Boarding Step

Originally, like so many 1930’s cars, the Riley had running boards. I thinkĀ  most people know what they are – a flat surface between the front and rear wheels that you could stand on to get into the car. These were one of many things that were missing from the car when I bought it…

Engine tuning

I had setup the engine well enough to start and tick over but I could tell it wasn’t really happy as it seemed to splutter above 1500rpm. Cutting a long story short, I had to reach out to the VSCC boys for some guidance as I *thought* I had set everything up as per the…

Fuel things

Today I was going to look at the charging system but changed my mind and instead focused on the fuel side of life. The petrol tank was custom made when the body was crafted and it mimics the original tank in looks but aside from that it is unique being made from aluminum with a…

Wiring and firing

Most of the day was consumed working out how to run the wiring from the new fuse panel under the dashboard to the various components that required power. First priority is the brake lights. I definitely need those before I take the car on the road but because of the cars age, the UK laws…

Petrol tank protection

The fuel tank sits out in the open in between the chassis rails just behind the rear axle and is also close to the rear wheels. It is therefore at risk of damage from stones being kicked up by the rear wheels into the sides of the aluminium tank. The tank itself is constructed from…

Battery location

I have been considering where to mount the battery for months. It makes sense to install it close to the engine due to the voltage dropping as it travels down the cable and you need all the power you can get for the starter motor. Problem is that most of the weight of the car…

Exhaust Manifold

The 4 branch stainless steel exhaust manifold was custom built for the car but unfortunately the flange that bolts the manifold to the cylinder head had warped during construction and despite all attempts it refused to seal in the gasses on cylinder number two. In my heart I knew there was only really one answer…

Bonnet Support & Ignition

The bonnet as constructed by the coach-builder fits as it should with the standard radiator cap. Naturally ‘standard’ doesn’t fit in my car building world and I had upgraded it to a sporting quick release filler as you may recall. Problem is that the bonnet when opened fully slightly hits and then slides down the…

Carburetors finished

The replacement carburetors have now had a check over by a man who knows about these things and he kindly soda blasted them inside and out to get rid of all the hardened gunk inside. All the components have been checked through and re-assembled so I am now confident that *this* time I have a…

Rear lights and Number Plate

Not the most exciting of titles, I grant you but in the holiday period I had a day to tinker in the garage and thought I would finish off the panel that supports the number plate and the lights. The issue is of course that the number plate needs to be mounted on the rear…