Wolseley 1500

Real quick one today. I’ve (almost) fitted a Wolseley 1500 gauge into the Herald. I was going to tweak the dash and I had a few ideas to make it look more “racey” so I was looking through eBay for an oil temperature gauge. Instead, I found this. So I put a bid in and got it for £4.99 delivered. It’s not a straight swap. I’ve put my water temp. and fuel gauge in it as I know what they should be reading and it needed a quick fettle to do so. I also need to relocate the main beam and indicator tell-tale to somewhere else. I may try and fit them into this gauge, but there’s not much room! Anyhoo, I think it looks period and right and the worry checks are all done with one glance now, so I’m happy.

Kenny says hello to Bertha

Quick update on the Herald – it passed its MOT and is now being used daily. When I took it back to the testing station he asked if I’d replaced the TRE and done the headlight, I said yes, he went away and then came back with a clean sheet. When I commented that he was very trusting he replied “well, you wouldn’t have said you’d done it if you hadn’t, would you?” I see his logic! The oil cooler appears to be earning its keep and I’ve fitted the original fan to the radiator as well.

Yesterday I replaced another CV boot on the Acclaim.

Now onto the 2000. Called Kenny because he was built the day JFK was shot. I’ve got myself some TR4 wheels with the assistance of Bodders. The trouble was only three of the five had tyres on. Even worse, those tyres are fecked! So today I set about removing them. Driving the Volvo over the edge did nothing so I resorted to a big lever and a wedge of wood. Now, some of you will wince here but I chose to use the 2000 sill to lever against as I’m replacing them anyway. Thanks to it being protected by a bit of wood all is fine. The beads were an absolute bastard to break! It took a couple of hours, two people and a six foot lever. Take a look at the photo below to get an idea of how much effort was needed… I think the reason for them welding themselves together was the inner-tubes it had fitted. They’d trapped moister and made a mess of everything. Anyhoo, all done now!

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Fail, but not an epic one

I’ve spent the last few days tinkering with the Herald and yesterday booked it in for an MOT today. It’s been a bit annoying really. I spent a most of the day fitting a replacement hood frame, which didn’t fit. Then I fitted a replacement hood, which ripped.

Anyhoo, I did some more pre-MOT stuff. Put the legal lights on, fitted seatbelts, took the noisy exhaust off and adjusted the handbrake with the car on ramps. That last one isn’t easy, but doable. This afternoon I headed off to the station for it’s £35 test and on the way noticed one of the headlights didn’t work. I had a fiddle outside but there was no joy. I went in and waited nervously. A while later a head pops in and asks if I have an electric fan fitted to which I replied yes. “Has it got a switch?” “No, it’s got a sensor.” “Oh, well it’s just boiled up and chucked water everywhere.” He also told me one of the track rod ends was shagged.

No big deal really. The fan has been sorted (bad connection) and I’ve driven over 30 miles with no water before so know the engine will be fine… Two TRE’s have been ordered and I hope they arrive by Wednesday so I can fit them in the evening. The headlight was down to a duff connection. But, typically, whilst I’m at it I’m relocating the oil cooler, the air filter and the horns. I’m also putting in a much bigger fan. One day I’ll learn to only do the jobs which need doing and not find lots of others!