Time ran out. The Diff went in on the Thursday, Sunday was the show. Since we were back together and running, all that was left was a final push to get the car looking as good as it should.
The first thing I needed to do was wash the car. I’m ashamed to admit that for the six months I have owned the car, I’ve never cleaned it. Not once, so it was still covered in the muck from sitting around for a couple of years, and from the trip down on the back of a truck. Oops.
So with that in mind, after work Friday I pulled the car out of the garage and into the steep driveway for a wash. The paint came up well, but I noticed the front end felt pretty rough (its the original paint, the rear was painted after bit of a shunt years ago), so out came my CarPro clay towel to remove the contaminants on the paint. The clay towel worked great, the paint is nice and slick now. After a quick dry, I left the car overnight, ready to start with the machine polish.
Saturday was machine polish day. The whole front of the car was cloudy and dull with almost no shine. The rear was better, but still needed some attention.
Flat as anything.
It took a bit of work, but it was cutting through the oxidation and bringing the metallic silver paint back.
The real test was on Sunday when she was unveiled at the British and Euro Car Day show. This is the third time I have brought a car to one of these shows. I like to try and bring something special each year if I can.
British Car Day doesn’t often have many TVRs. At most there tends to be one lonely TVR sitting off to the side, or bundled in with another group (that’s where I found the 350i wedge back in 2016). This year, the lone TVR found a friend. Sadly there was a (not so) Mini between us, but I parked up nearby this lovely looking Griffith.
This thing makes the Wedge look massive!
The TVR was in good company too. The turnout at the show was good, although I’m not so fussed on all the new euro stuff clogging up the field.
A Morgan with gorgeous paint
Anyway, enough of that, back to the Wedge. After we left the show we went for a bit of a hoon to see if there was anywhere nearby that was an interesting spot to take photos. We found this old Ministry of Defence building down a back road
That wasn’t the end of the car being out and about this week. It was a lovely evening the other day, so since I had a fully road legal TVR, we took it out for the longest run since I’ve had it. It was about a 60km round trip, which uncovered a few things about the car.
Firstly, it’s surprisingly comfortable and easy to drive. It loves taking sweeping curves at speed, and makes some great pops and bangs on deceleration. The brakes have a nice firm feel to them now with no shudder.
Unfortunately its not all roses. There is an annoying misfire at low RPM cruise. I think it’s possibly the ignition system playing up a bit, or it could be running a bit lean at cruise. The only other real issues are the steering being super heavy at low speeds, and the exhaust is excessively loud to the point of being annoying. Nothing too major.
There is still work to be done, but in the meantime, I think I will just enjoy being able to jump into the car, fire up the V6, and take it for a drive. I have spent so much time working on the car that I haven’t had a chance to enjoy and bond with the car, it gets tiresome sometimes.