A Quick Visit.
The travel instructions for Korea came through with the date moved forward giving me only enough time to finish the welding, pack my bags and pop over to The Great Collector's to see his latest acquisition.
As I arrived, Counsel was pulling out of the drive in the Bullnose Morris bought at auction a couple of months ago.
I hopped in for a whizz around the block. There's a few little jobs to do - a crack in the exhaust manifold could do with attention - but otherwise it appears fairly sound and trundles along quite nicely.
The 1938 MG VA tourer is now also running quite sweetly. I took the unmarked plug leads off the other week and got in a muddle with the firing order. It's not 1,3,4,2, but 1,2,4,3 - or so I thought until one night in the small hours, I realised that I'd been reading the plug leads assuming the rotation of the rotor arm to be clockwise. Not so. Plug leads to cylinders 1 and 4 will always be in the same location on the distributor cap, but by swapping leads 2 and 3, (which I did to get the engine running smoothly again) the correct order is established for the anti-clockwise rotation. It's all very confusing for a chap.
The latest acquisition is this 1949 MG VT - the 'T' denoting Tourer. Counsel, who's up on these things, tells me it's fundamentally an MG TD at the front - rack and pinion steering and independent front suspension - and a Morris 10 at the back. It pulls away very nicely, certainly as well as the Hornet, but the steering is a bit wayward and will need looking at.
Under the bonnet is a Smith's Jacking System. The logo is quite clever. Unfortunately, inspecting the underneath of the car whilst it was on the ramp, I noticed that the system's hydraulic pipes had been cut at the rear and one of the jacks was seized in the semi-down position. That will need dealing with.
And talking of logos, when I rubbed down the Special's pedals ready for painting, this stamping revealed itself. The pedals are probably postwar, but I couldn't find anything on the manufacturer. A quick question on a Facebook group informed me it stood for 'English Ford'.
There's a good-sized blank space above the steering computer - perfect for the Motorcraft ignition plug I was fretting about.
I had just enough time to squeeze in the making of a spacer for the steering electric motor and weld into the column the clamping joint. With the spacer pushing the motor forward, by undoing its three mounting bolts, I can now dismantle the column and motor if required.
And the next thing I knew, the sun was setting over Seoul. With only 41km to magnetise, the job should be finished in no time.