So what did we do last summer, part 1…

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So as the nights are starting to draw in, the weather is getting colder and wetter (well for those in the east this weekend that’s a little bit of an understatement!!!) and the opportunities for us car lovers to get out there and enjoy a bit of topless driving are disappearing until spring. We thought you would like to see some of the best bits of this summer as told our social following and friends.

So here’s some highligts of the summer from Twitter….

8 May 2013  @derek_maxwell Perfect symmetry at Woodhenge on Wiltshire area drive it day

8 May 2013
@derek_maxwell
Perfect symmetry at Woodhenge on Wiltshire area drive it day

18 May 2013 @StagOwnersClub European Stag Meeting

18 May 2013
@StagOwnersClub
European Stag Meeting
and STAR 90

4 June 2013 @alanhymers Freddie loves the Triumph Stag, especialy with the hood down!!

4 June 2013
@alanhymers
Freddie loves the Triumph Stag, especialy with the hood down!!

12 June 2013 @markgiudici After 12 year restoration my 1971 MK1 Triumph stag is finally on the road! Yippee!!

12 June 2013
@markgiudici
After 12 year restoration my 1971 MK1 Triumph stag is finally on the road! Yippee!!

22 June 2013 @nickwheatley1 A new acquisition. Wanted one for years

22 June 2013
@nickwheatley1
A new acquisition. Wanted one for years

7 July 2013 @derek maxwell Bath motor pageant

7 July 2013
@derek_maxwell
Bath motor pageant

7 July 2013 @drgoon2001 Seaton Tramway in Devon today

7 July 2013
@drgoon2001
Seaton Tramway in Devon today

9 July 2013 @drgoon2001 At West Bay – does this count for being on tour?

9 July 2013
@drgoon2001
At West Bay – does this count for being on tour?

13 July 2013 @gingereagle Just back from a 1500 mile trip to Scotland stag didn’t miss a beat

13 July 2013
@gingereagle
Just back from a 1500 mile trip to Scotland stag didn’t miss a beat

14 July 2013 @markgiudici Enjoying the sun at Barton Marina

14 July 2013
@markgiudici
Enjoying the sun at Barton Marina

14 July 2013 @scottb061081 Stag spotted in Monaco

14 July 2013
@scottb061081
Stag spotted in Monaco

15 July 2013 @Derek Maxwell Panoramic view of stags at Atwell-Wilson Show in the sun

15 July 2013
@Derek Maxwell
Panoramic view of stags at Atwell-Wilson Show in the sun

7 August 2013 @Derek_maxwell Crown inn bishops cannings run out

7 August 2013
@Derek_maxwell
Crown inn bishops cannings run out

11 August 2013 @Derek_maxwell Gorge’eous day at Cheddar, stunning!!

11 August 2013
@Derek_maxwell
Gorge’eous day at Cheddar, stunning!!

27 August 2013 @nickwheatley1 Bank Holiday but the river. Couldn’t be better…

27 August 2013
@nickwheatley1
Bank Holiday by the river. Couldn’t be better…

24 September 2013 @nickwheatley1 Late afternoon Pint me thinks!

24 September 2013
@nickwheatley1
Late afternoon Pint me thinks!

28 September 2013 @jhoggarth89 Photo shoot

28 September 2013
@jhoggarth89
Photo shoot

6 October 2013 @derek maxwell Carmine stag out in the forest, King Alfred’s Tower bathed in sunlight behind

6 October 2013
@derek_maxwell
Carmine stag out in the forest, King Alfred’s Tower bathed in sunlight behind

26 July 2013 @DrKenBMoody Triumph stag summer 1976

And lastly a memory of a summer past
26 July 2013
@DrKenBMoody
Triumph stag summer 1976

And not quite sure this is the sort of Stag we were looking for…

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@chrishope86
Stag at Burleigh house but no badge

Don’t Loose Your Head!!

Why oh why is it the small simple jobs turn into bigger jobs or as we like to call them, learning experiences!!! Well Saturday afternoon was our day for “we can just….” into an oh @$$&** moment.

We had changed our battery a couple of months ago, a lovely job that requires the power steering pump to be removed from the front of the head (all pipes can be left in place – just need to “balance” the pump between the strut and cam cover!!) to actually stand a chance of getting the battery out and the new one in. New one was slightly larger so a bit of a squeeze and cajole but in it went, and the pump was put back into place.

So all good I hear you say and yes it was, one slight irritation was that when the wheel was turned to full lock we did get a bit of a squeal from the belt so mental note to tighten when we had a spare 5 mins.

So the spare 5 mins arrived on Saturday afternoon, just slacken off the 3 bolts, pull the pump up to get a bit more tension on the belt and tighten up the bolts again – easy!!

Not quite, bolt number 2 (the one nicely hidden under the bracket) was tightening up ok until…… snap – and the socket was no longer gripping anything. The bolt head was on the floor under the car leaving the thread in the hole.

After a few choice words that shall not be mentioned, the pump was removed to assess the damage, the remains of the bolt was in the hole nice and flush with the surface of the surrounding head. So we looked at each other – how do we get that out!!???

So only 2 courses of action, one ring the very clever men in our club, who’s knowledge of all things Stag is way beyond ours (although we are learning – case in point now, this is a learning opportunity!!) and say HELP!! and two, google it – a couple of good videos out there about just such a problem.

So the Stag men have a few ideas of what we may have to do and what we are going to need to extract the offending object.

