August, named after the first Roman Emperor Augustus, is now with us. We still have our beautiful summer weather, and a bank holiday to look forward to at the end of the month. So now is the best time to focus on your engineering projects.
Emperor Augustus had the month August named after him because of all the fortunate things that happened to him in that month, so August is the month for fortunate things! Who knows? Maybe your next project will be fortuitous! It will be especially so if Lumley Engineering assist.If you appreciate flexible working, fine attention to detail and over all satisfaction with your current project, then look no further than Lumley Engineering.Simply click the header image on any page to send us an email.
March is a great time for metalwork, fabrication & welding, restorations and CNC manufacturing. Restorers of vehicles and racers alike are all rubbing their hands with glee in anticipation of the good spring weather, which is just around the corner.With the flexibility to offer quick turnaround on short runs or one-offs as well as the capacity to handle long runs of cnc components, you will get all the help you need from Lumley Engineering to get your job done, or help you get the quickest route from prototyping to production.
Despite all the celebrations in March, including the two days celebrating the Saints St David and St Patrick, as well as Mothering Sunday, our customers will find us here daily as usual. They will be taking advantage of our high standard of work, attention to detail and flexibility to come up with innovative engineering solutions. Whatever you want made in March, call Lumley Engineering on 01278 792233, or click in the header of any page to send us an email.
February is the month to celebrate pancakes and love, but while you are not being romantic or eating pancakes you can take a look at our metalwork, fabrication & welding, restorations and CNC manufacturing of long or short run components.Many of our customers are engineers, people working on projects and metalworkers throughout the the UK. Many will be preparing race bikes, cars and sidecar outfits for the coming season, needing specialist, one-off components or one of our many dry-sump kits. This February many of those customers will be coming to us because of our high standard of work, attention to detail and flexibility Many of them will ask us to come up with innovative engineering solutions If you would like to have a professionally manufactured product for the machines you love this February, call Lumley Engineering on 01278 792233
Every time of change is a time of opportunity. This is very true of January, the perfect month to look back on the previous year and of course look forward to the coming one, make the most of the new year opportunities ahead. Janus, the Roman god who gave this month its name looks forward and looks back and, we are sure would appreciate the consistently high standards of metalwork, fabrication & welding, restorations and CNC manufacturing. By focusing on our customers including engineers, people working on projects and metalworkers throughout the UK who come to us for the high standard of work, attention to detail and flexibility.
Make a great start to the year ahead by talking to us about metalwork and what we can do for you then sit back and enjoy a professionally manufactured product. All you need to do is call Lumley Engineering, 01278 792233 or click in the header of any page to send us an email, and relax.
December is with us and winter is closing in, Christmas is just around the corner and this is always a popular time to think about metalwork, fabrication & welding, restorations and CNC manufacturing. With limited time available before the whole country goes on holiday, many customers including engineers, people working on projects and metalworkers throughout the UK will be making the most of their last opportunities this year to benefit from the high standard of work, attention to detail and flexibility, which has earned us our enviable reputation.
To talk to us about metalwork and what we can do for you so that you go into the holiday period enjoying a professionally manufactured product get in touch with Lumley Engineering, 01278 792233 or click the header image on any page to send an email.
The "Team Past it On" sidecar outfit was brought to us in a fairly sorry state after their crash at Pembrey. This bike was built in 2000 and we have known it all through its racing history. It has always been a privilege to work on one of Trevor Iresons masterpieces.Once the chassis had been repaired, we were able to make a new floor pan working from Trevor Ireson's original mould.
The before and after photo sequence shows the damage to the main box section 'spine' of the outfit as well as massive damage to the tubular framework of the sidecar floor. Because the outfit was so well known to us, we were able to get the chassis back to its original glory and we are looking forward to seeing "Team Past it On" out there campaigning this lovely piece of engineering for many years to come.
Restorations are not just about motorised vehicles. Some historic engineering has to be pushed, but it still has to be just right when looking for the most authentic appearance. One example, is the vintage Silver Cross pram that these wheels came off. It was being lovingly restored by its owner, who entrusted the wheels to us for re-chroming of the rims and rebuilding the hubs, bearings and spokes.The gleaming result looks as good as new and we are sure that the owner will be pushing it with pride. Perhaps we will have to wait a few years for the occupant to show the same appreciation, but it is a safe bet that when it comes to the time for them to have offspring of their own, this pram will still be in fine working order.
