Eventually I get out of bed. I knew I wouldn’t be there by 10am. But what the hell. I get a cup of tea and blow up the tyre once more.
A short while later I’m at the HiQ center of Tyres.
I’m greeted and my keys disappear.
My money is whisked away from me for
Some of these.
Efficiency grip performance.
A while later a man comes through the door and says there has been a mistake and that only one of the tyres that has come is the right size. I say not a problem as long as you have done the wheel with the puncture in. Which is that then they say. Er the one with the large screw in it? Soon enough the tyres are taken off and put back on correctly. Another is ordered to be fitted another day.
I nip into the St. Giles center, there is nothing in there to “upgrade” to.
I go home get the tools and then head over to my parents, where the new master cylinder is. Exciting I know. The thing is, for this car there are two different types. This one and another. And when I get the one off that is on the car, I know which it will be.
I read the two manuals which cover the same thing in in two completely different ways.
Out come the tools
And I get my head under the bonnet.
So we need to get to the master cylinder. It is hidden here under the brake fluid reservoir. So we need to get that off.
The Vacuum hose is removed, and the fluid level switch.
Followed by removing the fluid rom the reservoir by sucking it out of those two some holes.
Next the location pin is unscrewed.
And while it is tight on the rubber seals it comes out.
And here is the master cylinder.
From here it looks right. But it is the part on the left that may be different.
Next we undo the two braking circuit hydraulic lines.
And the other one.
Now the books go a bit vague here. In two different ways, and I can’t see why you would want to loosen these two large bolts off but it says loosen them.
And the other is loose.
Now remove the pins from the centre of them. This one is easy.
Finding a tool that will fit this one isn’t as easy.
I find out some alternatives.
Ah this one gets in and allows me to turn it as it is tight.
I remove the two large nuts completely to find that there isn’t quiet enough room to remove the master cylinder along. That is why the book is vaguely saying remove the servo as well. That I don’t want to do. But it looks like you have to at least move it out of positon.
A while later and the old one is removed. We can now compare them and throw our toys out of the pram as the new one is the wrong one of the two. A would comes to mind. BOLLOCKS.
A replacement is ordered and the work tidied up.
I pick away, disgruntled about having not completed the job.
To de-stress I whiten up the logo on the new tyre.
erm lovely rubber.
I then wash my MX5 and
Also the Skoda. I look at the time, I’d better get home.
Back at home I get Arrive Bus up on the web. I’ve never caught the bus to Penkridge, is it an option. Yes it is. Looks like I need bus 75A. Not 74A which goes to Stafford first! So there is a bus 10 past the hour.
And can I get back? Oh my god I can! A bus every hour at one minute past. Wow that is great. I call Les and tell him that I’m leaving the house immediately to get the ten past five bus.
And so I head off towards the town center.
And the bus station. Now where will I find the 75 bus stop.
Well if I wander around long enough, I will find a big board with some writing on.
All I have to do now is wait.
Once I am on,we are off.
And can you believe it, the price was just £2!
As the bus actually goes past Les’s house he got on it. And so we got to the center together.
Our destination was the Littleton Arms.
It had been a while since I had been here. And yes, its just as nice as it has always been.
And so is the beer. Eventually my brother joins us.
After a few pints, Les visits Sainsbury's, while myself and my brother go to the Chippy for tea. After that its to the Market…
Where the crowds are forming and the bonfire has been lit. Yes I know its not bonfire night. But hey I want some company.
And so here we are on a cold night looking at
Yay the fireworks start.
And they are nice.
And enjoyable to watch.
We are keeping the cold away in another way.
The warmth of friendship.
And the crowds have come out to play.
I guess though that is because it is Saturday night and not Bonfire Night.
There seams to be some communications between the Marshalls.
They seem to agree and
the barrier is moved towards the bonfire.
argghhh now feel the warmth.
It was lovely.
Man, fire and well two fire extinguishers.
Probably not enough in reality.
We leave as the bonfire falls to ashes. We head to the Horse and Jockey.
Apart from the fire alarm actually being on, and everyone ignoring it, this place is full.
It is full as a band is about to start playing.
And the lead singer is giving it his most.
The guitar playing though was
Les though was upset by the beer and wanted to check out The Star.
As it happens this was a dream. Like the White Heart, The Star was also closed. And so it was back to the Littleton Arms.
While there were other pubs, none were as close to the bus stop as this place for wither my brother or me.
And so we relaxed in here like old times.
Eventually though it was time to check out that last bus.
Yep this is the stop to get it at.
But a slightly different route home, which
has the bonus of dropping me off opposite the leisure center and so closer to home!This works out well. Could go for a drink in Penk more often, yeah! That is if I don’t have to keep buying tyres.