Pack the boot, fix leaking axle seals, and lots of paperwork.
94 DAYS TO GO !!
But only 27 days till Gidget goes to China !!
|Harry Hickling's great story|
spares we might need ?". To top it off, when down at Ashton's in Sydney last weekend, he gave me a book by Harry Hickling, who successfully drove a 1938 MG SA to a Bronze Medal finish on the 2007 Peking to Paris, which celebrated the Centenary of the original event in 1907. This is probably the most enjoyable P2P book of the many I have read, but I found it also the most daunting since it graphically details some of the
|Ashton having fun !|
|Endless playing in the boot...|
|Dean collecting brake shoe samples|
|Don't take too much off !!|
|Tow truck with turntable !|
On the 14th February, it was not only Valentine's Day, but also my wife's 70th birthday ! Due to the increasing commercialisation of the day, we usually celebrate it on any day except the 14th, as it is impossible to get a restaurant booking ! This was fortunate because a busy weekend was planned, and Ashton actually flew up for the weekend to help finalise some of the stuff on Gidget, and also to attend a Healey Club outing on the Friday, which would be the first time she has been out on a club run.
|On go the door numbers|
Friday afternoon and most of Saturday were spent sorting out spare parts, agreeing what we needed and what we didn't need to take, shopping for tools, and then loading these into the canvas bags that we had ordered some time ago and try to store them all securely in the boot. This sounds a very simple operation, but it is so much time consuming trial and error, but in the end, we got everything fairly well sorted.
|Investigating bolts for rear dampers|
|Replacing rear axle seal|
We have also been dealing with a lot of Rally and shipping paperwork, one of which is the
|"Supercheap" store in Beijing !|
|Foam to hold everything in place|
|Tow strap on front bumper|
|"Rally time" on the dashboard|
our potential penalties dependent upon us departing and arriving on time everywhere, to within a minute or less. So we bought two digital clocks this week, and mounted one on the dashboard, and that will be set to official "rally time". We have a second identical clock that is synchronised with the other, so if one should fail, we know what the time is ! BTW, "Rally Time" never changes during a day, even if you cross a time zone or a border. Rally time will only change overnight.
|Measuring up the mesh|
|Mesh panel ready to fit|
|Hope it warms up !|
What happens on Friday morning ? Cyclone Oma decides to arrive, so as I set off at 5 am, it is raining and very windy - But hey - this is good practice, so who
|Wheel alignment at Action Tyres|
|Practicing for China traffic|
|On the freeway|
|Hope that hoist is locked !|
Saturday afternoon was enjoyably spent working on Ashton's 1950 AJS motorcycle. The intention was to start her up and ride it over to a work shop for some maintenance, however it was very reluctant to start, and we eventually took all the carby apart and found gunk in the bottom that was part of the issue. By the time we got it running, we only got about 100 metres up the road before it stopped again, by which time it was raining quite hard, so we called it quits. Interesting for me, probably frustrating for Ashton !
|Ashton playing with his AJS in the rain !|
|New, unopened oil etc ready for packing|
One item that has really puzzled us it the mechanical oil temp gauge that we fitted. Knowledge of the
|Yes, the new oil temp gauge works|
|Coming in to land at Coolangatta|
|Stuff on the bench for loading|
wheel mounting for the boot, and then getting everything in or on the car before taking it up to the Brisbane Docks on the 27th March. Plenty to do, then !
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/YadqnKHwAhKAQ4ex6