Remember the story of Jack and the beanstalk and in particular the part where his mother, in a fit of disgust at her sons apparent gullibility, scatters the magic beans on the ground and next morning an enormous beanstalk has grown? Well something similar appears to have occurred in my garden overnight but instead of a handy giant beanstalk, my garden sprouted Land Rover panels …… banana yellow, Land Rover panels to be precise.
In all honesty, Land Rover panels aren’t that unusual a sight in our garden and we still have Annies’ hardtop helping block a gap in the hedge (it’s also providing a comfy nest site for a hedgehog) with a pile of wheels and tyres in front of it, helping to keep it upright and stable during windy weather. We actually put these onto Bonnie yesterday, as the set she came with were worn out and the wheels were too badly dented and rusted to reuse. Mud brought the stored wheels out one by one and was startle to find the remnants of an ants nest in the bottom one – nature is pretty good at utilising whatever happens to be to hand.
Bonnies’ wheels have been temporarily stored where the old ones were but Mud intends to take them to a local tyre fitter in the next few weeks, to have the tyres removed and disposed of and then the rusty old wheels will go to for scrap. Well actually they’ll go into a trailer load of scrap which is in a local village, the contents of which (when it’s full) are sold, under license, to a local scrapyard and the money raised goes to the church.
But back to the body panels currently littering my lawn and patio area. A closer inspection of the panels has shown that they have all been painted in the same layers of paint which suggests that what we actually have, is a complete set of Bonnies original body panels! This is a massive bonus and Mud is more determined than ever to salvage as many of the panels as he can, using his trusty mallet and a block of wood to straighten out the worst of the dints.
We’re still debating the colour we want for her but I’ve set my heart on a lightish green. Mud would prefer Bronze green but I’m not keen, as it puts me in mind of the horrible colour my uniform was when I was at secondary school, several hundred millennia ago and I really don’t want to be driving around in it. We’ve studied the paint charts and Mud is going to get a tester pot of Reseda green (RAL code 6011 for those of you who are interested in these things) to try on one of Bonnies panels, as this is supposed to be a match to Land Rover Atlantic green which is a Heritage colour. Yesterday he went to Halfords and came back with a can of Ford Highland Green (1977-1979) which he then sprayed, over grey primer, onto one of her doors. It was a little lighter than we thought it would be but the Reseda looks to be a touch darker and so we’ll give that a try.
Mind you, that said, he’s going to have to get the existing paint layers off the panels first and, if the bonnet and door are anything to go by, that will take some doing, as neither 4 coats of Nitromors nor 20 minutes with the electric sander, made much of an impression on the yellow top coat. I suspect Muds’ patience is going to be spread pretty thin and it won’t be long before he’s cursing all things land Rover once again ….. normal service, as they say, has been resumed.