March 2015 archives

Quick inside spruce up

8th March 2015

So it might not be a show car, yet(!) but as it had been sitting for about 12 months, there's definitely no harm in trying to give it a bit of a tidy up inside.

Alfie's greatly enjoying learning about cars, and unlike many of today's youngsters, actually listens to things he's being told and taking it in, so he gave it a good clean out and hoover this morning...

CV boot ready to go!

7th March 2015

What a day! Multiple trips to get tools, new plastic CV boot cable tie turned out to not work so well due to chunky clasp fouling the inside of the hub, so stainless cable ties bought as replacements but never easy to fit without a proper tool (which of course, we don't have).

After some blood sweat and tears, everything connected back up again and secure


MOT failure

7th March 2015

We were always hoping to take the Mini to the London to Brighton Mini Run this year. As long as it had an MOT and ran, it was going, so yesterday we put it in for an MOT to try and get an idea on how much work we'd need to do before going. Much to our surprise, it failed on only 3 minor things!

  • Rear tyre needed to be replaced
  • Front number plate needed replacing
  • An unsecured CV gaiter

That was it! Not bad for a 32 year old car.

We quickly got the number plate made up and swapped the 10" steel wheels for the 12" Supalite alloys from Casper, our previous Mini. We'll be fixing the CV gaiter this weekend.