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Carl Burge’s Restoration Project of his 1936 Flying 12 Heavy.
Just to advise work has begun on the 1936 Flying 12 Heavy. The engine has fired up, albeit ‘lumpy’ for various mechanical reasons & only for a shot duration too – still it’s encouraging to hear. The spoke wheels have been removed, gently shot blasted & put into molten zinc before the new gloss black paintwork. New 5.00 x 17 cross ply tyres have been purchased Engine work is now in progress, radiator removed, cylinder head off & I’m currently lapping in valves & thinking further ahead about the restoration project. A full stainless steel exhaust system has been fabricated to a very high standard by a good friend who runs his own stainless fabrication shop, the silencer was from the Standard spares club. Next purchase a good MIG welder I think! I used to be a good welder (having had 22 years as a panel beater & paint sprayer) ... let’s see if it’s like riding a bike again, guess I’m going to be a bit out of practice, it’s been over 8 years since I’ve used one!
Thank you for posting my photo & write up in this months magazine, it was a nice surprise. I did however make a mistake on the ‘barn store’ date. It was in fact 1955 when it was laid to rest, not 1964. Basically rolled into the garage in 55 when the tax run out! ‘Joyce’ has also been renamed ‘Stanley’ in honour of the last owners late Father (just to confuse you even more).
The young girl in the photograph is my step daughter Leah.