Column Bind

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the Herman front, because I’ve got to the stage now where obscure parts have to be sourced from obscure places.

Today, a set of steering column controls that I bought over the phone off some bloke down in ‘Zummer-zedd’ arrived - or, as Mazza described it in a text she sent me to work, announcing their delivery -“You have a starcel. It looks like a Viking drinking horn”.

I didnae have much time for wrestling wi Herman, by the time I got home from work - especially coz it’s early Kwondo at 7:00 on a Wednesday -but I got the steering wheel off again and removed the old switches.

Off with his steering wheel!
Off with his steering wheel!
The old switches
The old switches

When I tried to slot the new switches into place, they were catching on a bit of the steering lock casing that was sticking out [I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that the steering lock has been bust at some point in the past and repaired none too professionally with a giant jubilee clip -Sigh! Another thing to replace!]. Anyway, I couldnae get the steering lock casing to play nicely and sit properly; the cracked bit kept sticking out at the side, so I removed it completely and found out why: the steering column casing itself is bent - obviously as a result of the aforementioned sometime busting of the steering lock.

I tried squeezing the column casing in a vice in attempt to ‘persuade’ it to return to its former circularity, but it kept springing back into its dented shape when I undid the vice. Which kinda begs the question - “If it’s made of such springy steel, why the feck did it bend in the first place?”

Stubbornly distorted steering column casing
Stubbornly distorted steering column casing

Anyway, as I said, only a short time to play today so, faced with new switches which didnae quite want to fit on [I didnae want to force them lest I bust them] and a steering column casing that seemed made of elastic memory metal, I decided to call it a day.