^ I believe so. Haven't dared try the starting handle yet.
Did a 150 mile rally in Scotland yesterday, never missed a beat. Absolutely amazing drive, it just chugs along in third gear all day without complaining. I'm so impressed and pleased with my purchase now, looking forward to a three day rally in Oxfordshire next weekend.
Only hiccup was while putting the hood up the day before, I discovered the central hoop had failed and was completely dry rotted. Unfortunately this places the hood out of action, so I did get a bit wet yesterday... Going to try steaming some ash to bend a new hoop in the future. That's a skill I didn't expect to learn!
Oh, and also one of the wheels split a few weeks ago. Not the wooden element, the actual metal outer rim. Was quite thin and rotten where it went - I suspect it had been standing in the wet for a few years and developed pretty bad rust. Have had it welded up since then, and now seems to be fine.
VSCC Welsh trial at the weekend, which my Austin isn't eligible for. I've never trialled a LWB car before, and competing against the big cars was a different experience. It certainly requires a different skillset and more input from the bouncing crew that in the Austin. Still I enjoyed myself and the car didn't fair as badly as expected (i.e. I wasn't stone dead last). Even better - nothing broke! Unfortunately there's no video from this one as the GoPro unceremoniously detached from the car after the first hill.
Just in the long process of cleaning the thing now...
Just looking back above, I had nearly completely forgotten I had trialled the thing! It's cleaned up so well since then.
Last weekend I took part in MG Cumbria's Christmas Cracker Run in the Chrysler. 70 odd miles in the Lake District following tulip diagrams. We took in some of the areas best roads, including three mountain passes with inclines & descents over 15%. I also decorated the car as there was an award for the best turned out vehicle keeping to the Christmas theme.
It was -5c, and the roads hadn't been gritted because they were technically closed. Let's just say that it got very squeaky bum during some of the descents. The hydraulic brakes lock the wheels too easily on ice, so I chucked it in first and used the transmission brake* to retard the descent a bit. It did work, but I felt on edge.
*It doesn't have a conventional handbrake, only a transmission brake which acts on a drum on the front of the propshaft.
Still made for some bonny pictures:
I've also been using it around town to get the shopping in etc. It's such a lovely thing to drive, I can't help myself.
I've changed the rear lights for two pairs of Ford Model A items. While it was a shame to remove the Chrysler lights, switching to Model A ones allows for an integrated indicator, and gives brighter lenses than the Chrysler ones which were very difficult to see, even with LED bulbs behind the glass. I think it's an improvement! I've got stainless trims coming for the Model A lights as the rear does look a little dark without them, and then they will better mimic the original Chrysler lights. Plus it does mean the number plate is actually visible now I've binned the awful indicator bracket.