The End - Its all over now
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
110Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Found the Agents premises and went in to sort the paperwork.Show the Bill of Lading, passport to prove martin was who he said he was, and we were shown through to collect Stanley.
Quick inspection to make sure all was well, no more scratches or bumps, although there was a nasty oily mess on the top of the bonnet. They load the cars 3 to a container, so they have to be put in on ramps, so there would have been a car leaking oil down onto Stanley. You'd think that they would have a bit more respect, wouldnt you!
However, the one front tyre looked a bit low, so Martin unscrewed the valve cap to pump it up, and whooooosh! There was no valve there, so the little air in the tyre deflated very quickly
So a lot of hot sticky and dirty work later Stanley was ready to roll, and Martin reversed him out into the sunlight. And off we set back home.
Once again, an uneventful journey, and we got back to Martins house, so Stanley can now relax and enjoy a well earned retirement. Or can he? Only time can tell.
So its England 2 Rest of World 3 in terms of flat tyres.
After a bit of kerfuffle with paperwork and documents needed/not needed/vital/copies will do - oh the car's gone anyway, we have got Stanley back to Bedfordshire and today I moved him to his winter quarter's - a wooden garage located on a friend's piece of land local to my home.I put this shed up during the summer and converted it from a former temporary music practice room which I acquired from a school where I worked until my retirement
I could only make it as big as the bits I had to hand would allow and did not have a note of Stanley's vital statistics,but of course it would be plenty big enough.
Clearance each side of the car through the access doors turned out to be no more than 2 inches and overall the car with overhanging spare wheel at the rear cleared the entire length of the shed by at least 3 inches overall. A very tight squeeze.
So the plan?
Fix Stanley up to the standard he was before we left on the journey,as adjusted for the odd improvements we found were necessary.Sort the battered paint and loose-hanging doors,bonnet etc.Do not at this stage convert back to standard 4 seat saloon
Do a couple of old car shows for people interested in such things.
Look at a few maps,make a few enquiries, see who's game for a drive and.....