Well the warmer weather has finally arrived with a quick taste of summer for three days before the return to typical April showers and that seems to be heralding the arrival of the usual suspects bringing their cars out of hibernation. There is now a positive flurry of spring recommissioning, servicing, tuning, MoT testing and the odd job left over from last year to be completed too.
In amongst this we seem to be experiencing an unexpected rash of gearbox and overdrive repairs, rebuilds and conversions on everything from Spitfires through Vitesses and TRs to 2500s with a couple having new propshafts to cure long standing vibration issues.
Work also continues apace in the body shop with a brace of Heralds needing structural repairs, both needing the right hand side of the boot floor to be completely remade from scratch to incorporate new body mounts and bolt the whole thing down securely to the boot outrigger with new mounting pads and bolts to complete the job.
The second one of these also needs the body mount brackets further forward under the treadplate area to be replaced although unfortunately we’re going to have to remove a whole lot of fibreglass, filler and mastic which some very naughty person has put in there where there should be good steel for the brackets to be welded to rather than stuck on with seam sealer! It’s no wonder the doors don’t open or close very well on this poor little car – oh well, it will be better soon.