Now my job starts !
|It's starting to look like a car again|
|Rear axle goes in|
|A borrowed hub extension|
|Great power socket|
|Nuts used to replicate brake drums|
|Section to be reshaped|
With so many small parts in pieces everywhere, I find myself referring almost daily to the white
|Brake mechanism on white car|
On Monday our long awaited dampers arrived from the USA. Peter Caldwell at World Wide Auto Imports in Madison Wisconsin. We had ordered these back in May, because Peter is one of the few people in the world who removes a bushing in the original dampers and machines in a full bearing, thus removing the issue of them permanently leaking ! We have been advised that the quality of his work is superb, thus our
|3 variations of damper|
|C Type Jag ......replica|
One morning I walked into the CCC workshop and saw a rather special sight up on the hoist - a C Type Jaguar !! It is actually a replica made in NZ, but very nice nonetheless. The symmetry and sheer beauty of the lines and design of some of these older cars were just perfect, and have to be seen to be really appreciated. I can't wait until it comes down off the hoist so I can inspect it a little closer !
|A missing weld !|
|Chassis ready for welding|
left on there could be cleaned up, and the re-inforcing gussets welded around all the suspension pick up points. These will be vital to ensure that the suspension stays attached to the car at all times in the Gobi Desert ! Additionally a couple of bad welds could be repaired, while one section was missing its weld altogether and was just an open seam ! Surely it couldn't have come from the factory like that ?
|Windscreen wiper gearing|
the little covers over the actual wiper spindles apart - And found old hard crusty "grease" in there. So these all came apart and were cleaned up, and a light grease put in there to repack them. I then repainted the motor cover and the spindle covers, and worked out how everything operates so that if there are any issues during the rally I will know (roughly !) how it works. Once again the wires to the motor were the old original brittle wires, so these have all been changed to new wires.
|Holes too small !!!|
|Size of the bolt above, and size of hole below|
are so remote and shipping is so expensive, we cannot believe
that people just do not check the parts they send to us before shipping them. It is just a Quality Control issue in their distribution process, and not difficult to avoid - But it happens so often with many different suppliers. Grrrrr.
|Engine mount for reinforcing|
There are still a few welds to do in the engine bay, particularly on the engine mounts, which on one side have only a small connection with the chassis that looks very susceptible to damage. Andrew will weld in a triangular section in the top which will considerably increase the contact area with the chassis, and hopefully strengthen it a lot. Having moved the crankshaft and head around separately this week, I can fully understand just how heavy this big engine is when it is all together ! It is going to need every possible strengthening in order to make sure it stays in its correct place in the engine bay !
|New steering box|
I was hoping that all the welding would be finished by Friday 27th October,
and it may well be but I had to leave fairly early to go and do some other things. If it wasn't quite finished today, then it will be on Monday, and then the bare chassis can go across to the paint shop so all the interior can be given a coat of 2 pack Coronet Cream. Once that is done, then reconstruction will commence in earnest.....
As I was leaving CCC, Dave Godwin pulled up in RIP, his infamous MGA - He had just collected it from Brisbane Port after its shipment home from Europe. This car has been all over the world, and I met up with Dave and his group of 7 other MGB's in Argentiina in 2014 when they were driving from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, and I was heading in the opposite direction. 2 years later I met up with them again at Niagara Falls in Canada - This time
they were heading West to East across the continental USA, and I was heading East to West ! So to see RIP safely back on Australian soil was a treat - I have now met up with the car 3 times, and each time on a different continent !! How often does THAT happen ?
|RIP at Horseshoe Falls, Niagara|
Looking forward to turning Gidget back into a mobile car soon !
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/bJ95Ws5kQ30uF0rD2