Friday, March 19, 2010


Took MOE in for the mot today sailed through, just a small imbalance on the rear brakes, which was within limits and an advisary on a deteriorating steering rack gaiter.
I'm suprised about this, just over two years old and 5,000 miles I wouldn't expect to see a gaiter failure, make you wonder about the quality of the whole recon PS rack. That'll teach me not to go to Canleys!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Bad Start to the day and then.........

I got up quite early, off to Stoneliegh in the Courier, I have to pick up 5 TR6 wheels for a fellow club member and be ready for when Jayson, Terry and Malcolm turn up, I thought loads of time!
Well the Courier didn't start, I pushed it out of the garage hoping to bump start it down the drive, but it didn't work and so I abandoned it there and went to fetch the Toyboata plus jump leads. It wouldn't have it, all my skills as an ex breakdown specialist wouldn't make it go, then eventually I found that the jump leads were not very well connected and then vroom it started, I let it warm up reparked the toyboata and guess what, when I came back it had stopped and refused to start again.

Well if I had the hair to spare, I would have been pulling it out at this stage, then I remembered that the new herald I bought this week had a battery on it, so I walked up to the garage nicked that and fitted to the naughty little van. As I nicked the battery I noticed that the engine mounting on the new car was in dire condition so made a mental note to get one at Stoneliegh.
Anyway, I travelled down and got the TR6 wheels and by the time I got back to the house the two 13/60 estates had turned up, so went off to the show.

What a show that was, lovely sunshine, loads of cars, loads of parts I managed to get some of the bits and bobs I needed and good prices too. I was speaking to Bill Davies from Rarebits4classics about the herald I have just bought, I really haven't had a minute to look at it since picking it up from Anglesea, as it is an early car I assumed it was a mk1, not my favourite, but when I picked up two engine mounting from Bill & Karens stand it was obvious to both Bill and me, that I had picked up Mk2mounts because I hadn't realised when I saw the dodgy mount that it was not the Mk1 type.
Well I'm chuffed it's a nice motor and now the bonus is a stronger chassis and much easier to get parts for and modify if I want too.

I got to talk to lots of friends in the spares hall and the club stands, had a nice lunch, sold the wheels and drove in a triumph convoy back to Birmingham, the day that had started so badly turned out to be a great day well done to the Stoneleigh organisers you made my day.