Specialists in the restoration and preparation of cars from 1901-1939

Specialists in the restoration and competition preparation of cars from 1901 to 1939

Welcome to Tip Top Engineering

We are specialists in pre-war and vintage cars and regularly work on Frazer Nash, ERA, Riley, BMW, Chrysler, HRG, AC, Talbot, Lagonda and Bentley cars.  We have also worked on Curved Dash Oldsmobile, Alldays and Onions, Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Surtees TS8, and other more obscure cars.

We also know more about crankshaft torsional vibrations than most people, and can talk layman, or highly technical depending on your requirements.  A crankshaft balancer has nothing to do with balancing a crankshaft.  Read our damper page to find out more.

Engines, gearboxes, axles and all things mechanical, please feel free to ring 07799 038731 for some friendly advice.

James Baxter

Proprietor

James with two pre-war cars

Recent Projects

Proud and Honoured

Proud and Honoured

Tip Top Engineering are extremely proud to announce that our own Jack Bond has just won the Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards Young Achiever for 2020.  We feel this recognition is most deserved, because in a...

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Riley Imp

Riley Imp

This was a big job.  The car had new final drive gears and a gearbox rebuild, which needed the body off to gain access.  We did a few other smaller jobs while we had the opportunity.  It is a gorgeous Riley Imp.Click...

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Gearbox Rebuild on Surtees

Gearbox Rebuild on Surtees

We rebuilt the gearbox and final drive on this fabulous F5000 Surtees TS8 racing car. It is an absolutely fabulous bit of kit, used primarily for hillclimbing, and it makes the spectators smile almost as much as the...

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