I'm not a fan of a lot of chrome trim on cars, but a little can be good. Last time I went to Stoneliegh I bought a little chrome trim to fit around the headlamp covers as a finishing touch. As soon as I got home I realised I'd bought 1/2 as much as I needed, so it's lay forlornly in a heap with other rejected car parts. Then I went to Wheels Day & saw an E-Type with the chrome work round the lights & my curiosity was once again piqued.
Saturday 19 April 2014
Wheels Day is special.
There are racing car shows, there are custom car shows, there are kit car shows. Wheels Day is run by the Surrey Street Rodders & welcomes ANYTHING interesting that runs on wheels. There's no pre booking, you just roll in & park up. It's £5 on the gate & the money goes to charity. As you'd expect it's mostly hot rods & customs, but there are many many classic cars, ex military vehicles, American cars, motorcycles etc.
This was the 40th anniversary & about the 6th or 7th venue as it's outgrown everywhere it's been. There were at least 1000 cars in the display area, with a few hundred worthy of interest in the "ordinary" car park. There's 100 photos on my photo bucket account here:-
But to give you a taste:-
|59 Caddy - someone sat down & designed this as a sensible car
|Revenge - this car's 37 years old
|Cosworth Turbo Anglia
|Metropolitan - very sparkly
|Gorgeous Willys with painted on rust
|57 Chevys a-plenty
|Aluminium bodied - superb workmanship
|33 & Model A Fords
Friday 11 April 2014
The Fury’s been used for work a few days this week, so I thought I’d do a few of the jobs that have needed doing for a while.
First the charger socket. You can see the old one down in the passenger footwell. It worked perfectly well – no problem at all, but that's no reason to leave well alone.
There were a couple of riv-nuts on the dash left over from when the old video recorder was mounted there. They weren't even in line & looked unsightly. The gap between the clocks originally had the warning lights in, long since moved to a more prominent position between the main clocks.
Coincidentally we had another charger mounted in a “cup” to fit in a cup-holder. It has two lighter sockets & two USB sockets & it occurred to me that I could cut a round hole in the dash, cutting out the riv-nuts & mount the socket there.
So I did. But before I did - I was a bit bothered that the battery condition lights would be distracting at night, so I bought a very small momentary switch & wired it up, so it now has a "press to test" button rather than being on all the time.
It looks much neater, solves a problem & is lighter. I even managed to run the wiring through an existing connector behind the dash.
I then fitted the long curly cable from the cup-holder socket to the old one, put the Velcro “mount” on the dash of the tintop & that all works too.
The dash is quite neat now, it used to be a tangle of USB leads, but with the consigning of the video recorder to the bin & mounting the socket in the dash, the only wire I need wraps round the back of the centre panel & plugs into the Sat-nav. If I want the second sat-Nav (running "Tripmaster" for the French rallye) I have enough sockets for that & to charge the phone too.
With the adoption of the GoPro & it's remote, I made up a spring bracket to hold the remote, fitted it to the dash & that now plugs into the original socket, the other side of the steering wheel, so it's on charge all the time. The GoPro itself & the old rear facing camera are powered by a socket behind the passenger seat.
In all the Fury now has four 12v sockets & two USBs, but I have USB adapters for the sockets, so there's a possible nine USBs with no 12v, or any combination. Sufficient I think.
I also took the top off the transmission tunnel in search of the source of a fumy smell, but the only hose in there looked fine. However I did find the speedo sensor loose & when I tried to tighten it back up the end came off!
I've re-fitted it for now, but I think a better solution is over-due.