Two Old Timers Call In For Annual MOT Testing.
As I have said before, that this is a great time to be involved in the auto trade. As the owner of a successful auto centre, we take every day as it comes. Take yesterday this time last year(19thFeb 2014) for
instance. Apart from the work that we have booked in for that day, we had a run of cars that were all affected by “pothole” damage.
The first car was a Ford Fiesta that suffered from a broken coil spring, the second was a Vauxhall Corsa, with a broken coil spring that had also penetrated the front tyre, and the third was a VW Sirocco that hit a pothole and bent his steering arm. We fitted the cars in between the car services that were already booked in and the customers went home at the end of the day, “happy bunnies”.
After lunch, we had another bit of excitement for me. Unbeknownst to me, we had two old cars booked in for their Annual MOT Testing. The first car was a regular for us, it was a Rolls Royce tourer, 5.6-litre engine and built in 1936. The car passed the test, apart from a Brake switch light, which we repaired on site. The company who own the vehicle always give their car a pre-mot test before it is brought into us but the brake light switch must have been overlooked.
The second car that turned up was a black A35 Austin saloon, that was made in 1958 (I was ten years old then). The car was owned by the great, great Aunt of the woman who now owns the car. The Aunt passed the car onto her niece who later died, and the car was then passed onto her niece, who is the current owner. The car was last serviced in 1990 and had only done 2000 miles, (it was then used to tootle around town in). The car has a 948 cc engine
with drums on the front brakes a rod braking at the rear.
The car was then mothballed for the last ten in a barn, and the latest in a line of nieces decided to bring it out. She asked for the service of a local mechanic, who looked at the car to assess its condition. The car only required a new battery and started up the first time. The brakes needed some work doing and then he handed the car over to us for its mot test. The brakes were sorted from an old MG Midget, but the engine was in immaculate condition and had only done 6000 miles.
Passed mot test with flying colours
The old Austin had a new 063 Lucas battery fitted and passed the mot test in tip top condition apart from some very slight corrosion and will see driving up and down the street of Halifax here in West Yorkshire UK this summer. I just love these cars with a bit of history and a story behind them. The A35 was also fitted with cross ply tyres to the front and radials to the back.
Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a MOT Testing company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.