We keep working while the roll bar takes shape
245 days to go !
|Roll bar painted|
In the meantime I continue to work on other items for which I do not need the car.
|Austin A90 Atlantic|
|Shovel storage on Land Rover|
apart from a beautiful Aston Martin DBS Zagato which I fell in love with, I explored a couple of items relevant to the Healey - Namely ways to tie down shovels and pick axes on a Land Rover, and also there was an Austin A90 Atlantic there, which was the basic donor vehicle for the first Austin Healey 100/4, so I had a good look at that just out of interest.
|New seat with hinged base|
|Long base on new seat|
|Small gearbox testing unit|
While I was up at J&H Restorations, I noticed a small stand with an electirc motor on, and a Healey gearbox fitted which intrigued me. Obviously a simply way to test gearboxes and make sure they are working properly before they are fitted to a car. Given all the issues that we had with out gearbox, surely something as simple as this is something every gearbox repair shop should have ?
|Roll bar in primer|
|Adjusting bolt for roof|
|Storage space on rear shroud|
|Rear brace for roll bar|
|Rear braces in boot|
In the meantime I have been moving on to the next phase - Looking to get
quotes for European Insurance as well as shipping back from Europe after we reach Paris. Insurance for China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia is inluded in our entry fees, but we have to arrange our own insurance for Finland onwards through Europe, and for a non European Resident in a non European registered car, Insurance can be quite diffult to obtain, as well as expensive when found - Luckily I have some contacts from my European Adventure in 2016 so I am hoping they will be able to provide us with coverage. As far as shipping is concerned, we are just getting some indicative quotes so that we can make sure we use the optimum carrier for our shipping back to Australia after the rally. If we can combine cars in 40 ft containers we may be able to obtain some preferential rates.
Hopefully by next week we will have the car back and can get on with the many other items we need to be working on.
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/mvYcfTV3LFm2Z1hF6