Turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so…

How many of you finished that off in your head?

I’ll be quick with this and as normal it’ll be mostly photos.

On the Acclaim front, I repaired my repair to the wipers. After fixing them it had an odd fault with its electrics. When you put the lights on the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree. So a while later I stripped all the steering and switches and found nothing wrong. So I took the fuse box out and tried to open it but couldn’t. Whilst playing around I noticed that when you put the lights on with the ignition off the clock stopped and a few warning lights (fog, etc) dimly lit. When putting the fuse box back I repositioned the earthing wire and it cured it! Most odd.

Now the Herald. I’ve stripped the steering wheel and applied Danish oil. It’s now lovely to use. When it’s freezing it’s nice and warm to touch! I’ve also made my own number plates, fitted a “work lamp” to the back, fitted fibreglass sills and fitted fibre glass rear valances. It looks nicer now. Next job is to attack the replacement bonnet again.

Now the post title. I’ve bought my replacement Herald engine. Without seeing I I bought a one-way ticket to Swansea and then drive it back 210 miles. 40mpg on the way back and it used no oil or water. However, when I started it this morning it smoked a bit. I suspect valve stem oil seals and over night it’s letting oil seep through. When you start it up after standing for a few hours it’s fine. It’s also well due a service judging by its dipstick reading less than empty when I got in it in Wales and topping it up raised the oil pressure! So it’ll be getting a change to cheap supermarket crap and then drained and refreshed with some good stuff about 80 miles later.

Photos! (I’ll add one of the new rear later)

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