Just wanted to say thanks for the inspection and preventative service you did on my ‘new’ 1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spur. When I bought this car a month or so ago I had no idea where to go for maintenance, support, and service. After you checked over the vehicle, and did preventative maintenance, I feel much better about the car, and now know where to take it in the future. Octagon does great service – with more attention to detail than I’d expected. You seem to have both the knowledge base and in-house talent to look after, and sort out, just about anything.
I look forward to coming back, after the summer, for follow up vehicle service.
Well the front valence is on, and the car is back in the shop for some engine work!! I really just wanted a little ‘hot rodding’ to the engine, so that under the hood would be consistent with the outer appearance of the car. I purchased a cross flow head from Moss, which appears to be a somewhat controversial item, but which makes nothing but sense theoretically, and a mild cam from ‘Basil’, who many of you MG types probably know – and phase 2 is well under way!
I remember, many years ago, seeing for the first time, a Le Mans MGA, and being struck by its beauty. Since becoming involved with Octagon, I have often thought it would be really fun to build an, “in the spirit of competition”, tribute MGA. The racing windshield and bumperless look, to me, reveal the purity of the beautiful flowing lines of the car. MGA’s are fairly inexpensive and readily available because of the large number that were produced and, while not very exotic, they offer the true British roadster experience. Well – about 20 yrs after first seeing the real thing, I have actually followed through on this idea. I found a solid local car that had had a decent ‘restoration’ some years ago, I found a perspex ‘sports’ windshield on Ebay – that came with instructions on how to cut down one’s own windshield frame – and I purchased the wire wheel conversion kit from Moss, along with a mesh grill, and a ‘bumper delete’ fibreglass front valence. The boys at the shop turned the car around in an afternoon, for phase 1 of the conversion, and I think the results are fantastic. It is a really fun little car to drive and, to my eye, a timeless beauty – harkening back to many of the competition roadsters of the 50’s and 60’s. As you can see in the pictures, the front valence has yet to be installed, and phase 2 of the project will be a few engine tweaks, which continue the theme of the “spirit of competition”, a little ‘straightening’ here and there and then, eventually, a re paint in a different colour. I will update this story as I go but, for now, I am just thrilled with the results. I’ll see you at the ABFM 2015 for the 60th anniversary of the MGA!!!
After over 35 years of serving the British car community we at Octagon have made the difficult decision to close our parts department.
As of September 1, 2014, we will no longer be accepting parts orders (online or by phone) and the parts desk at Octagon will be closing.
We have struggled to keep this part of our business operating, but unfortunately changing circumstances (declining demand, declining margins of mass-produced parts, etc.) mean that we can no longer support this service.
We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their patronage over the years. It has been our pleasure to serve you and offer our parts expertise. We will miss all of the great interaction and the relationships we have developed over this time with our parts customers.
The good news is that our service side is thriving and remains open and ready to serve you. So we hope to continue to see many of you around the shop and provide for all of your motoring needs.
If you have any questions or comments about the closing, please do not hesitate to contact us or add a comment below.
Here are some pics of Oliver and Lisa from this year’s Spring Thaw. A ‘classic car’ adventure through the mountains of B.C. Much fun had by all, as usual! See more info here: Hagerty Spring Thaw Classic.
Hi all, I would like to share my project, the restoration of my Berkeley. I have included a bunch of picture below and a more detailed description of the car and the process below. Hope you enjoy. Please feel from to comment or email me. (more…)
Vancouver, 1949. The shadow of war has passed, the future looking prosperous. Sitting in the Plimley dealership: the gleaming white curves, the red leather upholstery and the promise of a cruise with the top down on a warm Spring day. (more…)
Here’s some updated pictures from Oliver’s Alvis Speed 25 project.
You can see some earlier pics and information on the project in a previous post. We’d love to hear what you think, so feel free to add a comment or question!
For those not familiar the Speed 25 was built by Alvis Ltd. in Coventry between 1936 and 1940. Alvis’s were renowned for their smooth, powerful and fast (100 mph in the case of the 25) ride. Alvis supplied the car in chassis form only and coachwork was provided by various other firms, usually in the form of a large tourer or saloon style. Oliver is making his over into the form of a period racer.
Some pics and explanations of the process from Oliver:
the preliminaries: some design fun
One of our initial challenges was getting the design right . I tried an experiment and had a company in India do some 3d drawings before we started. They didn’t get it quite right…but an interesting process. A lot of email to some guy that didn’t really get the concept of a pre-war car!
Here we are beginning the process at Octagon.
Beginning the build
We then shipped the car off to RX Autoworks in North Vancouver to get the ash frame and body built.
