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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