We have been very fortunate in our new building to be able to fit it out with a variety of new and improved equipment. These new machines will both improve the quality of work we are able to offer and improve efficiency. We have also brought quite a lot of our old equipment with us as we do try to avoid waste and, in many cases, older machines were very well made and are worth keeping hold over. A couple of examples of these are our old Myford lathe and our rather ancient sheet steel bender.
Our old cleaning and blasting machines however were no longer fit for purpose. These have been upgraded with new and far more efficient machines. Pictured here are our new wet blast machine on the right and our dry blast machine on the left courtesy of our friends at NCH Puresolve.
The wet blast machine uses a light chemical cleaner and fine glass bead to give a better-than-new finish to steel and aluminium. This is ideal for parts before they are polished or in particular, gives the perfect finish to carburettor components. The second photo shows an SU carburettor body before and after being cleaned. Another advantage to this wet blasting process is that it surface hardens the aluminium making it more resistant to corrosion both in the engine bay and from ethanol in fuel.
Our dry blast is a straightforward upgrade to our old shot-blasting machine. It uses a mix of steel and aluminium media to clean metal components. This is ideal for cleaning corroded steel components such as suspension and gives a good keyed surface ready for painting or powder coating.
In addition to our blast machines, we also have a new degreasing tank to clean off components before they go into the blast machines or just for cleaning delicate components. This uses pressurised degreasing fluid and as such is significantly faster and more effective than our old machines.
Finally, we now have a chemical dipping tank for cleaning cylinder heads and engine blocks. This allows large components to be completely submerged and left to be cleaned by the non-caustic cleaning agent. Rust is neutralised on a molecular level thus stopping corrosion from returning in the future. The process of leaving the components submerged allows the fluid to reach even the most tricky-to-access parts of an engine block inside the waterways thus ensuring that every corner is cleaned out.
Although we have invested in these machines to improve the quality and speed of our work, we anticipate having some spare capacity. If you would like to have your engine block dipped, carburettor components cleaned or suspension shot blasted ready for paint please do get in touch.