Thursday 11 April 2024

More Morris Minor Brakes

One of the front wheels suddenly sprang a leak at one or both of the front wheel cylinders on one wheel. I'd checked them only a few weeks ago.                           
 I replaced both cylinders and the brake shoes on both front wheels. 
New front cylinders and shoes in place. 

The rear was fine, so I only cleaned the brakes here. 

Friday 15 March 2024

Spring jobs


Trabant fuel cock

Mercedes brake check

Morris oil change and brake check

Desk Hauling
Jeep test pass
Wolseley oil change

Monday 19 February 2024

Peugeot 405 boot lock repair

 The boot lock on the Peugeot 405 would not open. I suspected an electric problem. After trying many times the lock suddenly opened. I checked connections and oiled the moving parts and all seemed well for a while. Until one day the lock refused to open, no matter what I tried. 

I thought of drilling the lock, but I found pushing the lock farther broke the plastic lip. Now the boot opened, but I would need a new lock. 

This is the locking mechanism. The brown part is the latching part and the white plastic thing is the actual lock. The lock operates the latch by a metal rod. Another rod connects the electric motor to the latch.

It took quite a while before I realised the two halves of the lock are separated by removing the two screws and the rubber gasket. With the the two halves separated you can remove the lock from the housing and levers. 

The new lock comes with a new gasket and two keys. 
The lock reassembled and working well. 
I decided not to refit the electric motor. So now it's an old fashioned manual lock.

Monday 12 February 2024

Singer 128 1915


The second machine is a nice Singer 128. 

This well used machine comes complete with a manual and a receipt dated 4th of June 1915. Very special. 

Singer Twelve new Family 1898


Two Singer sewing machines were very kindly donated to the Rusty collection Sewing Machine section. The first is a Singer Twelve New Family, Manufactured in 1898, making this the latest of our three Twelves. 
There's a well worn manual with this machine and a hand-written letter dated 1955 with instructions how to use this old machine. 

Trabant on the road

 Though the weather is still cold and wet, the Trabant couldn't wait to come out to play.