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Griffon Kit Car

Postby Paul-61 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:19 pm

After using 2 bottles of plastic polish and a weekend of buffing, the exterior is looking reasonably presentable.
It's all cosmetic I know, but it looks like progress to the Mrs!
The main work is going to be getting to grips with the rust and the running gear.
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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby Paul-61 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:26 pm

The engine prior to head removal - mostly just surface corrosion.
The cooling pipes however, are a bit too far gone - I found several large chunks lodged in the thermostat housing.
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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby Paul-61 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:30 pm

The biggest problem so far is corrosion on the inlet manifold.
All the pipes and the banjo bolt are so far gone that they will need drilling oversize and re-tapping.

Oh well, if it was easy it wouldn't be fun!
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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby hbpeter » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:24 pm

Theres 2 s/h OHC inlet manifolds on ebay.

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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby Paul-61 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:08 pm

Had a good look on ebay - can't see any that match.
Is it possible that I have a non-standard type?
Here's a pcture of it.
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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby hbpeter » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:49 pm

Does look a bit odd, but I'm no OHC expert, anyone know if this is a standard manifold or a special for the Griffon. Try sending a PM to the other chap who has a Griffon .

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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby Paul-61 » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:17 pm

This weekend I am mainly giving the head a de-coke: I think it needs it !
Annoyingly I found that the auxilliary shaft seal was loose and when I looked further I found it had split its thrust washer at some stage in the past and had chewed the shaft and the locating spigot quite badly.
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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby shamm » Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:32 pm

That manifold may be the same as the CF single carb one, not sure at first look.
If it is then I have some spares kicking about, and a used but good half shaft as well.

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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby shamm » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:17 pm

Have a NOS manifold which looks very similar.
Any good for you ?

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Re: Griffon Kit Car

Postby Paul-61 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:13 pm

That does look quite similar, thanks.
I really appreciate the help - I need to get a bit further on with the strip down though, before I get any more parts.
I may even have to do an engine change once the weather warms up.
I'm a bit worried that I may seem an ungrateful s*d but I'm not far enough in to the restoration to tell which bits I need.
Thanks again.
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