Colin Anton kindly came over so I had another set of hands to operate things – by now it was 11.30pm! With a live feed added, it was deduced that the VW square relay had packed up.
I had a replacement and a reserve delivered the following afternoon, and late on the Friday night I fitted the £7 relay and was ready to leave early next morning on the 44 mile journey to the Woodchurch Steam and Vehicle Rally near Ashford, in Kent. This is the largest event of its type in Kent these days; it encompasses all types of transport and is a very enjoyable do. It is supported by members of the Weald of Kent Traction Engine Society – I attended the Society’s 1957 rally at Paddock Wood at the age of five, and my late father was very much part of those early events.
The Saturday turned out dry and bright early on. The P1 started at the first time of asking, with its Mallory electronic ignition helping the flathead V8 along its way. I had my Waze navigator app setup on my phone, which I find very good indeed – it is very useful for speed cameras, accurate mph and more!
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REINVENTING THE PAST
This may well be the newest car you ever see featured in Classics magazine, but we hope you'll agree that Morgan's 21st Century return to three-wheeled motoring is pretty close to being an instant classic.
AN MG RARITY
The MkIII and MkIV Magnettes have forever lived in the shadow of their illustrious forebear, the Z-Type Magnette. Sales were never strong and scrappage rates were high, but fans are now seeking out and cherishing the few that remain.
Out on the road again
I was in a great rush as usual when I checked out the Allard P1 late one evening, only to find that the lights wouldn’t come on main beam.
A CHEEKY CHAPPY
The Austin A30 and later A35 are tiny by today's standards, but back in the 1950s they were everyday transport for many a family. With all the charm of a puppy they had a tendency to worm their way into owners' affections, and Ray Lewis' lovely 1957 example is no exception to this rule.
Ethanol Blended Fuel Woes
There’s nothing worse than opening the garage door and being hit square in the face with the stench of petrol. Not the usual whiff that’s ever present if you choose to fill a building with old cars, but the eye watering, so thick you can almost taste it means that something is leaking.
Alard Coolant Issues
With all the chrome work on the Allard looking good after a recent polishing marathon, it was time to go for a run in the car. So aft er breakfast the Allard was brought out of the garage and the Ford V8 flathead engine warmed up.
BMC went from staid to stylish in one fell swoop when it introduced the smart looking Farina designed Cambridge and its badge engineered compatriots. We look at a MkII A55 that only required a little bit of fettling to bring it up to concours condition.
E-Type Engine Out Time
Last month was again focused on the Jaguar, as the complete front suspension had to be removed to allow replacement of the wishbone inner bushes. A block of wood on the hydraulic trolley was used to raise the upright to allow access for a large ball joint splitter to free the top wishbone ball joint taper, which always releases with a resounding bang.
Healey Dream Machine
This month on planet Healey I have entered the mock-up phase. With the shell in primer and awaiting shrouds to complete final door gapping, I used the rotisserie to turn the shell the right side up before dropping it onto a set of tall axle stands.
Originally the second prize in a national driving competition for lady drivers, this Escort XL is now a cherished family heirloom.