Re: BAZZA'S IMP'S (LNK, NPN & LYH) - New kid on the block

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Re: BAZZA'S IMP'S (LNK, NPN & LYH) - New kid on the block

Post by bazzateer » Sun May 07, 2006 7:39 pm

No 1 (LYH) needs to be stripped and some body repairs carried out. This will be the really long and drawn out work as I have neither the skills nor the money at present, let alone the time!

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May have to go through a divorce and relocation before proper work can start.

More when I can, just wanted to start this off.

Baz :) 8)
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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 07, 2006 10:10 pm

In time I hope to have a fast road tuned Imp running on the alloys bought from Tim with 175/70/12's. (not any more, got 2 nice sets of 6x13 with 185-60-13 tyres now) Stainless exhaust manifold and system (sport) and better carb(s).

I will fit seats from a Ford RST with matching rear seats and new door trims. I have a nice leather Moto lita steering wheel to go in it but still need a suitable boss (will probably modify a Mountney one).

All new instruments to include Speedo, Revs (mounted in the other large dash 'hole', and combined Oil pressure/Water temp, volts and clock - all in the spaces provided on the standard dash (or a new panel shaped accordingly). New carpets and soundproofing etc. I have a reasonable ICE system ready and waiting to go in.

I really like the smooth look so may do away with the bumpers, maybe adding over-riders like on the rear of a Frogeye. Colour - I've always liked Triumph Midnight Blue from the 60's so I may go that route.

Most, if not all, of the above will probably change as the project progresses, watch this space!

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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 07, 2006 10:18 pm

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There she is, looking a bit sad for now.
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Post by bazzateer » Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:07 pm

No real progress at the moment but if I go for green I think it'll be the green GM used for the Lotus Carlton - saw one at Castle Combe and it's just the job, very dark. I'll be getting some nice wide 13" Minilites too so the alloys from Tim Morgan will eventually be up for sale - I may renovate them first though. Still waiting for the divorce papers to arrive so I'm a bit loathe to do anything major at the moment.

Watch this space..................................

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Post by bazzateer » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:41 pm

I've stripped out the seats now and will soon be giving the interior a going over with a wire brush and vacuum cleaner. Hopefully, no serious rot will be discovered enabling me to give everything a nice coat of Bilt Hamber's anti-rust paint (Hydrate 80?) prior to a coat of dark green smoothrite.
The Vauxhall GM colour is Imperial Green and I'm now decided that's what I'm having. *** Jack is going to have LYH eventually and he wants it "Herbie" colour - so that's what it'll be, unless he changes his mind by the time it's ready for paint (around 10 yrs time probably!)***
Here's a piccy showing the colour:
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As you can see it's so dark it looks black from some angles/distances.

Once the interior is done I'll move onto the outer panels. These have mostly been repaired and skimmed (no obvious great lumps of filler anywhere) but require some rubbing down/smoothing off. There is a touch of rot on the nearside which will require a proper repair. Once the panels are ready for paint i'll need to 'acquire' the necessary cash for the Imperial Green spray job.

As ever, the impending divorce is likely to interfere with some, if not all, of my plans.

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Post by bazzateer » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:37 am

Spent an hour on Sunday afternoon with the wire brush drill attachment and gave the floor a going over. Found some rot in the 'sloping' panels beneath the front seats. It's worse where the panel meets the floorpan but seems to be limited to the panels themselves rather than the floor. These will need some small sections cut out and new metal welding in as the rear seat support brackets are fixed to them (passenger side is worse than driver's). The rest all seems pretty solid though.

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Divorce still looming! :D

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Post by bazzateer » Sun Aug 13, 2006 4:31 pm

Made a start on the rear and front offside wings, rubbing down previous repairs to bare metal, priming, filling, sanding etc. Looks better already with a single colour.
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Post by bazzateer » Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:42 pm

Small progress made since last post, both off-side wings done and looking much better in primer. Unfortunately I have now had to vacate the marital home so home is now one room miles away from the kids and the Imp. The Imp stays in it's garage for now and I will work on it as and when I can. Priority at the moment is to get my Toyota Previa back on the road (with the help of Rich - as usual) so I can see the kids/Imp more regularly.

