Libby goes to a Car show

As alluded to in my most recent post, Libby was invited to a car show at a local car restoration place (Treasured Motor Car Services in Resisterstown, MD). Actually, this is the place that did the re-spray into green, so I guess they wanted to showcase their work. They do great service for a fair price. Not the cheapest, but the work is excellent and at a fair price. TMS was originally started by a transplant from the UK, who was working for the North American Division of Lucas, and today is run by his daughter Allison. It’s always a pleasure to stop by and see what is going on and you’re always made welcome.

Anyhow, this is the first time I’ve ever done this, so off we went on Sunday morning. By luck, I was placed next to a 1951 Series 1 originally from New Zealand. Since Libby is a late model (1981) series 3, between us we were basically book-ending Series Land Rover production.

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Ironically, I think Libby looked a little too smart and clean when compared to the faded S1! I think I need to run her across some fields or through some puddles for the authentic faded and used Land Rover look! Mind you, she had a faint whiff of horse dung, as I’d used her to collect about 15 bags of manure from the barn on the previous day for use on the flower beds, so she was still able to show she was a working vehicle. Anyhow, we got some very interested people taking a look and wanting to examine her. Plenty of people asked to sit in her with the wheel on the “Wrong” side, which I was happy to oblige. One specialist Land Rover Restorer from PA was very complimentary and we had a good discussion about people who buy one of these vehicles when they shouldn’t!

Anyhow, without any further blather, the pictures below give a selection of the vehicles on show. A fun morning was had by all!

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This fully restored American Austin Bantam was for sale. It uses the same chassis as an Austin 7, but was built for the US market by Austin’s US licencee.

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Jag (?) on the left, DeLorean on the right

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Three Triumphs’s (I think).

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A Riley in immaculate condition. Apparently it’s horrible to drive though. That said, I’m sure that once you’ve driven a diesel powered LWB Land Rover, it’s not that hard!

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North American Spec Defender 90 – good condition. Also for sale – no, I didn’t enquire!

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Another NAS D90, but this one has obviously been worked on to modify the front to mimic that on current Defender production.

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Jaguar XK150 – again for sale for a mere $100,000 (or best offer) by owner!

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Alison’s daily run around – a 1954 RHD Wolsley.

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Inside, it was E-Type Alley. What I like about this facility is how CLEAN and tidy it is. It looks like this on a normal working day, unlike many garages I’ve been to.

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Tucked in the back was this! I had a long chat with the owner, and the discussion came round to his difficulty in getting parts for the engine. He didn’t realize that it was essentially the same 2.25L NA diesel engine as used in Series Land Rover’s and so there is a ready source of spares available. It was nice to be able to help out.

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Amazing, a D-reg mini is now considered to be historic! I must be getting old!

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Libby with the ’51 S1 86 inch. Mine looks too clean!

And finally, this rolled up and stole the show.

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A Daimler ferret scout car from the early ’50’s. This interested me as my Grandfather served in armored patrol cars in the desert during WWII, and this was a slightly more modern version. The guy who owned it also has a scorpion light tank that is road legal (fitted with rubber treads)!

A great morning and I will be doing this again.

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It’s been a while.

Sorry, it’s been a while since I wrote. But life hasn’t stopped. indeed, quite the contrary, which is why nothing has been written for a while.

Anyhow, spring finally seems to have appeared. It was cold this winter and we had quite a lot of snow, which made me feel OK about buying a second hand snow thrower last summer. What used to take 5-6 hours to clear can now be done in less then an hour. More to the matter, my back thanks me! Now the plants have started to wake up again, the grass is growing and I’ve had to start mowing it, and the hay-fever has arrived. That said, it was still chilly in the evenings over the past week and and i’ve still had the fire lit in the evenings. The added advantage of this is the cats slumber in front of it rather than occupying the bed at night…..

Libby is back on the road and running again. I take her off the road when they start salting the roads, due to the ridiculous amount of salt they put down at the first hint of snowflakes. Sometimes the salt layer is almost 1/2″ thick. We don’t get THAT much snow here in MD, this is NOT Canada! So, although Libby isn’t particularly mollycoddled and is used for purpose, I do take her off the road during salt season, as I would like her to outlive me and not get corroded out within a couple of years. Winter is used for all those maintenance issues. Last year I changed the front door tops for Rocky Mountain ones and replaced all the rusted out sliding window seals in both the middle doors and rear windows with RM ones. I will post on this at some point in the future, but have to find the pictures first!

Over the winter, I’ve also turned my hand to small engine repair and have repaired the engines for both the large lawn mower that died last year, and for the pressure washer. I’m not really a mechanic and what experience I have is with diesel engines, so small petrol powered engines is a new experience. But it is always good to teach oneself something new. Posts and pictures to follow.

We are making progress with Canyon. We haven’t been able to get a lot of riding in over the winter, due to the weather, but have done a lot of ground work with him and he is far calmer than before. Yesterday, I took him for a walk in the woods and he was a as good as gold. 3 months ago, he would probably have been up a tree in fright!

I am still working on a model for a client. It has turned out to be a very challenging build, but we are getting there. Details to be posted in the appropriate section. I have a commission for a client to build an O-gauge model for him, which will be exciting.

Finally, Libby was invited to a car show yesterday and attracted a lot of positive comments. By sheer co-incidence, she was placed next to a ’51 Series 1 (originally from NZ). Since Libby is an ’81 series 3, close to the end of S3 production, we had an Alpha and Omega situation of Series Land Rovers. More details and pictures to follow, but here is a taster.

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I noticed that it was for sale, but didn’t dare inquire about the asking price – that would be the thin end of the wedge and already have a 110 to restore. Besides, I think that Diane would kill me!

There were a couple of other interesting items there, including two NAS spec D90’s. Again more pictures of the event and the items present when i get a moment.

Cheers for now