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      Nick Vastardis

        Bought a 66 recently and we are trying to bring it back. Would like to do some light autocross and or track time.

        Suspension is pretty much shot including springs and shocks. Recommendations?

        Bushing recommendations?

        I’m being told it needs a new steering rack. Can the original be rebuilt or what should be a good replacement?

        Have 15″ wheels and looking for tire size advice.

        Some gauges need to be fixed. West Valley Instruments?

        Thanks in advance for all help.

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        Nick – Hi, I have long been pondering setting my Tiger up in a simialr fashion when I restore it. I’ve gathered some information over the past few years that could give you a starting point.

        One great source of information is a project Tiger that Classic Motorsports magazine did several years ago. The complete series of articles can be found on their website. They obtained components and services from a variety of sources, although some of these may no longer be active. As one example they mention sourcing suspension components from Dales Restorations. Dale has recently relocated from California to Tennessee and I don’t know if he has set up shop again – perhaps he or another member can chime in here to confirm. The specific suspension article mentions spring rates of 190lb/in for the rear springs and 330lb/in for the front springs, to give you a starting point.

        Other suspension notes:
        – The Tiger crossmember has some weak points that require reinforcement and welding. Some Internet surfing should turn up the information.
        – The lower a-arm fulcrum pins have been known to fail. Doug Jennings (TEAE member – contact info in the Directory) sells upgraded/strengthened versions.
        – I would utilize stock-style rubber bushings for the a-arms. They’re available from both North American suppliers.
        – Steering rack – I would rebuild the stock unit if the metal components are not worn. The rubber bellows are readily available.

        Instruments – Potential sources:
        – Nisonger Instruments – Apparently they no longer rebuild instruments, but may be able to recommend someone.
        – BRITISH SPEEDO SERVICE – Info at: I talked to him recently, so he is still in business. Apparently an ex-Nisonger employee.


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        David Hall

          I can second Mike Mizrahi of British Speedo Service. Services all of our gauges except the Smiths clock. Specialty isin mechanical speedos in particular. Prices fair and rapid turn around.
          If you have to put money into your steering rack, you might go for the new quick ratio racks sold by Bill Martin of Rootes Group Depot.

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