WE’RE BACK ON THE ROAD
Now that the car is ready, the moment comes to finally try it on the road. Fittingly, it was almost exactly a year to the hour when James and I originally rescued the vehicle onto a trailer, that I pressed the starter button and headed out of the farm.
What happened? Well, almost nothing. James is in the passenger seat as we leave the workshop in nervous silence, expecting something to misbehave. I’m gently out of first gear, through second okay, pulling well uphill in third then, before I know it, we’re half a mile down the road and cruising at a comfortable 50 mph. The instant ability of this vehicle is a definite testament to James’ workmanship and eye for detail. The car simply performs exactly as it should, though we limit this first run to a mile before we head back to the ramp for a thorough check over. Happy with our findings, I eventually go on to clock up 20 miles that day, with only a failed speedo cable curtailing the fun. There’s a few final details to fettle, but in terms of driving, the old motor is back on the road.