Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Two Dimensions

With the Jeep now finished and thoroughly tested on the Matt Savage ‘Tansley’ test track, I was finally allowed to take it for a spin. I chose a cafe at the War Tunnels Museum, in Jersey for its first outing. Handling was commendable the small patch of and under the tyres, but once on the ceramic tiles the old bar grips felt a bit two dimensional. I am hoping to get some better tyres soon for the authentic military split rims I have, now painted to match the rest of the chassis.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

It goes!

Behold. An mpeg of the Jeep on the extensive Matt Savage test track near Matlock.

Click on the question mark!

A chat afterwards confirmed that all was well. The gamble was that the gearbox, transfer box and axles may have been duff as these are the (only) parts not new, but they were fine. Even the radiator held water okay, but a laid back Californian mouse had made a nest in there some years ago. Debris cleared all was fine. Next is finish off the rear lights (me!) and give it a coat of paint, then an MOT.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Twisting wires together.

A flurry of activity on the Jeep last week sees it very nearly running. I was entrusted with sorting out headlights, bolting in the seats, screwing on the rear reflectors and a few other menial tasks. Matt connected up the fuel pump and plumbing. By the time we had finished for the day another hour would have had it running, but these things are best not rushed, so that highlight will wait for a few more days. Still on the shopping list is a pair of seats. All I have is the steel shells and even with my ample padding, I shall need the original style canvas padded ones to maintain any vague comfort. A pair of old sofa cushions will do for the MOT though.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Chasing Rainbows.

Nothing to do with the Jeep (of which more very soon), but this was the view through the Land Rover screen yesterday on the M69. Torrential rain and yet the sun was out, causing a 60 mph following rainbow, just visible here. Never any Global Warming when you want it is there?