Almost 4 months with no running......but lots of activity !
154 days till the start
But only 90 until the car is shipped out !
|Gidget ready for a drive after 4 months|
Despite the warm weather, and plenty of choke, she really didn't want to start. However, this showed that a separate change I had made some weeks ago was working. Previously, when we tried to start the car, the front carburettor needle would stick and the carb would flood, running fuel down the overflow pipe and onto the ground - Not good. But I had recently dismantled the front carb and replaced the needle - And no the carburettor no longer overflowed fuel !! Finally, with a litle help from some Start Ya Bast**d, and almost immediately settled down to a steady idle. So far so good. I
then took some new photos for presentation to various authorities because she now looks quite different with the roll bar and new seats.
|Retaining chains on filler caps|
|Dip stick under construction|
only to find out precisely how much fuel each would hold, but also to create a dip stick for each tank so we can measure exactly how much fuel is in each - The original fuel tanl is not only pretty inaccurate, but of course it only measures the original main tank, and not the new auxillary tank. I therefore bought some wooden dowelling, and, using my little 5 litre jerry can, I started filling the main tank 5 litres at a time. Once there was enough fuel in the main tank to get to the gas station, that was when I started her up and set off to the gas station. Once there, I added fuel 5 litres at a time, measuring the contents with the dip stick and marking it in 5 litre increments. It is amazingly difficult to see the fuel level on the dip stick as the wood absorbs the fuel very quickly. I tried painting another disptick black, and even fitted a rubber strip to another, but neither option worked any better. There must be a better / easier way !! Nevertheless I got the tanks filled and measured - although they took slightly less than officially stated - 11.6 gals in the main tank instead of 12.0, and 7.6 gals in the aux tank instead of the expected 8 gals. However, this will be sufficient as long as we can get the optimum fuel consumption from the car ! A total of 86.4 litres even at 15 litres / 100 kms will still get us 576 kms, and at 10 litres / 100 kms we can get 864 kms. Now to get some accurate consumption figures.
|Waterproof SPOT cable|
|Adding film to bonnet|
were starting to get damaged every time it was stood up on a hard surface. Since I had some paint protection film left over after putting it on the rear shroud, I cut some
|No more red marks on bonnet|
|Inner section of Gobi tent|
|Outer fly sheet fitted to tent|
sale at the store. We have decided to use separate tents in order to at least give us a little privacy after spending all day in the car together, and also to give us a little more room to store our bits and pieces. but before splashing out on a second tent, I needed to test the first tent to make sure it was easy to pitch and was suitable. As the Anaconda sale finished on Christmas eve, I had to do this on a day which was a little overcast - In fact it turned into a big Queensland thunderstorm with high winds and lots of heavy rain - An
|Storm testing of Gobi tent !|
|Feeding our magpie family|
|Murraya bushes in bloom|
|3/4 vs full size|
|NSW plate moved to left|
|Brackets for rally plates bolted to bumper|
plates because we are required to actually register our car in China, so I have moved the original NSW number plate over to the left, leaving the RH side for the Rally plate, andpride of place in the centre for the Chinese number plate, which should keep the authorities happy !
|Where to fit washer jets ?|
|Washer bottle hidden in engine bay|
|Original + 2 new options, plus brackets|
|New washer bottle in place|
|Paperwork everywhere in my office|
The rest of the photos are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/zPF7AriCjFuCrP64A