A bit more nostalgia today. This is a picture of a 1949 Hillman Minx. I had one of these as my First Car. Looking back now it was a bit of a mess. I was happy with it. It had a design fault. The fuel line was shaped and attatched with clips to the cylinder head.
So what hapens to the head after engine is running? Yes it gets hot. What happens when the fuel pipe gets hot? Yes the fuel evaporates. Result . Hot pipe = no fuel= no go. On one of my first trips out in it we went to Worcester. and it kept cutting out and we had to let it cool down. It was a while before i sussed it. I wrapped the pipe in silver foil and Heaven Forbid a piece of Asbestos cloth. If we had known then what we know now.I remember I bought some special upholstery paint and painted the rear seat powder blue. On a trip to london with the mother in law when she got out her clothes were a streaked blue. she was not a happy bunny. It was eventually written off when it was hit broadside ,which split the floor plan and ripped the door column out. While awaiting insurance to sort it. Someone stole the engine. The insurance refused to settle because the accident was on Crown property and was regarded as private land. My first taste of insurance. I soon learned that they employ any excuse not to pay that has been a life long distrust of any insurances.
We decided to take louis to his old haunt for his walk today. At Victory Park. We havnt been all winter to stay out the mud. We were hesitant in case it was muddy today. Surprisingly it was quite dry underfoot. Louis had a great time running about. OH but it was so bitter cold. That nasty East wind was cutting. I spoke to the parks keeper as he was picking up rubbish. But he was cheerful enough. Braver man than me.