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Battery Isolator Switch

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One little upgrade I've wanted to do for a while is fit a battery isolator switch. The immobiliser system can drain the small Banner battery over a number of weeks, so previously I've been removing the negative lead when the car isn't used for a week or so. An isolator switch is a much more convenient solution. I didn't want the full FIA isolator that sits on the outside of the car, so I decided to get this one from Jack Webb Motorsports . It is a simple break switch that sits on the negative side of the battery. This was originally designed for cars which don't have a heater, and when I initially received the unit it was clear that there wasn't space around the heater hoses to fit it to the earth point on the scuttle. Thankfully Jack was able to produce a new version with the orientation of the earth connecting bolt eye and jump lead reversed, and this fitted fine. Now I can isolate the battery by just turning the red switch by 90 degrees..

Easter Eco Run

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With the weather finally improving we did the first main run of the season, the Easter Eco Run. This event is hosted by the West London group and started at HWM Aston Martin in Walton-on-Thames. It was an early start to get round the M25, stopping off for breakfast at Cobham services. The blat is a short trip down to the Surry Hills for coffee, then back to HWM for a tour of the showroom. There's a prize for the car that uses the least amount of fuel, hence the 'Eco' run, but really it's just a little drive through the countryside. Back at HWM they have some nice cars. A DB12 in the same colour as my car ! Thanks to the club AR Geoff for organising this !

Cars on the Green

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A beautiful sunny winter day, and what better to do than a car meet at Eel Brook Common in Fulham. This was organised by Tom at Supercars Europe, check out his channel here . Definitely an interesting mix of vehicles from the London classic car scene, including this 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB. Dino still looking great.. Thanks to Nick at the London group for the invite.

JWM front suspension top joints

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After 7,000 miles one of the rubber boots on the front suspension top joints has split. Whilst it's not a serious problem, it can be an MOT issue in the future. So, I decided to get replacement top joints from Jack Webb Motorsports. These are a better quality item, they don't use boots, and are very easy to remove from the upright to adjust the camber. I decided to try and fit them myself, as follows. The main issue is getting the original top joint out. This is difficult as the taper on the joint is well lodged into the upright. Having got the front of the car on 2 axles stands, this is what we're faced with. First thing is to remove the rubber boot, which I did with a chisel, and remove the lower nut. Then we need to use a ball joint splitter tool to force the unit out of the upright. I got this from Halfords. One problem was that the black bolt was too long for the space in the upright, so required shortening by 10mm with an angle grinder. Having done that you can wedge

London Super Sevens

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Despite it being 2 degrees I did breakfast at St James's Square with London AR David and my Super Seven 1600 twin, Nick. Nick's car is a 2021 in Saxony Grey with ginger leather interior, including the seats. Looks great!

Caterham 1997 Brochure

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I love the old brochures from the 1990s. I used to order them every year and spend ages going through the specification lists, deciding what to get when I could actually afford one. Here's the early 1997 edition. It features the original Superlight, as well as Ford classics, K-series and Vauxhall De Dions, the JPE and Anniversary model. The prices are quite different from today!

Breakfast at St. James's Square

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As it's been dry for a couple of days now I did a little morning drive. I've never driven the car into London proper, so I thought I'd get breakfast in town. St. James's Sq has free parking on a Sunday and there's no Congestion Charge before midday, plus there's a coffee shop around the corner on Jermyn Street. My new phone takes quite good pics..

HWM Caterham Open Day

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With the temperatures falling I did a final drive before the car heads to the garage. The new Caterham dealership HWM had an Open Day today at their workshop in Hersham. As the air temperature was barely above freezing I used the half-hood and heater on full blast. A pretty comfortable set up and I didn't need a jacket in the car. Others braved it with aero-screens ! The workshop is nice and clean. Currently full of cars from the old Gatwick facility.  The new London Central AR David North has his car waiting for collection after its rebuild. A couple of Astons and an Alfa dotted around.  Outside they have 2 full paint booths, doing overflow work for the factory.. With my car still under warranty till next August, I'll be getting my car serviced here in June.

Bicester Heritage Scramble

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With the continued excellent weather in southern England today we went to an event at Bicester Heritage, an old WW2 RAF base repurposed as a classic car venue. There were free passes for a small number of Caterhams as part of a display. There were hundreds of cars in the main area and then hundreds more out in the fields surrounding the air strip. A really great collection of cars, here's just a few of my favourites. 308 still looking sharp.. As does this ! Thanks to Jack Phillips at Bicester Heritage for the free pass.