“Star of the show”

Today it was a cool 8 degrees with a chance of rain but it was also the date of the monthly car show I often attend in the Etype – but only on sunny days. The Riley of course is not going to be pampered like that.  Friends will know I wanted a classic car…

Shake down runs…

The centrifugal clutch (called a traffic clutch apparently) went back together smoothly and on the bench worked as it should so the engine is back in and working. Like the Guru’s car our Riley engine is set to idle at 250 rpm although it will actually idle at 100 rpm (which doesnt even register on…

The Guru

Over the last few weeks I have had a lot of help from a local Riley enthusiast who appears to have a huge amount of engineering experience and knowledge about these cars. I have begun to tap into all that experience as there is no workshop manual to refer to. Recently the Guru popped over…

Centrifugal Clutch p2

The internet is a wonderful thing – Facebook has a Riley enthusiasts group and the folks in that group have been jolly helpful  over the last few months. I have now found someone who has a spare clutch drive plate to replace my grotesquely worn one *and* he is very kindly putting new friction material…

Bit of a setback

Although the car could be driven the gearbox was not working as it should. This car is blessed with having the ‘pre-select’ gearbox which is probably the best mix of a manual and an automatic gearbox that was ever designed. In theory it is impossible to stall the engine when coming to a stop with…

Boarding Step

Originally, like so many 1930’s cars, the Riley had running boards. I think  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…