Some time ago I dug my Morris Post van out of hibernation. It had been in constant use for about five years and then I laid it up to give it a rest. I knew it need work doing to the brakes for its next MOT but I did not bother. Having recently had a shift round of vehicles I awoke the slumbering CBY358D. Well I could not understand it, the brakes were poor when I parked it up over a year ago and now they were non existent. You would have thought they might have healed themselves in the last year resting but no such luck. I had all the parts I needed on the shelf in the garage so it did not take long to fit four front wheel cylinders, two flexible hoses and to start changing the brake fluid.Well the brakes are much better but as money is a bit tight I felt a new tyre for OBL432 was more important than getting an MOT for CBY358D. I was not intending to use the CBY over the winter so the van is back in the rented garage. With the first frost of the winter upon us I have been looking at car covers. What a price they are, having checked various firms to have a custom shaped cover for the j type made, some firms were talking £350, in the end I bought small one made for a caravan. Its made of breathable three layer material and cost £49 plus p+p. Its a bit baggy at the front, because of the windscreen slope but with added padding to the rear drip rail and wiper motor shafts (to stop the sharp bits damaging the cover) it not a bad fit and should keep some of the frost/snow/rain from getting in.
The Minor saloon has also been treated to a cover. So that's me broke for the next few months. Still, I'm using the motor bike for work and at 65 mpg I'm saving some petrol money and knocking off a good 10-15 minutes on each journey to and from work.
Both the blogs for HBF 263 and the Austin 101 have been updated, their progress on their projects is staggering. Two new J types to watch out for on the rally field next year I think.