Oh yeah, there's also the Race/Rally/Sprint/hillclimb? car that Rich is building which I'm helping with as and when I can. Oh, there's also his G15 too, ..................and the white Sport........................

In the words of the great Gary Barlow (I think) "Thinggggggggs can only get betterrrrrrrrrrrr................", or something like that anyway.

Chin up!

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Post by bazzateer » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:32 pm

I've arranged a deal on a couple of Recaros from an early 1990's Ford, no rips or burns with just one knob missing (easily replaced). Should be picking them up on Saturday. It'll be ages before they go in the car though but it was a good deal so, while I had the money I thought "Why not?"

Looking forward to when I can get my own place with a garage after the divorce so I can continue sorting the bodywork. Won't be for a while though. In the meantime I'll carry on picking up bits and bobs here and there whilst helping Rich with the Rally car et al.

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Post by bazzateer » Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:30 pm

Picked up a near mint set of matching rear seats for £25 today. So now I should be able to get a friend of mine to re-trim the Imp rear seats to match the fronts! Still, it took over 3 years to get a steering wheel back from him which he re-stitched for me so the seats could take a while!

He used to be a trimmer/upholsterer for Rolls Royce so he knows what he's doing.

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Post by bazzateer » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:42 pm

Not much to add but still picking up bits and pieces along the way, now have a twin headlamp front panel (thanks Tim) so hopefully when the time comes to do the front end bodywork this will be welded in.

I've applied for a local council lock-up as it seems like this divorce business is going to drag on a fair bit and I may need to find alternative accommodation for some stuff.

That's about it for now, more in due course.

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Post by bazzateer » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:07 pm

Also working on the Actuarius Impetus Sport, (ex-SPR, ex-Brindle). Rich made me an offer I could not refuse!

It currently wears the alloys/tyres from Si's old blue Sport (now Rich's track car) and may in due course wear the Alleycats I got from ebay last week.

New m/cylinder going in soon along with new fuel pipe/tank union - this was bu**ered by me at the weekend! :oops: May need work on the rack as well but hope to be MOT'd in time for National.

The aim is to use it for a couple of years until my other one is finished, then take it off the road and give the body a well earned resto' while I drive the other one.

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Post by rootes » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:15 am

bazzateer wrote:
It currently wears the alloys/tyres from Si's old blue Sport (now Rich's track car) and may in due course wear the Alleycats I got from ebay last week.


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good wheels and tyres those even if you need a spacer at the rear and the wheels are a little erm heavy - look nice though had the front machined to clear the imp hub..
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:36 am

I'm probably going to put the green interior from my other Imp into LNK as it's in better nick. I have RS Turbo seats to go in that one day so the green ones are surplus to requirements.

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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 27, 2007 12:32 am

Here's LNK as she is today, awaiting brake overhaul (new M/C fitted and rear cylinders yet to go on), some Montes on the front and then a trip to the MOT man.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... K/LNK3.jpg

These seats with matching rears will be fitted
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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 27, 2007 12:41 am

This was LYH before I attacked the offside.

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And this is after

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Post by bazzateer » Sun May 27, 2007 11:05 pm

Fitted front Montes today along with some adjustable Spax, the rears will be done in due course. Rained just a bit though!!!

Having problems with the brakes at the moment. Was going to fit new rear cylinders today and bleed 'em but the effing brake pipe unions were seized. So I'm going to get new pipes and unions made up before replacing both sides. Once the brakes are done I'm hoping to get her MOT'd and actually start driving her.

This is her this morning just before work began.

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Post by bazzateer » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:49 am

Yesterday we fitted new o/s rear brake cylinder and pipe, n/s ok so left well alone!

Tried bleeding brakes using Rich's new toy which sucks on the nipples, no....... really, it does :oops:

Still had problems and the brake pedal wouldn't come back up.

Rich discovered that where the old master cylinder had been leaking it had corroded the brake pedal spindle stopping it from returning. In the time it took me to pop out to the lock-up and back re another matter Rich had the fuel tank out, old pedal box out and the old pedal box from Si's old Sport fitted and ready to go.

