Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Well, she made it to Wheels Day...

...which was something, but quite when I'll next get to drive her is a mystery.

There has been some progress though, allow me to list it...

*the stereo has been fitted, including speakers. The fact I have no speaker wire is a slight niggle, but I'll buy some of that.

*the clutch slave cylinder has packed up, this makes changing gear 'crunchy' to say the least. Nothing like the sound of old spinning metal twatting other old spinning metal.

*it's gotten very rusty, she looks quite rough. Still, patina is cool, right?

*I thought about washing it. Sadly, thinking about it was the extent of my car-washing activities.

Have some pics, more non-updates soon...

Hmmm, quite...

Sunday, 27 March 2011

I'm rubbish, I know.

Proper update soon though, I promise. I might even but some new wheels on it.

Or of course, I might not.


Thursday, 20 January 2011

A not very exciting update..

Sorry folks, this blog seems to have ground to a bit of a halt. I blame the weather, and the fact the car is in Bristol while I am in Kent (it's at my mum's house, I've not left it as ASDA or anything).

You will be pleased to hear that she's still running strong though, having been taken for a proper run out last weekend to Area: 52 where she was adored by all.

As I type though she's back at mother's house sitting in the garden. At the moment I'm having some serious thoughts about getting her in a lock up (the car, not my mum) and stripping her down. To keep her on the road for another year would be unfair and not only that, it would just mean more work when I do finally start a proper restoration. As such the hunt is on for a lock up so I can get cracking, and so you lot can cringe as I pull her apart to expose her rusty bits (again, the car).

Thursday, 16 December 2010

I'm still alive...

...and more importantly so is the Zodiac.

She's had to fight off the weather and the freezing cold but I can safely assure you she has done so with flying colours. So, here's a brief re-cap...

*The old girl was happily in use, as my sole car, as soon as she came back from having her oh so shiny stainless exhaust fitted. Then the battery gave up the ghost and it ran out of fuel one evening as it rolled onto my driveway. Bumhats.

*I then promptly ignored the poor old beast and kept getting a lift into work. I know, I'm a lazy bastard.

*During the big freeze and all the snow I became aware of a shocking problem, the Z had no coolant. As such, the engine was frozen solid. Icicleshitsticks.

*I then spent a day manually thawing the engine out, I changed the coolant (by actually including some this time), bolted on a new battery and generally gave the old girl some tlc. She has now become reliable daily transport. Yay!

Anyway, until some proper updates come along, have a picture of her in the snow...


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Someone suggested something silly today...

...and I have to admit, it's got me thinking.

There's no way that could go wrong, right? Urm.

Anyone have any advice on this matter, all info would be greatly received. Email me at me@chrispollitt.com with your suggestions/offers to do it for me and so on.

Monday, 20 September 2010

It's still in Essex...

...having it's exhaust done. I'm sure it'll be back soon though.

In the meantime, have a picture of it at night.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Well as far as I can tell I should be all booked in for Monday. Well, the Z should be.

But for what, I hear you cry? In a nutshell, new pipes, new and shiny stainless steel pipes and a shiny stainless manifold too. Gone will be the awful, restrictive 'hockey stick' manifold instead being replaced by a free-flowing 6-3-1 manifold.

The silly Cherry Bomb will be going in the bin too. If you love it, I'm sorry, it just has to go. I have to drive that car all the time and let me tell you, that Cherry Bomb is annoying as shit! I will specify that the new system has a bit of bark though, I don't want it to sound standard!

The people charged with the task are...

You can find them at www.essexracingclassics.com if you fancy a look. It'll be well worth it, they're a fairly new setup and they're already forging a name for themselves in the classic market. They'll be making my exhaust with this...

...which is a Ben Pearson pipe bending machine. It looks something that would facilitate the demise of a Bond villain if you ask me. They assure me it's for bending pipe. I remain dubious.

Anyway, I'm waffling now. Basically, the Z should soon be breathing easy and with less of an offensive rumble. Win.