Saturday, 14 October 2017

Eastern Bloc car day

Quite a few people turned up in their interesting Eastern Bloc automobiles at the local Skoda Museum. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Another Wolseley day

Weather promised to be really bad, but even though we had a little rain on the way, to the start the run itself was dry, but cool. Very nice. The autumn leaves and even a little sun, made for a beautiful run.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Austin Ten Conway Service

The Austin Ten didn't get out as much as we'd like while other cars took much of our time, but after a nice run last Sunday I realised it was a while since the last service. So I treated the car to some new oil in the engine, grease in the fittings and a general check up. The battery needed replacement too as I had to borrow the battery from the Special for our drive. Now they're both all charged up and ready to spark.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Goodbye Sporty Crab

The old rally car is going to a new home.
Not strictly a barnfind, it did live safely in our shed for about 22 years. The new custodian intends to get this dreamcar back on the road again. I'm convinced he'll do a good job.  

Friday, 29 September 2017

Almost like summer

Someone told me it was going to rain soon. So I just had to take big Al for a drive. Just because.

Moving Sheds to the Studio

Though the old barn is very pretty it was time to move on. 
This is what we found. Not very historic or picturesque, but extremely practical and above all, upstairs there was ample space for a studio for painting.  
 The first thing I did was, to buy a new broom.
Then it was time for some practical woodwork to divide "loft" into separate storage and studio spaces.
Meanwhile the boarders came to inspect their new home. "Smaller,but very cosy, " was the verdict of Emilia the Wolseley:"we're staying!"
The MiniVan got to work and moved a lot of stuff.
Just like the Wagoneer didn't flinch at hauling trash or treasure.
 There was a hole in the floor that needed some fixing
 Shelving for canvasses and panels for painting were constructed
 And more shelving for car parts
Moving. Of course the spare engines had to find a place too. Even though they need to be rebuilt before use, they are useful to keep as spares for rebuild. 
 Where shall we put this dangling heap of scrap?
Put it under that there bench. Room to spare..
My first wooden door didn't come out really bad at all. Very barnsey I'd say. Painting the walls white makes the studio space much lighter. Very civilised!
More stuff to be hauled away ore moved.
CJ5 makes his final inspection of the old barn. Now you can see the pretty wooden beams.
An extra workbench always comes in handy. For framing or any other job fixing ..
Studio space basically finished. I intend to keep it as uncluttered as I can. Now I can move the painting tools.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Big Al's first day out

This was our first daytrip with Big Al to visit a local car event.
After a short distance Al threw a tantrum by coughing up a core plug from the head. There was a spare under the seat, so that was an easy fix. Al was like a puppy the rest of the day. Great run.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Summer road trip: France and Spain (Taking Jimmy to the Disco)

This summer we packed our little Jimny to see how it would be to roadtrip with such a small car.
Most of our gear fitted inside and the Oztent went on the roof. Would our little Jimny stand the test?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Austin Seven Opal: Hello little Gem

Can you put this one together?
It's Big Al, He came knocking on our door, so we let him in of course
Al was born in 1938, so he's one year older than Emilia the Wolseley Ten and one year younger than the Special and Conway.
So, though he's not exactly young, he's a sprightly little Austin Opal Tourer.