Griffith 500 Project

As if I haven’t got enough TVR’s in bits I am doing a 500 griff chassis change, thought you lads might be interested, story so far is car came to me for outriggers but on removing the body it soon became apparent that a chassis was required, i have sourced one from r t racing it is now off being shot blasted prior to my chassis treatment it is going to be silver all be it a commercial ral colour, got some works to do on the power plant new valley gasket and some prettying up of the motor itself, also losing the long defunct air con so a few pics to give you a flavour of the job so far.


Cerbera Project

Starting on a new customer project – Taking a Cerbera and like the Chimaera 4.0 – we will have a body of restoration every last nut bolt washer, chassis overhauled strengthened particularly around the diff and rear end. The body is getting arches for wider bigger wheels new interior with full cage chassis modded to take the loadings of the cage, engine will be a gm variant possibly LS3 with twin blowers using a Motec ECU which has very advanced knock sensors to allow the standard compression ratio to be used ,but also looking at building up an LQ9 block forged internals cathedral heads again twin blowers with an emerald ecu, six speed box stronger diff with lower ratio, air dam up front and a devise to impart downforce to the rear the proper name escapes at the moment.

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Green Chimaera for some major works

Got a new customers car in on Thursday the car is fairly new to him so I have inspected the car throughout and basically it is in very good condition the chassis in particular is very good the outriggers have been regularly wax oiled which has kept them solid. The rad has a nasty leak so that is coming out and going for a re-core plus the clutch has had its day so i started removing the box friday afternoon, got the anti roll bar of the rear end,exhaust off and prop shaft dropped out so ready for the main event on tuesday.

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Starting the Wedge

Got at last to start on my wedge it is now in the workshop which has been rearranged after the chimaera build you learn as you go along nothing much happened yet but have had a good look round the chassis looks good it has had outriggers and they look to have been well fitted first jobs get the building jacks under the car and the wheels off suspension off and the engine out so we can really have a good look.

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Final Days

Just spent a fantastic two days working with my son on the final run in on the car, had trimmers right up to the last on Friday night but all in all went well, we then could get the roll bars fitted then the hood rear section hood sticks and finally the targa, then built up the seats and fitted harnesses fitted and adjusted. Got the whole car glazed and polished, wheels fitted, engine run up again to full temperature so far all good. Took plenty of pictures, unfortunately the weather was constant snow so no driving outside but managed two or three feet in the interrupts next week a bit but mot soonest.

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Near completion

Got lots more done today carpet trim really coming on well, centre console in with all knobs switches etc. windscreen washers connected to new pump all working, door seals and roof seal all fitted and all the speakers and grilles are in the rear bulkhead plus got the harness mounts on the roll bars, hopefully complete car tomorrow we shall see.

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