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Since our mad dash to get the Davrian ready for (the aborted) Blyth show, this month has been mainly about "running in" and snagging.  We've had the car out and about, on longer and longer runs, and so far, so good, although I'd quite forgotten how hard you have to push to make four drum brakes (without servo assist) stop a moving vehicle.


2023 July -Davrian update

I've been remiss in posting progress to the blog, but that doesn't mean we've been idle.  We had set ourselves a goal of taking the Davrian to the Classic Car and Bike Show at Blyth this year and we'd have made it had the atrocious weather not made us abandon plans to go to the show.

Davrian Dash Update

I can't believe it's been a fortnight since I last gave an update.

Anyway, the dashboard shell is all trimmed up and ready to be reinstalled in the car.  There's a photo below, but as I painted the bare shell black (hoping it would mask any mistakes in the trimming) and I've used black vinyl for trimming, you'll be hard pushed to spot the difference since last time.  

2023 Q2 Davrian Update

I know it seems unlikely but we've actually begun work bringing the Davrian back into use.

The last job we did was to strip out virtually every piece of wire we could find from front to back. Having got fed up of chasing electrical faults all round the car, we've bitten the bullet and decided to install a completely new loom

2023 Q1 Robin Hood Update

After an embarrassingly long wait, the Robin Hood cockpit has finally had some attention. 

A new GPS speedometer has replaced the old unreliable mechanical one, and a new Tachometer replaces the old disfunctional one.

Potential Paint Colour?

Not really an improvement to our cars but we saw this while on holiday and wondered if we should consider this as a paint colour for the Davrian.


Davrian - We are not alone

Well.  It's a rare treat to see another Davrian at a motor show, but we were completely non-plussed to pass one on the road.

Having spent the day repairing (or not) the fuel gauge/sender on the Robin Hood (more of that in a separate blog) we spruced ourselves up (as far as we can) and headed off to Romanby Jazz and Swing Club in Northallerton to be entertained by one of the bands we follow - the Swing Commanders

2022 Season Opener


Nothing really changed. 

However, the Robin Hood is out of storage and taxed for 2022 and we're now preparing for an iminent MOT.

Looking forward to 2022 and some tinkering...


Davrian - Patient Breathes Again

Well, apologies for the delay - I seem to have created an entry and then not published it.  Oh well you'll get two updates for the price of one!

The picture shows the new engine mated to the gearbox but without all the ancilliary services reconnected.

Thanks to Nigel Heighton for giving up his time to help reconnect all the fluid lines before Brian returned to complete the electrickery.

Davrian - Engine Out

Big thanks to Brian Brown and Alan Dawson who gave up their Bank Holiday Monday evening to get down and dirty in Blyth.

The old engine is out of the car,  and all of the ancilliaries transferred to the new (old) engine which has been offered up and temporarily mated to the gearbox.

Bad light then stopped play but we'll return with a further update soon.



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