Vintage Alvis Maintenance
Where did the compressions go? - 1/2
Back in July 2012 the Alvis was caught in a rainstorm going over the South Downs, and of course the hood was down and there’s nowhere to stop on that road.
I decided to leave the car in the garage while I had a hot bath; several days elapsed before I went back into the garage and I was horrified to see that all the wood had been stained by the water.
Anyway that’s another problem that was resolved but it took me four weeks to re-polish all 27 pieces of the woodwork and then came the day to take the car out to enjoy my handiwork…
I went through the starting procedure - switch on fuel, pull choke out, press starter for two revolutions, switch on mag and enjoy.
…then I went through the starting procedure again.
…then I cleaned the plugs and went through the starting procedure again.
…then I checked the valve timing and the valve clearances (5+ thou) and went through the starting procedure again.
…then I retimed the magneto and went through the starting procedure again.
This website contains my personal Maintenance schedule based on the late Micky Radford's "The Vintage Alvis Manual" and is supplemented by Lubrication charts from the Alvis TJ 12/50 Instruction Book. These notes are not intended as advice or guidance to the reader.