1969 Crosslé 14F Restoration

1969 Crosslé 14F Restoration

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johnnymaestro

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4,775 posts

196 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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Evening All,

For the last 6 months or so, this has been the latest restoration for this year.

A bit of history on the car.

This Crosslé 14F Formula 2 car was built in 1969, were it would then compete in races up until it was put into the Crosslé museum in the mid 1990’s. The car was then purchased by an American gentleman and was then shipped to California. Here it went under a substantial restoration before competing in many SCCA races with relative success. It was then sold to a gentleman in Wisconsin, where it was raced for a few years until he put it up for sale.

Back in 2005 we came across this car on an American internet sales site, and after having talked to the owner, along with many pictures, we decided to buy it and ship it back to the UK. These are the pictures of the car from the original advert.






These were taking the day it arrived about a month later.







It needed some work to get it race worthy for the UK and meet the championship regulations. This consisted, of amongst other things, new wheels and tyres, a new fire system, a new exhaust, a new seat, a new set of drive shafts, a new bell housing and new seatbelts.
The photos below after of the car when this was all completed, and it then was race in this spec for a few races.







The car was then put aside to focus on other projects.
Last November we dragged the car out of storage to get it ready for the 2012 season, only to find all the oil had decided to fill the try under it as the seal on the front of the engine had become leaky. Since we had not really done much work cosmetic wise to the car since it was bought it was decided to strip the car and get the chassis jigged and re painted, rebuild the engine, and have the body repainted.


Here are a smallish selection of photographs of the strip and rebuild.
The Strip.







Then engine out – to be sent away for a thorough rebuild. Many horrors we found, including two cracks in the crank yikes













The chassis was then sent off to be blasted and repainted.







The Rebuild.






















































Every so often the assistant would go missing, but would be found having a nap.



The engine has run and sounds lovely. The car will be now going to have its set up done and then go for a first test.
This is how she looks at the minute, sporting her now colour scheme.







We hope to get out in the HSCC Classic Racing Cars Championship before the end of the season.

Cheers,

JMsmile

Edited by johnnymaestro on Monday 2nd July 22:41

D4MJT

1,155 posts

131 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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That sir, is utterly brilliant.

soad

31,133 posts

149 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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Looks ace, I love single seaters. smile

maxdb

1,472 posts

130 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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Legend!!

jeremyc

20,073 posts

257 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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Oh no! How will the driver ever remember where the gears are if you've repainted this bit. winkhehe

Looks lovely - great job! thumbup

Dr G

14,305 posts

215 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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I very much like the new colours!

DouggyMc

769 posts

136 months

Monday 2nd July 2012
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Wow! Have fun with that!

Yazza54

16,220 posts

154 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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So jealous

Chris Peacock

815 posts

181 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Wow...........


Thank you for taking the time to share.......

cure

231 posts

118 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Brilliant machine and neatly rebuilt. Just a shame the exhaust has to look like that..

hidetheelephants

18,100 posts

166 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Fabby. Would it not be prudent to add a collapsible section in the steering column, or do the regulations not allow modifications like that?

Life Saab Itch

37,068 posts

161 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Lovely job. Very nice looking car.

dmitsi

3,583 posts

193 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Wow, that's amazing. Must resist dribbling on laptop.

IroningMan

9,842 posts

219 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Smashing - what a nice project to have.

Any trace of your Scimitar?

Podie

46,459 posts

248 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Lovely. smile

FIK

372 posts

130 months

Monday 9th July 2012
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Stunning car, like the colour change. Good job well done

johnnymaestro

Original Poster:

4,775 posts

196 months

Tuesday 10th July 2012
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IroningMan said:
Smashing - what a nice project to have.

Any trace of your Scimitar?
Yes it is still here. It is currently waiting for its new seatbelts to come back from being made. It will probably come out later in the year.

Thanks for the comments guys smile

n_const

1,655 posts

174 months

Wednesday 11th July 2012
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Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing.

CoopsTurbo

27 posts

114 months

Wednesday 11th July 2012
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wonderful job, cheers for the pics :-)

bertie

8,367 posts

257 months

Wednesday 18th July 2012
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That is absolutle fabulous, I soooo want one, even just to look at!!

Couple of questions ....

First am I right in thinking that the chassis top left hand tube was designed to also be the water pipe? I notice it bends out at both engine and front end to what looks coolant connections?

Second, if I may be so bold, what sorf of money do these things go for?

Epic job biggrin