Fail to prepare… Prepare to fail
Words and Photographs: Mike Humble
Well, as Keith Adams’ last blog states, winter is indeed upon us and, in true British tradition, we seem to be ill-equipped to cope with the cold weather. I live in a small cul-de-sac and know quite a few of the local residents who, in turn, also know that I have been known to wield a hammer and spanner now and again. I have already had my first knock on the door.
This morning, I have just spent an hour in the bloody cold fitting a door handle to a nearby Escort Mk5 which snapped off in the lady’s hand (that’s my take-a-way for tonight paid for). Arriving back home late yesterday afternoon, her hubby was jet-washing the car and I thought that would be a problem 12 hours later – a skid pan on the drive and frozen doors.
The same thing happened to me one winter some years ago with my MG Maestro – PING! Off came the door handle and I spent a week of opening the passenger door and leaning over to open the driver’s side. Actually, I fitted three handles on that damn car before it decided to burn itself out. I would like to think that many readers on here are enthusiastic about car care in winter but, after just one night of really hard frost in leafy Sussex, it looks like it’s all grinding to halt once more!
A friend in north has also just broken the motor drive in his sunroof – why, oh why, would you want to open the sunroof when it’s -4 degrees outside? All it takes is some simple planning and thought to keep your car running sweetly and without fuss so, before Christmas is upon us, I beg you – get your car serviced, get the battery and alternator checked, check the tyres and lubricate the door handles, door seals and lock barrels with silicone spray. A very good friend of mine is an RAC Patrolman – he gets very, very bored jump starting cars and fitting batteries and, besides, I’m not always in either!
PROJECT ROVER 25 UPDATE
Well, after a fortnight of sitting in the hall waiting for the Postman to arrive, the alloy ring embellishers came for my Project 25. I couldn’t wait for the weekend daylight to come so I was out there like a shot armed with my lead lamp and Superglue gel in hand. They really do uplift the look of the car’s interior and work really well with the mock walnut effect and will fit any model R3 or R8 200 – 25 or MG-ZR – A big thanks to Alexander Boucke!
Thankfully, the joint itself was okay and, luckily, I had a new gaiter in the garage. Oh, how I thoroughly enjoyed fitting a new boot on the front, in the cold, in the dark – I’m really getting to old for all this crawling around!
GIVE ROVER A HOME THIS CHRISTMAS
A mate of mine tells me his Grandparents have just bought a new car. They are selling their old M reg Rover 414SLi (R8 shape) saloon in Flame red. It’s in reasonable condition, starts on the button and is taxed and tested. The car, which has power steering, electric windows, central locking alarm and is a five-speed manual, is located in West Sussex.
Offers circa £225
An excellent retro classic wouldn’t you agree?
SERIOUS ENQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE to Kenny Wyatt on +44 (0)7872 146948
Moving on to Rover and then PSV / HGV, he has circumnavigated most departments of dealerships including parts, service and latterly - the showroom. Mike has owned all sorts of rubbish from Lada to Leyland and also holds both Heavy Goods & Public Service Vehicle licences, he buys & sells buses and coaches during the week. Mike runs his own automotive web site and writes for a number of motoring or commercial vehicle themed publications