Bentley - B-171-MX

September 2016 053 (1024x768)
Model:4¼ litre
Year of Manufacture:1939
Chassis No.:B-171-MX
Coachwork:Alpine Eagle
Body Style:Vanvooren style, 2 door drophead coupe

Overview - May 2017 - another exciting project into the Alpine Eagle workshop, this chassis is another barn-find discovery; repatriated back to the UK from Canada in 2016, B-171-MX was acquired after some short negotiations by the current owner; amazingly the engine oil was changed, a new set of plugs fitted, a few tweaks and some fresh petrol the engine fired up, a little smokey so the decision was made to remove the head to inspect the condition of the engine; needless to say the engine has now been completely stripped and cleaned and is now at the machine shop awaiting the works for a complete overhaul; the decision has been made to completely restore the chassis to concourse standards and have us build a 2 door drop head coupe in the style of Vanvooren; the chassis has been completely stripped of pipes, fittings, drive train etc. and is currently 'bare bones'; the shock absorbers have been stripped and fully rebuilt along with a few other chassis components; whilst this has been happening the chassis has been paint stripped and cleaned by hand until every last piece of paint and surface corrosion has been removed; the chassis has so far received several coats of paint with flatting between coats for a smooth finish; the brake equalizers and cross shafts etc. have been stripped, cleaned, reassembled and repainted; and very shortly they will be refitted to the chassis!

August 2017 - the chassis paintwork is now completed; various cross members have been re-fitted; the road wheels are away being rebuilt; the front axle has been removed, one shot and lubrication system removed; it has also been paint stripped and refinished in black; new kingpins, steering joints brake shaft return springs and shafts have all been fitted and set; the front springs have been stripped, cleaned, re-bushed and reset and are re-fitted to the chassis; the front axle has been re-fitted to the chassis and is awaiting brake shoes before setting and fitting hubs; the engine bottom end is now back from the machine shop having had new white metal bearings fitted and line bored; all balanced and awaiting assembly

28 march 2017 008 (1024x768)
28 march 2017 006 (1024x768)
25th nov 2016 304 (1024x768)
25th nov 2016 310 (1024x768)
September 2016 054 (1024x768)
September 2016 052 (1024x768)
September 2016 058 (1024x768)
September 2016 160 (1024x768)
September 2016 148 (1024x768)
September 2016 211 (1024x768)