seals and gaskets.

An oil pressure and compression test was performed. The engine and gearbox assembly was removed and separated. Having fully dismantled the engine, some broken and seized piston rings and excessive cylinder bore wear were found. The main and rod bearings were badly worn and in some cases scored severely.

A full rebuild was planned including re-bore, new pistons, crankshaft resurfacing and rotating mass balanced for smooth running. A new oil pump and timing chains were installed. The fully rebuilt and upgraded cylinder head was re-united with the bottom end. Zinc additive ZDDP was added to the engine oil to give maximum lubrication to camshaft, and lifter surfaces.

The new engine with overhauled carbs was revitalised and the owner was delighted with the end result.

 *** photos coming soon ***

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1952 DAIMLER CONSORT

This car came to us having been idle for over 15 years. The mileage was incredibly low, but the passing of time meant; no brakes, the fuel system was contaminated, and the engine was unable to run and many other issues. Our client required the car to be driven at weekends, prior to a full body repaint and interior at a later date.

The fuel tank was removed, cleaned and repaired as needed, primed and painted. The fuel level sender repaired, fuel pump and carburetter overhauled. Having serviced the ignition system, making new spark plug wires and replacing the battery, the engine was ready to start up. First the oil was drained and filter replaced. The engine was spun over with plugs out until the oil pressure was achieved. Only then was the engine started to run to normal temperature.

Following cool down all hoses and fan belt were replaced and fresh coolant added.

Next a complete brake overhaul was carried out with shoes re-lined and hydraulic components replaced. The tires were replaced with period correct tread pattern.

The WILSON PRE-SELECT gearbox was serviced and after final testing the car passed its B.C. Provincial test.

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1951 MARK V JAGUAR

Another timeless classic came to our shop with many issues, having stood unused for 10 years. After a full inspection the leaking brake hydraulics were overhauled, the engine re-commissioned and numerous electrical faults repaired. Again the fuel tank was cleaned out and the pump and carburetters overhauled.

This car is now nearing a full bodywork and interior restoration, carried out with the very talented owner doing his own wood veneer refurbishment. A change of colour from non-appropriate white to a characteristic two tone blue put the finishing touches to this attractive car.

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1970 E-TYPE JAGUAR

This car purchased in the U.S. required a rear brake and suspension overhaul. Also some electrical and instrument repairs were required to pass B.C. Inspection. The rear end was removed and dismantled. The brake calipers fully overhauled. The inner differential seals and drive hubs were re-sealed with new bearings and new shocks and springs fitted. The assembly was refitted with all new bushings and mountings. An “SS” Stainless Exhaust System replaced the existing leaky system. The speedometer and tachometer were sent for overhaul.

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1963 MARK II JAGUAR

This gorgeous car having been purchased in California had been extensively overhauled by the previous owner. This included new paint, interior, chrome, tires and wire wheels, steering rack conversion and brake overhaul.

The new owner although living in Vancouver had been referred to us by a major Jaguar parts specialist. The project included a major service, timing chain replacement and top end overhaul. Also fitted was a RETRO-AIR air conditioning system and uprated aluminum radiator. The end result was a modern classic capable of being driven to the Southern U.S. States as well as frequent use in Vancouver by the delighted owner.

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