VIN # B 86 J0
Runs Well - Lot Drive-able
(on nurse tank using hand brake)
To drive safely around the block all that would be
needed is a complete brake job.
To place in daily service would require
new - tires, hoses, fan belt, battery
fuel pump replacement or rebuild
front bumper or straighten & a re-chrome
complete inspection doing regular service
fluid flushes/changes, lubrication and
a good cleaning.
Body, interior and any other work
to your taste.
Original, unmolested, un-restored,
with heritage MOT documentation papers
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THIS BENTLEY'S HISTORY
and info as told to me by
it's first USA owner
Brought from England by the previous owner
in the Early 60's
Driven semi-regularly in the Chicago area until about 1975
Well Stored, covered, on stands, in a dry garage until 2001
Without a doubt this was
the BEST PREPARED and STORED car I have EVER had the pleasure to own.
The previous owner enjoyed
driving this car for many years, and I'm sure had every intention of fixing the
few problems this Bentley developed in short order.
The list was a short one.
The heater core developed a leak, so while awaiting a replacement he affixed a
The Hydraulic front brakes developed seeping leaks and I assume occasionally
failed completely. Having mechanical rear brakes operating from the same brake
pedal made this a somewhat less serious problem.
But a problem it must have been because the final decision to park it was made
right after a little "fender bender" took out a section of the front bumper and
dented in the fender.
Realizing these repairs would
take some time to complete, plus the demands of life and family, he more than
parked it, he prepared it for long term storage.
Put on stands, all fluids flushed and refreshed.
Preservative oils on venerable metals, moth balled interior, drained fuel tank,
lines, pump, and carburetors, Dry nitrogen to inflate the waxed tires. WOW!
I'm sure I've missed part of this "mummification" process. I know he'd
gladly fill me in on more details. Sadly, I can't shake his hand for his
job well done. He passed away before he got the time to put in the new
heater core, left in the trunk in its shipping box, or the now very deteriorated
wheel cylinder kits.
I spent, I think, an equal amount of time in
"de-storing". Resisting the massive urge to put battery and fuel to it the
at the first moment back at the shop. I used an all but abandoned method of
patiently removing the spark plugs, oiling the cylinders and HAND turning the
crankshaft many, many times over several weeks. I did similar lubrication
and hand freeing on just about everything. The fuel pump didn't make it though,
not for want in preparation, just the rubber composite diaphragms hardened.
NOW a battery, a little fuel
hand added to the float bowls, SWITCH ON, push starter button, and running,
All gauges, working, good oil pressure, its charging, coolant temp is coming
up. The brakes are as the day it was parked, only the mechanical rears
work. The brake light came on at the right pedal travel, as did EVERYTHING
electrical, including the Trafficators.
I CAREFULLY drove it on the lift to have a
LOOKS OK, I removed the fuel pump and flushed the
tank and lines. Next on my list is to rebuild the fuel pump and reconnect
the entire fuel system, then the brakes, then everything else.
faded paint, bent front bumper, aged chrome, the issue of some body damage, a
little corrosion, old and tired English leather and maybe more will be
Still a nice driver could be on the road after just a winter's worth of hobby
time attention, and not a lot of money.
Or, go for it all and do a full frame off, this one's WORTH IT!