Date: 2018-02-17 14:35
Where do I start, A few years ago I started to plan my retirement and how I could occupy my time bearing in mind I love my job and the people I work with, Now some of you may say I could stay at home and help Pam with the housework, hoovering, ironing and a whole list of other tasks not forgetting the garden. Why should I take away from Pam the work she enjoys?
More interestingly a few years ago I noticed a MG TD for sale all in pieces ready for restoration. The owner had restored a TC and purchased the car as his next project. Due to his work he found he had no time to start this task and so advertised it for sale in the Octagon magazine. The previous owner to him purchased it with the same idea but for reasons unknown decided to sell off individual parts before he sold what was left to my predecessor. Lucky enough there was still approximately 85% when I purchased it. Now my 65th came and went and although I lost a day’s work I am still there. Now here comes the interesting part.
Students of Haylands Farm are now to undertake a new and challenging project.
Following years of egg production, *censored* care, growing of plants both flowers and vegetables, and most recently the woodwork department which builds items for sale to the public and made to order goods they are now putting their hand to car restoration. They have recently been commissioned to restore an MG TD from scratch. Their first task was to clean and tidy up the workshop, but before this could start risk assessments had to be drawn up. The walls have been painted white and the floor has undergone a paint job.
The chassis was sent for sand blasting to Solent blasting which has recently been returned all painted and ready for parts to be bolted on. A deadline has been set and the client will be watching the quality of their work very closely as any faults will result in loss of tea breaks and a reduction of lunch time cakes (Made by Pam) Individual club member may be asked to help along the way, they will be reimbursed for their time and out of pocket expenses. We will submit an update to the club magazine and members are welcome to visit the team and watch them work from the viewing area, health and safety again. The first task is to build the Ash frame to which we will attach the metal body parts. We are planning to have this completed within three months. Within that same time period the front suspension, brakes and steering components will be completed and bolted on the chassis. All this will depend upon the number of tea breaks taken each day.