The Hoonmeister recommends...... engineering workshop

The Hoonmeister recommends...... engineering workshop

Postby Hoonmeister » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:10 pm

It is seemingly another indication of the downfall in manufacturing in the country that finding a business with the ability to make or modify stuff is becoming increasingly difficult.
I was looking for someone to skim a pair of disc brakes and was short of recommendations.

A bit of research found these guys in Cambuslang: http://www.dgilmour.co.uk/

The website is not fancy but they sounded like a decent bunch so I exchanged a few emails and then visited.
Mr Gilmour and son (David and Craig respectively) were highly experienced and enthusiastic and seemed to do a lot of work for the main dealers when they run out of talent. So I gave them a wee project.

After about 25K miles of loyal service my OEM TTRS 370mm discs were replaced.
The old discs had plenty life in them so I decided to try a little mod.
The TTRS discs I think suffer from a couple of design faults - strange from a Lemans winning outfit!!
The discs are not left and right handed - no current RS model has handed discs - so cooling is uneven side to side.
The other issue is the cross drilling, the inner and outer faces are drilled but they don't line up through the disc so you can access the outer face holes through the wheel but accessing the inner face requires jacking the car and accessing the holes in the gap in the dust guard a row at a time!! PITA
Making them handed was too much work but working on the disc faces to address my other annoyance was within the art of the possible.

Spot the difference - other than the 25k miles

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Effectively the discs have been skimmed and all the holes in the inner and outer face machined right through the disc so that you can clear them all from outside. This also just about doubles the holes for extra cooling.

Although specialising in gearbox repair and rebuild try these guys for any manufacturing type tasks.
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Re: The Hoonmeister recommends...... engineering workshop

Postby Angelus » Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:39 pm

Looks good and it looks like you're putting a lot of effort into the car. :D
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Re: The Hoonmeister recommends...... engineering workshop

Postby Hoonmeister » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:05 pm

Angelus wrote:Looks good and it looks like you're putting a lot of effort into the car. :D

Car is working very well as a combi daily driver and hoon car so will probably keep for a few years.
Rory wants a Bentley Continental....probably do that for entering my next decade!!!
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Re: The Hoonmeister recommends...... engineering workshop

Postby Angelus » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:06 pm

Hoonmeister wrote:
Angelus wrote:Looks good and it looks like you're putting a lot of effort into the car. :D

Car is working very well as a combi daily driver and hoon car so will probably keep for a few years.
Rory wants a Bentley Continental....probably do that for entering my next decade!!!

As I'll be entering my next decade before you, I might end up with one first. 2008 models seem to have bottomed out?
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Re: The Hoonmeister recommends...... engineering workshop

Postby AllyR5SGY » Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:25 pm

I had my front discs skimmed by Craig a couple of weeks ago.

All I can say is he's done a brilliant job and got rid of my judder. He took plenty of videos for me to watch the process and checked in after a few days to see how I was doing. He didn't charge the earth either. They do the discs on a lathe so you have to take them off the car yourself as they aren't insured to do it themselves but the results are worth the hassle.
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