can people please stop going on about farts, the magic round-a-bout and boinging Zebedee

You’ve made the 2000 break!

I had to go to Cambridge yesterday so the plan was to jump in the 2000 around 5pm, do some shopping and get there for 6pm before going down the A1 to arrive at the pub around 7:30. I get in the 2000 and as I reverse hear horrible noises. All I had to hand was a very dim torch on a battery booster pack. From what I could see it appeared the plate the bottom of the suspension spring rests on was somehow half way up the spring. Rollocks! I can’t use the Herald right now so it was a case of using the Acclaim. It served me well and managed around 30mpg from my calculations.

Anyhoo, I’ve had a look at the 2000 this morning and this is what’s happened.

Somehow, as a couple of people suggested last night, the spring has failed. I guess the good news is that it didn’t happened whislt I was driving it. It gets used almost every other day and two days ago I was in the middle of the town centre. Two days before that I was in multistory carparks. It’s failed whilst parked up and not being used.

So now I have to deside what to do. I need two new front springs. Do I go for harder than standard? Do I replace all four on the car for peace of mind? Do I somehow convince myself that I need and can afford four, harder and lower springs… I’ll have a look at prices first I think!

roads were a bit rough today

So I went out for a drive. 2000 took a while to fire bit no battery problems. It was covered in a couple of inches of snow so I’m happy with that! I decided to pop along to a place I’ve not been to for a few months to see if the snow would make for some interesting shots. Not really as it turns out but the driving was fun and I met some horses. Was interesting having big lumps of snow coming up from the bonnet and hitting the window and looking in the rear window at 70mph and viewing a scene which must be similar to leaving a car wash who had been a bit heavy on the bubbles and leaving a long trail of them behind me. I also had some 8 year olds give me a thumbs up and a “cool car mister” as I drove past them. They even stopped throwing snowballs at each other – I half expected them to pelt the car!

Up the track we go. It was as slippery as it looked but the 2000 only lost traction once and plodded happily at 9mph in 2nd gear. It didn’t even spin the wheels when pulling away from a stop on the hill – not bad for summer tyres.

No-one else around except for dog walkers, can’t think why…

My new friends and some very bad purple fringing.

Then they got called in for breakfast.

So I went home to adjust the carbs.