New Year Regulation

Since making a tentative start at this blog last year, I think the new year will be the excuse I need to try again. A couple of times since the last entries in November I have looked at this site, and thought about writing something else, but been unsure where to start. However, I realise that, if anyone is to be tempted to read this, I think I need to do exactly what I first wrote a the top of the page – I need to regale you with tales of the fun to be had with a 1969 Bristol 410.

So here goes – over Christmas the regulator packed up. Driving home I noticed the ammeter indicating an overcharge, so turned the lights and fans on to draw some of the power and made it the last few miles home fine. It’s happened before, but that time I did not know really what to look for and finished up with a boiled battery on the point of explosion in a car park in York, 200 miles from home, in the middle of the night. Sadly the RAC do not carry the required VR101 voltage regulators, so kindly took me all the way back to Wiltshire. This time no such drama – I got home, bodged the recalcitrant regulator using solder and brute force with a screwdriver used as a jemmy, and it kept me going until I could get a new one this week, courtesy of Spencer Lane-Jones’ workshop in Warminster. He and his boys also came up trumps and rewired the headlights in 20 minutes flat after one packed up as I backed out of the workshop…

Tales of things breaking were not quite the start I had hoped for these tales, I must admit. I’d envisaged a diary of sunshine-dappled drives, where the car worked perfectly, along wonderful roads with no traffic jams and I arrive with everything shipshape and Bristol fashion. Let’s see how the year progresses…

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