This morning my Nissan Cherry Europe GTi was rudely awoken from its winter slumber and wheeled out into the rain for a trip to the testing station. Normally, I refrain from taking it out in the rain if I can help it but the MOT test was already booked so I didn’t have a lot of choice. I have had its fruity little Alfa boxer engine running at least once a month over the winter but this was its first time out on the road since September last year. It’s good to have it back on the road as it’s a fun car to hustle along on twisty back lanes, even in the wet.
It has covered a little over 2000 miles since last years MOT test so I figured there would be no problems, although it has developed an issue with the column switch for the lights… the side light circuit has failed completely. I remedied this for the test by running in some connections to bypass it for now but it’s going to need a new one. Sadly the one from my spares car is also faulty and having tried to repair that one, I know that dismantling it and effecting any kind of worthwhile repair is a no-go. I’ve seen a new one for sale in Italy for less than 60 euros so I’ll probably go for that.
With the lighting problem cured for now, it flew though its test so it’s now good to go for another twelve months, but it really needs a proper tune up as the dual choke Dellorto carbs are now severely out of balance, evidenced by a very lumpy idle. I’ll need to buy a vacuum balancer of some sort to be able to do this myself but it looks like a fairly straightforward procedure. I think the type used to tune motorcycle engines with four carbs would work OK.
Anyway, for now it has gone back it the garage to dry out as it won’t be getting its road tax paid until the start of April, after which I can start to enjoy it again. Roll on summer!