A bit of a run out

It’s traditional that I go for a bit of a drive on Good Friday. Unfortunately this year I wasn’t able to so I went today instead.

Quite a lot of snow up on the Peaks and a few of my normal side roads were closed. Never mind, I drove the Cat & Fiddle road to Buxton then Long Hill to Whaley Bridge then back via Poynton, Wilmslow & Congleton.

Quite a nice run.


A quiet pint

Avalon from our local micro brewery


Good Friday today. Not done much apart from quick clean of the cars and a trip to B&Q at Talke to get some paint to refresh the decor in our bedroom. After that little lot I felt a pint or two at the Lower Chequer was well deserved.
Baby sitting my grand daughter tomorrow then a bit of a drive out.

Front suspension and oil cooler

The MOT is due on the Cup next week but I have had it done early along with a rebuild of the front suspension and replacement of the original Oil Cooler and pipes.
MOT wise all that was needed was a replacement off side gaiter on the steering rack. There was some concern that the whole steering rack would need replacing so bit of a bonus.
Unlike the rear the front suspension has been replaced by all new parts. Front suspension parts are relatively cheap whereas the rear spring pans alone are £120+ each secondhand so as detailed in an earlier post they were removed, sandblasted and then powder coated.
The Oil Cooler didn’t need replacing but the pipes did. Alfa don’t sell them any more and you can’t get replacements except second hand. However Autolusso sell a kit that includes a new Cooler and the necessary parts to connect the old pipes. You cut the corroded part of the pipes off and replace them with rubber pipes that come with all the necessary connectors. Cost a fair bit but money well spent.
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