Archive for the ‘Garage Services’ Category

Schumacher drops in

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Michael Schumacher dropped by with his F1 car recently so we could give it a service and do the tracking. We Wish! This is our F1 simulator and show car which is normally out and about at shows. the transporter had to go for repairs so the car lived in the corner of the garage for a few days. It just looks so cool we had to put a picture of it on the blog.

Capri Development

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The AA Sport/AA Silencers Capri race car continues to be developed in between other commitments. The latest development is with the rear axle location. These bars reduce both axle tramp and lateral movement. An added advantage is that by moving the pickup points we’ve been able to change the roll axis of the car and hopefully improve the handling. More testing is required but it looks good so far

Puma Project

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

As you can see from the pictures, the owner of this Puma has done a lot of work on it himself. He needed an exhaust that was in keeping with the rest of the look so we built a twin exit system which we notched up into the bumper.

Alfa update

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

we’ve been working on this Alfa for quite a while now. One things had lead to many more and a set of carbs that had been refurbished turned out to be faulty. To remove the problem once and for all the owner had us fit this tasty set of Jenvey throttle bodies and full Canems management. The car is back on the rolling road at the moment and hopefully will reward the owner with some pleasant power figures

Hard Lux

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This Hi Lux was dropped off by the owner with a couple of back boxes he wanted fitting. It didn’t look too bad at first but getting the pipework to fit around the axle turned out to be a bit of a headache. There’s remarkably little room under there once you’ve left enough enough room for all that axle movement. We managed to squeeze it in and the end results speak for themselves.

Free Fuel for Stafford Forum

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

In December of 2011 a rogue satisfied customer created a post for AA Silencers on Stafford Forum. Generally I’m not big into forums as common theme forums (cars, racing etc) tend to be a bit inwardly focussed. It can sometimes get a bit of a shouting match over who knows the most. The other side to our job at AA Silencers isn’t about the cars, but about the people who drive them. Knowing you’ve served people well and being able to reach them is wonderful. Stafford forum brings the local community through the door and right there onto your computer screen. I was blown away that the people in our community would take their own time to start a thread about us and keep on posting such kind comments. Knowing that we’ve helped people makes the grazed knuckles and hammered fingers worth while. Because of that we’ve decided to give something back to the Stafford Forum members. When any member of Stafford Forum has had their car worked on at AA Silencers all they need to do is fill out a Good Garage Scheme feedback form (available on request).  Each month we’ll draw one feedback form out of the hat and contact that person on Stafford Forum. If you fill one out be sure to leave your forum username on the feedback form so we can get in touch. The winner will receive a tank of fuel up to a maximum value of £50. Maybe that’s not a whole tank of fuel for some cars but it’ll keep people on the road for a week or two. Every little helps and it’s our way of saying to our community- Thank you.


Lomax exhaust

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Based around a Citroen 2CV, this little Lomax 3 wheeler kit car must be the most fun you can have at 30MPH. We love cars like this because they’re so full of character and you can have so much fun enjoying the driving experience without the need to be at breakneck speeds. This was a simple case of moving the exhaust from the nearside to the drivers side. The exhausts are normally placed on the passenger side to avoid deafening the driver but in this case the owner had bigger problems. The exhaust was irritating his girlfriend at that’s never a good idea!. We rebuilt the front pipes and fitted a stainless steel silencer supplied by the customer. Once the summer comes around this little car should bring it’s owner many happy journeys to work in the sunshine.

Rolls Royce Repairs

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

If you’ve never driven a Roller you won’t be able to appreciate how effortlessly luxurious they are. This one was in need of some exhaust work and the owner wanted a full copy of the original exhaust in stainless steel. There are a lot of exhaust boxes in the twin system to keep it silent and the owner couldn’t stretch to having it all replaced, especially as a lot of it was still in remarkably good condition. Instead we built the required parts in mild steel and repaired other parts where required. The final bill was a fraction that of what he’d expected and he wafted off into the sunset, another happy customer.

More Porsche engines

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A regular customer of ours runs this 924 carrera GT in the MSVR championship. He was due to race on a Saturday so opted for a quick test session the Wednesday before. The car arrived with us on Wednesday afternoon with an odd misfire and an hour later we had found a hole in one of the pistons. Not wanting him to miss out on any racing we set about stripping the engine down. By Friday lunchtime the car was running again and he made it to the race on Saturday.

944 Nightmare

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Sometimes what seems like a simple job can just keep snowballing. This 944 came in with a fairly small water leak. It turned out to be the water pump so we advised on new pump and cambelts while we were at it.  Porsche had used mostly nuts and studs to hold the pump in place so with a bit of gas to heat up the nuts they were soon undone. Unfortunately they’d decided the bottom 2 fixings should be bolts into the block, and there’s no way to loosen them off. 20 years of aluminium reacting with steel meant that despite our best efforts the inevitable happened and the bolts broke in the block. A jig was made to locate the drill and using special bits the old bolts were carefully drilled out. New threads were tapped and the new pump went on. We had been supplied a later S2 pump having been told the earlier one was no longer available. With a few changes it did fit but left an idler pulley sitting incorrectly on the cam belt. This lead to several days mix and matching S1 and S2 pulleys to get everything sitting right. All finished well with the job done and no problems. Not the easiest water pump to change though!