If you frequent the Facebook page and the Cars for Sale section here then you'll know that I bought Davids '78 Sprint project from him.
Most of you will know that I live in deepest darkest Hampshire and trying to go to Greeenock and back in a day was probably going to be ambitious without towing a trailer, however I had the help of our resident 'Sprint' saver, the lesser spotted Alun. Here pictured in his natural habitat, around a Sprint on a trailer!
And so it began on a very cold morning at 4am driving up the M3 to Stourbridge to collect Alun with an empty trailer!
I made it to Aluns for 6:30 and after dropping off a seat for Tony at Keele services we eventually made it to Greenock at about 2 in the afternoon.
David pulled the car out of the garage, the initial impressions were good, being tight for time we swiftly started loading up all the parts into the Land Rover and got the car onto the trailer.
The os doors had no windows in so we had to gaffer tape up the doors and by the time we had made the short journey to the other lock up and filled the car up with spares it was gone 5pm and dark so after a short stop at the local Tesco to fill up we set off back down south at about 6pm.
The good thing about leaving so late was that by the time we hit the M6 around Manchester it was empty. Now that's a sight you don't see every day!
I dropped Alun off at 12am and headed back down the M40 home. It was gone 3am by the time I pulled into the drive and I'll be honest I was in no mood to try and reverse the trailer in so I just drove it! That turned out to be a pain in the arse the next morning!
As you would expect the Discovery performed impeccably all day, felt rock solid with the loaded trailer attached and cruised effortlessly up and over Shap in the Lake District! It even got a compliment from Alun!
It took me all of Sunday to unload the car and Land Rover of spares eventually everything was sorted and stored away safely. The MG has come out of the garage for the time being as the Sprint has little or paint on it. The MG is painted and protected, it also has a hardtop on it so wont be affected by the weather.
So after 889 miles and over 16 hours of driving YGD is in its new home down south!
That is probably the furthest I have been to collect a car and I wont be doing it again any time soon!
I have some other jobs to do before I can start on it. Mechanically it is sorted, I need to mount and test fire the engine go through all of the spares etc... It is going to be my daily driver so I have already decided that I will put a glass fibre front end on it as the wings are only bolted on at the moment, I'd like to re-do some welding on it and put a new chassis rail on as the old one is damaged, get it painted and all of that the it just needs to go back together. Not a massive job once it is back from paint.