BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR Cray­ford Mini

Once again, we take a peek at a hand­ful of your on­go­ing clas­sic car restora­tion projects T

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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.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO LET US IN BE­HIND YOUR GARAGE DOOR, SEND IN A FEW PICS AND A BRIEF

DE­SCRIP­TION OF YOUR PRO­JECT TO: awebb@park­side.co.nz

Heads up!

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.

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