Make the most of your classic car while the sun is shining!

We Brits know that the weather can be notoriously unpredictable. One moment, the Beast From The East is causing a national freeze, the next it’s 25 degrees and we’re digging out last year’s leftover sunblock.

So when we do get to enjoy a spot of fortunate weather, it’s important we make the most of it by bringing our classic motors out of their winter hibernation. After all, there really is no greater feeling than driving down beautiful country lanes with the top down on a warm Summer’s day.

Here’s what you can do to enjoy your classic car throughout the remainder of Spring and into the Summer months.

1. Give your classic motor a spring clean

This is the perfect time of year to really show off your classic car, especially if you’re scheduled to attend a classic motoring event sometime over the coming weeks. That’s why we recommend using the Autoglym Full Bodyworks and Wheels kit. This fantastic collection of cleaning products includes instant tyre dressing, shampoo conditioner, super resin polish, extra gloss protection, alloy wheel seal and clean wheels wash. Over the last few months of rain, wind and unprecedented levels of snow, your car will need a thorough wash down using the Autoglym shampoo conditioner to remove unwanted grime. You’ll also need to clear any grit and dirt from the wheels using the clean wheels wash. After the wheels have dried, you can use the alloy wheel seal to spray the rim of the wheels, although you must be careful not to spray through wheels onto brake discs or calipers. Once applied, buff the surface with dry cotton cloth and finish with the instant tyre dressing for a beautiful shine. Back to the car’s body, once the shampoo conditioner has dried, you’ll be able to apply the polish and extra gloss protection, giving your motor a spectacular shine while guarding it from common Summer hazards.

2. Treat your classic motor to a splash of paint

If you think your classic car’s chassis is looking a little dull, you might want to consider treating it to a lick of paint in time for the summer months. This can bring any classic vehicle back to life and give you an added sense of pride if you’re attending classic car shows or similar motoring events. POR-15 make a number of suitable paints, all of which have anti-rust properties to keep your car in better shape for the long haul. If you’d like to try out this paint before committing to it, you can purchase the POR-15 Super Starter Kit which includes metal prep, rust prevention coating and a cleaner degreaser, as well as latex gloves and two wooden handle paint brushes. Remember that cleaning your car is critical before applying paint so that fibres and bugs aren’t trapped beneath the paintwork, as this can create an uneven coating.

3. Take your car to an event

Throughout the rest of April and into May, classic car and motorcycle events are found in abundance across the country and beyond. At Holden Vintage & Classic, not only do we list our favourite events each month on our blog, but attend many of these ourselves! If you’ve seen an event that’s caught your eye and are thinking of entering as a participants, we are more than willing to talk to you about the best ways you can prep your car beforehand. Alternatively, you can bring your car into our Service and Restoration Bay for a full check-up.

And while you’re here….

We’d like to present to you this stunning Morgan 3-wheeler for sale at the Holden Morgan showroom.

Ordinarily, when purchasing this stunning classic motor from the Morgan factory directly, you would expect to wait months before becoming its owner. But with us, there is no wait at all. Treat yourself to this gorgeous new and unregistered car with 0 mileage for just £39995. For more information, click here or email Katie@holden.co.uk.

 

SOL – The African Rally Morgan +4 at the Practical Classics Restoration Show

Built in 1955 at The Morgan Motor Company, this car was one of the early Morgans to carry the now familiar traditional Morgan body style that has been in production for over 60 years. Echos of its predecessor, the Flat Rad +4 are still evident in the rear section, where the car carries 2 spare wheels vertically behind the rear axle and the fuel tank.

Sadly, little is known of its early history, aside from it ending up near to the Solway Coast,  Scotland in the 1970 where, not too long after receiving an exchange TR2 engine from the Standard Motor Company, it was laid up in a barn. This was possibly due to the replacement engine suffering a failure of some sort, as we found a couple of bent push rods on disassembly. We believe that the recorded mileage on the odometer of approximately 75,000 miles is pretty much genuine, as other parts of the car showed little evidence of too much wear.

Fast forward to March 2017, and the car appeared in a listing on a well-known Auction website, very much a restoration project, but looking quite complete. Jeremy Holden, the car’s owner, was the successful bidder and it was decided that the car would make an interesting centre piece for the new showroom of Holden-Morgan, the Midland Morgan Agent, that was founded in the April of 2017.

Towards the middle of the year, information circulated from Rally Round regarding an event that would take place in October 2018 in Africa, going from Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town over 28 days and 7,000 Kilometres. Holden Vintage & Classic are a supporter of Rally Round, and it was felt that it may be interesting to take part in one of their events. The old, tired +4 was an ideal candidate, being rugged, simple mechanically and a vehicle which Holden are familiar with.

