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Restoration Show, Stoneleigh, 2006



The Club's stand at the Restoration Show



Paul Newsome, Shelia Brown, Mike Wilkes and Dennis Brown helping on the Club stand.


The National Agricultural Centre is the venue for the Restoration show each year. This is where the Classic Car clubs are invited to put on a practical demonstration of car restoration skills.


In the past the club has demonstrated the rebuilds of body work on a Standard Little 9 and chassis renovations on a Flying 8. This year we chose to demonstrate the rebuild of an engine, that chosen was the wet-liner 4 cylinder from the Vanguard. This was displayed next to a car in which it was fitted. Both the engine and the car belonged to club member Brian Birch. 


the Vanguard engine stripped down into parts (click to enlarge)

Brian takes up the story: This engine was developed initially for the Vanguard of 1947. It started life as an 1800cc unit but was soon changed to the 2088cc version that you see here. As you can see, this engine is an extremely sturdy unit. It incorporates a hefty three bearing crank with large main and big-end journal. The cylinder liners can be turned through 90 degrees at a time to take up wear on the thrust side and can be replaced individually.

You have probably been indoctrinated with the myth that this engine also powered the Fergie Tractor, but this is entirely untrue. I quote from the "Story of the Vanguard" produce by the Standard Motor Company in 1949": 


The Standard Vanguard Car and the Ferguson Tractor have not the same engine,  both engines are basically the same type with 4 cylinders, overhead valves and easily replaceable cylinder liners of the wet type, but as the 2 engines operate under entirely

different conditions of car or tractor propulsion, there are many differences of detail and arrangement (different block, different head, different sump, different manifolds, to name just a few!!!) The thing that matters is that there are enough similarities and so few fundamental differences that a production of 1000 units a day for car or tractor could be scheduled as a regular factory operation

This engine type has however been used in other vehicles with huge success, notably Triumph Roadster, Triumph Renown, TR2,TR3,TR4, Swallow Doretti and Morgan.


Around us lots of other clubs were rebuilding cars, transmissions or welding bodywork. Particularly notable however was this stand where a complete,



The Triumph Roadster chassis (click to enlarge)


restored, chassis of a Triumph Roadster, also containing the same engine , was on display.

Lots of Club members popped in to see us over the day, and the club would like to say a big thank you to Brian Birch for setting up and breaking down the stand. We owe you Brian!