|Posted by stevebakermg on March 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM|
The blue QT you may have seen on the for sale page is now in our garage having returned from France and as such I'm checking her over and making improvements. The car has had an easy life since it was rebuilt 4 years ago, living in the south of France and never braving bad weather. A bit of a culture shock then for her to arrive at my garage in the UK winter.
The car has a non-standard setup with a crossflow cylinder head, outside exhaust and front mounted supercharger and this brings difficulties in a colder climate. The carburretor is always likely to be prone to freezing in this position and the manifold needs to ensure the mixture (which travels some distance) is distributed evenly across the cylinders. I have therefore decided to fit a 2" SU carburretor and to make some modifications of my own to the inlet manifold (pictures to come, this photo should give you some idea):
The video below shows us in Peter Burgess' workshop testing the new formula. I've known Peter a long time and he's always a great help when tinkering with engines.. If I had to criticise I'd say he tends to trick me into leaving my mechanical sympathy at the door. That said, it sounds like it might have worked!
Don't worry, all will be revealed. There will also be a few more improvements made to the vehicle, if you watch the web site over the next couple of months you will see her with new foot plates, aero screen supports and a new polished stainless steel spare wheel carrier.