Make Your Engine Young Again!
The Triumph Car Club of W.A. visits Galloway Engine Reconditioning, at Pinjarra.
I am sure that we all take loving care of our Triumphs, being the enthusiasts for these wonderful cars that we are. However, I am equally certain that we still worry about the high mileages that our cars will have covered by now, since the youngest of them would now have to be 26 years old.
Hence, it was not surprising to see a good-sized group of members join the run down to Pinjarra, on Saturday morning 29 November, to be shown over the workshop facilities of Galloway Engine Reconditioning. The visit was arranged by Cullum Dillon, whose lovely red Stag has had major surgery to its engine by Galloways and is now reaping the benefit.
We were welcomed to the very large and clean workshop premises by Laurie Galloway, who has been in the engine reconditioning trade for more than 40 years and established this, his own business, at Pinjarra in 1978. He still oversees the operations of the business, supported by his son, David and 10 precision engine specialists.
|It was David who conducted us on our tour, showing us the machines that attend to crankshaft re-grinding, line boring, crack testing, boring and honing and balancing. We also saw the machines that do valve guides and seating.|
|All the various processes were explained and we were left in no doubt as to the level of painstaking precision that goes into every phase of the reconditioning process. Tolerances can be achieved down to fractions of a gram or .001 of a millimetre. Amazing stuff.|
What struck me most clearly and I am sure all the other members as well, was the deployment of state-of-the-art technology in all the various processes the Firm undertakes and the high level of intellectual knowledge possessed by David. He know exactly what had to be done to achieve the highest standard of finished product and he knew the reason why.
The Firm believes that quality machining can only be achieved on quality machines and has maintained, over the past quarter-century, a policy of continuous equipment updating, to ensure they remain at the forefront of engine machining technology.
Perhaps the most impressive evidence of this policy that we saw, was the CWT Mult-Bal 5000 crankshaft balancer, an amazing piece of equipment, with computer sensors everywhere, providing the most comprehensive readouts telling exactly where the balancing work needs to be done and how much weight, in fractions of a gram, is required. This is the first installation of this equipment in Australia.
The Firm's Serdi valve seat machine is regarded as the most accurate for precision valve seat machining.
|Galloways can work on all types of engines, from race cars through classics to vintage and veteran. As well as the processes outlined here, they can also provide conrod re-sizing and small end re-bushing, repair or replacement of any size of valve guide, diamond facing of cylinder heads and facing of flywheels and manifolds.|
|The machine shop is equipped to undertake any engine machining job and has equipment to test harness and surface finish, guide clearance measurement tooling and valve seat concentricity gauges, amongst other precision measuring equipment.|
In this piece, I have outlined only some of the services Galloways can offer. This was a real eye-opener, to say the least and I left very confident that when my Triumph or Rover motors grow old and tired, I can have them made young again.
For more information, visit www.gallowayengines.com.au, or phone the Firm on 9531 1366. They are located at 25 Baker Street, Pinjarra.
On behalf of the Triumph Car Club, I extend our most sincere gratitude to Laurie and David Galloway for their kindness in giving up a significant part of their Saturday for us in affording the club this most informative tour. We thank them also for their hospitality in laying on morning tea, biscuits and sandwiches. Thanks also to Cullum Dillon for organising the event.
SHANNON'S INSURANCE POWER PALOOZA
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my engine needs reconditioning?
Tell-tale signs that your engine requires attention are that it has lost performance or efficiency, it blows excessive smoke or it has developed an unusual noise. However, a vehicle needn't have these symptoms to benefit from a reconditoned engine. A complete and comprehensive recondition of your engine will increase power, fuel efficiency and extend the life of your vehicle.
Do you remove and refit engines?
Galloway Engines is a precision workshop which deals in machining and reconditioning engines. This ensures we are specialists in our field and only a quality job of the highest standard will be delivered. We can arrange engine removal and fitment or contact your regular vehicle servicing centre for this service.
Can I supply my own parts?
Yes. You are quite welcome to supply your own new parts should you have a preference for a particular brand name. However, our parts prices are very competitive and our high standards ensure that only quality parts are fitted to any job. We have liaisons with many Australian and international companies allowing us to have access to world-wide sourcing of parts.
Do you offer a warranty?
Any reputable product will come with a warranty as proof of its quality. Galloway Engines are no exception. We offer a full warranty on all of our work. Contact us for more information on the terms and conditions of our warranty.
Why should I use Galloway Engines?
Galloway Engines supply a quality engine which is completely reconditioned to comply with original manufacturers specifications and are in accordance with Australian Standards AS4182 for petrol engines and AS4427 for diesel engines. Our up-to-date equipment produces quality precision work and our team of specialised technicians are dedicated to detail. This ensures you are getting the best job possible.
Can you recondition any engine?
Yes. Whether it be a Caterpillar engine from a giant earthmoving machine or a small three cylinder Suzuki engine, we have the equipment to be able to meet your needs. Contact us to see how we can meet your requirements.
Do you offer engines which suit LPG?
As LPG has different properties to unleaded fuel, an engine can experience problems when converted to LPG. We can offer options which can enhance the performance and reliability of an LPG engine. Galloway Engine Reconditioning also stock a range of exchange heads which are modified to run on LPG.
Do you have EFTPOS?
We have full EFTPOS facilities available and are able to accept payment via Credit or Debit Card.
Address:Galloway Engine Reconditioning,
25 Baker St,
Pinjarra WA 6208
Phone / Fax:08 9531 1366
08 9531 2321