On the road again.........! 364 days to go
|Ashton enjoying Gidget|
The week started off with me still trying to do 101 things in preparation for Ashton coming up for a visit at the weekend - Given the size of his smile when he got to drive Gidget last time he was here, despite her then only being "half dressed", I knew he would expect nothng less than a longer drive this time, with all her clothes on ! So the pressure was on !
We are scheduled to depart from Beijing at the start of our Rally on the 2nd June 2019, so yesterday was the start of our countdown to that auspicious occasion. From now on we will include a countdown in our blog of the days remaining before the start, so that you can all get as excited as Ashton and I !! So today is 364 to go......
|Fishing line leaders|
|Leader in place on bonnet pin|
I had the idea of a leader or tracer of fishing line - They are thin, strong, are plastic coated wire (so strong and non scratching), cheap, plus they have clips and swivels on them for attaching and so they won't get twisted. Ashton also pointed out that in true Colin Chapman fishing they can also have a secondary function - To help us catch fish for our supper in the Gobi Desert (Are there any rivers or lakes in the Gobi ?). A quick trip to BCF, and $5 later I have 5 tracers - 2 to use and 3 spares ! Perfect.
|New wiper blades|
I then spent some time working out how me might mount the other spare rear spring, this time to the front. We also have spotlight mounts to fit, as well as tow hooks, so we are trying to work out a way to incorporate all 3
|Cutting down sidelight rubbers|
remember what all the switches do ! They have come up really well - Except one, where they made a small spelling mistake !! We may have to replace it later if we get some others made, but in the meantime it serves to remind us that Gidget doesn't ever like to do anything the easy way !
We had a major problem with the driver's door and the front wing not fitting properly - The door couldn't even be opened because the panels fouled each other so badly. The reason for this was that this front guard had actually been finished by Andrew after the car had been taken from Classic Car Clinic, so when he welded in the lower panel and the heat escape grill, he didn't have the car on which to to check the panel fit. Unfortunately the underneath ledge which bolts into the chassis was about 15 mm too wide, and as a result it did not pull the bottom of the wing in when tightened. So, after measuring it up, Andrew came over and picked up the guard, and took it back to his workshop to cut off the required 15 mm section. He returned it the same evening, on his way home - Service !!
Once fitted up, it was a lot better - although it still just fouled the door slightly. So once Ashton
|Putting things together|
|All lights working !|
|New chassis/engine plates|
|Working on the bonnet|
We had scheduled a meeting with Peter Janetzki at JH Classic Restorations in Yatala for Saturday
|Studying windscreen fittings|
It was then time to get back home so we could get on with the work on the car, and also meet Barry Mather who had kindly offered to work with us (again) for the afternoon. I didn't get any photos of the entire afternoon because we were SO busy, but we accomplished a lot, with doors closing properly (well done Ashton- Great body work skills), achieved by repeatedly removing headlights and front wings and doors and putting them back on - But since we achieved the desired result, a very worthwhile
|Lae night windscreen fitting|
|Ashton on the Dremel|
|Windscreen knurled nut|
The windscreen can also be lowered into a "racing" position - Is the Austin Healey 100/4 the only car
|Windscreen in "race" mode !|
Once the windscreen was properly located, we went to attach the wipers, and couldn't work out why they wouldn't fit. They seemed to be back to front, and we spent some time trying to work out what was wrong - Eventually we realised - Duh. When
|Windscreen spigots backwards !|
|Seat belts fitted|
First stop was the gas station as we knew we had little fuel. While we were filling up, a Triumph Stag pulled in beside us - It was our near neighbour Steve and his wife Andrea on their way to a
|First fill up for a while !|
|Tyre rubbing front guard|
But a great first shake down drive, with a few things to address over the coming days in order to move the car preparation forward. But great to have a car we can now legal to drive so we can start refining and tuning into the vehicle we have envisaged and want.
|Playing with the soft top route|
Overall, a week where not a lot of physical changes were made, but one in which we did a lot of work refining and improving the car, as we move forward - A top week and an excellent weekend - How good was it to finally go for a drive in "our" car on a beautiful sunny day ? We have put SO much into Gidget over the past 12 months, so this weekend was very special.
All the photos can be found here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/9cdDwc85Bs481zQ42