The MOT season is upon me – the two older vehicles have summer tests, which means there are some little (and not so little) jobs to do.
The M.G. will fail this year without a rear number plate change. It doesn’t have silly character spacing. Nor does it use an incorrect font. However, it does have a faint honey comb pattern on the background (right) which VOSA doesn’t like any more. It was legal when I bought the plate fifteen years ago after I’d completed the rebuild and I find this petty retrospective legislation, when (literally) as cosmetic as this, very frustrating.
I still have the pressed aluminium plate from 1978 and, with a little tidying, it feels right to return this to the car. Unfortunately, it is already drilled and the holes clash with the mounts on the stainless steel back plate; like most “small” jobs it’s never that straightforward.
A permanent black marker is ideal for tidying the edges of the characters. Examined closely, the vertices are not actually that sharp anyway and can actually be improved by a careful hand. This close up (left) shows the detail on the left digit neatened and the right with worn edges still to do.
Time for a beer rather than think any further about the failing rear springs on the Landie – definitely not a Sunday afternoon job.Tweet