So, fuel tank back in, etc etc and we tried bleeding the brakes again. This time Success! We have a pretty firm pedal.

Still got to bleed the clutch, check over the cooling system and give the brakes a final bleed. Then there's a bit of rot in the o/s floor/sill join that needs cutting out and a plate welding in.

Once that's all done, and a new bulb in one of the lights, time for an MOT.

LNK now has wheels/tyres, front suspension and pedal box from Si's old Sport (would have rear suspension too but damper fittings rusted solid).

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Post by bazzateer » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:03 pm

Fitted a new battery to LNK today and she fired up no problem. Once warm she ran quite smoothly too. :D

Replaced the offside inner headlamp with a second hand spare, now all lights work as they should. :D Eventually I'll replace all four with modern halogen units.

The temp gauge showed a nice steady temp rise until about 2/3 when the 'stat must have kicked in as it then went down to 1/2 and stayed thereabouts. :D No heat from the heater though, hopefully just an airlock. Unfortunately, there is a steady drip/dribble from the water pump :( . So a new pump is needed, hopefully Rich may have one in the lock-up :D

Once that's fitted and the clutch is bled it just needs a bit of welding before a trip to the nice MOT man........

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Post by bazzateer » Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:55 pm

Bled the clutch today and now have the ability to change gear! Also unblocked a washer nozzle! Apart from the welding to the floor/sill join LNK is about ready for a visit to the MOT man!

She'll probably have another brake and clutch bleed before the MOT just to be safe.

The leak from the water pump has been cured for now by a dose of 'Bars Leaks' and some Wynn's Stop Smoke has gone into the engine to......er......stop it ......er......smoking.

Oh yes, I DROVE AN IMP ON THE ROAD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER TODAY!!! LNK went for a quick run round the block with me at the wheel. After nearly 10 years without driving a classic it was a bit different! But I have a feeling we're going to get on just fine!

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:12 pm

Unfortunately LNK will not be ready in time for Uxbridge :( Didn't get the time to do the necessary for the MOT. Hopefully will be done by next weekend though. Also, no insurance docs yet. Nearly got there but not quite.

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I'll still be there though!
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Jul 14, 2007 9:49 pm

Had to sort the brakes on my modern today so LNK had to be moved from Rich's back drive. Started no problem. Went for reverse - soft pedal and crunching gears! Oooerr!! Opened fluid reservoir = brake side full, clutch side empty!

A quick check under the dash revealed fluid leaking from the M/C (the one from Si's old Sport). So, out with the fuel tank and remove the M/C.
Couldn't find a trustworthy .625 M/C amongst our spares so opted for the new .7 M/C which I was going to fit as a brake M/C until Si's old Sport donated it's pedal box with a working .7 brake M/C and a (now b*ggered .625 clutch M/C). Confused? Don't be, the upshot of all this rambling is that LNK now has .7 brake and clutch M/Cs and after some blood letting (bleeding!) now appears to be continent again.

She will hopefully be MOT'd during next week and on the road very shortly afterwards.

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Post by bazzateer » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:03 pm

Collected the green set of seats from the garage at the matrimonial home, unfortunately some mice had been at the padding of the rear seat back! Still, I won't be sitting in the back. I'll get around to fitting these at some point, but probably not before the National.

Still awaiting the visit with the MOT man, work and other constraints causing delays :( .

In anticipation of needing to use the Imp soon I have ordered a new set of rad hoses from Malc, should be here before the weekend. The tent I ordered for the National arrived today, so my acommodation is sorted.

Just need to get away from work and get the MOT sorted. Not looking good for Classics on the Green on Wed 1st August though :(. I'll still be there with or without the Imp, likewise the National. Hoping to do WWW as well! :D

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Post by bazzateer » Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:24 pm

Still not been able to sort the MOT, was hoping to have LNK ready for Classics on the Green on Wednesday - no chance now :cry:

Just hope I can get time to get it done in time for the National!

