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1500 engine rebuilder needed


MikeS

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Hi

I'm looking for recommendations for an engine rebuild for our 1500 Spitfire, as it's the only part left to do now after our body off restoration. I don't have the time to do it myself and the car's likely to be shipped out with us to Australia later this year, hence looking to get the engine done ASAP to re-unite the car with its original engine, rather than the runner it's currently fitted with. I'm after a balanced engine, nothing special, just a nice engine that isn't going to give us any grief (being on the other side of the world it's got to be absolutely cock on)

We happened to be passing so visited Jigsaw in Corby on Saturday, had a chat to them about their engines and they've also offered to fit it / set everything up on a rolling road to make sure it's OK. Chap seemed OK to me and the workshop was full, so it gave a paositive impression. He did say they have a waiting time of about 8 weeks though for engines, due to some other engine builder having issues. I didn't ask who that was, not interested in tittle tattle.

Anyone have any other recommendations or words of caution, Jigsaw are reckoning on a little over £1500 for their lightened & balanced engine, plus fitting and we'll come to an arrangement over the engine it's currently fitted with.

Finding someone reliable to rebuild the engine is the only part I've struggled with of the whole rebuild, so any recommendations I'd seriously appreciate it

Thanks

Mike

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Any decent local engineering shop should be able to build an engine. And balancing is simple for them too. Might be worth putting a location so people can make helpful suggestions.

And don't worry, Australia seems to have plenty of Triumph about, so most stuff will be fixable.

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We're in Cardiff

Local engine builders aren't interested in it, it's too old for them to be bothered with. I've found one who'll give it a go but he's already said they've never done one. I know it's a bloody simple engine but at least they're being honest. I'm happy for a specialist with knowledge of the engine to build it, even if that ends up costing me a few more quid.

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"And don't worry, Australia seems to have plenty of Triumph about,"
The problem is Clive they they are spread over such a wide area.

Not many in the Newcastle area where I live,  don't know about Sydney but the Melbourne area seems to have a few so depends where Mike is going.

Probably best done before leaving as you seem to have access to a range of  people with experience spread over a smaller area.

Which part of Australia are you coming to Mike?

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Fair point, everything is Australia seems a long way apart. OK, Perth seems to be catered for, and I would guess the bigger cities.
But yes, I would get the build done here. And an oil cooler......

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junkuser wrote:
"And don't worry, Australia seems to have plenty of Triumph about,"
The problem is Clive they they are spread over such a wide area.

Not many in the Newcastle area where I live,  don't know about Sydney but the Melbourne area seems to have a few so depends where Mike is going.

Probably best done before leaving as you seem to have access to a range of  people with experience spread over a smaller area.

Which part of Australia are you coming to Mike?


We'll be coming to Melbourne.

You've hit the nail on the head though. I need to get the engine done before it leaves the UK as not only isn't there the availability of parts, the costs of having any work done are astronomical when compared to the UK, hence the rush, as my wife's company want her / us out there fairly soon.

Oil cooler & electric fan are also on the list. It's going to be expensive.....

Thanks for all the other names, I know this is asking a bit much but if they're actual recommendations from work you've had done, rather than just "try this place", I'd appreciate it. I'm probably going overboard but the thought of being the other side of the world with a duff engine doesn't bear thinking about. The process of registration / compliance / inspection in Oz is a blummin nightmare compared to here.

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thescrapman wrote:
Or not as the case may be.

They went into receivership last week after the owner died.

One of the guys who worked there is completing orders placed before they went out of business.



Bugger, no more "off the shelf" bottom ends.  :'(

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I wouldn't worry too much about the cost of rebuilding an engine in Australia. I haven't rebuilt my GT6's motor yet but don't expect the machining costs to be any higher than the prices I've seen for the UK. Most engineers here are familiar with pushrod motors, so as long as you make sure they know what you want, it won't be difficult. Plus there are Triumph specialists in most capital cities.

The largest added costs will be for you to bring an extra engine out from the UK, and then the postage on parts from the Motherland.

But in short, if you don't manage to rebuild the engine before you ship out here, "no worries mate".

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