Matilda is all mine...
Thanks for the nice comments, she's a really nice car.
The intention is to have her as my main car, Bumble the Freelander will have to go. I just don't do the mileage to justify keeping him, less than 5000 miles a year. Alfie will continue to be my project car.
When I first saw her she had been sitting in ESM's yard for about 3 months having been collected them a family who asked them to sell it them. I had visited ESM to look at another one that had a long list of mods and upgrades including Newton Commercial seats, disc brakes, front & rear shocks etc. The thing was I didn't find the seats right for me and the body looked like it would need a full restro within a year or so. The wood also had some small repairs that looked less than right.
I asked to see other Travellers they had and in passing I was told about Matilda. What I saw was an unprepared car that needed some TLC. I couldn't believe how comfy the seats were and the wood looked in very good order. That may have been because the last owner was a carpenter and had made his own replacement parts. All in all she looked a very honest car.
I agreed terms with Steve at ESM and a month of TLC was poured onto her by the guys down there. Much of what they did could have been brushed over or left for me to find in a years time. They did a great job.
Here's a photo I took when I gave it a test drive into Burwash last week:
One mod that was done to her by a previous owner was to lower the rear boot well by about 2". When it stops raining here I'll show some photos but it gives a little more room. The spare wheel still fits under but is accessed via a raising floor. Another mod, which I will change, is a pair of trailer brake lights fitted in the rear window. I like the idea of a raised set but these elluminate the whole inside when I brake!
Having known this when I first saw it I had planned to replace them with LED lights. I chuckled when I saw the same thing done on here afterwards. This I will do once I design a non reflective housing for them.
It was after my test drive last week I realised the rear windows would need doing. Whilst they did that I asked them to fit the alternator I had for it and the banjo wheel I had acquired from Cliff.
As for the tow bar, that's for towing my trailer tent to Pateley Bridge...