What’s in your boot?

4drmatt asked “Great read  Good to see the car being used too. when you go on your long trips do you take a lot of tools/spares with you? The thought of me driving long distances in my car when it’s on the road scares me “   I knew there were a couple of bits…

That drill’s bigger than my garage

OK, to recap – when you shear off the high-tensile bolts in the ARB brackets, I found you have to take the brackets off to get the remains out. Not having a suitable drill at home, I used one of the ones at college  The thing is seven foot high and has a chunk of…

When in doubt – go shopping

Well, after a day mostly spent moping around and feeling pretty pissed off, I decided that I could either continue sulking, or get the car sorted out. In my experience I’m pretty crap at the former for any proper length of time, so chose the latter  I ordered a replacement head gasket set from the Gaskets for Classics…

Stripdown time

Finally got some time last night to take the head apart ready for cleaning, and as usual took my time – so compared to some it probably looks like I achieved about five minutes worth of actual work  Doesn’t bother me though, as it’s only when I’m taking stuff apart that I’m getting to see how…

Bend, fold, bend, fold, cut, weld, despair

Spent an afternoon laboriously hand-fabricating some pieces to fill the holes in the frame, and to be brutally honest, they looked like my five year old neice could have done better  I’ll not even show you them, you’ll laugh too much  Popped out to Machine Mart and got one of their vice-mounted metal folders, together with a…

Workshop bling alert !

To get me through the delay, I consoled myself with a trip to Machine Mart on one of their VAT free days and came away with (amongst other things) a new bottom cabinet to hold the ever expanding collection of tools and gadgets. The new bottom radiator hose arrived in the post, so I immediately rushed out…

Nurse, pass me that spanner

Imagine, if you will, that a week has passed… The front end of the engine is in a right state and lurking underneath all that dirt, goo and crystallised rust is undoubtedly the explanation for the seemingly inoperative cooling. It’s all ripe for a tidy up and new belts, particularly as I can’t find anything…

Keeping the postman busy

Right, enough of the mucking about with boxes … there’s a car to put back on the road for the summer, before it starts snowing and I wonder where the heck the nice weather went This is a catch-up exercise for the minute, so bear with me – I’ve been doing stuff for the last few…