Now it is THIS YEAR !!!
140 days to go !
|Number 77 at last !|
BTW, yes I do have the official P2P door roundels for the car, but I am holding off fitting them at the moment as I don't want them to get damaged because they didn't give us a spare !!
|Washer water bag in footwell|
|Washer jets fitted|
up the locations for the water jets (making sure they didn't squirt directly into the wiper arms !) and drilled though. Once these were fitted, I was able to fit up the correct lengths for the tubing and fit it all together. I did a quick check that it all worked by just holding the wires on a spare battery, and hey presto - All good. So I then wired the little pump in to the buss bar, fitted the small switch under the dash where we can both reach it, and job done ! I set of washers ! Not sure how good the wipers are, but the washers work OK !
|Our route !|
It is so exciting to finally see a place after you have studied it for so long !
|Crack in muffler|
|Cracks in front shroud|
|Idea to insert tube through foam filter|
|Eventual fitting for SYB|
The other 90 deg guide I needed for our accelerator cable. The current set up sits too high, and the cable rubs on the inside of the bonnet, which is already starting to rub away the outer sheath. With a smaller 90 degree elbow in there, it will eliminate this problem. And while dealing with cables, I also made up a support bracket for the new choke cable that was flapping about a bit, and also, while we had the current cable out of the car, got an identical spare accelerator cable made up for us to take on the P2P.
|Elise shower cap dwarfs our car|
|Fitted shower cape on way from UK|
|Canvas waterproof seat covers|
|Bolts holding seat covers in place|
|Heated seat insert !|
|Bucket squished down|
|Bucker ready for use|
are not going to the beach ! Our bucket is for washing the car, or doing an oil change, or whatever, and since I already have a similar one in Troopie, I knew where to find a collapsible bucket - In the camping store ! When collapsed, this fits neatly inside the spare wheel hub, but when opened up forms a full size bucket. And in a half collapsed form can fit underneath the sump for an oil change !
|Andrew's new workshop|
|Preparing to weld up holes|
|Welding up the holes|
|Headset bracket Mk 1|
using them. The roll bar was the obvious place, so I made up some alloy clips, painted them to match the roll bar, and velcroed them in place. The headets are prevented from swinging around by a velcro strip just tying them back onto the roll bar. After that
|Headset brackets Mk 2|
|New horn button on wheel|
|Cutting out deflector|
|1st fitting of Mk 1 deflector|
on the corners of the windscreen to try to deflect some of the wind and rain away from our when we are driving top down. You can buy these that bolt or clamp to the side pillars, but they are expensive, and seeing I now have this large acrylic sheet that I acquired from my neighbour, I thought I would have a go myself. I made up a template in cardboard, and once I had
|Upper mounting bracket detail|
|Mk 2 deflector in place|
My first effort worked well, and was good and rigid, but I realise there was too much of a gap at the bottom allowing air through, so I decided to make a longer "Mark II" version, while still leaving room for the door to open fully. It was much harder to get the "double curve" into this piece, maybe because of the extra length, but eventually I got it pretty much the way I wanted. I then fitted it to the car and will leave it on for a few days to see if it is OK before spending time heating, bending, and shaping the piece for the driver's door. Pretty pleased with my efforts and hopefully it will work to keep a lot of the buffeting wind out of the cabin, which can become very tiresome on long runs.
|Dsplaced gearbox bracket|
|One of leaking brake cylinders|
steering bars which had bent slightly when we hit the rock in Alice, and lastly to remove the front wheel bearings. Plan for the bearings is to fit brand new Timken units now, and to keep the current units, which we know are working fine, as spares. As soon as we got the drums off, we found that one of the brake cylinders was leaking badly, one slightly, while a 3rd one had a split rubber gaitor. After all the fun and games we had previously had with the front brakes, this was very disappointing, but we had to fix them, so whipped them off and took them back over to Wayne at Better Brakes to check them out. He did a prompt job for us and had them ready by 3 pm that day - The leaking unit was badly scored inside the bore, and the two others were slightly scored. Ironically the one with the damaged gaitor was OK - Apart from the gaitor ! How the dust and sand was getting in there is anyone's guess, because they were new lines, new master cylinder, refurbished slave cylinders and new fluid. Perplexing.
Lastly on the wheels, Steve pulled the bearings out and I took them off to the local bearing shop to get new - Unfortunately they didn't have them in stock so it will be Monday before we get them. While I was doing that, Steve checked the cylinder head bolts and found they all needed re torquing, which would explain the oil weep that appears to be coming out from around the head. On close inspection of the engine it seemed that this has been the major source of our slight oil leak, and not the other seals of gaskets. Hopefully that is the case. He also reset the tappets, which had all opened up a little, and checked everything else. We are also trying to source a slightly thicker O ring for the base of the distributor, which also seems to be the source of a slight oil leak.
|Seat cover in place|
|Locating holes in seat cover|
The weekend will be spent exploring shipping options, and checking on the big volume of paperwork that is building up and needs to be addressed so we don't miss any of our oganisational deadlines.
I will leave you with a photo I saw recently about hazards of driving in Kazakhstan. I think the photo speaks for itself - When they say they have potholes, they have SERIOUS protholes !!
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/pV1exV7mJ4XJvMsU8