austin repairs

Austin Nippy Engine Back In

Our charming Austin Nippy has its engine back in which we’re delighted to see. Ady re-linked and re-fitted the engine back in to make sure it now starts fine.

Ady has found that there was water leaking out of the side of the cylinder head so he has fitted a new cylinder head to go back on with a new copper head gasket. His next step will be to take it for a test drive.

Austin Nippy Mouse Trap Springs Cause A Snag

These tangled looking metal pieces are fondly named ‘mousetrap springs’ which are fitted on the clutch fork fingers. However, these have unfortunately given in and in the process of their demise, got caught in the clutch. Although we managed to rescue these springs, it has meant we’ve had to take the engine back out of our Austin Nippy Seven and order new mousetrap springs and clutch fingers.

Austin Nippy Seven Is Getting Nippy Again

We’ve received our 1934 Austin Seven Nippy engine back and can now begin reinstalling the engine back into the Austin. This little motor will be nippy in no time!

Below you can see the re-conditioned engine with its new crank case from Ian R Bancroft Restorations:

The Mysterious Case Of The Austin Nippy

Our poor little 1934 Austin Seven Nippy has had some mysterious leaks. The previous engineer had welded the metal and covered the suspected leaking area with sealant. Unfortunately the sealant had not stood the test of time and came off when we were cleaning the engine.

We want to go the next step and discover why the engine is leaking. Our engine specialist Ady aims to coat the inside with a red sealant spray. The purpose of using a red spray is that it will seep through any cracks and identify precisely where the damage is. From there we can weld only the areas needing it rather than a general area.