More GPS training, and lots of work on Gidget
167 days to go !
(But only 100 till we ship the car !!)
|Sample of our Tulip route book|
|Garmin screenshowing direction to go|
|Screen showing direct line to next waypoint|
Once we reach Europe, we will not use the Garmin so much any more, but will follow Tulip Diagrams, as per the attached example. Hopefully this explains it a little.
|Dirty fuel guage|
|Clean fuel guage|
was almost unreadable. I found a local instrument shop, Attila Instruments, run for over 25 years by Attila Szvetko, and he was able to dismantle the gauge, clean it, and after putting it back together, he taped over all the holes so no more dust can get in. Result, one shiny clean guage installed.
|Electric fan & shroud|
|Fan installed on radiator|
for the new electric fan, and I had picked this up as soon as I got back. As usual, an excellent piece of work that will ensure maximum airflow through the radiator, with no where for any air to escape. As soon as this was mounted to the radiator, I installed the entire unit back in the car, and in doing so found a few easy modifications that in future will make the radiator much easier to remove and replace.
|Quick release grease gun end|
With the mechanical water pump and fan now removed, the fan belt only had to drive the alternator so a shorter fan belt was required. While in the shop buying this, I noticed they had "quick release" grease gun fittings for sale, and anyone who has struggled to pull grease guns off nipples would appreciate this tool. New, and apparently so popular they are flying off the shelves ! In the meantime, after 3 or 4 efforts, I found the correct length fan belt and could move forward on Gidget.
|Final shape of new bracket|
|Cargo net for boot|
|Tie down bar in boot|
Just before I headed off to Sydney, I discovered that the main registration document had two major errors on it that, if we did not get them fixed, would prevent us not only importing the car into China, but also from crossing any borders ! Both the Chassis Number and the Engine Number had errors in them, and we had to get them changed ASAP. So I took photos of all the plates and numbers on the car, and took them with me to Sydney, where we paid a visit to the Motor Registration Branch, and they are hopefully going to look into this and correct their typing mistakes almost immediately. Thanks goodness we found these mistakes now !!
|Ashton gets to go in a Healey !|
|Camping on the way home|
When I got home, all the parts I needed to rebuild the headlights had arrived from the UK, and I got straight onto this. Previously the headlights were a mish-mash of parts, with I think 3 different types of headlight cobbled together to make them work - No wonder I had been having problems making them fit together properly ! Now, with all the correct parts from just a single model
|Protective film on lights|
It was then on to the engine mount tie downs that Ashton and I have been discussing for some time, searching for the most efficient and effective way of preventing excessive engine movement. The Healey engine is a heavy lump at over 600 lbs and the engine mounts rest on a steel bracket.
|Engine tie downs|
|Tie downs fitted|
|Our SPOT trace arrives|
|Water temp probe needed a clean|
|Making an alloy folder for gaskets|
bought a sheet of thin alloy and made up a protective "folder" . I then sealed this folder with gaffer tape, and just at that moment I saw one of the new seats lying on its side - There was
|Gasket folder under seat|
|Brake line pinchers|
|Sewing trim clips in|
|Both seats in the car|
|Adjusting storage box|
|Bracket for water pump|
Trial and error soon got the bracket finished and painted, and with the help of some dish washing
|Fitting everything up|
|Heat shield to protect pump|
My last issue for this week was to start going through all the spare
|Working on spares bags|
In the meantime, from both of us intrepid Adventurers, a very Happy Christmas and New Year to all. 2019 is going to be a very exciting year for us !!! Thanks for sharing the rebuild with us, and we hope you will stay with us for the "Main Event" !!
Rest of the photos can be found here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/hvFMwUZ3vnuA27FG8