Friday, 23 May 2014

NYTW at Runswick Bay

Third weekend in May is the North Yorkshire Triumph Weekend at Runswick Bay near Whitby.
I would imagine it's a similar thing to the Isle of White event for those in the North. We arrived Friday evening having driven the 100miles from home with the trailer on the back and the sunroof fully open. The weather was superb. Friday evening involved pitching our 'house' for the next two days, eating some dinner and enjoying a few drinks as we wound down from the previous weeks work. Very pleasant.

Saturday morning dawned with glorious sunshine. Excellent, this is the day for the roadrun out over the Moors with a suggested route and destination of the 'Red Lion' pub, the highest on the Moors I believe. Inevitably we went wrong a couple of times and the picture below was just one 'discussion' about where we should have turned.
The keen observer will have noticed the bright sunshine theme running through these pictures, it is very unusual for this weekend and event.

As can be seen in this picture above there are Fords to traverse and quite a few hills to climb along the way. Needless to say we managed the pub ok and FRanK performed faultlessly in the heat. The recent rear springs also showed their value four up on the undulating roads.
Saturday night at Runswick is party time in the big marquee with a live band and bar. They even let you take your own drink in if you want. Around ten o'clock we decided to head back to the tent and get the fire going and the drinks flowing.
Sunday is a relaxed car show and shine with prizes awarded to cars from the public's vote rather than 'judges'. Not familiar with what these lads are doing to the poor TR6, I believe they called it polishing! Must be a TR pastime.

This stunning little 12/50 Herald got my vote in it's class, a really nice car.
A friend of Amanda and I called Alistair has just had his mk2 GT6 painted after some new panels were fitted, he also changed the colour (to Amanda's dismay) from Sienna Brown to Lichfield Green.
I think it looks well in the colour which was never offered on this model of Triumph.
The general public judging must have thought so too as it won 'best GT6/Spitfire' and was second in car of the show.
For the 'mechanical admirers' out there, here is an under bonnet shot showing the car's 3 hungry Webbers.
And lastly the 'proud father' Al and his two shields for the day. Well done mate, told you the car would look good in Lichfield.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

RBRR is getting closer!

As the title suggests, time waits for no man but a leaking diff will ruin itself in the end.
With this in mind and the Runswick weekend only 5 days away I decided that the incontinent nose oil seal had to go. The diff was looking pretty rough and the oil stains on the garage floor and pit boarding are annoying.

With the use of a trolley jack (and mole grips on some very overused nylocs!) the diff was out and on a dolly to move around.

Ihad anticipated that the original mounting bushes would be tired and got some superflex ones in stock for this job.
After much cleaning and painting the diff was at least ready for it's new leather lipped seal. Having been soaked in EP90 for 72hrs it was hopefully swelled enough to do the job.

I never throw away old bearings as they come in handy one day. Can't remember what this was from but its the perfect size to install the seal.
The diff was then installed back under the car with it's refurbished quill shaft housing, new bushes and new Nylocs. It looks much better in real life, the camera phone isn't like a DSLR in low light conditions (sorry).
The car was then put back on the ground, refilled with fresh oil and taken to Runswick a couple of days later.
270 leak free miles were travelled and along with  the new 575lb rear springs which were popped in one afternoon whilst I made a cup of tea (they are that easy really) FRanK performed really well and the rear springs gave an improved and more controlled ride. Just why I bought them really.
One more thing crossed off the 'to do' list.