"I have been building performance engines and vehicles for more than 25 years, and as such, have amassed an enormous amount of experience in a wide variety of applications, both road and race."
All work is done in two purpose built workshops. The work tends to be done on a friendly personal basis, meeting the customer’s requirements as best as possible. I strive to achieve as near perfection as I can, and ensure that the highest standards are met. It is important to note that I will only do a high quality job, so if you are after a quick bodge, then I’m not the man for you. I pride myself on giving the best service, for the minimum price. So far I have never had a disappointed customer, and work hard to to keep it that way.
I tend to major in TVR, Maserati and Ferrari, along with Classic Cars and short circuit race cars. More recently I have taken on some Porsche and Lotus cars, and in the future, I shall be offering a full rebuild service for the Lotus 900 series engines as fitted to Esprit and Eclat vehicles.
Of course this doesn’t preclude me from doing the more run of the mill stuff as can be seen from the gallery; however, I try mostly to focus on the performance orientated side of life.
I am able to offer bespoke machining work in house, but if more specialised work is required, such as boring or balancing, then this is done locally by a race machine shop that I have an excellent relationship with.
THE SERVICE PROVIDED
The work that I do is charged for at a reasonable hourly rate, and all the parts required for a job are purchased at trade price - these are then passed onto the customer at the same price. All components that are used for a job, will be accompanied by the respective paperwork, as well as a detailed invoice showing what has been done to the vehicle and how long each operation has taken. Included on the invoice are: the details of the vehicle, chassis number, mileage, parts and any relevant information that may prove useful from the vehicle’s service history.
I photograph each critical stage of the project, showing the progress of the job. This is then passed on to the customer. The benefits of this are many, especially as it allows for the job to be displayed in pictorial form. As well as this, if you ever choose to sell the vehicle, it is possible to show the prospective buyer a cam belt change or a new set of brake discs, for example.
FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT
I have a variety of equipment in my workshops, including: a Bridgeport milling machine, a Harrison M300 tool room lathe, and a smaller Myford ML7 lathe for intricate work. I have installed a fibreglass pit, for work under the vehicles, and two ceiling-mounted electric winches for jobs such as engine installations, body lifts.. There is also a floor mounted electro-hydraulic lift for sub-component assembly and chassis builds, along with hydraulic lifting equipment for heavy items. I have a comprehensive range of tooling for the regular tasks, and a lot of specialist tooling for the more unusual work. To be honest, there is very little that can’t be done in house, but I have a large network of contacts that can be called upon if required.
As vehicles become ever more complex, computers now typically control many of the systems and functions in a vehicle. I have invested in Verus-the latest Snap On diagnostic system. This allows the electronic faults and gremlins to be diagnosed, before being quickly rectified without too many problems. I am able to carry out many of the diagnostic analysis that main dealers would do, as well as much more.
In some older vehicles which contain less electronics and don’t have modern computer systems, a different approach is required. More of an old school engineering practice is called for. In my workshops, I have all of the necessary equipment to carry out diagnostic checks the old fashioned way, such as cylinder leakage tests, compression checks or carburettor balancing for example. I also have extensive electronic test gear for testing electrical faults and associated trouble shooting.