Tag: Austin

Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Good morning internet Folk

As ever the updates are thin, probably due to the weather (well that’s my excuse)……
Before I start on what Im working on I’ll give you a little update on the project “AirCooled”…………On hold!! :). The car was removed from the workshop a couple of weekends ago to make room for the Austin, I assure you (hopefully) it will be completed soon.

So Battle Scars, well that’s how the GT looks on the front end due to the paint reaction. As much as it got to me when it was first happening, Im actually starting to like it. Somehow it gives the car that “used” meaner look etc.

As I mentioned in another Post, I have big ideas for the GT and the purchasing has already started. However before I can fit these items I do need to sort the Failed Head gasket!!

Currently she’s sitting in the workshop with the upper end of the engine stripped.
Whislt its been like this I’ve Ported and polished the head for the extra OOOOMMMPH.

Here are some photos of the progressions (testing HG etc), nothing amazing but it give a little insight.
Also included is a picture of a GT that a fellow forum member sent, I thinking the same look but Wider wheels and arches ;-)


Yeah that looks like its gone


Said GT

This weekend the GT will get the head finally fitted and at least then I can start fitting things ;-) Watch this space…..

Hello from over here……

Hello from over here......

Winters Setting in, most of the cars shows have been and gone, tax is expiring………………………..Dont be glum look back (Not in anger) but in happiness…

Yes folks its been a good and bad year at GFBdev, we had success on our first stand @ Retro Rides Gathering, and an amazing time to boot!!!
The Beetle got sprayed and is 90% there…….
The Capri decided to Launch its diff, but a rebuilt item was found just in time for the summer shows.

So Winter…The Capri is officially off the road, I dont like using it in wet weather and the fact being a ford RUST is not an optional extra but a added feature :(.
I hear you ask “So whats the plan for the long cold months (Feels like years TBH), well my Idea was to sling the GT in for a MOT so I at least have a Retro to roll in. Rust and Wet dont bother me so much with this as the car is so well waxoiled (note oil leaks too) that it should be fine, also the front end paint work is Shite to say the least.

However “Plans” are always ruined (not by a spotty fat ginger kid this time), but by a blown head gasket well thats what we thought. The cars only been driven in and out the garage over the last 2 years since being taken off the road, and I think the head actually came loose GULP… So Ive ordered the bits to freshen the top end up and will perform a little “OldSchool” Mods on it whilst its off.

Apart from that I have nothing else to report, Im still waiting on Leebo to get the window rubbers for the beetle so she can at least see daylight. Once thats out of the Garage the Austin needs to come back in as the brakes seem to have seized :-(.
Ill get some photos uploaded from the past year to show you people.

Hopes and dreams…. the story so far

Hopes and dreams.... the story so far

Well afternoon ye internet folk NGFB here.

First off sorry for the lack of updates in the new year, this which has been covered previously is because our social Calender since January has gone into over drive (For some reason people keep inviting the GFB fold out…..Im sure they will get sick of us soon :) ). Anyway this does not mean nothings been done, it just means its a slower production (Hey it winter even we slow down).

So lets start with a few updates ( Sorry pictures will follow this evening).


This motor has had the most attention over the the past weeks and so it should I suppose. Basically the welding is finally done, this actually makes me joyous as it means the welding burns can heal up :). In fact the wings have been sprayed last weekend and are ready to be fitted (need a rivnut gun), the rest of the body is still being filled/sanded/filled/sanded…..you get the idea but its getting there.

With the sale of the Retro rides show tickets being announced this has spurred us on as we are hoping this will be its big show of the year. Also the fact Im trying to rope mates into driving my other retro motors down there so GFBDev can have its own stand.

The Midget (The new one)

Waiting in the wings is all I can say, the car is drivable, taxed and insured. She is used on the odd occasion but is waiting for the Beetle to be at respray stage so I can lay the new coats down on her. To be honest this car needs nothing, I bought it knowing this so apart from a respray she is good to go.


Poor austin, I do look at the car everyday it seems it was in the front of the queue and then others jumped in. Ive set the target of this year and to get my juices flowing I have done some checks on the little beaut. As usual 1 crank of the engine and she spurts into life, its like shes screaming to be tearing up the tarmac again (Did I say tearing, I meant tickling).


Well because Im women and dont fancy being in an accident this time of year the capri is off the road, yep I know its fun for some sideways action and all that but this motor is so clean I dont want to damage it at all. At the moment its covered up, awaiting April when she comes back out to play :)


Ahh well what can I say, she’s been off the road 2 years this August but Im not planning on having it off the road. Like Ive said before I want to do something new to this car and everytime I think of anything its over shadowed by the word engine. So basically Im just going to bite the bullet and install a new better powerplant not MX5 though or V8 etc etc. Im keeping it under wraps at the moment so stay tuned.

Red Midget

Erm under a cover awaiting some time. Again I want to do something extra special on this as Ive said before so just wait and see.

New Motors:

Leebo being Leebo he needs a new motor every 2 months or so :)
He decided fuel was not expensive enough and bought a tree killing Passat VR6. An amazing motor, fast, comfy and down right shocking on the fuel bills. Apart from some coliovers and new rims this car is done, the Coilovers are already fitted and the rims currently reside in my Garage toilet :) they look amazing though.

Please await images of the updates.