Diary – February 2017

February 1, 2017

Marshall Restoration has two major projects working this month.  They are finishing the restoration of a Ford Maverick and then my 1978 TVR Taimar.  They are a small, highly-skilled, meticulous crew of craftsmen that have a deep passion for restoring cars to their glory.  Each restoration is customized to completely meet the needs of their customers.  In my case, I’m trying to “thread the needle” to maintain the integrity of the original TVR  while improving on the performance.

Back in January, the TVR was completely stripped down mechanically and sent off for media blasting and powder coating. Here’s what car looked like prior to the blasting.

1978 TVR Taimar

Blasting a fiberglass body requires care.  The objective is to remove the paint, but not damage the body.  Using sand for the blasting is too abrasive and the time you save stripping the fiberglass will be made up in refinishing the fiberglass damaged by the sandblasting.  Many other materials can be used that are less abrasive and the company blasting has had very good success using plastic beads to strip fiberglass.

February 25, 2017

Well, the body and frame are back from the media blaster and frame looks fabulous.  The body is clean of all paint, but some areas are a little rougher than I’d like.  This will cost me significant dollars in refinishing the fiberglass.

Frame sand blasted and powder coated.  The body bead blasted. 

I did make one more eBay purchase for the engine and, before I made this decision, I consulted with Martin of Car Clinic.  It is a set of four – 42mm DCNF Weber carburetors (I will use three of them) from a vintage Maserati which will be rebuilt and installed on a 3 x 2 aluminum intake from Martin at Car Clinic.

Four 42mm Weber DCNF carburetors from a Maserati

With the carburetors installed on the Ford Essex 3.0 liter, it will look similar to the picture below.


Once the engine parts make it back to the USA, Mad Engineering in Warrenton, Virginia will build and blueprint the engine before it is dyno tested at their facility.

Here’s a look at the Mad Engineering dyno.  The engine on the dynamometer is a 5.0 liter Ford that posted 423 bhp and 418 foot pound of torque.