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.

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.

Ash and aluminum body buck now ready for test fitting.  This will be covered at a later stage.

Ash and aluminum body buck now ready for test fitting.

Major assemblies have now been overhauled off line and the chassis modified to relocate engine and front cross members.  1920's designed placed this well in front of the engine and it always looks just plain wrong if too far back. So the chassis is shorthand about 8" and the wheels moved forward with additional chassis irons to the front of them (would have held the leaf springs but not on this design). #vintage_bentley #Charleston

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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

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! #vintage_bentley #Charleston

This chassis is no lightweight, built like the proverbial for the worlds fastest lorries!

That magic Bently number - makes us welcome at all VSCC events, vintage rallies, car shows yada yada yada. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

That magic Bently number - makes us welcome at all VSCC events, vintage rallies, car shows yada yada yada.

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 #vintage_bentley #Charleston

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

Front suspension and drum brakes (minus the drum itself).  Lever arm shocks overhauled and retained.  Original would be Hartford type but they are not very visible so RGE kept these. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

Front suspension and drum brakes (minus the drum itself). Lever arm shocks overhauled and retained. Original would be Hartford type but they are not very visible so RGE kept these.

Con rods cleaned and ready.  I've seen 400 bhp from these engines, blown, balanced, lightened ....  I'd prefer reliability and drivability to have half a chance of the lovely wife driving the thing.  Peace in the household has its value too. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

Con rods cleaned and ready. I've seen 400 bhp from these engines, blown, balanced, lightened . I'd prefer reliability and drivability to have half a chance of the lovely wife driving the thing.

Valves, collets, spring carriers and springs, push rods. Cleaned, crack tested, ground and ready. Huge rocker arms in the background. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

Valves, collets, spring carriers and springs, push rods. Cleaned, crack tested, ground and ready. Huge rocker arms in the background. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

Close up of the same thing. Simply gorgeous.  We will sort the radiator cap out later but in the mean time its slowly developing a patina.  Must keep anything sulfurous well away from this silver. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

Close up of the same thing. We will sort the radiator cap out later but in the mean time its slowly developing a patina. Must keep anything sulfurous well away from this silver.

4 large SU carbs. Easy to work on but might be fun to keep balanced. This thing will drink gasoline so be happy we will operate in the USA where fuel is so very cheap compared to European prices. #vintage_bentley #Charleston

Easy to work on but might be fun to keep balanced. This thing will drink gasoline so be happy we will operate in the USA where fuel is so very cheap compared to European prices.

A stripped 70 year old chassis ready for the bead blaster.  So it begins!

A stripped 70 year old chassis ready for the bead blaster.

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

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

Cycle wings lined up and painted.  With 21 inch wheels these wings are correspondingly a bit larger than is alluded to by the word "cycle".  They are huge.

Cycle wings lined up and painted. With 21 inch wheels these wings are correspondingly a bit larger than is alluded to by the word "cycle".

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