2 Nov 19 Sitting it out

A gloomy Saturday in SW England, rain is lashing down and England just lost the Rugby World Cup to South Africa. But there are reasons to be cheerful!

This week I collected the refurbished seats and new carpets from Mirror Trim near Bedford and they look great.

I’m really pleased with how the seats have turned out, they look absolutely fantastic and along with the new carpets, the interior should look really smart. For now, the carpet box is standing upright in the study and the seats are in Lou’s bedroom (sorry Lou…).

Second reason to be cheerful was the successful fitting of the slave cylinder to the side of the gearbox earlier today. With the weather outside miserable, I worked on the car in the garage and it was surprising okay. Not needing access down the side of the car, I just jacked up the front, propped it on axle stands and wriggled underneath from the front. With more space in the garage since I fitted the engine and handed back the crane, this was much more feasible. The slave cylinder and the fittings all went together easily enough. There wasnt much room to swing spanners, but on the whole I was happy with the job. While under the car, I took a moment to improve the routing of the o/s brakepipe and was happier with it as a result.

So the next job will be to charge the clutch hydraulics with fluid, bleed the system and then test the clutch is functioning correctly, before adding any engine ancilliaries and connecting up the exhaust and so on. This is following the advice of Papa Trigg who knows about these things. I have a friend at Church with a bleed kit who has offered to help with bleeding the system, so his availability will drive this next task.

Happy Saturday everyone – God Bless.

MG looking snug in the garage

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