Posted by: Mike Clark
Stuart find another garage. My local garage are perfectly happy to test the Stanley and do a very thorough job. I am glad to get a second pair of eyes looking over it in case I have missed something. They insist that it should be fired up and running when presented. I make sure that the boiler pressure is down to 300psi and turn off the pilot and the mechanic understands the risk which is confined to that of putting his hand on something hot. Nothing drips on him!
I can't agree with your comment about poor maintenance of vintage cars - obviously there are a few delinquents but I would say that most of us who run these things look after them and in many cases know the condition of every nut and bolt.
The MOT is chore but as you said its is a small price to pay for being clearly legal.