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Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Looking for an ACECA
« on: April 24, 2021, 15:34:12 »
I am looking for an ACECA LHD, matching numbers, need nothing car with either the Ace or Bristol engine, any year for a client in California. 


Kelly Dietrick

Contact Silverstone (if this is the same car you are referring to).  Tell them that you would like to contact the current owner and they should send your contact information to them.  I have done this with other auction houses when doing research on a particular car and they are usually pretty accommodating.  Not sure if the new owner will be but do give it a try. 

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: 1957 AC Ace Bristol old racer
« on: January 06, 2021, 03:18:34 »
Is this car for sale or are you just telling us about it? ;) 

Chassis AEX534, earlier car, with a very well done  Ford 302 V8 conversion.. Disc conversion all around. Ford Tremec 5 speed gearbox. A/C, yes that's right. Drayton wire wheels (15"). Ceramic coated headers.   Blue with white stripes, black interior.  The radiator has been rebuilt and recored.. Same with the fuel tank, has been restored and Spares included with the car :
Owner manual (reprint)
Custom cover
Original bumpers
Rear lights and gaskets
Hood key
Light switch
Panel light switch
Ignition switch (with original key, same as the doors)
Ammeter (I believe I’ll install it this week)
Original interior light
Spare sun visor
Original dash rear mirror
Wiper switch

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / 1956 AC Ace project for sale SOLD
« on: December 16, 2020, 20:47:38 »
This car has been sold.  If anyone wants to join my newsletter shoot me an email at  I represent all kinds of great cars from steam to sportscars.  Always something great to consider.

AC Ace, AEX 126 is available.  I sold it to this client five years ago and he has since gathered all the missing parts.
Seller would like $130,000.00 but will consider offers.   Car was first in CA and then went to Texas where it now resides.
Engine is 2262.  Has a clear Texas Title.  Seller will box for shipping.

The new parts in the car:
Front brake covers
Seat runners
Rear lights
All switches
Wiring loom
Brake cylinder kits
Brake pump
Clutch pump
Brake lines
Brake adjusters
Steering wheel
Steering hub
 Might have forgotten some but everything included is in the pics.
All panels marked 126
clear TX title
Car delivered new to LA and has never left the area until current owner bought it. Has been in a garage the last 45 years, 5 of those in TX. The previous owner starter to convert it to a cobra 40 years ago but fortunately did not get very far.  Current owner gathered all of the correct parts over the last five years but does not have time for the project.
email: for pictures of all of the parts.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: AC Greyhound project for sale
« on: December 05, 2019, 18:55:23 »
You know what they say, "If it is too good to be true ..."

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / AC Greyhound project for sale
« on: December 04, 2019, 20:42:14 »
I do not know how to put a link in the forum correctly but I just came across this Greyhound project from a private seller in France for 36,000 euro.

Thank you Jerry.  Now the client has all of his options clearly laid out:  Fix the engine he has.  Use a Ford engine.  Use a Weller engine and finally replace with another Ace engine.  Will keep the forum posted although he does move like molasses. They have had the car apart for about ten years. 

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: I Know Where The Bodies Are Buried
« on: November 14, 2019, 23:13:45 »
Hi James.  Good to hear from you. That was a fun newsletter with some wonderful cars - both the real deal and replicas.
On another note the AC Bristol is a great car looking for a new home.  Matching numbers in the UK (LHD) spread the word to your friends.

Joop Stoltz has an AC Ace engine for sale.  I sent the link to my client. iI they decide the other engine can't be saved this will give them an option to keep a correct engine in the car.  Now they are armed with all of the possible options. 

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Re: Original Aceca on Bring a Trailer
« on: November 04, 2019, 21:52:07 »
It bid to 100k.  No sale.

Thank you for your comments and e-mails.  I will forward this link along with the private e-mails from members with suggestions to my client.  I agree that he should save the original engine but as noted it can be a potential money pit if it is not in the hands of someone familiar with it.  At least now he has a better understanding of what his options are.

Thanks Robin.  I have your e-mail so I will be in touch.  In the meantime the post is to discuss options for enthusiasts finding themselves in the same predicament.  So your post offering another option is very helpful.

Robin what is the cost of a new AC Weller engine?

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Save the ACECA ACE engine or go Ford
« on: November 02, 2019, 13:14:10 »
A client contacted me yesterday for some advice on what to do with his 1958 ACECA Ace.  The matching Ace engine is in the shop but in deplorable condition. So he is faced with the following decisions: 

Stick with the Ace engine and make every effort to get it in good mechanical order again. 
Pro: It is the original engine. 
Con: They may very well find out after countless hours and expense that the engine can not be saved. 

Would it be better to buy another Ace engine?
Pro:  It would be the correct engine.
Con: What would an Ace engine cost? 

As opposed to the third option:

Would he replace the Ace engine with a Ford engine?
Pro:  An easier engine to find
Con:  Is he taking away even more of the car's value with the Ford engine.

And if he were to do a Ford conversion - which Ford engine would work best?

The body of the car is sound. What makes the most sense for the value of the car in this situation?  You have to factor in the expense of the first option - diving in to an engine that may not be able to be salvaged in order to start ticking off the options.  Is there a point where you just know it can't be saved and it is not worth pursuing?
How much would a replacement Ace engine cost and after factoring in purchasing, shipping and installing will it hold more value than the faster, less expensive option of the Ford engine?
I know as a broker what the value of the car is when all is said and done no matter what engine he choose but the question is which process is the best for him to take that makes sense money and time wise?

What say you ACOC forum?

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