Well it was a long weekend in Exeter, I left home around 5:30 – 6am and drove nearly non stop to Exeter, only stopping in Bristol for a cup of coffee and a large fried breakfast (yummy), I arrived around 9am and was warmly greeted with another coffee, and went out to inspect the garden (read bomb site). UMMM I had this idea of helping re-arrange the garden into a more manageable area, however Mike was super keen to get the Magnum 2300 estate running and working towards it MOT. So that’s what we did get the 2300 running.
First we jump started it off my Skoda and it fired up reasonably well although it was running sickly, oil pressure was around 30 psi, that showed oil was moving and that it had possibilities. The car only had a drop or two of old petrol in it, so after a trip down to the petrol station we re-filled the tank with a few gallons of clean unleaded, and re-fired up the car, This time it ran a lot lot better, in fact it revved so well mike got it off the clock loads of times and it seemed to love it. Personally 7000rpm out of a slant 4 is very very fast, but the car seemed to relish it.
Maz from Reading arrived around 11am, and soon joined in under the car, as we couldn’t drive the car till we replaced the centre bearing in the two peace prop and rebuilt the exhaust system. The old exhaust system was a home made bodge job, within a few hours we had the prop split apart and the new bearing in place, all I can remember is mike saying he “wasn’t scarred” as he separated it into 100’s of bits bearings, oil seals etc.
The exhaust we made up from a sports exhaust a good 2″ diameter job and the new home made front pip via mikes welder and laying under the car.
Even though the car ran like a dream it will need the carbs rebuilding ASAP as they seem to be overflowing, small drips of fuel come off each carb and the exhaust is a little black when left at tickover then reved.
Maz and me laughed our heads off as Mike went for a test drive and came back with a grin like a Cheshire cat, we didn’t see him drive but by god we heard him going along the roads form a long way off…. That exhaust sounds great.
Saturday evening was spent with Curry and beer as is the order of the day, and a sleepless night on the sofa followed.
Sunday was a bit more relaxed and we spent a few hours playing with the Brabham rims, that now adorn Mikes HB SL90, the ideal retro upgrade wheel for his very nice HB SL90.
Hopefully once the Magnum 2300 is on the road taxed, MOT’s etc he can take the HB SL90 off the road and finish off the restoration.
All in all a long weekend of driving but it was worth it, to get the 2300 up and running and in return I should get some tin work done on the GT later in the year.
Lots more pictures some of the 2300 and the others of the HB with its new shoes.