Happy Customer

We were pleased to help a happy customer John Macey providing him with parts for the restoration of 3in Foster Agricultural Engine.

Facebook Page

Hello from all the team at R&N Engineering we are please to share with you that we now have a facebook page. Please have a look and see what you think please feel free to leave us review ūüôā


De Dion Gearbox Curtis OX

*Our latest project a DeDion gearbox *

This year we have had the privilege of Manufacturing a Complete De Dion Curtis OX Gearbox a Vintage French Racing Car Dating Back to 1912

Beckie joins the R&N Team

After six years with R&N Steph is moving on to a new role, therefore as of the 5th of June 2017 we have a new member joining our team. Rebecca Abrey will be taking over as our new secretary to our directors, working as frontline staff for the company; Beckie will first point of contact and deal with all aspects of sales enquires and order processing. Please feel free to contact Beckie on beckie@randnengineering.co.uk

Presentation to R&N from Steph

Stephanie Harper our Business Administrator of six years leaves R&N on 16th of June 2017.

Stephanie presented the Directors of R&N a framed photograph of our company founder Don Roper, the late father of current Managing Directors Dave and Trevor Roper and lifelong colleague and friend to our third Managing Director Ian Page.

Don sadly and peacefully passed away in September of 2016 following a long and very full life. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother as well as being a solider, a teacher, a boss, a colleague, an innovator and a great business man. We all feel incredibly privileged to have known and worked with and for him.

Prior to starting the company Don worked as an instructor at the Royal School of Military Engineering, in Brompton, Kent. This also happens to be where Stephanie is moving onto to further her career, therefore the frame was presented in the Royal Engineer Corps Colours as a tribute to Dons services to the Engineering industry and the legacy he has left to both his sons and all who work for R&N.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank Steph for her gift and wish her well in her future career, we are sure we will stay in touch and Steph will be a regular visitor to R&N for a cuppa and a catch up

Woodchurch Windmill Back in action

We were approached by a gentleman called Mel Bailey who had the job of replacing the gears that operate the fantail of this beautiful old Windmill.  Woodchurch Windmill is set in the countryside of Ashford, Kent.

The gears that required replacing were over 100 years old. We set about making a better smoother operating set of gears to replace it.

The project was a complete success and the following response was given by Mel Bailey once the installation had been completed.

Hi Trevor,

The gears fitted really well and it took about 3 hours to lift the fantail into position, align the gears and wedge into place. Gave it a good trial run and hopefully we now have a fully functioning mill for many years to come.

Many thanks for your help and advice, really appreciated


Mel Bailey

Thornycroft differential rebuild

It was in September 2014 when a gentleman called Grahame Dutch got in touch regarding a restoration project of a 18HP Thornycroft he was undertaking.

or our part he required a complete manufacture of a differential

(as you can see below, a fully destroyed diff)

Grahame had managed to get cast new housing halves using the broken parts glued together as patterns, establishing accurate centers for the wormwheel and bevel gear arrangement. After months of work and site visits we had done a complete replacement of all bevel gears, wormshaft and bronze wormwheel (as you can see above this was in three pieces). Due to unforeseen problems with other parts beyond our control, the whole project took a year to complete and it was with¬†great pleasure we handed over the fully working mechanism, to then receive a message from Grahame’s people that it worked perfectly and the car was now¬†back up and running.


Eureka! Celebration all round!  Engine throbbing, Wheels turning and Grahame Dutch jumping up and down with joy!

Thought the two most important supportive men in the resurrection of ‘The Beast’ should know that Grahame is ready to take her on the road for a real test.  To date he has been running her around the workshop but she is now ready to truly ‘GO’.

Grahame is of course most conscious that others within R&N gave hard work and time to the agonising process of her resurrection, so grateful for all support.

Thank you all and do enjoy this newsflash.

Kind regards

Sandy (on behalf of Grahame)

We later received an email of thanks from Grahame himself:

Dear Trevor,

I have not forgotten all that you did in connection with the Thornycroft.  Your dedication, confident hard work and determination are much respected and appreciated.  I recall with warmth the R & N Team in support of the task I presented to you.  I am bad at remembering names but Antony is in my mind along with Steph and the cakes! 

 Although I had certain anxieties with regard to the rebuilding task, I enjoyed all my frequent visits and I am grateful to you for allowing me some input.

I had wanted to make a surprise visit in the Thornycroft before Christmas to convey my best Christmas wishes to you all but the weather was so much against me at that time it just never happened.  Only now has the weather improved but the novelty of a long test drive has diminished having done a number of local runs around my immediate neighbourhood;  including one to the sea side.  You are certainly not forgotten and I will come your way by prior arrangement since I would hate to miss you as now the Thornycroft task is out of the way I have no doubt you spend time knocking that small white ball about….although so many courses are waterlogged. 

Many thanks for the 2016 calendar and very good wishes to all at R & N and have a very good year.

Best regards


I should have mentioned the axle performs perfectly in total silence and generating very little heat so I am very well pleased

So it was with great pleasure when Grahame came to visit us in the brilliant sunshine driving the Thornycroft herself in August 2016 along with his head mechanic Ian and a bountiful amount of cake to celebrate his beautiful car being back on the road.

Rolls Royce Cylinder Blocks

Back in October 2015 we began working with a customer Derek Smith on some Rolls Royce Cylinder blocks, these blocks came out of a Rolls-Royce 20hp, dating from 1922 to 1928. The failure rate of these blocks was high back in the day of its original manufacture and we were asked to machine the casting. Here you can see the blocks as they arrive with us on the left and the finished article on the right. 

Company Employee Historic Motor Racing Sponsorship

One of our Engineers Angus Frost races in Historic Motor Racing, an industry in which we are heavily involved. We have recently invested in a new racing suit for him. Angus can be found on many race tracks, hill climbs and sprints across the country, he also attends many VSCC meetings along with his father Simon.

Also the proud owner of a vintage 1932 Austin 7 which he trials and competes in navigation rallies.