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Hank. pt. 1   11 comments

Any idea what this is?


No! me neither, but it was one of hundreds of parts given to me from my painter, after stripping down Hank I was given boxes of bits to strip down, sand, scrub, polish, paint and put back together. Some bits I even put in the dishwasher while the wife was out.

Here it is after.


Now a lot of these bits I will never see again, but thats ok, I know it’s been done and thats all that counts.

Now a few shots of Hank getting undressed.


After all the shinny bits were removed it was time for the old paint to come off, this is the time you find out if you have brought a lemon or not, and after buying the car blind, as in, I only saw photo’s before parting with my hard earned. I was feeling a bit nervous, but I trusted Mick (the guy I got Hank from) and he was exactly as Mick had said, one very original solid car. Thanks Mick.


And what was left of the paint.


Hank Update   9 comments

I didn’t get around to posting an iPhone Friday yesterday so thought I would do a iPhone post today combined with a Hank update, there isn’t a great deal to see as most of the work has been carried out under Hank, things like new adjustable suspension all round, drop spindles fitted on the front, lowering the car by 2 1/2″ , rubber bumpstops and new gators fitted all over the place.

Here’s the bits you can see.

New Stainless steel front bumper and clear indicator lens.




New rear stainless steel rear bumper and rear light lens, these and the front bumpers will be coming off when Hank goes into paint but would rather make sure they fit now then when he’s got fresh paint.




New steering wheel and a Gene Burg gear shifter.




Have a great weekend.

Packard-Bentley   11 comments

The Packard-Bentley “Mavis” is a vintage racing car built by VSCC member Chris Williams.It is powered by a 42 litre Packard V12 developing 1500 bhp (1100 kW). This engine is a Packard 4M 2500 from a World War 2 PT boat.

We saw the car debuted at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in July 2010, it was at CPOP again this year but due my sons GCSE we were unable to attend.

The car is based on a 1930 Bentley 8-litre chassis, although it is highly modified. The car also has 24 exhaust pipes, however it only has 12 cylinders, contrary to some rumours; this is because the engine is a twin-port design. The steering column is offset and angled to allow it to clear the huge engine block, and the fake torpedoes strapped to the side of the car are actually oil tanks.

With the matt-black paint and v-shaped grille, the large size of the car means it drew much attention at its first event. With the amount of torque produced by the engine (2000 lb ft, 2700 Nm), the rear tyres can be made to create large volumes of smoke upon launch, whilst the 24 exhaust stubs emit clouds of smoke and streamers of flame. Unsurprisingly, the car is a very popular spectator attraction, both static and whilst being driven.

CPOP is a fantastic event and well worth the visit, it’s on for 3 days and has everything a petrol head like me needs, and a classical concert and fireworks for the wife.

Prom Night   12 comments

Friday night was my Son’s prom night. His all boy’s school joined up with the neighbouring all girls school for this one off get together. We couldn’t let them catch a bus or have mum or dad drop them off, can you image that, so we got them a Stretched Limo from Twin Wheels Limousine so they could arrive in style.

Here they are getting ready to leave, they look like something out of Ocean’s 11!

All smiles, must be the thought of the all girls waiting for them!.

A great night was had by all. A big thank you goes to all the staff that helped make the night such a memorable one!


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