Thursday, 3 September 2015
Launch day! - Tour Begins..
One minute you have months ahead of you to plan, decide on jobs to do, modifications to make and how you would love the car to look and run.. The reality of it is, and I know full well from past experience, that things like (the other stuff in your life) and unforeseen issues with the car pop up and they intern create other unforeseen problems and issues that need resolving and reworking.
... if you haven't already done so, read 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'
Back in April when the car was purchased, we assessed was it a 'goer' for a 3k km tour? Basically we had a list of jobs to do and drew a line at a point where we knew our 'go point' .. We have managed to get well beyond the go point and so fingers crossed the car is in good shape and we are good to go!!
To amuse you these are some of the issues we had to deal with, most in the last week! No blaming, just sorting and shakedown..
- Flat inner tube on a brand new tyre and tube (faulty valve ripped)
- Tachometer cable snapped
-Indicators failed to flash correctly (incorrectly documented back to front Japanese LED flasher unit)
- wiring fry up to the back end, lost brake lights... Previous wire fire, rain shorted out circuit during 'wet testing'
Battery totally dry and failing , fitted new one (and taken spare)
Water temp gauge busted, fitted another one
Coil cooked, fitted a new one.
Carrying many, many spares, all sourced and working prior to storage. We have tried to get an much plug and play equipment as possible onboard. coil, distributor, belts, relays, fuses etc etc ..
We have actually fitted carpet in the footwells! no not for any aesthetic reasons, purely to stop road grot and dust flying up through the wooden floor. You forget just how mucky roads are these days when in the confines of an everyday modern car.
Lots of Pics to follow as we get under way, heading for the cross channel ferry, Portsmouth to Le Havre.
wish us luck.. we will need it!!