A heads up on what I did with the car.
It ended up with Geoff at Esprit Engineering. I contacted Cos who was very very very busy, then contacted Geoff who was only very very busy! So late April the car was expertly transported to Downton, with Geoff and team getting to work. Over the next few weeks they did a full carb service, full c service, repainted the wheels, reset all the tracking and geometry including taking care with wheel balancing and removing any 50-60 mph “vibration” through the steering, now it’s just beautiful road feedback all the way. They also did an ignition sort with new leads and coil. New fuel pump. New belt tensioner bearings.
In true classic car style as soon as I got the car home, I lost the brake lights. Initial “contortionist style”, in the footwell, switch replacement on its own didn't work!? So when testing the circuit it was a break between fusebox and switch....here we go then...centre console out, back upside down in the footwell. I couldn't find anything “obvious” so I set about cleaning and reseating all the connectors I could see and reach, plus a clean and reseat of the main earth under the bonnet.
Back in the footwell with the ridiculously fragile brake pedal switch falling apart a couple of times during install. It’s surgeon like hands that are needed to be blindly fitting the switch to the top of the pedal box, fitting the spade pushing the pedal, getting the “no” from my assistant. In the end I strengthened the switch by strategically melting the two halves together with a soldering iron....in the end the correct position was achieved, lock nut engaged, spade connector on, brake lights working perfectly. This all took me way to long due to the usual life commitments and weather as my garage is storage only, but I got there at the end of July...!
last job was a day reacquainting myself with the external aesthetics...snow foam, 2 bucket, polish.....lovely.
I am simply in awe of what a driving experience this 40 year old car is now that it’s at it best. She runs perfectly, purrs, revs easily. It’s quick, OK not by ”modern standards”...but you can’t compare. This car, 40 years ago, would have been a weapon IMO. I was 15 in 1979 so not driving, but my Dad had his cars, an MGC GT in particular...that was quick...
What this car offers, is a driving experience that is alive! You can feel the cars “lightness” It tracks along the road communicating with you every step of the way. The engine is willing ...5K...6K rpm when you want (not too often...respect needed), brakes very well and controlled, handles beautifully. Thanks Colin....and thanks Geoff and Esprit Engineering, top team.
Anyways, enjoy your weekend all. The weather here in the SE UK is set to be dry and warm. Newlands corner beckons tomorrow morning so a trip to the Surrey Hills is on the cards. See you there if you are also going.