No real rush on anything to be honest, not beyond being determined to get to more than two car shows this year so wanting to start planning some out.
At least hill climbing isn't a massive issue for local runs here as things are relatively flat.
Unless I suddenly become an order of magnitude more efficient it's likely to be next year before I get around to the Grand Invacar Tour, so should hopefully have plenty of time for bug fixing between now and then.
My plan for the trim above the windscreen is to get it out, strip off the fabric covering and repaint it with a hammered or crackle finish black paint. That should look like it was as the factory intended and be easier to keep clean.
Speaking of trim and such... anyone got the foggiest idea what this white plastic thing is for?
It's free to rotate, and as such doesn't seem to actually serve any useful purpose other than being something else to rattle.
Realised earlier today that there really aren't many photos of the C5 here, so here are a couple from when I got back from our trip out today.
It really is incredibly scruffy.
Then there's the spares C5 which lives behind the shed. Ironically the body shell on that one is pretty tidy, whereas the one I'm using doesn't have a surface that's not scratched, dinged or otherwise beat to Hell and back.
It however has quite a few bits missing, the electrics aren't in too good shape and the instrument pod doesn't work (honestly shocked that the one in my "daily" works properly as they're renowned for being fragile). Plus it gets worked pretty hard bouncing around the MK Redways with a husky attached to it, plus being scruffy makes it less of a potential theft target.
Four mods I'd like to make at some point.
 Disc brake on the front wheel. The rear drum can just about be called adequate for the normal propulsion methods - but it's about as much use trying to stop a husky in full mush from 35mph as a chocolate teapot. The parking brake is also hilariously ineffective - and it's really unnerving when it starts rolling off while you're halfway on board.
 Gears. The bike part is a single speed job, and it means there's a really awkward void where you're going slightly too slow for the motor but are pedalling like crazy. A "crawler" gear would be handy for moving off up hill too as it's not exactly light.
 Variable speed motor drive. Currently it's just a button operated by your left thumb which switches a big chunky relay, and is geared to cruise at 15mph. So low speed stuff is basically pedal power only or cycling the motor on/off which puts a lot of strain on the gearbox.
 Battery upgrade. It just runs a bog standard type 030 35Ah car battery at present. The original Sinclair one (made by Oldham for Sinclair if I remember right) was a deep cycle one - but they're kinda hard to find in that size nowadays. I was worried it would die an early death in this use, but it's got four years and around 500 miles on it without showing any real signs of capacity loss. Real world range is 15-20 miles.
It's entirely possible to fit 60-70Ah of LiPo battery under the boot floor, this would be less than half the weight of the old lead-acid lump, and combined with the more user friendly discharge characteristics can give a real world range of 50 miles plus.
Downside? The £600 or so the batteries would cost!
As it is though, it earns it's keep and I greatly enjoy using it.
For all they had a reputation for being shoddily made, this one was dragged out of a damp barn where it had been since the early 90s, and the only repairs I've had to do was to replace the commutation diode across the motor relay, a brake cable, a set of tyres plus some very basic bodywork repair. That's in spite of the beating it takes from our cycle paths which are like the surface of the Moon in many places. Nothing has even fallen off it yet.