Today we reached an important milestone as the Herald passed its MOT (roadworthiness) test. This also marks the first time the car has been on the road in 7 years. All that remains is to iron out the minor issues we’ve discovered and make a few small changes to the car for the rally.
We had a bit of trouble finding someone who would repair the fuel tank properly. Several leaks were found, but it’s all repaired and tested now.
After what feels like an eternity of body work, painting and other time consuming (but important) jobs, we’re finally putting the car back together. The turning point came when we dropped the engine in.
The first stage of work on the body was to repair the windscreen frame, this had suffered badly on the drivers side and had been “repaired” with masking tape and painted over!
Before Christmas we started work on the roof, this continued on New Years Eve as planned…
There is some difficulty in rebuilding a gearbox produced 50 years ago, particularly one that is completely worn out. Most parts are no longer available, and those that are may be poor quality reproductions.
One big job we have known about since day one is the roof, we bought the car with the C pillars chopped off at half their height and some questionable replacement C pillars included.
A bit of a change for the blog, as this post isn’t about our car or trip. On October 18th 1958, a team from Standard-Triumph departed Cape Town. Their intention was to drive two pre-production Heralds (then known under the code-name “Zobo”) to Tangier.