Managing to pick a lovely week, we took a well-earned break in North Devon. Dobby covered just over 700 miles while we visited places on the coast such as Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Westward Ho!, Lynton & Lynmouth. We also toured Exmoor including Exford, Dunkery Beacon, Dunster, Tarr Steps and Dulverton. The plethora of single track roads combined with steep gradients and sudden bends brought some added excitement to the proceedings – especially when encountering the odd large farm vehicle approaching in the other direction. Dobby made light work of Porlock Hill, a renowned long 1 in 4 hill on the A39 although slightly hot under the bonnet by the top. <a href="https://www.ngkitcar.co.uk/north-devon-2020">Pictures</a>
Yet another run
Time again to stretch Dobby's legs and this time fill up with petrol ready for our trip to North Devon next week. This was followed by a little tweak to the idling speed.
Another little run, this time to check Dobby over before his MOT tomorrow.
A breath of fresh air!
Time to burst forth - Dobby was feeling very let down because, with all the lovely flowers in everyone's gardens (courtesy of lockdown) and plenty of breezes to blow around all the pollen, I had not driven him because of my hayfever. At last it had abated sufficiently for me to give him a good hour's healthy run of about 27 miles. Dobby feels much better having had some exercise.
Favourite run again
Having completed the service this week and given the spoked wheels their annual shine up, it was lovely to take Dobby out for his favourite (human free) run with a couple of errands thrown in. Dobby is looking forward to being allowed to be with other NGs again.
Servicing has begun in fits and starts as there seems to be so much else to do.
Time for another gentle run and then placed ready for Dobby's annual service during the week.
Today Dobby’s “Support Our Heroes” rally plate arrived and he is now proudly wearing it on his nose. They can be obtained from Scenic Car Tours who are donating the cost of the rally plate to the NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal.
Another Day another Run
Despite lockdown, Dobby had to have a bit of exercise in the sunshine. Cars will suffer if not used for long periods of time. A gentle run of about 18 miles with no human contact whatever made him much happier.
March was a wet month which dissuaded any activity, then the Coronavirus caused its own brand of mayhem, so Dobby had languished since the Snowdrop Run. At least the weather in April was encouraging, so Dobby was started (with considerable encouragement) and driven to the local BP station, where I was able to fill him up (with gloves) and pay via the phone app so saving any human interaction. A little exercise followed – a run of about 15 miles. Over the next few days, Dobby was cleaned and polished and generally spruced up.
Although storm Dennis was threatening disruption, we decided to put up the hood and brave it (the wind & rain was not too bad in the morning). Our annual outing in February is the Snowdrop Run and it starts with a welcome bacon butty at Melbourn Village College. On starting out we found ourselves behind a gaggle of MGs going rather sedately. Wanting a comfort stop we decided to visit a pub en route, only to find that our forerunners had the same idea, so we continued to avoid causing a traffic jam. The next turning got missed (I won't say how) and we ended up on a dual carriageway which took us even further off route. Eventually Google Maps managed enough signal to download a route to Ely which brought us back onto the roads we should have been on. After a lunch stop, we parked in our designated spot right beside Ely Cathedral and joined an interesting tour of it. The journey home was slightly hairy in the wind and rain and Dobby breathed a sigh of relief to be back in his garage (a round trip of 170 miles).
A quick run to check Dobby is still OK with his new battery and to fill up ready for the Snowdrop Run in 10 days time.
New battery fitted and Dobby started. I have fitted a CTEK direct connector adaptor so it is easy to plug in my charger in future. Now awaiting the next opportunity for a run.
The voltage was no better this morning and this battery has only lasted 5 years (the previous one had lasted 10 years). Euro Car Parts have a sale on, so I've ordered a replacement.
Run in the Sun
The first opportunity this year to have another run in the sun and what happens? Dobby decides to throw a wobbly. A few lethargic cranks of the engine and then... nothing. Not even a click.
After messing about looking at the master fuse, the contact on the starter motor (which was poor) and generally scratching my head, I thought I'd check the voltage. Aha 10.5v is not enough for the solenoid to kick in. So out with the booster pack and we're cranking again but still not firing. By this time with flooding a real possibility, I removed the spark plugs and replaced them with new ones (this would have been done at the Spring service anyway) and after a couple more tries we were running.
So ½ hour later than intended we went off for a quick spin, trying to avoid local schools as it was now 3.30pm. On return, I put the battery on charge and left it overnight.