OYS sailed through her MOT again yesterday, perhaps unsurprisingly as she has only covered a handful of miles since the last one. I nearly missed the time slot though as just before i was due to set off to the MOT centre I decided to put a bit of air in one of the back tyres that was looking a bit low. I dug out a footpump my son uses for his bike tyres, attached it only to find the thing jammed as soon as I put my foot on it and then watched in horror as all the remaining air escaped before I even had time to unhook it from the tyre valve. The thing was clearly badly knackered as was I by the time I'd run up the road to borrow a better footpump and hurried to then pump up what was now a completely flat tyre. Thankfully the drama ended there as the MOT tester was not only fine about me being a bit late he even tightened up an exhaust clamp free of charge which he'd listed the year before as the only advisory. He then showed me the South African Mk3 Cortina in the corner of the workshop that he'd just had imported as a project. I thought it was a Taunus at first as it had a foreign number plate but soon realised it had the steering wheel on the proper side and the usual Mk 3 coke bottle sides. It was a very unusual mustard yellow colour that Ive not seen on an UK Ford of that era, had a Essex v6 A & a different style rear axle that was apparently standard spec in SA and was otherwise standard except for taller after market springs that made it sit very high and oversized wheels with an offset that didnt so much fill the arches as stick out from them. He'd taken the engine out to start a rebuild, was going to replace the old gearbox with a 5 speed Type 9 and was about to bolt the body on a rotisserie and start a bare metal rebuild. I think it should be a rewarding project as aside from faded paintwork it had fared very well with no sign of rust.