BEHIND THE GARAGE DOOR Crayford Mini
Once again, we take a peek at a handful of your ongoing classic car restoration projects T
his extremely rare 1964 Mk1 Crayford Mini was shipped to New Zealand from the UK back in 1990 and is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country.
The current owner purchased the Mini in 1975, becoming its third owner, and, after emigrating to New Zealand in the 1980s, missed the car — affectionately known as ‘Beatrice’ — so much so that he decided to ship it to these shores. The car is well known, with a significant history through the Crayford Convertible Car Club in the UK, of which the owner has been a member for many years.
The Crayford Mini is currently undergoing a full restoration at Minibitz in West Auckland and is on schedule to be completed in December this year. Keep an eye out for a full feature soon.
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The Daimler & Lanchester (Jaguar) Owners of New Zealand Spare Parts Club is now manufacturing its own V8 cylinder heads — a project that’s been ongoing for around eight years.
To date, the club has cast 14 cylinder heads — 12 were cast in the first run, with a few issues with the quality of the castings as well as with the subsequent machining. Only two heads from that original batch made it through to prototype stage, and those were fitted to a test engine that has now covered about 5000kms.
Since the casting of the original heads, improvements have been made to the moulds. A further two heads have been cast and are currently being machined in preparation for installation onto the engine of the club’s Daimler ute, pictured at left.
Once these heads have been fully tested, it’s the club’s intention to commission the casting of a further 10 cylinder heads.