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  1. First a confession, I haven't wielded a spanner in anger in about 15 years, ever since cars got so complicated that I had no option but to pay someone else to service and repair them. Therefore buying a 1968 Herald 1200 represented a leap of faith for both me and my long suffering wife, however we both love classics, having owned a Beetle (proper rear engined and air cooled), a 1966 Herald 1200, and a Mini, again a proper Mini not the BMW pastiche. So here is my car, purchased in July from a dealer in Aylesbury. Rust in all the usual places on the body shell, ie around the front wheel arches, lower doors and lower rear wings, however the underside is solid and doesn't need welding from what I can see so far. Under the bonnet there is some rot in the bulkhead around the heater plenum chamber. That's the worst of it. The other side is much better. The rest of the under bonnet area is as tatty as you would expect from an unrestored 48 year old car. Not sure if the gold cam cover denotes a replacement engine. Need to uncover the engine number under all that grime. I'm currently striping the horrible black paint off that a previous owner saw fit to daub on the bulkhead. Not sure about the battery set up. The car has been converted to + earth and an alternator fitted, however, the battery terminals are very close to the battery retaining clamp and I've managed to short it out a few times when tightening up the battery connection. I think I will have turn the battery around and fit longer + & - leads to keep everything safe and isolated. And finally a pic of the interior. Carpets have been removed as they were faded and stinky, which has revealed a remarkable sound floor area. The dash is a bit of a state and requires sanding and refinishing. Some of the switches don't work, or are loose, so I can see me sorting that out over the winter. I've already fitted new HT leads, distributor cap and rotor arm, all of which have improved performance noticeably. I'll post more updates as I undertake more jobs on the car. Karl
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