Time to sort those vintage lights.
I know that repro lights are available from VTS etc
but I like the pointed at both ends shape
of the original.
So, as the original bulb holders aren't repairable and, more importantly, the plastic lenses are all broken
I decided to cut the bulb holder & lens fitting screw out of the new base
and add it to the old one
This means I can keep the original fixing holes and fit the new lens
Nice to still have the double-pointed ends & even if the new lens isn't an exact fit its pretty close & I may add a clear gasket later
Now for the trunk door
New catch from VTS
Perfect fit, with a few spacers to get the height right
I decided on solid foam insulation as it gives a bit more rigidity
Nice to polish at a comfy height
Is it just me or do others love the slinky-like swirls of the Cyclo (or in my case the cheaper Biltema)
I decided to keep the original patina of the old Airstream sign
Its a little rough in places but I rather prefer it to a hi-shine version
The inside of the 1953 Reynolds ALCLAD - nice font
Of course someone had added a hasp at some stage & while I thought about replacing the trunk skin, it a sign of her history, so I kept it
and repaired the holes with some bucked rivets
Original sign bucked back on
Clecoed and ready to buck
I thought long and hard about these reflectors but as they're an EU regulation, they either have to be on the body or the bumper, so since I could use one old hole (from a previous reflector), I only had to make one more hole for each
And I don't think it looks too bad
Particularly as I've got all the other EU legal lights on the bumper itself
and they look pretty subtle
With the Trail-R-Lite too !
Ready for her second outing of the year
In light rain
Off up the narrow lane to...
The Hay Festival in Wales
with the well-read better half
Yes, we still have the awning to sort out but the tethered umbrella works well for now
New cushions inside and with
fresh Atomic coffee
and lots of good books
we survived the rather inclement weather !
New curtains in the front
Writers great and small, some more entertaining than others. But the overall impression is that the festival has all got rather too large and corporate. Hay itself is lovely but I don't think we'll be rushing back to the festival - we should have gone 10yrs ago.
Back across the new Severn Bridge
and home to Devon