Once again, life has sort of been getting in the way & I have neglected you somewhat, dear readers. I apologise profusely for this, but from now on I plan to set aside specific time for blogging, I know you appreciate the effort 😉
So, my last post was over a month ago, and by god it has been one hell of a month, both in Morris Minor and ‘real’ life!
The ‘real’ life bit isn’t overly exciting, so I shall skip right to the Martha business…!
After getting her back with a new gearbox, the next thing to go was the brakes.
One evening when I went to take Jones to practice, I noticed that the brakes were jolly sloppy, and not even as good as they had previously been (which is really saying something!). I noticed the following morning that there was a damp patch under the drivers side front wheel, so knew right away that it was the cylinders.
That weekend, Ashley & I sat outside and had both front wheels off to fit new cylinders & brake shoes. Unfortunately, the shoes I had been given were the wrong size, so had to be taken back & replaced, and one of the front cylinders was siezed so badly that we couldn’t get it off, but that seems to be par or the course with the old girl!
So I was on my way to Tamworth again last Tuesday, and after dropping mum off at work, I got about a mile own the road and she cut out. Just completely died.
It was a cold morning, so I was trying my best to get her going again, but nothing was working and I couldn’t see an obvious problem.
45 minutes later, a tow truck turned up.
Now, I have to put this out there, but I was exceptionally annoyed with the service from this man who supposedly knew what he was doing. He had no idea what it was, even tried hitting her (which pissed me right off) but she didn’t start. He said to me ‘well I dunno what it is’ He said it could be the ‘starter’ and asked if I wanted him to take it to the arage so they coul ‘have a proper look and find out what the problem is’.
Excuse me, but should he not have ‘had a proper look’ when he was there?!!
Apparently not, he was in a big rush to get to a car that was ‘booked in for 9am’. He was driving like a bit of mentalist on the way back, in case he should be late to pick the other car up.
To cut a long story short, after a lot of asking around, and testing, replacing the points, condenser & rotor arm, it turned out it was the coil.
The funny thing here, is on the same day mine went, Steph Holloway’s car, also Martha, had her coil go too! Her tale is much worse than mine though, and involves some kind of renegade chappy in a white van and a landrover coil…but that is another story!
So, after all this, last Thursday I fit a new coil, and voila! Martha was on the road again!
Mr Jones Snr had suggested taking Martha to his garage & getting her serviced & checked over to see if anything obvious needed looking at, and she was taken in yesterday.
She came back to me with lots of new bits, her brakes had been sorted out & the new shoes put on, new air filter, oil filter, she had her nipples greased (snigger), and various other routine bits done. He also gave me a little list of things that would need looking at in the months coming up to MOT which is due in January.
One of them was the exhaust.
Which went today.
This was the result. Noisy, huh?!
I think that this is what you call Sod’s Law…
Until next time folks!
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!!
It has been a great experience, getting Martha. I joined the Morris Minor Owners Club, and got myself on the Young Members Register. Through doing this I have met some lovely people, some of them I have even met in real life!
Saturday was my first ever ‘show’, and I met some lovely characters there. In true, forgetful-Katie fashion, I didn’t bother asking anyone’s name! Well done me!
Through the MMOC Forum & Facebook, I have met some great young members too. Ashley, who lives just up the road from me, is an absolutley lovely young man, not to mention a mechanic who seems to enjoy making broken things work (and who may well be my saviour when it comes to such matters 😉 )
The first weekend in July is the weekend of the MMOC National Rally at Knebworth, which Martha & I will be attending, and I am looking forward to meeting some of the internet people I have met too! It should be lots of fun!!