The simplest of all if it will work is using a left hand thread drill, or a special extracting tool – sometimes known as an “easy out”, this should twist the bolt counter clockwise and so it should come out. If it doesn’t want to shift then we will need to drill it out and re-thread the hole. As we currently do not have the correct tools for the job we are going to borrow some but its also a really good excuse to go shopping (thats when the girlie part comes out – except its tools for me not handbags or shoes!!!).

Sunday was spent getting more advice and picking up said tools, then it was time to put the advice into practice and remove that bolt!

So we started by making a small indent as close to the centre of the bolt, this was done using a centre punch and will give the pilot drill a place to start and grip.

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Center hole made

Next was drilling slowly and carefully a pilot hole in the centre, this will give the extraction tool a place to start and grip. Due to the lack of space a “normal” drill wouldn’t fit so we found this cool little attachment for the drill that lets you drill at right angles!!!

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Drilling pilot hole – cool drill attachment!

Once the pilot hole was done, we took the smallest extractor from the kit, we were advised not to use it in the drill but to use a manual holder and do the next bit by hand so we can feel if it is going to turn. The main reason for this is that if this breaks and stays in the bolt as they are made of very hard steel it will then be very difficult to drill out.

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Just starting..

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It’s working!

Almost there

So slowly and gently we twisted (anti-clockwise!!) and quite unexpectedly and much easier than we had thought the bolt started to turn and come out!!! Amazing – our first shearing and then extraction has gone better than we had hoped.

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Voila its out!

We may have lost our head but thanks to the knowledge of fellow members we extracted and our pump is now back in place.

till next time….

P.S Results of the shopping trip – except the drill had that already!

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PLEASE NOTE – these are NOT instructions on how to undertake this job just some pics and words of our experiences, always consult professionals when undertaking any repairs or restorations. (please refer to the disclaimer on our about page)

A Day at the races – well 3 days really – Silverstone Classic

It’s that time of year again when the thousands of classic race goers descend on the fantastic venue in the heart of Northamptonshire for a weekend of total indulgence in all things petrol!!

We (the club) were there for 3 days, providing tea’s coffees, bacon butties if you were there early enough (is before 10 really early!!) for most of the weekend a nice shade from the sun – although Saturday afternoon a welcome shelter from the impromptu storm and drenching!!

A good few stags turned out to enjoy the days racing and loads of other things to do that make this event a real “come whatever your age” few days. From the classic racing to the ferris wheel to survey the whole of Silverstone and beyond there was something for everyone and every age.

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Once you were on the ferris wheel you could then see the sheer size of the event and all the clubs and cars, including the SOC which was truly amazing. As you wandered the event you could not help but add some classic cars to your every increasing wish list.

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Just around saturday lunchtime we saw a magnificent fly past by two stunning world war 2 fighters to compliment the classic cars on the tarmac, it was the only time during the whole weekend that you weren’t looking at cars. Next door to the Stag Owners Club  was the range rover club, and behind us was the mercedes benz stand and the MG Owners club which unfortunately found their tent on abbey on sunday morning after a few mini tornadoes overnight.

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The classic racing was an absolute joy to behold and seeing old Porsches, GT40’s and corvettes flying round the silverstone circuit

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The only downside of the weekend was the sudden downpour on saturday evening resulting in a mad dash to the Stag Owners Club marquee to avoid the somewhat refreshing but very heavy downpour!

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An Evening with Fuzz Townshend

Classic car owners in general were given a real treat last evening (18th July) in the picturesque village of Hallaton in Leicestershire.

A few of us from that area decided to go along, some after a lovely day out around Rutland water, others later after they finished their lovely days in the office/workshop etc.

The event was a general get together of classics of all shapes, sizes and ages to enjoy some excellent food and drinks and meet, greet and otherwise grill the front man from Car SOS – Fuzz Townshend. The whole event was put on by Carole Nash so a special thank you to them for a really good do!

All lined up in the sun

All lined up in the sun

The Stags managed to get to park up together (cos they do look very classy when all lined up) in the first car park, that soon filled up and the remaining cars ranging from vintage Austin’s, MG’s, E-type, Mercedes, Aston Martin to a very nice Ford Cortina, filled the remaining spaces and then overflowed onto the fields adjoining.

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After the obligatory greetings and general chat it was time to get down the the serious part of the evening – the food!!! Well not quite the cars and having a chat with Fuzz was of course the highlight but have to say the grub was a bit special. We did sit close so got in quickly, well hard day at the office and some of us were starving!

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Lesley and I chatting to Fuzz

After a quick intro Fuzz spoke to the throng and then gave his whole evening over to mingling with the crowd; listening to our projects, problems, highlights of our classic ownership  and giving advice, help and most of all enthusiasm to all. I had gone up to talk to him and joined in with a young lad of 12 who was discussing his dream car and how he had only 5 years to go before he could start to drive. For us Stag owners it was that extra special to meet one of the crew from the show that got one Stag owners beloved car back on the road. Fuzz and his team took a Stag and converted it from manual to auto so the owner could again enjoy his car, the program was wonderful and showed that what is important is that the owner can enjoy his car and it doesn’t have to be perfect in every way (still not sure about that bonnet though!!)

All in all the evening was enjoyed by all, lots of stories shared and not all about cars, I for one was hugely jealous of a fellow Stag owner who’s partner had treated her to a Bon Jovi concert in Hyde Park where she was luck enough to be very close and admire the very yummy Jon!!! (yes now thats a complete give away of the writer !!) But I also got to chat in large quantities of my favourite thing, old cars and how one day I will have a 4 post lift or similar in my garage and lots of tools 🙂

Till next time……

See more of the pictures on our Flickr album