The rebuild commenced in earnest at the end of November 2017 with much work being carried out. Far more has been achieved than is currently on display, as the gearbox has been rebuilt, the engine is all but finished, brakes have all been fitted, as has the steering. These components have been removed currently for final finishing and painting, and for the wings to be fitted. The engineless chassis being far easier to manoeuvre around the Workshop than a complete car!

The next step is to fit the bonnet, and then to remove all the panel work and send it to the paintshop during which time the mechanical side will be completed ready for the finished body work.

New showing: The Bromyard Speed Festival – On Tour to Shelsley Walsh,  8th April 2018

Holden Morgan 2001 Plus 8 For Sale

Although Rover’s attempts to acquire the Morgan Car Company in 1966 had proved fruitless, it nevertheless granted the sports car manufacturer access to its newly acquired, ex-Buick lightweight aluminium V8 engine with a view to cementing a supply contract. Hired by the Malvern works to assess the powerplant’s merits/suitability, race engineer Maurice Owen lost little time in shoehorning one into a Morgan Plus 4 chassis. With trials of the resultant prototype successfully undertaken in 1967, the Plus 8 debuted at the following year’s Earls Court Motor Show. Built along familiar Morgan lines, its ladder frame chassis was equipped with independent ‘sliding pillar’ front suspension, a leaf-sprung rear axle, and disc/drum brakes. Supported by an ash frame, its swooping bodywork looked as traditional as ever but gave no clues as to the new model’s extraordinary performance potential. Backed by a four-speed Moss gearbox (Rover’s own engineers had only experimented with automatic transmission up to that point), the 3.5-litre V8 unit was credited with some 160.5bhp and 190lbft of torque. In a car weighing comfortably less than 900kg, ‘Autocar’ magazine found that these outputs translated into 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds and 124mph.
This particular UK right-hand drive +8 was delivered new in 2001 by Mike Duncan of Hartlebury Garage, to its one and only owner, our vendor. Finished in Connaught Green with Yarwood Beige interior piped green and matching carpets, options included; chrome wire wheels, Blaupunkt radio CD player, a side screen bag, a walnut dashboard and extra tread rubbers on the front wing – a typically Morgan extra!
Servicing on the car has largely been done by the supplying dealer and latterly by a local garage to our vendor. The history file includes the purchase invoice, servicing invoices, and previous MOT certificates to commensurate the mileage. A busy work life and other distractions in the garage mean that our vendor has barely used this burbling beauty, and has therefore covered an incredibly low 1,540 miles in his ownership.
Supplied with a UK V5c and an MOT until August ’17, rarely will you come across such a low mileage Morgan +8, and with this example looking as beautiful as the day it left the Pickersleigh Road factory, this car represents the opportunity to own a true British Sports Car.

If you’re interested in viewing this stunning vehicle, contact sales@holden.co.uk or call 01885 488 488.

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From this, a matt-coloured and not quite 100% sound, but nonetheless running and driving 2CV, Julian has transformed his Ebay sourced French Classic into a shining example of what can be achieved in the home workshop, with dedication, time and a little effort, plus a small amount of specialist intervention to weld floors, apply a new coat of paint and help to trim the seats, to finish up with this.

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February seems a long tome ago, and I have being doing stuff, in fact it’s nearly finished. Russel , Pam’s son from work has completed the spray job. Very shiny!!!

And the correct original colour. The wiring is almost done, I’ve still to add the heated rear window see 080.109. Most of the interior trim is finished, Martin Greaves from Greaves of Bromyard has helped with fitting the new seat covers, and what a difference a pro. makes…. Membrane first, foam, Dacron then covers…. all beautiful 2cv seats 001

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Trimming the seats in the workshop

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Parked in the drive

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Rear view

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Down into the interior showing off the seats

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Dash

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Engine bay 1 & 2

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With the bonnet up

Thing still to do include getting the ride height correct, fitting the dash cover, fitting the rear parcel shelf to the rear seats, the floor lighting, rear screen heater, and annoyingly I need a new windscreen as I split the old one after fitting into the new rubber surround when jacking up the car, it must have been too tight and wouldn’t allow for any flexing.

