Quick inside spruce up

So it might not be a show car, yet(!) but as it had been sitting for about 12 months, there’s definitely no harm in trying to give it a bit of a tidy up inside.

Alfie’s greatly enjoying learning about cars, and unlike many of today’s youngsters, actually listens┬áto things he’s being told and taking it in, so he gave it a good clean out and hoover this morning


Well done Alfie!

CV boot ready to go!

What a day! Multiple trips to get tools, new plastic CV boot cable tie turned out to not work so well due to chunky clasp fouling the inside of the hub, so stainless cable ties bought as replacements but never easy to fit without a proper tool (which of course, we don’t have).

After some blood sweat and tears, everything connected back up again and secure



Drum put back on, wheel back on and. A quick test around the block shows no issues. Just the number plate left to drill and fit tomorrow and we’re good to go for the MOT retest!





MOT failure

We were always hoping to take the Mini to the London to Brighton Mini Run this year. As long as it had an MOT and ran, it was going, so yesterday we put it in for an MOT to try and get an idea on how much work we’d need to do before going. Much to our surprise, it failed on only 3 minor things!

  • Rear tyre needed to be replaced
  • Front number plate needed replacing
  • An unsecured CV gaiter

That was it! Not bad for a 32 year old car.

We quickly got the number plate made up and swapped the 10″ steel wheels for the 12″ Supalite alloys from Casper, our previous Mini. We’ll be fixing the CV gaiter this weekend.

The wheels look much better than the steel ones, but definitely needs an arch kit to cover the extra width.