A Mostly British Obsession

Category: Past Indiscretions (Page 1 of 25)

Valuable, if hard, lessons learned

More Motorcycles

Thanks to a friend looking to clean out their garage, there are a couple of new motorcycles here at Rusty Heaps HQ–both need some work but are interesting bikes which will be amusing to try and coax back into life, hopefully on the “cheap”.

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Well, That Didn’t Take Long

Believe it or not, between the last post and this one, I have spent all my “car time” getting the Morgan scuttle to fit a bit better (again) and then filling it so it wasn’t a complete disaster. A bit more about that inside, but here’s Reg the faithful MGB, and the XJS which was going to be a “quick sale” (and which I need to sell but have not found the time), and Goldie in her carport digs.

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Steal anything which isn’t bolted down…

I see this a fair amount in cars: Anything which came with the car but isn’t actually bolted to it is kept by one of the owners. On this car, the owner’s manual is missing, the rear parcel shelf is AWOL (?) and the “emergency tire inflation kit” is gone. Though on the latter, it could be I don’t recognize it, maybe you can check out what was where the kit should be and tell me if it’s factory or not.

I did wash the car, despite the fact my driveway, nominally gravel, is now mostly mud and nothing will stay clean for long on it. Sigh.

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Paceman

Because I am incorrigible, I flew down to Los Angeles on Tuesday morning and drove back in the latest addition to the heap, a 2013 MINI Paceman “John Cooper Works” All4. It has 22,820 24,060 miles on it, and is in pretty nice condition, with a few telltales it’s not a new car. The main one being Mini has dropped the Paceman from their model line! Above is the car just outside Coalinga, California, about 200 miles into the 1,200-mile trip back, all shiny and glowing nicely in the California sun.

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Best in Class

Of the six Jaguar XJS cars on display at the 2016 Vancouver Field Meet, my car somehow came out on top, and won first place in its class. I’ll post some more photos from the show in the next day or two, I hope, but the car performed well on the trip, though it threw a check-engine code about 20 miles into the journey. (The code given, FF23, suggests the ECU cannot correct for an over-rich reading. I suspect the O2 sensor could use replacement, so I’ll start there and see where that leads.)

Zero Camber Grime

The wheels are back for the Morgan and look quite nice–I had them straightened and powder-coated by Factory Direct Tire in Edmonds. Of course, I now need to remove the powder coating from the hubcap “nubs” so they will actually go on. (This is typical of powder-coated parts due to the thickness of the finish, and one of the reasons I rarely have parts powder coated. But it was not much extra on top of the straightening, so why not?)

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