Austin Electrics!

Well I haven’t lost my touch! We took the Austin out for a short run on Sunday. It was just to make sure everything was working as it should. The car hadn’t been out since September 2021, We are going to Charlottetown next Sunday for the Antique Car show at Superior Sanitation grounds. For a mile or so the car purred along fine, I was keeping an eye on the oil, temp and gas gauge. Suddenly the gauges all went to zero? I was fairly sure it was nothing serious. On the way back I noticed the signal lights not flashing. This is a common problem on many British cars from that era. The fuse block controls almost all the ancillary units, example,  horn, indicators, brake lights, gauges etc. Today I cleaned all the connections and checked the fuses, ten minute job, now everything is working fine, just a little electrical corrosion over the winter months. No big deal, although these days I find all jobs big and small, a big deal. However when I think back to my time in the auto trade I sometimes laugh. How many times have I see a car half stripped by someone because the horn or one of several other things aren’t working? Just a wiggle of a connection or fuse and voila! everything starts to work. The back yard mechanic stands back, a wee bit red faced and naturally, amazed at skills. 


God Bless and keep tinkering.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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