One of the rapidly growing departments at Retrotec is with engine re-manufacturing.
This is perhaps at first glance a strange description, but it was found that sub-contracting this work made the manufacturing of spares logistically difficult, as spares availability is almost non-existent with some engine reconditioning specialists lacking the experience, equipment and qualifications to manufacture the parts.
A growing number of extremely rare aero engines have now been rebuilt, such as the Siddeley Puma, Rolls Royce Falcon, Eagle, Kestrel and Merlin, Hispano Suiza variants, Anzani and a Russian Klimov V-12 plus many others. Retrotec’s sister company, Aero Vintage maintains a collection of gun tanks and even these engines have been rebuilt, with the famous RR Meteor, German Maybach and Nuffield Liberty featuring. It is often not realised that many of these early tank engines were based on aero engines.
As the engine facility grows, Retrotec are making their facilities available to rebuilders for the more challenging historic car engines usually of a type that other engine shops would find daunting to do, due to lack of spares and technical knowledge. These have included a very rare 1st WW Colombo aero engine, which is going into an aero-engined special based on a Renault chassis, a highly tuned 30/98 Vauxhall engine, a specially modified Crossley and many others.