Classic car lockdown
I can’t remember a time when I’ve been at home for so long and had so much time on my hands. The restrictions have created a strange situation where nearly all of the summer events have been cancelled or postponed.
With nowhere to go it has meant I’ve been able to spend a lot more time working on, rather than driving the cars. Normally a majority of this activity would happen in the winter when you don’t want to venture out on salty roads. Having long warm summer days to work on my cars has been quite unique.
This extra time has meant tackling the jobs that I’d been putting off, or making necessary/unnecessary upgrades. It’s nice to have the time to perform these extra tasks on top of the usual maintenance. I certainly enjoy these tasks more because the change is noticeable, unlike regular maintenance.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to during lockdown;
Alfa Romeo Spider
Refurbish the wheels and fit the correct period tyres
Restore the original hub caps
Fit inertia seat belts
Upgrade original Grundig radio so it will connect via Bluetooth to my phone
Fit TDF horns so I can get through the roundabout at McDonalds
Fit trumpets to the Weber carbs to see if they make any difference
3D printed velocity stacks. It’s now almost loud enough to drown out all the other rattles.
Fit an original 1970’s Unipart Radio with hidden Bluetooth Amplifier
Refit musical horns as I was too embarrassed to leave them on for the MOT
Add original Lucas LR8 driving lamps
Attempt to stop the various oil leaks
Fit a new hidden spoiler to aid cooling in the summer
Squeeze in an oversized Battery with new clamp to cure the “Stag click”
Trial fit of the Unipart Radio. Only receives Radio Luxembourg.
Suits you sir. Lucas LR8 spotlights to add a bit of dash to the Stag.
Repair seat split. Which failed shortly after (is the car trying to tell me something)
Restore and repaint the wiper arms
Fix annoying boot leak and fit new carpet
Added rear parking sensors that don’t damage the bumper
Resolve rusted and bodged front indicators
Number plate mounted parking sensors.
Many of these jobs were made possible because I’ve been stuck in night after night and the TV schedule has been appalling so I spent more time searching the internet for those hard to come by parts. I guess people have been clearing out their garages like me and lots of those parts that have been sitting on shelves and in boxes have been listed on eBay and Facebook.
Another unexpected benefit of the lockdown has been the empty roads. It was really enjoyable to take the cars out once we could and use them in the equivalent of 1970’s traffic levels. I was using them for shopping runs and not having to worry about them getting dented in the car park.
The final thing that has been less of a chore in lockdown has been cleaning. With the cars getting so little use and the weather being so good they rarely require a proper wash. Initially I was just dusting them and then I saw my local garage using waterless car wash. It requires a bit more elbow grease, but is fantastic if the car isn’t that dirty.
Hopefully as things begin to ease this month we can all start to meetup again and see what 4 months of garage time has made to all our cars. I for one will be trying out our new home at the Woolpack Inn when it reopens.
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