 

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The white plastic brake rod bulkhead fitting

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First wiring diagram…this is all new toggle switches on the dash with additional functions Feb 10 2016 015

The re wrapped original rear wiring loom…note where it has to go down a very narrow channel by the front screen. Getting it down there took a few attempts! Feb 10 2016 012

 

Rear loom where it pokes through the bulkhead

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Inside bottom of passenger’s door with the old trim grip removed

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Here I’ve just placed the repair section on the door

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Boot lid and air vent flaps

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Reinstalled master cylinder with new pipework. Note also the lovely new cast exhaust clamps

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Buzz bar type fuse boxes note the LED light glow when a fuse has blown or is missing! See http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=080.964

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New rubber grommet on the gear change linkage.

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Chrome 5 3/4 light see http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=010.259

Lights – Front view one wired up the other to do. Note also the temporary starter switch on the battery.

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The Body is now fully fixed to the chassis. Pedals are back in and connected up and working, I bled the brakes through without a hitch….much to my relief, as all new pipework has been installed.

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The car now needs to be rewired, I’ve kept the rear loom as that was all OK, and the wires in the front cross bar that supports the headlamps. I can’t continue with this job as I need the new dashboard to be sprayed prior to installing all the new toggle switches and extra instruments. A temporary circuit has been made to try the engine after 12 months inactivity, and the engine started first go!!!

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Gear Lever linkage has had new rubber bushes, the hand brake a new plastic bulkhead connecting fitting (this was a sod to do and I destroyed the first on and had to reorder from ECAS)

I’ve cleaned all the doors and exposed the rot that needs to be fixed by Russell, also on one of the front doors the rubber trim grip was rotten, so I’ve ordered a repair section and cut the old one off. I used our Bilt-Hamber rust removal system to clean, and I was very impressed with the result.

Door Top Door Bottom The rear door rubbers are OK but one of the front door rubbers needs replacing. The doors, rear wings, door hinges, front triangular panels, and dashboard will go to Russell for spraying on Monday.

I’m using our 5 3/4″ chrome freestanding lights as I don’t like the plastic Citroen ones, steel ones would have been used if available as my light units are new and have the advantage of dipping to the left or right by the simple bulb position adjustment, and of course I intend to take the car to France……I wonder if it will be its first time (mine is a Portuguese made car)?

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Last night Adam and Simon helped take the body off the wooden support horses
and put it back on the chassis. I had, the previous night, prepped all the chassis with the foam rubber and J-shaped clip on threaded nut clip things that Citroen use to fix down.

This is a really good idea… The chassis holes allow about a 5mm wiggle room, so clean up the old bolts, a bit of grease and screw all in a few turns. The rear 2 bolts needed longer nuts and proper bolts as this end was sitting up a little…well maybe 25mm on the driver’s side. I used some of our spread washers 097.210 (see http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=097.210)  inside the car.

This all worked a treat and now 18 bolts later it’s nearly fully attached. I just have the larger 4 bolts which are at the widest point and are contained down in the cross members of the chassis and reinforcing box section of the new floor. This is the next job, and it all lines up so will be easy, but I wanted to use some new bolts, large spread washers 097.212 (http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=097.212) new spring washers 097.424 (http://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct.asp?pCode=097.424), all of which were raided from the Holden “Fixings dept.”

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The body shell is now securely bolted down to the chassis, with new sealing foam between the chassis and the floor panel.

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Fixings washers from HVC, the oval spreader washers being MGA parts, but are perfect for this job!!

Well it feels like it’s really coming along and I’m getting somewhere!!!

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June – since my last blog seems a long time ago! Well here’s the excuses:- Firstly

I Had to finish off a hall way and lay the flooring and do the skirtings etc, then there was my fence project…. We live close to the main road through Bromyard and between us and it was a 6 foot open fence (posts with planking on alternate sides) then a 15 foot bank down to the road with mature trees (birch, holly, ash and beach).

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The road is noisy so to make a sound barrier I took all the cross timbers off the old fence and reattached all on the one side. This gave a solid fence just short of 6 foot. I then added on the outside a new taller vertical feather boarded fence. If you’ve done this you know it takes some time… New 2 foot deep notched posts 8 foot tall 8″x5″ arris rails kick boards etc, together with extra cross support rails to hold the boards tight….. Now quieter!

Then there was a holiday to Cornwall, 3 classic car show weekends and just minor tinkering. I’ve pre-prepped all the body work cleaned off all the old stuck-on soundproofing and filled a bit to smooth over the new rear inner wheel arch welding in preparation for Russell at Hennessy Motorsport to do the respray. http://www.hennessymotorsport.co.uk/

Going to Russell’s

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Body being prepped

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Finished job in the spray booth

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Adam helping with return transport

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Just put back on the chassis for now outside the garage

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