Things are heating up down here at the shop as most people have their ‘babies’ back on the road for the summer. Lots of air care and general tuning work is par for the course and there is nobody better than our Syd to ‘smooth out the lumpy bits’! We are doing an inspection and tuning work on the Blue Alvis under the hoist, tuning and carburetor work on the Red E Type and, on the Dark Blue V12 E Type in the foreground, Sean has completed a top end, as well as switched out the old automatic for a Tremec 5 speed gear box. The length of the new gear box is slightly different than the original so we are awaiting delivery of a modified drive shaft before reinstalling – That new box should make quite a difference!
What a fabulous turn out for this year’s event!!! The featured marque this year was Aston Martin, and we were pleased to be able to contribute Oly’s wonderful DB4 to the collection. We also brought a recently renovated MG TC, and a stunning series One and a Half E type Jag, that belongs to a customer, and is for sale… hmmmmm, he said, lasciviously. Typically, we enjoyed all four seasons in one day, surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Van Dusen grounds. The cars were amazing, the people were fantastical, and the fish and chips weren’t bad either. What more could one want – well… maybe that e type.
We just installed a brand new 4 post 12,000 lb hoist for you big ol’ Bentley owners – This is the kind of thing that gets us excited!
Other stuff going on at the shop this week includes a once over of a recently purchased and absolutely gorgeous 1962 Austin Healey 3000, some cosmetic refurbishment of a fairly pristine 1988 Jag XJ, and replacement of the Intermediate Shaft Bearing in a 2005, Speed Yellow, Porsche 997.
This morning Cam and I met a couple of good friends (Paul and Tasso) at the shop, before heading out to the 28th annual vintage and classic motorcycle swap meet/show ‘n shine in Tsawwassen. It’s always good fun to ‘run into’ various groups of old bikes on the way out there, and to behold the fabulous array that assembles on the grounds each year – This year was no exception!
MEANWHILE, Oly and Lisa completed the 723.6 miles of this years venerated annual “Spring Thaw” rally in their beautiful Aston Martin DB4! The route ran from Squamish to Hope, through Salmon Arm and Nakusp. Exhilarating roads, fantastic scenery, and a beautifully run event – It sounds like they had an absolute ball. And they even got lucky with the weather!
We just took delivery of Oly’s latest project – a 1936 Three and a half liter Alvis Speed 25! The plan is to cut the back off it and turn it into a period sports racer. Cam has completed some preliminary drawings that look absolutely stunning. The new body panels will be fabricated in England.
Cam and Oly take the old girl for “Air Care”, which she passed with flying colours. Frankly, I was amazed she simply made it there and back!
The “New” Octagon Motor Group offers the same dedication to caring for and servicing cherished classics, but we have opened the doors to a wider variety of Marques. The addition of certain key members of our team, Like Sean Kostrzewski, service and shop manager, has enabled us to expand our service expertise to include all British Marques, as well as German, and Italian. We are extremely proud of the expanded service operations, and the new look and feel of our facility. It is now not uncommon to see a beautiful and varied collection in our service centre at any one time. Here we have part of a Ferrari, next to a gorgeous E type coupe, with a modern XK behind, and a lovely little TD on the first hoist. What’s not to like?!
The Jaguar-MG Club met at Octagon on February 17. Octagon technician Syd gave a very well received seminar on ignition issues, lots of doughnuts were had, and parts were sold at a healthy discount to Club members.
Octagon went Italian this week, installing new mass airflow sensors and a new ABS/traction control assembly on this lovely Ferrari 360 Modena. Not our usual fare, but service manager Sean (whose own Lamborghini Urraco needs the odd fettle) has plenty of experience in a range of exotics and had the job done promptly (once the parts were sourced in Seattle).
From what I gather, this Modena is not a car for the uninitiated without the traction control turned on, so its owner can enjoy it safely once again.
Octagon is hosting the Jaguar-MG Club on Sunday, February 17, starting at 10:00 am. There will be coffee and doughnuts, Syd will be giving a technical lecture on ignition systems, and all parts sold or ordered that day will be 15 per cent off.
Should be good fun, informative, and a chance to stock up on some parts for those spring projects.
Event is open only to members of the Jaguar-MG Club, please.
1989 Porsche Carrera. This is more or less a daily driver (Station wagon for really nasty days). These are truly fabulous cars. They are primitive enough to feel raw and engaging, yet sophisticated enough to offer relative refinement in comfort and handling. 1989 was the last year for this Carrera model, and represents the pinnacle of their development. The classic “air cooled” sound is music to my ears, whether running around town, or screaming up to Duffy lake!