In the meantime, this is going to steer it when I get the chance:

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Post by bazzateer » Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:46 am

Should be dropping LNK off to get he welding done today (finally). At least it'll be out from under Karen's feet at Rich's place! With any luck, upon my return from the Hop Farm it'll be ready for Mr MOT. :D

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Post by bazzateer » Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:05 pm

Apart from some tuning and general servicing required LNK ran the 5 or so miles to the body man's workshop with no issues, temp was steady just past half way in hot weather and some stop start traffic plus some faster stuff, oil pressure was good as was battery charge. So hopefully the body will be sorted for the MOT very soon. Have noticed the belts are badly frayed though, I'll see if those from LYH are any better. If not there'll have to be new ones fitted before the MOT.

Small progress then. :)

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Post by bazzateer » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:17 pm

Got a call from Glen the bodywork guru today. The floor has been repaired! Hooray!!!! :D Unfortunately half the sill fell away while he was doing it! :(

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Post by bazzateer » Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:10 pm

Picked up LYH's belts yesterday, the webbing is much better than LNK's but the adjusters and buckles are corroded and don't work. :( New belts it'll be then, not a bad thing really :wink:

Glenn's done a nice job of welding LNK's floor and now I've dropped off a sill he can complete the job. I'll ask him to check for any other bits I may have missed too.

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Post by bazzateer » Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:16 pm

Saw Glenn at the Heathrow Centre meet last night. He's finished the welding and checked the rest of the floor out and seems happy it will pass the MOT. :D

Should be picking it up later this week then back to my 'digs' to await some Hydrate 80, primer and stone chip all over the floor in an attempt to keep it on the road until I can afford to get it all done properly.

I've also bought an engine for my longer term project car (although it'll probably find its way into LNK first, just to check it runs OK you understand :wink:) .

May also have another engine project in the wings, watch this space :wink:

Must order those seat belts now. And get the Alley Cats bored, cleaned, painted and tyred.

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Post by bazzateer » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:43 pm

Phoned Quickfit SB Centre around 2pm today. Spoke to Stuart Quick himself. I explained what I needed. They have developed a fitting kit for inertia reel front belts. I have ordered these for the front and statics for the rear. All in black webbing with 'modern' stalks and latches. Including all the hardware total was £175 inc VAT.

Not too bad I reckon. Even better he said they'll start making them first thing tomorrow morning and worst case scenario is that they will be ready no later than 5.30pm tomorrow.

They're going to give me instructions on where to fit them (the reels apparently go in the rear side bins) and I'm going to do it myself. Otherwise it's around 3-4 hrs labour to fit them.

Hope to collect LNK on Wed or Thu evening and maybe fit the belts over the weekend.

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Post by bazzateer » Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:53 pm

Well, I'm due to collect LNK from Glenn tomorrow late afternoon. If all goes well I can use any spare daylight hours next week to give the repairs a couple of coats of Hydrate 80 followed by some stonechip and white smoothrite.

Then I need to give it a service, adjust the brakes, fit the belts (when they're ready), fit the seats out of LYH (maybe), fit the steering wheel and change the hoses in the engine bay.

Oh yeah, when they're done I'll have to fit the satin black Alley Cats too. 8)

Once all that's done, give it a damn good clean and polish. Then it'll be time to face the MOT :evil:

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Post by bazzateer » Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:16 pm

If I get up early enough tomorrow I'm going to have a good look at the welding Glenn's done and take a few pictures before I apply the Hydrate 80 and stonechip (which I haven't actually got yet!). Luckily he's painted red oxide primer over the bare metal so it should be OK until I can sort it.

Then it's off to sort out the lock-up.

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Post by bazzateer » Mon Aug 27, 2007 7:36 pm

Right so this is the repaired bit of floor, Glenn has already treated it against further corrosion.
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... /001-2.jpg

This is the new sill section.
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... /002-1.jpg

and again....
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/003.jpg

and this shows the state of the front arch......... :roll:
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/004.jpg

finally, a quick blow over to hide the red oxide....I'll give it another coat soon.
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/005.jpg


Nothing else done yet. Waiting for the seat belts - hopefully tomorrow! :D

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Post by bazzateer » Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:20 pm

My son Jack helped me fit a 'clip-on' stainless steel overtaking type mirror thingy on LNK today. Driving back from getting the welding done exposed the lack of rearview mirrors so rather than start drilling holes I opted for the clip-on.

