Driving a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 from Peking to Paris in the June 2019 ERA Rally.

Monday, 22 May 2017

0008 Getting the car ready for a transplant

18th – 24th May 2017
Wiring, fuel, and bootwork.

Boot floor, with hole for fuel tank pick up sump
When you take a 63 year old car apart, I guess it is not unexpected that you will get a few surprises and problems.  And this week we have found a few unwanted ones !    Following  Ashton’s visit last weekend, we have arranged for the car to go over to Mark Boldry at Classic Car Clinic on the Gold Coast to have the rusty  floor panels cut out, replacement ones welded in, and to change the passenger side footwell area to provide more room for the exhaust to run down the side of the car rather than underneath.   So to have the car ready for this work, we had a lot of cleaning up to do.

Monday, 15 May 2017

0007 A weekend working on the car

13th/14th May 2017
Some ugly truths revealed ?  And a party !

Ashton & Joe getting serious
Ashton arranged his busy work / car schedule to allow time to come up to Queensland for the weekend so we could take a serious look at the car, and finalise our spare parts order so it gets on the way soonest.  On Friday evening we had a couple of hours to sit down and go through some of the stuff, but work started in earnest on Saturday morning.   Fortunately the weekend was quite poor weather, so we weren’t distracted to go surfing or anything silly !

Thursday, 11 May 2017

0006 Searching for spare parts in England

24th – 29th April 2017
And a side trip through Wales !

View over London from The Shard
We had been planning this trip to England for some time – It was my old (!) school chum John’s 70th birthday, and we had booked the trip many months ago because I had planned to be there for his 60th in 2007, but that was when I was having my bout with throat cancer, and I wasn’t able to travel.   So there was no way we were going to miss his 70th !!   And now that our foray in the 2019 Peking to Paris (going to call it P2P from now on) is planned, it was an ideal opportunity to take some time to hunt for sources of the spare parts we need for the Healey.  Our search was to take us up to Pontefract near Leeds, so we set aside a week.