Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Now you see it..

well you don't really...

After a lovely weekend at Saddle castle, all relaxed and ready to take on the world, I decided to do a little work on Molly (as Jessica has DONE A BAD THING).

Last night I did some more on the headlining, looking good now, but needs a new wire at the back (reusing the old one is a false economy - I know that now!), tonight it was time for the front windscreen. Molly, being a '62 car has a steel windscreen filler, but having replaced it a few times (3 I think) I plumped for the later seal with a plastic filler (much easier to fit)

Monday, October 20, 2008


Well well well, isn't it funny how inspiration and recklessness are beautifully intertwined. Got a call from Ruairidh today to talk overdrives, made my day as the Commer scene is a little quiet oop north and he's (kinda) local and likes to talk tech. Its nice to know there is another van to go an 'ave a shuftie at too. And Panky got the mini MOT'ed yay! (time for Harvey the RV to get a look in now).

So.. Got off the phone, had me tea, stopped playing on the computer and went out to the garage to get stuff done... (Flava of Love 2 helped the inspiration too...)

tree's in - car's finshed!

look at that headlining!

ok it aint finished and there are some wrinkles....

like morris minor botox, pull here to make wrinkles go away...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Its all Autumnal!

The weather has gone really wonky, rain and wind in the extreme. Proper autumnal, lucky we finished the kite today!

Just need to keep it away from the kids until next weekend!

A time to live - a time to buy

On the way back from Belladrum we spotted a Commer, I stopped and chatted with the fella who owned it, took a photo, discovered it was for sale, then left....

The van ain't in inverness any more!

On another note, there is a fella called Claude who lives about 2 miles from here who is selling a vespa...

The drive should be being done next week (it better get done - grrrrr.....) and then there is a carport to go up.

Recession, what recession?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Up in the sky....

Bin a bit quiet recently I know, but things have been happening at littleyellowtowers. The first thing that has been keeping me busy is sorting out Molly's headlining. The orignal one literally fell apart in my hands, which made measuring up and putting together the new one a tad difficult, but thanks to a little help for the chaps at East Sussex Morris Minors I'm on my way.

I've now spent 2 saturday evenings on it, (casualty is ok, but working on old cars makes it lots better) and its looking good.Fitting time is getting closer and I'm wracking my brain thinking of things I really need to do before the headlining goes in (like polising the interior bodywork, rust proofing the gutter and stuffing in some more soundproofing). Then again it could be because I'm scared of screwing it up.

Jessica has been having some attention too (not a lot, just a little). She has been booted out onto the road outside the house in readiness for the driveway getting done (1 week late so far). Being out front means I can see the handywork she had lavished upon her a couple of weeks ago. I managed to finish off the gutter, throw some paint and sealer on before the weather went properly bad, however what with the weather being quite rubbish, the finish is er.. rubbbish. One more for the to-do re-do list. A couple of things arrived in the post this week for her from the Saviour of Commer vans, Mr Woolfie. Firstly the door bottom panels (a winter todo item) and a pair of orginal bunks. More bunks you say? Well the ones we have are were adjusted to fit, leave no room to actually put the children up, and they (the bunks and therefore the kids) easily fall down when you stand up and bang your head on them (not good). So I'm going original. It should mean the bunks are harder to knock down and they are kinda wedge shaped, so the kids can get in and out without having to wriggle through a teeny gap at the end.

Next weekend we're all off to Saddle castle on the Mull of Kintyre (1 minute 34 seconds... - that'll be us) to celebrate my Dad's 65th birthday. We last went to Saddle over 20 years ago, where, as kids we had a whale of a time, playing in the woods, mucking about on the beach (I came back with a sheep skull!) and flying kites. Well my little brother, ever the sentimentalist, was reliving the kite flying, and talked me into building another kite for this trip (to be honest it wasn't that hard for him!).

the original (50p) kite book, still works!

the next generation of aeronautical engineers

Now I do try to keep this blog on the straight and narrow, concentrating on the things that matter (cars n stuff) but this got me annoyed. It even annoyed my wife, and she doesn't like eating yummy tasty fish...