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Keith Ward

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  1. This is a real mystery to me, thought to be a Rolls Royce LHD gear shift lever which is situated to the left of the driver instead of the usual central location. Has anybody any knowledge of this, is it a very early Springfield Ghost or a prototype unit, any help identifying it would be appreciated
  2. Hmmm, that's a big claim, perhaps one of the most famous but "Important" I'm not sure
  3. There is a section on the RREC members forum dedicated to RR tool-kits, you might find something you like on there.
  4. That is a beautiful motor car, and especially attractive with the absence of hideous white walls and chrome wheels which seem to be almost obligatory on pre war Rolls Royce motor cars these days, you have impeccable taste.
  5. Yes exactly like that but the other cars didn’t get their black badges until late 1933
  6. I think it is because the AJS/AMS were as close to perfection as Rolls Royce ever came. 😉 Interesting fact: all of the AMS/AJS chassis from 1931 to 1933 carried a black radiator badge.
  7. I have to come clean, it cost me about £33k to get it roadworthy and at least £6k was tooling and equipment. Like you say, it’s not so much the complexity of the engine it’s the knowledge and resources needed to do the job that have died out over the past 40 years, things like hand scraping a bearing for example, most people these days give you a blank look when you mention it. It’s quite sad really because the sense of pride and accomplishment that a good job can give is hard to beat. I worry about this poor car, all the talk of forcing the engine free will just do more damage, the
  8. I got this back in the road no problem, no squeaks, no bumps, no vibration, runs as sweet as a nut. However if the car is parted out I’d be interested in the water pipes?
  9. Hi AJ, yes it is 215AMS with a Park Ward touring saloon body. Unfortunately the body work hasn’t progressed to my satisfaction so I have recalled the car to my workshops so I can deal with a few issues myself. When things are back on track I will probably take some pictures. However I did run the engine the other day for the first time since March and it started first turn and ran very sweetly.
  10. I guess there must be cylinder head repairers and there are engineers, all three of my cylinder heads are pressure tested, crack tested and thickness mapped they are all fine one on the car and 2 ready to go, however I use local engineering companies, I tell them how to clean it, what to weld and what to repair or replace. The last head I put on the shelf ready to use, I machined myself, it cost me £700 to buy and about £700 to recondition. I understood that a fully assembled new head from Fiennes with valves etc was less than £10k plus taxed. I’m afraid I’m not rich enou
  11. I read in the RREC Advertiser that a batch of PII heads has been made and was available. As to the price and quality I don’t know I’m afraid. They are aluminium and can be difficult to weld because of the boiled linseed oil porosity treatment but once your welder knows what to expect (bit of a firework display) a sound repair can be achieved. Remember the water jacket is just a container filled with hot water, no pressure not boiling so it’s basically doing the job of a coffee pot transferring heat from metal into the water. I know of a pre war RR that has been driving around for 2
  12. Mine has some severe frost damage, got it repaired and has worked fine since, no problems at all.
  13. I think Gentile is correct when he says that the AMS/AJS was not a huge commercial success at the time but what cars of this type were back then, most people were broke. However I think he has been prematurely dismissive of their importance in keeping the RR brand relevant in post depression America without which I believe RR would have lost their foothold in the US and as a consequence would most likely have gone bust, I believe it was in that context that RR took the decision to go ahead with what they knew would be a big loss maker, remember this was an almost complete redesign and re-tool
  14. Gentile is quite detailed, I sometimes think he was slightly hostile about non continentals but I have to confess I do deliberately wind up the purists when I quote my build sheet (which includes to body that RR had erected on the chassis for the customer) which says “Continental Touring Saloon” not just “Touring Saloon” and I express my belief that Rolls Royce are better qualified to say what is and what isn’t a continental than Gentile. I know I’m talking BS but it does shut them up (for about ten seconds) I checked the Handbook Version VII (Left Hand) which was written for Amer
  15. It's a good question but I'm pretty sure they were sent with wheels complete there were a few things dropped from the shipping list like plugs, tool kit etc but I don't remember rims being on the list.
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