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37LC Phantom 1 Restoration Project 2020 - by Nick Clark (Page 2 of 5)
Another concern were the amount of modifications Michael had made to the engine, some of which were written down and others were still inside his head! On throwing in the starter motor the engine spun over, fired, and away she went for the first time in 87 years, but we had to shut her down very quickly as no oil pressure showed on the oil pressure gauge. After carefully examining the oil pipes and modifications, I noticed an extra pipe had been welded to the oil pressure regulator, this I believe after digging through Michael's paperwork was to make sure ALL the oil was filtered before it made its way to the oil galleries via the oil filter modification Michael had fitted. This extra oil pipe would bring down the oil pressure considerably so back to the drawing board! After a lot of thought I stripped the regulator and found one valve had been blanked off, this I assume was to make up for the extra pipe fitted. The other valve was seized and after a quick blast with an airline she freed off. After replacing the regulator and restarting the engine full oil pressure was gained and the engine ran like a ' Swiss watch'. The engine was brought up to temperature three times and cooled so I could be certain the new block was doing its job, which it was. The body, radiator, engine, gearbox and axles, have been removed and the chassis stripped and sent for painting.
The body, radiator, engine, gearbox and axles, have been removed and the chassis stripped ready for painting.
The Phantom's chassis, axles and wheels have now been painted and the axles rebuilt, with the brakes and springs etc remounted onto the chassis. Following that the gearbox was fitted and all brake cables and rods were attached so we now have a rolling chassis. The body and wings are well on their way being prepared for painting, they should be ready for a trial fitting to the chassis in the not to distant future.
The above pictures are the chassis and associated components being reassembled after painting.