Used Parts

I get a lot of phone calls and emails from people looking for used parts.  We have a lot, but they are not in any sort of order.  John and I have decided to open a used parts store right here on our website!  Coming in the very near future will be a store front that you can search and buy used parts from our inventory.  It will take me some time to organize, inventory, price, get pictures, etc. of all the parts we have.  I will slowly populate the inventory, and by the end of the year we should have hundreds of parts available.

Stay tuned!!  -Mike

We Will Never Forget


We all have our memories of 9/11.  I was working at the shop on Fulton Street when Caroline, my late wife, called to say an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  I reminded her that a DC-3 had hit the Empire State Building during heavy fog during WWII, so this was probably just an accident.    We retrieved the television from the office and set it up.  No sooner than we’d turned it on the second plane hit.  Then we all knew it was an attack – and just as quickly we all knew it was Muslim terrorists.  We had a customer who was stuck in Denver that day.  He couldn’t escape the city as all the rental cars had been taken.  So he simply purchased a new car.  I have a friend from my time with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam who was working as a librarian for the Port Authority in Building Seven.  He told me when the first plane hit he went to his supervisor and said, “I don’t know if it’s my Army training or I’m just a chickenshit, but I’m going home.”  He was part way up Church Street when the second plane hit.


For a very brief period political differences were set aside while the government wrestled to assign blame to the shadowy terrorist group.  Military action was taken and achieved some success, only to be abandoned for political concerns.  Now we have tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of displaced persons seeking peace and a better life in Europe, and an avowed enemy racing to construct nuclear weapons.   It is altogether a very different outcome from WWII when Roosevelt announced in his famous Pearl Harbor speech:


No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.


How times change.

At Home Restoration

Bill Wentz delivered parts of his TD for us to restore last year.  We’ve completed our work, and he’s collected the parts and is beginning the restoration in his garage.  I thought fellow enthusiasts would like to watch as he does his garage restoration, so as he sends me pictures you can keep up to date by clicking here.

A British Car That Doesn’t Leak?

Mike – Please share this with John and Forest.  I finished putting my TD back together yesterday and it started on the first rotation after I built up oil pressure and installed the spark plugs,  Today I tuned it and it runs better than it ever has in the seven years I’ve owned it.  Somethings is wrong, though – it doesn’t leak!  I was careful putting it together, but it isn’t even dripping at the rear main bearing.  Wow!  You guys are good.  The roller lifter cam makes a difference.  It is too early to do anything but a careful break-in, but I sense I have far more horsepower than I used to and the engine is smooth.  I also found the problem of my persistent miss from last year because it came back this year.  One of the carburetor clamps on the cross rod was loose so only one carburetor, the rear, was actually doing anything but idling.  That’ll mess up even the best mixture adjustment.  Here are two pictures – one of my installing the engine and gearbox, and the finished car.  My self-rebuilt gearbox needs some breaking in.  The howl in first gear is gone and it shifts into third better than ever.  Second gear, however, seems tight but in ten miles it has already loosened up a little.  With some use it should be fine.  Next week I take it back to the body shop to touch up the few scratches I inflicted putting it together, and then it will be buffed out, which was never done.  Huzzah, and thank you guys for your hep. – Ray Costa

Miami Fan Club

Hi John!  Photos of my GT during and after motor/ OD rebuild.  I made some stress-inducing mistakes trying to get it all perfect, and well – meaning fellow B owners didn’t help in that, but it finally worked out.
8.8 County pistons in a .020 bore
3 angle valve job with 8 new stainless valves and Teflon umbrella seals
head and block skimmed .002 (they were flat already, and crank was in perfect cond.)
Vandervell main and rod brgs
head and manifold port-matched
rods shot-peened & balanced
Delta D9 cam and hardened tappets, and 2-degree offset cam key for proper timing
flywheel lightened a few lbs
new alloy oil pan
At 1800 miles in 2 months it’s running ferociously well, and I just remembered it’s 4 yrs TODAY it came into my life.  I’ll stay in touch, best regards!

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