The 2012 pulling season, apart from being the wettest on record, was a brilliant start for the Bluebird Express team as we gained second place overall in the UK Pro-Pullers Championship!
|Owner & Driver Mark Fewtrell with the Trophy|
But after a couple of months of hard financial saving it was time to see how the 2012 season had taken it's toll on Bluebird Express.
Bluebird gets undressed.
|Splitting Bluebird to Check the Clutch Wear.|
|Removing the Cylinder Head.|
|Badly Worn Bores.|
This engine didn't look like it was going to see us through the 2013 season, so another engine block needed to be sourced.
We found a 380cui block to replace last years 360cui.
|New Engine Block.|
And thanks to Richard at Billcar Precision Engineering Ltd for all his help.
Whilst the engine was out we cleaned and painted the chassis.
|Wot No Engine?|
|A Long Way To Go.|
|New Block in Place.|
|Resetting the Clutch.|
We thought we would have a go at a new manifold to relocate the new bigger turbo. So we began by CAD drawing and profiling our own new face plate and flanges.
|The New Face Plate.|
|Turbo Fitted on the Exhaust.|
|Stainless Steel Inlet & Exhaust.|
The sharp eyed amongst you will also notice the new aluminium Kirkey seat!
|Where's the Eject Button?|
We'll be back soon in Bluebird Express - Naked! Part II, with a few more modifications including some data logging gear.