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No MOT required or MOT exempt! is something I see so often on sales adverts as if it’s some kind of selling point?? But do you know that particular car is safe especially when it comes to brakes and fuel lines? Something that’s also becoming increasingly common is the exact opposite. Here’s a selection of photos from one vehicle that classes as exempt with incorrectly fitted brake lines that have rubbed to the point of splitting, rear brakes that have obviously not been serviced for many years and a poorly fitted electric fuel pump with its main supply hose direct from tank pulled tight across hot exhaust pipes.Tornado Automotive can offer some peace of mind if you don’t wish to MOT your classic American with a basic service and safety check from £250 @ Tornado Automotive ... See MoreSee Less
One of the important things about restoring classic American cars are the little details so where it’s possible I like to use as many original castings. Cadillac water pumps are one of those important castings and over the years I’ve developed my own tooling to rebuild these units. Usually I strip the casting and shot blast them clean to remove rust and reveal any damage but this 57 Cadillac unit was already painted. I developed a centering tool to allow me to re face the seal land on the body of castings. Before the pump is disassembled I try to measure all distances as accurately as possible and make depth gauges to allow me to re press drive flanges back as close as possible to keep belt alignment correct. A few final checks on the impeller clearance and the pump is sealed up. #cadillacwaterpumprebuild #cadillacrestoration #tornadoautomotiverestorations @ Tornado Automotive ... See MoreSee Less
Sometimes you can’t just get a repair panel off the shelf.... in this case it’s for the lower rear of this 58 Chevrolet Apache cab. First I machined a die on the mill with a ball end cutter with the correct radius to get the shape for the panel. Happy with the shape of the tooling it was sanded smooth and a test piece was made by hand forming the details. Once I had proved the tooling worked I set about measuring and making the final piece. The lower swage was formed on the Pullmax with a previously made die, I then set about forming the middle detail. From there I marked out and formed the remaining two outer details carefully checking alignment as I go. Once finished I cut the panel to size where it will be later marked out an let in to the cab. #tornadoautomotiverestorations #tornadoautomotive #fabrication @ Tornado Automotive ... See MoreSee Less