Monday, February 10, 2003

Replacing the water pump

After having a laugh finding out how much a water pump was at Halfords, I placed an order with Rimmer Bros ( and soon had a new water pump in my hands and set about ripping all the old stuff off. Sadly, after pulling the pump off, I was greeted by the sight of a terminally mullered water pump housing and rusted to buggery heater return pipe. I took another deep breath and placed an order with Canleys. It arrived quickly but the pump housing didn't have the tapped hole for the temperature sender, so it had to go back! Worst of all was that after all that the noise was still there and was now much, much louder!

Sunday, February 02, 2003

Brought back by the AA!

Unfortunatly, whilst on route to Blackpool, things took a turn for the worst. I was cruising along when a clanking noise became increasingly noticable. I'm not the type of person to worry too much about these kinds of things but after turning the radio up for the third time I was starting to get concerned for the heath of my car! I turned off the motorway and started to make my was home slowly. I got as far as Cannock Chase before it had completely had it and wouldn't restart! So I called my mum up, who managed to get there in about 20 minutes and we swapped cars so that she could call the AA. The AA chap was delighted to get something a bit unusual to work on and turned out to be a former Spitfire owner himself! After hearing it run he decided it might be the water pump and towed it back home for me by attaching a frame thing to the lower wishbones.