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February 15, 2020

Snowdrop Run 2020

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).

February 05, 2020

Quick Run

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.

January 24, 2020

New Battery

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.

January 21, 2020

Battery Dead

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.

January 20, 2020

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. 

December 30, 2019

A run in the winter afternoon sunshine

At last, after such a wet autumn, we have had a few dry days and some winter sunshine. The perfect opportunity to take Dobby for an extended winter run of 33 miles (top down but with flying jacket). It was surprising how wet the roads still were with the run off from the fields. We got a little lost along the way and when I turned a corner, the low afternoon winter sun scattered light across the now dirty windscreen, so I had to stop to clean it as I could see nothing! Well that run was a nice round off to 2019. Happy New Year to you all.

October 31, 2019

Picture Gallery updated

Finally, after all this year's activities, I've added some pictures including those of the Scotland and Dorset trips. I still have some Highlands video footage to work through though.

October 30, 2019

Oil Change time

Having had a couple of relatively sunny days, I took the opportunity of giving Dobby a little run in the sun to warm him up and then change the oil and filter.

October 23, 2019

New Choke Cable

Today I finally got around to replacing the choke cable. Over the years they seem to deteriorate to the point that they no longer lock when you twist them. It makes the warming up procedure a little awkward! I had looked for a better option - maybe a friction type cable - but the return pull of the choke is too strong and overpowers it. In the end I bought one from Moss and it seems to be much more positive - we'll see how long it lasts this time.

October 18, 2019

Busy, Busy, Busy but a trip out

It’s been a busy late Summer and early Autumn so I have only just got around to updating this news stream. My apologies but I hope you have a chance to read these 6 latest additions from August onwards. I hope to add the pictures to the gallery shortly and something from our Scottish trip. Today, a respite form all the rain we've had and a quick trip out in Dobby, this time just 12 miles but avoiding the risk of standing water and run-off from the fields. It is getting colder though!

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