Popped up for a quick weekend on the farm with only one job in mind – one of the handbrake cable brackets was broken while getting it off ROJ and the spare one was pretty badly corroded. I got a quote from Aston for a new one – Â£98 plus vat. ‘Sod that’ I thought I’ll repair the one I’ve got – only to discover that I’ve actually got two left hand ones! So I spent a cold cramped weekend in the barn cutting a right hand one off the donor car. (After all, what’s the point of having a donor car if I don’t use it for parts?)
I was damned if I was going to lie on a cold wet floor to drill out the bolts on this very rusty old bracket, so I cut through the old handbrake, cable got inside the car and cut away part of the rotten rear panel to expose the bolt ends and captive nuts. Then using a grind stone in a drill I simply ground them away until with a hammer and punch I knocked the complete bracket out.
And this is what the fuss was all about.
So did I get anything ONTO the car? Well, yes I did. This electrical connector thingy.
A small achievement – but significant in it’s own way!
Aged parent’s birthday and skiing in the Tyrol prevents me doing any more for a while. You never know, a wheel or two may appear on the car in 2008!