When Simon Heal found that the Yamaha R1 engine in his Grasstrack sidecar outfit was getting a bit hot and bothered, he turned to Lumley Engineering for a solution. the result can be seen in the photograph, showing an unconventional, yet effective design that has helped keep the temperature needle nearer the middle.
The tubular water galleries are much more robust than those common on conventional radiators, and there are no closely spaced fins to clog with the inevitable mud thrown up in the course of a grasstrack race. Once again, taking an unconventional approach to a problem has brought about a practical solution.
This week's project involved modifying a grass-track sidecar. The owner of said sidecar asked us to upgrade the existing flat slide carburetors to electric fuel injection. To do this, we would also need to make the switch from burning methanol fuel to using petrol. Firstly, we custom-made an air box to suit the modified throttle bodies. Once this was complete, we added an extra tank to act as a swirl pot and contain the high pressure fuel pump. We also modified the cooling system to cope with the extra heat produced when burning petrol.
Finally, a bespoke wiring loom was made to ensure all the electronics worked, before mapping the engine for maximum power on our dynamometer. Our customers were incredibly pleased with the job we had done. Their first time out using the modified sidecar exceeded everyone's expectations!
There are so many joys to owning a classic car, from the nostalgic looks to the fun, hands-on approach to driving. Due to the car's age, however, things can wear out! Our most recent project was a prime example - we had the task of repairing the gear box of a classic Mini. The gearbox came to us with damaged casing which was affecting the engine noise and vibration.
The first job on hand was to use one of our machines to cut out the damage and replace it with an accurately-sized hole. Once this had been done, we could move on to making a new gear box bush to replace the old damaged one. As this is a fairly common repair, it was easy for us to make 10 new gear box bushes once the machines were set up. To complete the job, we slotted the gear box bush into the hole made previously. The owner was very pleased with this repair, and can now carry on driving his beautiful classic Mini with no more problems!
Nice to see a Jimny jeep which we worked on a couple of years ago again. This time the owner wanted a small rail around the boot cover to stop his luggage sliding off!
The original job was to fabricate a steel roof to replace the soft top and fit a back window to form a cab, also to make a lockable cover over the rear section.
The Yamaha Past Masters series is designed to keep old two stroke bikes from the 1980s and 1990s racing. The bikes are all ridden as they were designed to be ridden, which does mean that on occasion things break.Even more insidious is the onset of rust in fuel tanks, which is a universal problem, clogging fuel lines with debris and even when meticulous filtration is applied, causing engine seizures as two strokes are fairly sensitive to lack of fuel, especially as it carries their vital lubricant.
The rider of this bike was at his wits’ end when we suggested a simple solution. Our answer was to cut the bottom out of the rotten old steel tank, fabricate a ten litre alloy tank to sit underneath, then simply bolt the old one on as a cover to keep the bike’s silhouette in keeping with the regulations and spirit of the class.Simple! With the cover in place now, nobody would ever know it wasn’t a standard tank, and the rider is as pleased as punch as he has lovely clean fuel flowing into his carbs.
This Cobra replica kit car came to us with MGB front suspension and Ford Granada rear. The challenge was to manufacture the new hubs with bearing housings to suit the existing steering and suspension fittings. New discs were manufactured and mounted on the rear of the new hubs, the front ones being machined to accept MGB bearing sizes to fit directly onto the steering uprights.
The drive spline from the Granada was copied on to the new rear hubs and the lower suspension mount has been modified to suit the new, wider wheels.These now fit perfectly, and add the appropriate classic look and feel to the car, which now benefits from new discs and hubs in the latest materials for better performance and longer life than the old units.
Our customer was building a replica Yamaha TA125 and needed a new fuel tank, so we made two.From the detailed measurements and photographs he provided, we were able to fabricate a tank that looked exactly like the original in aluminium. Here is a picture of an original TA 125 tank. To see our version, click in the thumbnails below.
When rebuilding or replicating any classic motorcycle, there are going to be parts that just can't be found. Time takes its toll on all things, so if you have to have a part that is just right for your classic restoration, just call us or click in the header of any page to send us an email. There is nothing made that can't be made again...