Shot blasted, twists removed and lengthened at the front end. Now in the jig for painting. The chassis has independent fort suspension whereas the real Bentley would have a beam front axle. Fortunately with the chassis irons and running gear its quite hidden (unlike many kit cars and other look-alikes) and will improve road holding /steering.
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, yep 8 cylinders all newly honed and ready. Oodles of torque but not many revs. Never be an Italian engine this one, more of a train or dare I say Lorry (Truck) engine! The first V engines killed off the long 8 cylinder designs being more flexible for the auto designers and less prone to torsional vibrations from that long crankshaft. #vintage_bentley #Charleston
This chassis is no lightweight, built like the proverbial for the worlds fastest lorries!
Front cross member, suspension and steering rack all in place now. Brake lines fitted also, we will have hydraulic brakes to the front and mechanically assisted rod brakes to the rear as per MKVI design
Now reality begins to dawn. This is the chassis with a temporary body and engine dropped on to understand the form and fit. Seems like it might work. Chassis will need a modification to push the front wheels some 10 inches further forward. It will need shortening in the centre section. All else seems ok so far. #vintage_bentley #Charleston