Sunday, 10 April 2011


As much as I would like to make an immediate start on this project, the XK140 is occupying the workshop and will not be completed until the end of March. The 120 will stay in my house garage until the 140 emerges from its winter works programme.  Consequently this post relates mainly to three months of very little activity apart from me sitting in the drivers seat, thrashing the bolt action moss box around whilst making the appropriate engine noises.  Seems to go very well though. 

First job on arriving home was to head off a potential divorce and
discover the source of an appalling stench of old paint. 
Turned out to be ancient petrol leaking from a seam on the tank.
Apart from the leaking seem, the tank appeared to be in pretty good
order,  but with lots of muck and residue inside.  The Hartlepool Radiator
Company put it through the RENU process which involved cutting it open,
internal and external blast cleaning, and treating with an USA patented
chemical coating which is guaranteed to be impervious to methanol and
ethanol.  Two of the seven operating scars can be seen on the bottom.
The 140 finally emerges from the workshop at the beginning of April
looking quite splendid having just been painted again.  It only
seemed proper to introduce it to the 120 OTS before they swap places
in the workshop.  This picture begs a humorous caption - any ideas?

KRU600 in his (or her ?) new surroundings and will be here until completion,
scheduled for 16th June 2013 (my next significant birthday in case you were wondering)

Seemed sensible to record the official start date - a week later
than planned.  Can't really do with slippage at this early stage.



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