REIN­TER­PRE­TA­TION

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

The last time Dar­ren O’neil’s 1959 Testa Rossa rein­ter­pre­ta­tion ap­peared on these pages, he was well into the mak­ing of the chas­sis. Me­chanic Joseph Mcclin­tock was re­spon­si­ble for this as­pect of con­struc­tion, and had it com­pleted in mid 2017. The sus­pen­sion de­vel­op­ment and tun­ing fol­lowed, and Joseph took his first test drive in Fe­bru­ary of this year.

One of the big­ger de­vel­op­ment jobs was the mak­ing of a new in­take sys­tem for the 456 engine. As the car has 12 ex­posed trum­pets, which are vis­i­ble through the bon­net, the fac­tory in­take would not suit. Auto Restora­tions me­chan­i­cal and en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ment has de­signed and built a be­spoke in­take sys­tem for the car. This com­prises six two-bar­rel elec­tronic-fuel-in­jec­tion (EFI) throt­tle bod­ies, two bil­let ma­chined alu­minium in­take man­i­folds and 12 press­bent-alu­minium tight-ra­dius bends, which all come to­gether to repli­cate the orig­i­nal look.

The car is now in the panel de­part­ment of Auto Restora­tions and, with the guide buck made, is now hav­ing its alu­minium pan­els fash­ioned and fit­ted. Panel beater Ja­son Di­jk­stra is ex­er­cis­ing his skills and mak­ing great progress.

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