So finally I got round to taking a picture of what I did at the weekend;
Hells yeah! I fit a CD player in Martha! Complete with speakers so I can actually use the thing 😉
Once I had figured out exactly what I needed, and had got round to buying them, it was relatively simple to install. The major problem was finding somewhere to put it. My first thought was under the passenger glove box, next to the cigarette lighter, but there is a lip on the underside, so although the bracket for the stereo would go on with no problem, the actual unit wouldn’t have fit in! My second thought was the shelf underneath the dashboard, but this has a round ‘lip’ so the bracket wouldn’t fit on there. I ended up getting another bracket (the kind you use for putting up shelves) and attaching that to the underside of the shelf so i could attach the stereo bracket!
The speakers fit into holes cut in the kickboard at either side of the dashboard as there is a convenient little hole in the bodywork there, however there is no picture as the cutting out was pretty messy! It all works though, which is the great thing!
After sorting this out, I was very excited as Steph & Cat, who I had ‘met’ online through the MMOCYM, were coming to visit!
My Pop Up Mechanic, Ashley, was going to have a look at Cat’s car, as he needed some work doing on him (the car, not Ashley), so after a bumpy start, involving spilled pancake syrup, stolen hash brown and breakdown recovery, the girls made it to Halesowen!
We had a trip to a curry house & then a night of dancing at Zombie Club (goth, anyone?!). It was a really great weekend, and as Steph put it ‘who knew my car would choose my friends?!’. It’s true! Having Martha had meant I have met some lovely people, and I am very much looking to National to meeting some more of my internet buddies!
On Sunday, Steph decided that the Bullring carpark was the perect place for an impromptu photoshoot;
You may notice the still missing bonnet flash in this picture, you may also be please do know that today I got the flash back, with the old bolt drilled out & re-threaded *joy*
Whilst in the Bullring, eating ice cream, we noticed the Shell Roadshow, being hosted by *drumroll* Quentin Wilson, or Top Gear & Fifth Gear fame!
We couldn’t resist, and the Minor Mafia cheekily asked for a quick pic!
It was an absolutely great weekend, and it was fantastic to meet people from the interwebs! I know for sure that Martha really has helped me gain some very special friends 🙂
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!!