After getting the wheel issue resolved, there was just a couple of cable ties to replace on the back axle as extra security for holding the brake pipes that run along the axle in place. There was originally a cable tie at either end as well as the factory clips for holding the pipes in position, I guess the original clips aren't as close fitting as they were 49yrs ago. Due to the cable ties having been there since I acquired the car almost 12yrs ago, I replaced them. One of the new brake pipes in the engine bay was just a little too close to the inner wing and looked as though it might rub against it with the vibration of driving, thinking that it might cause problems in the long run and also the MOT inspector might not like it if he noticed it, I covered it with a 3 inch length of rubber pipe, just to prevent any problems. Having done everything, it was finally time to try and start it....
I borrowed a battery from one of my other cars, connected it up, slid the key in the ignition and turned it. Nothing, tried it again and there was a single click, not the multiple clicks you get from a flat battery, just a single click. I knew the engine turned over by hand so it hadn't seized. Took the battery off and put it on charge, while it was charging, I checked and cleaned all the earths. The earth lead that goes from the rear of the engine block to the firewall was so brittle that as soon as I touched it, it fell apart! I replaced it with a short battery earth lead, more than twice as thick which hopefully should be good for another 49yrs. Also found that the main lead from the starter motor to the battery was loose, tightened up and all other connections seemed to be good to go.
The next day, the fully charged battery was reconnected, key slid into the ignition and turned, again nothing but a single click! Thinking that it might be the starter motor at fault, we ( a mate had called round and gave me a hand ) ran a cable from the battery to the starter relay. The starter motor kicked in and turned the engine over, after 4 or 5 turns it fired right up and sounded...... well, it sounds like this
We left it running for about 5 minutes while we checked that all the lights, indicators and horn etc worked. Then turned it off, tried restarting it a couple of minutes later and started up no problem just using the key.