hi looking to restore my 1970 3.5 p5 engine needs full rebuild as been standing 30 years in dry garage the engine is seized and iam looking to send it off for a rebuild and looking for a specialist to take on the job preferable local to middlesex any help will be much appreciated thanks
The most important point here is that any time saved by taking the engine to a local repair shop will be greatly outweighed by the trouble it will cause when it is done badly. You are better off driving Glasgow and back with it (or having it shipped) to get it done well. Glasgow is just by way of example. Ditto regarding price. Go with the firm you have been advised is going to do a good job and do not compare prices. In Australia you would expect to spend (pounds)5,000 +.
If nobody is able to make a recommendation, then try ringing TVR and asking who they send their rebuild to.
In Australia you would expect to spend (pounds)5,000 +.
That would be one really expensive rebuild in my neck of the woods ($8900 AUD.) The V8s are basically very simple engines to strip and rebuild, unless of course the engine has been left open to the 'elements' causing major internal corrosion. A careful strip down to evaluate and clean all the components is the first task. Not everything has to be replaced if you know or the engine builder knows how to assess parts and components. If it's apparently seized due to being left unattended for years add a half a cup of diesel or ATF to the cyls via the spark plug holes and leave it sit for a week before attempting to gently turn it over (not by the starter) with a large socket and bar on the harmonic balancer securing bolt.
NB. You can even remove the distributor and using a simple home made tool (blade type screw driver, rubber hose/tube and an electric drill), prime the engine oiling system.