I got my '63 Triumph Herald out of the shop yesterday. A few weeks ago I lost reverse gear. Rick suggested it might just be worn bushings in the shifter – and so it was. The front brakes needed work. The rotors were wearing thin, and the calipers had to be rebuilt. Now I have reverse gear and brakes. And it runs like a sewing machine! People always look when I drive by; even little kids whom I would have thought would have no clue about classic cars. It’s a fun ride.
I bought the car because it was fairly cheap, and because my MGB is taking forever to get restored. I was jonzin’ for a British convertible! The plan was to drive it until the MG was finished, and then sell the Herald. It’s grown on me though. Maybe I should keep it? Sure would look nice with a fresh coat of paint!
On the other hand, the flying itch is particularly strong this year. If I sold the Herald, it would be that much more I could put toward a little airplane. $5,000 for the Herald, $4,000 for the boat, $10,000 for most of my gun collection, who-knows-how-much more for who-knows-what-else I have in this house that I can do without… It adds up. An old Cessna 172 would be an even better ride! And I recently saw a Quickie Q-200 on offer at $21,000…
The MGB, my motorcycles, my books and DVDs, a house… and a flying machine. What more do I need?