3rd December 2018
181 DAYS TO GO !
(But only 104 for the car !! 😟 )
|Its a long way from London !|
I came home from the UK on the new(ish) non stop London to Perth flight - That is a L-O-N-G 16 hours of sitting on a plane ! Then of course there is the time before the flight, plus the time in Perth airport and another 4 hours to Brisbane, so the total is a good 24 hours or more. I just switch off, so don't mind it, and this time watched lots of movies, so time went quite quickly. And I needed to relax because on my arrival back home I knew it was going to be straight back to work in the garage ! No time for jet lag !
|Tent size vs swag|
clothing. The idea of using swags was a good one, but once I had a chance to see them first hand, I knew it would never work - They are just way too big and heavy, and there is nowhere to store them. And even with the current sale on, they were still almost $150 each. Chatting to the salesmen (who know where we are off to !) and they steered me towards the little Kakadu hiking tent, which is not only cheaper, but also much much smaller and lighter than the swag. I took one home to see if it fitted inside the roll bar - And it did. We have decided to get two just to provide a bit more space and privacy when we are packed tightly in a car all day, so once I have done a trial pitch in the garden, it looks like we have a plan.
inflating mats are very comfortable - But also quite bulky and can be expensive if you get a good one. (I used one on my Alaska trip in the Lotus). I ended up getting a cheap closed cell foam mat for just $9 as these are SO light. Comfort ? Well, closed cell mats are good for isolating you from cold ground, but aren't the most comfortable, I know. But we only have 7 nights camping, and of
these 7, only 5 mights are consecutive, so I think I can handle anything for just 5 nights. Additionally, we can be happy giving away both the tents and the mats to the Kazakhs after our last night of using them. While the light inflatable pillows look really good and might be good for extra padding in the car during the days ?
|Applying paint protection|
|Rear window in place|
Obviously there is some flex of the perspex, so to prevent rubbing / rattling, I bought some rubber edge trim from my friends at Clark Rubber, and this sealed the rear window in place perfectly. To fasten it in place I
|Heating perspex in kitchen|
fabricating rear "quarter lights" to fit in these gaps. These required some careful bending of the perspex, so once the basic shape was cut out, it was off to the kitchen where, with the slow application of heat over the flames of the cooker, I was eventually able to create the shape I needed. Repeated trips to the garage carrying hot pieces of perspex ensured everything worked, and soon i have my corner windows finished. Once again I trimed them with rubber edging, and drilled slots in them so I could fasten them with velcro straps. I can't wait to try them - I think they are going to make the car a great deal more usable on this extreme venture half way round the world !
|Water pump vs blanking plate|
|Plate fitted on engine|
|Fuel pumps ready for mounting|
|Fuel pumps mounted in boot|
The auxilliary fuel tank was then refitted and tightend down - Once again (as usual) not a simple job
unless you have 8 foot long rubber arms, because some of the bolts underneath the car need to be held while the nuts in the boot are tightened ! In hind sight, a few of these bolts should have been welded in place, but now they are in, they are fine.
|Spark wire I.D.|
Next issue to be addressed was that of the leaking brake fluid reservoir.
|New (top) vs old caps|
|Locking choke cable|
|Changing carb needle|
While I was fiddling with the carbs, I double checked all the bolts and nuts for tightness, and alsodecided (once again with Steve's input - I don't claim to be the mechanic !) to change out the needle in the float chamber of the front carby. After a period of non use, it sticks closed and this means fuel pours out of the overflow pipe down onto the ground until the engine fires up - Not a good situation. So I raided our spares box, got a new needle, and put it in place. Hopefully this will resolve this issue.
|Latches holding spare wheel cover|
Eventually I realised I had to come up with a system that held the wheel cover securely and firmly in place, and yet would be very quickly removable in order to provide access to the battery underneath. I finally came up with using a couple of toggle latches that hold the unit in place, but with the flip of a
|Strong rubber mounts for jack|
A similar issue has been the issue of the jack storage. As you know, we are using a modified
|Jack down in pax footwell|
I should explain here that the Healey has to be parked fairly close to one side of my garage so that my wife's car can also be parked in there, and also there is still access room for other things. Turning the Healey around, especially at the moment when the car is not running, is not easy, as trailers need to be moved, and with the downward slope of my driveway, pushing the car around is not something I can do on my own. As a result I tend to do all the things I need to do to the outer side of the car first, and then get some friends over to hep me turn the car round so I can do the other side ! At the moment, the car is "right side out", so passenger side things are on hold !
Another chore at present is finding a solution to the storage of large fragile gaskets that we plan to carry as spares - Head gasket, rocker cover and sump gaskets, etc. These need to be kept flat, and also be in a place where they can remain relatively untouched so they are not having to be handled all the time. My original idea was to fit them between the auxilliary and the main fuel tanks, but now I actually have the gaskets (I picked them up in the UK) I find they are either too wide or too thick to fit in the planned space ! So I have now devised a way to fit a couple of them between the tanks, but the thicker head gasket I am going to mount on the inside of the rear wheel arch inside the boot - I just have to find a way to hold it in place securely ! Work in progress !
Unfortunately I have not yet refitted the radiator as my mechanic's wife has been in hospital this week and he hasn't finished the bracket. I am off to chase it today because that is now all that is stopping me being mobile. All the rest of this stuff (mounting the jack, working on boot storage, refitting the undertray, spare parts etc) can be done over the next few weeks as time permits because the car can be used without them - We just need to get the car running again right now.
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/p8g9UTnQdcYF48BXA