The brake servo arrived a little late last week.Â Â A safety check at the weekend (making sure all the nuts and bolts were done up and that there was no petrol dribbling on the exhaust) and ready for a test drive.
I quite enjoyed driving the car up and down the driveway.Â Â It’s similar to a 1970’s Rolls Royce in that everything feels smooth and nicely crafted, there’s a pleasant V8 burble, and next to no damping (even with the Koni’s on this car which I guess are set to comfort).Â Â I found it a very relaxing and pleasant experience.
Right up until I tried to stop – at first the brakes needed more of a push than I’d expected, but they did improve a lot after a few trips down the drive.Â Â They’ll need a little time to bed in but have got to the point where they’ll lock the wheels with a decent push, so they shouldn’t be a problem for the MOT.
The MOT garage (I’ve been going toÂ Homan Tyre in KempstonÂ for years and they are excellent) have a vacuum gauge that we can use to check for vacuum leaks.Â Â A lack of vacuum would account for poor throttle pick up at low speed as well as under-assisted brakes.
MOT next week with luck.Â Â First a good polishÂ is in order.
What a week.Â Â I’ve had three major deadlines this week.Â Â On Sunday aÂ two month web project was launched on an unsuspecting public.Â Â That was rather a fixed deadline, and I made it.
On Tuesday a friend flew down from Scotland to collect my MGB V8.Â Â it had been off the road for a year so needed a bit of work to make sure it was reliable for his trip home.Â Again a fixed deadline as the flightÂ was already paid for.Â He made it home without problems, and enjoyed the trip.
On Friday the Aston was booked in for an MOT.Â Â This morning all was looking good, with the seats all that was required to complete the car.Â Â That and replacing an anti-roll bar mounting that had cracked.
That was the afternoon gone.Â Â Â It was aÂ dead cert that the bolts would snap, but it was less than ideal that a (not very important)Â part of chassis had to be removedÂ for access toÂ drill and tap theÂ bolt thread it was hiding.
Onto the brakes.Â Â They had been bled before I fitted the rear axle but not since -Â they needed to be bled again.Â Â A 5 minute job.Â Â Unless of course air doesn’t stop coming out of the front brakes.Â Â Had to be the servo.
I stole one of Nigel’s brake servos to fix the emergency (I’d have paid for it honest) and fitted it in the evening.Â Â The brakes bled successfully and all that remained was a safety check.
Which the car failed.Â Â The new servo didn’t let air in, but it did let fluid out.
I’m aÂ year late already so another few days delay should be neither here nor there.Â Â I’ll order up another and organise an MOT in a week once I’ve had a chance to test out the car a little more fully.