I thought I’d let you know that the rally was a great success, in that we made it to the finish at Gleneagles (600 miles) and back to London (475 miles) without mechanical issues. In fact, we were the only one of the three 2-Litres not to need any assistance. We really thrashed the car over rough, steep and narrow roads, in weather that included rain, sleet, and snow, always in cold conditions (5-8 degrees). In climbing one particularly tough hill and in crawling around London for two hours in heavy traffic the temperature reached about 120 degrees, but, as the Evans coolant does not boil, we could keep going.
Igor was especially impressed with the engine, which pulled strongly in second and third, particularly, started easily, and ran smoothly. Even the clutch held out, not needing lubricating for the whole distance. The brakes never gave cause for concern. We were not too happy with the steering, which tended to wander uncomfortably on some roads – particularly crowned roads. I might change the worm and peg for a new one and install Land Rover knuckles. The oversize tyres may be partly to blame.
I must thank you – especially Charles – for your role in preparing the car to complete this tough journey without incident.