So this is the heater out of the car and drying in the bath after the matrix being flushed (eat your heart out Neo!).
I spent the majority of the day trying to remove a badly corroded bolt from the exhaust strap, without success, so Martha is, once again, laid up on the drive. The rest of the exhaust replacement should be a doddle, but this bolt is currently pissing me RIGHT OFF!!!!
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…
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!!