A long way home - 6820 kms round trip.
|1st & last pub in NT|
|Coober Pedy diggings|
make me smile, with its seemingly endless mounds of dirt from the diggings piled up everywhere - It always makes me think of Hobbits !! From Coober Pedy I headed on south, and before sunset I had got through Port Augusta and turned east towards Broken Hill. I have never seen so many kangaroos beside the road, both dead and alive. They were just lined up along the side of the road for kilometre after kilometre, and I stopped fairly early because it was just getting too dangerous.
|Sunset in the bush|
|Sunrise in the bush|
|Minus 2.3 !|
|Keys in the ignition !|
|Safely home - 6820 kms|
before we ship her to China next March. First of all I needed to unload her off the trailer, but where were the keys ? Ashton was sure he had put them on the sideboard in our hotel room after we loaded her on the trailer, so they had to be there somewhere. So first I checked in the car - And sure enough, there they were in the ignition - Problem solved. She started first turn of the key, and I put her in the garage before starting to unload all the boxes of gear that were in both Gidget and in my tow vehicle. And there was a lot of it, and most of it was very red with dust from Alice !
|35 mm of dirt !|
|7.7 kg of red dirt !|
|No dirt in front section|
|Plan for roll hoop|
place, as I had just run out of time and was still pretty exhausted from the long drive back from Alice. Peter, Brett, and myself agreed on the basic design, with which Ashton agreed. I will go back on Monday with one of the new seats to make sure it fits, and once the car is no the hoist we will be more easily able to undo the seat bolts. I will also take the roof up to them as they believe we will still be able to fit the roof over the roll bar, which will make everything a lot easier for us when it is raining !
|Split in 2nd seat|
|Seat belt tensioner removed|
|Dirt in the battery / diff area|
|Dust in spare wheel splines|
covered in grease for protection, but this had attracted a lot of dust. If we got a punture on the road, it would take forever to clean this dust off before we could fit the wheel - So this will need to be sealed somehow with tape so it doesn't collect dust in future.
|Damp dirt on fuel filter|
The fuel pumps and fuel filter also look as though there might be a slight leak there as the dust there is actually damp - Further investigation required there. Also plan to try to seal off that fuel pump area somehow so we can prevent dirt getting in there in future.
Lots of other items on the list to attend to, and we will be addressing these over the coming weeks. But for now we have the basis for an excellent car - We just have to fine tune everything !
Stay tuned !
Photos here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/WpZpz1aREEiFQy4Z6