20 January 2012

1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25

Although generally a mechanical workshop, this week has felt more like a joinery.  With work progressing on the Alvis, we have also been making a replacement running board for the 20/25.  This is now complete and Graeme has started fitting it this morning.  He has also been busy overhauling the back brakes and he is about to get the brake cutter out to cut the new shoes back to true so that there are no high spots which means better brake efficiency right from the start.

Original running board



Painting new running board

New board in place with new rubber and original treads


We are continuing with the ash-frame restoration on the Alvis.  We had hoped not to have to remove the rear body skin, but on closer inspection the frame was found to be so bad that we felt it was the only way to be sure of getting rid of all the decaying wood/woodworm.  We have braced what is left of the frame so that reconstruction can take place.

Front scuttle with new timbers in place

N/S rear corner

O/S rear body - note NO fixings so no structure

Previous 'repairs' to O/S rear C-post

O/S rear main structure showing advanced rot

Close up of O/S rear main structure (as above)

Work in progress - note extra braces to
support the body

12 January 2012


We are back after our Christmas break and now really stuck into the ash frame restoration work on the 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB.

Ian and Roy have finished taking the doors, front wings, running boards and skins off the car and assessed the true condition of the ash frame which is extremely poor.  Thankfully the owners have not been involved in an accident since there wasn't a great deal of structure left.

Reproduction of the frame sections has started as you will see from the photos below

Doors and front wings stripped
getting ready to remove front scuttle

Previous repair attempt just hanging in mid-air
and not attached to anything

Bulkhead/firewall frame in extremely poor condition

N/S A-post
Previous repair attempts with no structure

Fire damage uncovered caused by welding work on the scuttle skin
and woodworm activity clearly visible

Old (Right) and new windscreen bottom rail

Trial fitting new sections