I was exceptionally happy to learn, when I joined the MMOC forum that there was a fellow young member in the same town as me (technically this is not true, actually, it is the outskirts of Halesowen & Quinton, but I digress).
I caught Ashley having a sneeky look at Martha one Sunday after I was having an afternoon nap, and was awoken by what I thought was someone stealing my car (those Morris Minors make a very distinctive noise).
On that day I learned an awful lot about Martha, mainly by asking stupid questions, like ‘what’s that then?’ and ‘what does this do?’ and Ashley was everso patient with me, gowd bless ‘im!
Ashley has since become my ‘pop up mechanic’ (will you even fit in my boot, Ashley?), and has visited a couple of times to help out with various things; he made a little box to hide my cigarette lighter in, and yesterday he came down to help me check the gearbox oil (see previous post!). Turns out the gear shift problem was down to my funny changing of gears due to wearing bracelets – it hasn’t happened since.
Not only is Ashley a great help with Martha, but he is a top lad too, they don’t make boys like him often! I promise I will be making your cake very soon (i.e. when I get some eggs!)
Anyway, Ashley, here’s to you & your massive tool box!
So, maybe some of you are thinking ‘why the hell is she still asking for money, she has the car!’.
Well, for starters, I thought you might like some cake, and I am still saving to get some bits & bobs for Martha, so I figured, why not keep it open, until I am doing the actual road trip, then I can visit even more of you! Of course, you are under no obligation to donate, but then you won’t get any cake, so it’s a fair deal, right?!
So, do you want to know what I have planned?
No? Oh, well, you’re here, so I’m going to tell you anyway.
First of all, I’d like to get a new gearstick gaiter, as the one currently in my car is looking a little worse for wear, shall we say! I also need to get the heater fixed (last night was the first time I have really wished it was working! It was so cold in there!!), I also need new buckets & rims for the headlamps as they are quite misshapen & rusty, I also want to clean up the chrome on the bumpers & the bonnet, as well as get new rubber for the windows, fit static seatbelts in the back (she currently has none), and get some clip on quarterlight mirrors, I have to get speakers so I can hear the CDs I will be able to play, and the cover on the indicator stalk has broken off, so that is at least a new cover! So not much to start with, huh?!
I would also like at some point in the future to re-spray Martha, a lovely red. I know, I know, some of you will be mortified, but I like red. I’d like to have her body red & the interior black, which involves new carpets, new seat covers & new door panels, parcel shelf & so on! The carpets I intend to make myself, but I need black carpet for that, I am also wondering if I could make some of the other bits myself, such as seat covers, but I’m not sure about that.
So, if you are able to donate anything at all, it will all be going to good use, and you will be put on the road trip map for a nice cake delivery! If you happen to have any bits lying around that you think may be of use, get in touch, all donations are very gratefully received, be it £1 or (I can still hold out hope!) £100, a bit of rubber for the quarterlight, or a brand new bumper! All in return for masses of cake, of course!! Don’t forget the cake!
I am still amazed at how many people donated to the car fund, and helped me to buy Martha, and your generosity continues to overwhelm me.
The other day I got a message via Twitter from @HeydayVS, asking if I was still after a CD player for the car. I replied I was, and we arranged a swap of knitting for the CD player! Fantastico! In case you didn’t know, Heyday is a wonderful online shop selling reproduction vintage clothing, and should definately be checked out if you are after vintage style clothing, plus the lady who runs it, Shona, is an absolutely wonderful person, and provides the best customer service! I have quite a few items from the shop now, and can highly recommed them, top quality stuffs!! Thank you Shona!
I have also been offered some weatherstrips by a fellow MMOC member, Matt, and as previously mentioned, Ashley is the fixing-things-that-go-wrong man (I am baking this weekend by the way, Ashley!!).
If you would still like to make a donation to the car fund, and be included in the Cakey Road Trip (hopefully taking placed July/August time) you can do! You can donate money via Paypal by using the link on the right, or if you are welcome to donate something specific if you prefer! If you have any spare bits lying about, drop me a line!!
I have been thinking ever since I got her what I would like to do with Martha. First off I had to fix the windscreen washer, which I did, and did very well. It works, what more is there to say?!!
I also fixed the sun visor that was held on by a screw! The plastic at the side towards the middle had broken at some point, and the previous owner had put a screw in place of it to hold it onto the clip above the windscreen. It was a simple case of yanking out the plastic that was left & flipping it around so that the other side of the plastic was sticking out! Simple!
I also gave te visors a good clean, they were pretty filthy! I was exceptionally suprised at the change of colour when I started cleaning them!
Marthas left eye was also a bit broken, it was very dim, and I wasn’t sure if it was the bulb or something more serious. I took the headlamps out & swapped them over, and found it wasn’t as simple as a broken bulb, but someone suggested looking at connectors on the wiring, and polishing them up to see if that helped. Sure enough, when I looked at the connector, it was exceptionally grubby, so I cleaned it up using a bit of sandpaper, and voila! A perfectly working headlamp!
Other little things I have done include getting new rubbers for the pedals, replaced the original glove box liners, and a gorgeous crocheted blanket for the back seat (it had to be done!!).
Onto ‘The List’.
The list is a little reminder for myself of all the work I would like to (one day) carry out. And here is the list;
In no particular order;
- Weather strips front & rear
- Flash & bonnet handle
- gear stick gaiter
- CD player
- Replace windscreeen washer jets for twin jets
- Clean & re-chrome bumpers
- New light buckets & rims
- New interior
- Sort out wiring (tidy up!)
- Clean engine bay
- Quarterlight mirrors
- Seals on quarterlights
So not much eh?! If you have some bits you would like to offer in return for cake, drop me a line!!
Tying to rescue the original blog still, which has lots about the fundraising effort & the story of going to pick up Martha! I hope it can be saved!!
Anyway, it is over a month since I picked her up from Leicester, and apart from a holiday in Prague, and a trip back up north, we have been or a drive pretty much every single day!
In case you didn’t know, my buying Martha was part funded buy donations through the original blog, by the wonderful people of the interwebs! It was a silly idea I had one evening, and I don’t think anyone was more suprised than me when the money started coming in! In return for donations, I offered home made cake, which would be delivered by me, in a UK wide road trip. I am yet to do the road trip, but I am in the process of planning (so if you did donate and haven’t done so already, please email your name & address to email@example.com!).
Anyway, Martha & I have been having a wonderful time, and over the next few days I will be updating with all the little bits of work I have done on her so far, and then upadating regularly with more of our adventures!