Sunday mornings are generally the time when I like to go & have a tinker with Martha, I get little chance the rest of the time.
This morning, as is usual or a Sunday, I was awake before 8am (seriously, it’s a Sunday, why can I not have a lie in? Why does my body hate me so???!!!), so I decided I’d go down & take the bonnet flash & bonnet lift handle off so I caould give them a good clean, pain the bits that needed painting, and wack them back on again. No problem, easy little job!
So off they came, in pretty good nick really, not rusty, but very dull, and the handle is quite badly pitted, but a polish would make them nice enough until I get new ones!
So off I went to put them back on, this is where the trouble started! Putting the bonnet lift handle back on, the screw shirred off, and so won’t stay put! The screws on the flash wouldn’t tighten properly either, so that was flopping about a bit, but at least it was on.
After a particularly terrifying drive yesterday, where the gear shift kept sticking in between 2nd & 3rd, I decided I would definately have to check the gear box oil. I have been meaning to do it since I got her, but never got around to it!
Unfortnately the tool I had wouldn’t fit in the little hole properly to get the screw out, so a trip to Maplin was on order to buy a socket set!
Happy days, £4.99 spent, and the largest socket was not big enough to fit in.
So I still haven’t been able to top up the oil in the gearbox.
When I was out, I also noticed that a bit of metal was coming off the side of the bonnet, and when I was driving along, the glove box surround at the drivers side came off. Crazy day!
However, I did have a bit of a clean up in the engine bay, and the sump now looks very clean, and I even found a bit of metal underneath a lot of grime.
I polished the bumper too, but then found the boot won’t lock.
Ce’st la vie, and all part & parcel of owning a classic car. So if anyone has a spare boot catch, lock handle & bonnet lift handle lying around, you know what to do…I have cake…
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!