Tomorrow, work allowing, I will be on the phone to Quickfit to find out where my belts are, you remember the ones? They were going to be ready last Tuesday, after previously being told they'd be ready the previous Wednesday, then the Thursday 'maybe'. Well, no call on Tuesday so I was going to call them Wednesday but had to nip off oop north with work and then spent Fri night - Sun morning on South Coast with family before mad rush back to the Smoke to see Jack today.

So it's nearly 2 weeks after I ordered them and was told they'd be done the following day!!!

Also, that lovely Motolita steering wheel in the picture above does not line up at all with the existing boss. Not just the different number of holes, the pcd of the holes is completely different. I'll have to find the boss it came with and try that. Another problem with it is that being a flat non-dished version it's going to touch the dash making it impossible to steer properly! I'll see how it is with the other boss and maybe investigate a 'spacer to fit between the boss and the wheel.

Failing that it may find itself on eBay!

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BAZZA'A IMPS - BELTS GO IN TO LNK !!!

Post by bazzateer » Tue Sep 04, 2007 10:50 pm

Belts are in. A much easier job than I expected, took about 2 hours in total including removing and refitting trim and packing away tools etc.

This is the kit as supplied by Qucikfit (note: I have not fitted the rear statics yet).

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... /005-1.jpg

Side bin stripped of trim.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/014.jpg

Hole drilled in wheel arch to mount inertia reel.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/013.jpg

Bolt reel to wheelarch - a bit fiddly but simple enough.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/007.jpg

Inside wheelarch use threaded plate as both fixing and re-inforcement - I'll probably get these welded to the arch in due course. I'll also fit an additional nylock nut here.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/015.jpg

Reel feeds up the wheelarch to this loop which I have mounted using the original mounting point (Quickfit suggest drilling the arch as with the reel and fitting the loop to the arch). They work perfectly this way but would look neater the Quickfit way. :wink:

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/008.jpg

The original floor mount alongside the sill is used for the fixed end of the belt.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/012.jpg

The stalk is fixed using the original floor mounting point.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/011.jpg

The finished belt - I'm using the original belt holder thingy to stop the belt retracting out of reach.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/009.jpg

I know those speakers are cr*p! They came with the car!

I'll probably wait until after the MOT before doing the rears. I need to do some smaller jobs first - preferably this week.

Baz.
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Post by bazzateer » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:11 pm

LNK just before having the belts fitted. Montes have settled nicely now.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/002.jpg

Can just get all four wheels up on the bike shed floor!

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/017.jpg

Tucked up for the night, altogether now! .... ahhhh....................

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... NK/018.jpg

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Post by skamanfrank » Wed Sep 05, 2007 12:15 pm

Hey Baz, I know you said the pics flatter her and that but she really does look good!

I do like those sportspack alloys as well
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Post by bazzateer » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:07 pm

Well, adjusted the brakes today and checked all that I could. I think LNK is ready for the MOT! :shock:

But first I wanted to fit the cheapo tacho I bought a while back. Got as far as fitting it to the dash before realising I had run out of terminals. Didn't want to drill the dash top as it is in good nick so mounted it under the dash but in clear view through the steering wheel.
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... /009-1.jpg

LNK was then given a quick wash and polish in a vain attempt to impress Mr MOT. Yes, I did forget to wash the front grille area, :roll: :lol:

Oh Boy, does the camera deceive or what? :lol:

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x196 ... /008-1.jpg


Watch this space...................................................................... :wink:

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:53 am

LNK's MOT is booked for 2pm today!

Watch this space for the result some time after 3pm.

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:24 pm

Oh the MOT ???

Booked for 2pm.

Left at 1245pm (just in case :wink: )

Broke down on A40 at 1pm - same trouble as last time. Tried everything but still wouldn't start.

Called AA at 1.16pm.

AA arrived at 1.35pm.

AA declared distributer and probably coil both dead at 1.55pm.

Phoned MOT garage to cancel appointment at 1.57pm.

Recovery truck arrived at 2.55pm.

LNK put back under its cover in Finchley at 3.35pm. :evil:

Now is my brand new Lucas Sport coil still in the lock-up or did that go walkies along with numerous other spares of ours when Si's old Sport was collected :? :evil:

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