22-28 Aug 2016:garage

tool chest
tool chest

I cleaned and organized the top areas of the tool boxes – long time coming!

handles and extensions here
handles and extensions here
side by side
side by side

7-21 August 2016: new jack and Shaker square

Mini's on the square, 21 August 2016
Mini’s on the square, 21 August 2016

On the 7th, I worked in the garage and sent pictures of the same to carguygarage.com – they were published!

Mini in front of art wall...
Mini in front of art wall…
wow!
wow!
north west
north west corner

Tuesday Aug 9 saw the arrival of our new jack.

quick jack unpacked
quick jack unpacked
jack power supply
jack power supply
all set up
all set up

On the 20th, Allen came over, and we bled and used the jacks.

mini on the quick jack
mini on the quick jack

I adjusted the brakes and other details on the car, and on Sunday, I planned to set off for British cars at Shaker Square.

Saturday, Allen and I had test driven Mini, and noted grinding when shifting into 1st or reverse.
I decided I could drive to Shaker on Sunday, and did so.  When I arrived I told Ken Davies about the problem, and asked about a remedy.  He looked at the clutch adjustment., and we observed zero freeplay.  (dah!)  As he was wrenching (I bring tools), I looked in the the drivers side and saw on the floorboard a clevis pin…
The clevis pins that hold the brake and clutch links to the brake and clutch cylinder pistons on a Mini are among the least accessible components in automotive history.  Somehow Ken was able to insert it, and using a temporary key which I improvised from a steno notepad binding, and using a leatherman plier, we patched it.
THANKS Ken!
clovis ken...
clovis ken…
Checked the adjustment, all fine, as was the trip home.
At Ursuline, Ken had asked me if I might have a Austin bonnet badge.  I located same this week, and told him so on the phone.  He asked me what I wanted for it.  “Nothing – I wasn’t going to use it.”
I gave it to him today as soon as I arrived.
What goes around, comes around, and that’s why we car people stick together…
On the Square!
On the Square!

 

The trip home with the repairs went well!

1-6 Aug prep for and go to British Car Day at Ursuline

mini next to an original 1960 Austin 850 at BCD 2016
mini next to an original 1960 Austin 850 at BCD 2016

After I took Mini for a run this week, I prepped her for the 40+ mile run to Ursuline college for the annual British car day.

The drive is a bit of an adventure avoiding inattentively operated vehicles that are much larger than Mini, but we made it in good order.

Enjoyed talking to people, and viewing cars.

fine morgan
fine morgan
Aston
Aston
lotus
loti
T series
T series
BD guards Mini
BD guards Mini

 

Nice trip home, rested, ordered in pizza, and tomorrow onto our new jack.