British Motor Museum Volunteers

British Motor Museum Volunteers

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Part 1: 1960 Standard Ensign

Our first full restoration project...

1960 Standard Ensign
Built in 1960 at Canley by The Standard Motor Co. Ltd., our car is registration number 761 AYX, Chassis No. EN 16878-DL.  The price of the car when new was £850 including purchase tax.

All smiles as the volunteers pose alongside their next project

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Rover 1S/60 Gas Turbine Unit

And now for something completely different, a...

Rover Gas Turbine Engine

Following our successful renovation of the MGA Twin Cam it was announced, after much speculation and debate, that our next project would be the full restoration of a 1960 Standard Ensign.

However, although the car was ready and waiting, we’d been asked to renovate a Rover gas turbine instructional unit first. The unit was designed to train students at technical colleges and universities. Basically it’s a Rover 1S/60 gas turbine unit mounted on a frame, to which a variety of instruments can be connected to demonstrate to students the operation of a gas turbine.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Part 2: 1958 MGA Twin Cam Coupe chassis restoration

Our first restoration project continued

In my last blog, I introduced the first car that we volunteers were let loose on, the 1958 MGA Twin Cam Coupe.

Whilst the car was quickly dismantled with much enthusiasm, great care was taken to photograph everything in its full and then dismantled state, after which all the parts were labelled accordingly. It was also found essential, with so many people involved, to compile and keep up-to-date a detailed, daily logbook of work in progress. This also helped HMC workshop manager, Paul Gilder, to follow our progress and offer any help and advice when needed.

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