Winter 2018

It’s Getting Crowded In Here

You go through life thinking you’re a tough bugger and then you watch your wife give birth. What a humbling experience.

We welcomed Lillian to our little clan this Winter. She’s a bundle of joy. 🙂

Chipping Away

After fumbling around with the heater box a while ago the blower was an easier task. I tried the molasses trick to remove the rust and had less success this time. I only left it in for a week where last time it was two weeks so I’m guessing that’s the difference.

I’m finding that the most time consuming and frustrating part of this restoration is waiting for parts to be plated. I’ve resisted investing in a DIY kit but I’m starting to think it’s a wise move. I’ve shied away from it as I don’t want to mess around with all of the chemicals involved but it would come in very handy to be able to do small batches of hardware to keep the project ticking along.

Steering Column

I almost left the steering column alone but my OCD got the better of me and before I knew it I was counting ball bearings…

I’m constantly surprised at how elegant and simple these parts are in design. Most things appear to be repeatedly serviceable which is more than I can say for modern items with built in obsolescence.

Pedal Box

I won’t deny it – I did sit on the floor and pretended to go for a drive… complete with rev matching and all!

 

Free Time For Sale?

Most of the above was done in the first month of winter when I had some time off work. At the moment I’m going through a quiet period with very little progress on the project.

Since going back to work I’ve found myself in another role which is much more time demanding. At home now with two kids, free time is but a scientific theory that hasn’t been proven to exist. There’s lots of nappies and bath times, battles over vegetables and chocolates, tears and laughter aplenty, matchbox cars flying across the room, an abundance of bed time stories and occasionally dad falling asleep before the kids at 7:30… I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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