This morning I had a go at adding a few of the bits and pieces onto Neddy that I had brough back from home. I can’t say it was a huge success, as there were some things that I discovered are a little out of my reach at the moment. Still, I’ve made some progress, which is quite exciting! I’ve put a new headlamp ring on, to replace the rusty one that the car came with. I also tried to put in the funky blue headlight bulbs that I got for Christmas, but I discovered that I haven’t got the right sort of headlamp assembly. Mine are complete units, so if a bulb goes I’d need to replace the whole headlamp rather than just the bulb, which is a bit of a pain. I was planning on getting new headlamps though anyway, so hopefully when I get some nice crystal headlamps I’ll have the option of putting my blue bulbs in.
Next came the CD player that Dad had lying around in his garage. I wasn’t actually thinking of installing that properly until I invest in a nice dashboard, at which point the unit would be moved from the passenger side to the center of the dash. But I did have a look at how to install it, and looked at my existing unit to see if it would be possible to just swap one for the other. However, Rover have been security conscious and have made it rather difficult to get the stereo out, which I guess makes sense, but isn’t all that convenient! It doesn’t use screws to hold it in place, it almost looks as if it’s been rivetted in, so I guess that will have to wait until the dashboard goes in after all.
I have also got some nice chrome windscreen wipers from Lulu (our old Mini), which I popped on. They look very nice! There are some more bits left to go on, like the washer jets and the bezels and stuff, but for now it should be enough to make the car look a little more sparkly! I also had a look at the wing mirrors, for which I have chrome replacements too, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be an easy job either, as the holes are in the wrong place. Another job for later then! Finally, I installed an air freshener. Not entirely sure if “install” is the right word for an air freshener… Anyway, it’s in now, and smells very nice indeed. I’m not sure how long it’ll stay put though – it’s designed for modern cars with air vents in the middle of the dash, but I’ve only got little air vents at the sides, which aren’t really made for having air fresheners clipped onto them. Still, it’s on now, though it may well slip off on a regular basis… we shall see.