I give a talk on motoring life in the 30s and my experiences of living with and maintaining, Mildred, our 1933 Austin Seven Box Saloon.
We bought her in July 2007. She has had 5 previous owners. Her last home, of 11 years, was a barn with 40 assorted cars, where she was seldom let out into the fresh air.
We drive around 700 miles a year in Mildred, which, at a cruising speed of 30mph, with only string brakes to stop you, a hair trigger clutch, and steering that is less than precise, is enough…
Whilst we have many pictures of enjoyable drives out and visits with the Essex Austin Seven Club and beyond (which form a part of the talk I give), I did have to recognise that, when any of us reach the age of 80, a few ‘leaks’ and ‘breakages’ have to be expected, so there are also a few pictures below from some of Mildred’s ‘surgery’.
And finally, I borrowed a thermal imaging camera to check the efficiency of Mildred’s cooling system. She has no water pump: it all works on thermal cycling. But, it did reveal a dangerously overheating rear wheel hub caused by a broken brake pivot, which I was then able to fix before it became dangerous.