Ok enough of the love fest.....I took the water tank off this afternoon to have a look at a few things .The oil leak it turns out was partly the diff breather , partly the diff bung (oops, not very tight ) and some from the gearbox...The fuel fumes that I copped at the end of one of the runs seem to have been from the fuel tank breather which has no valve on it , I think it has "sloshed" as i backed off and being a fairly fine tube that turns down rather quickly I think it has just blown some juice out to where it hit the tail-pipe...that'll have to be changed . The gear shift is going to get redesigned , the present shifter has morse cables and works in a cross pattern , as it turns out the side to side movement is too difficult to make and there isn't really enough room to do it properly....After checking out some of the photo's on Sum's site I think it is a toss up between two completely separate levers or a very narrow "H" . If I make two levers from shallow channel and a flat stick that will fit in the channel so it can tilt from side to side selecting one or the other I should be able to make it work.The brakes are a bit of an issue which will most likely be fixed by making the brake pedal longer , I allowed a lot of room for travel which it doesn't need so it can be longer which will give a bit more stopping power. Apart from those issues I didn't find anything that was broken or looking like it was about to break , nothing burnt or rubbed , no cracks around the rear superstructure ( and it sure got some heavy thumps...airborne anyone?
) so it was a dream run really and I'll be the first to admit it had as much to do with good luck as good management . The next six months will be spent getting the trailer built , compiling spares and doing a proper methodical tear-down and rebuild , checking everything , threads , clearances , fluid volumes , electrical connections , cooling system fittings getting the body fit neater and tighter .Having had such a neat first test we haven't got any excuses now .
Be careful if you come over! It will end up being a round Australia trip. There are members all the way around the outside of the country + quite a few in the middle. If you do get over here we will book you in for some accommodation in Brisbane + get you in at one of the DLRA (Qld chapter) BBQ / BS / Bench racing sessions. It would be nice to have a guest speaker!
PS - I'm sure more than one car could use an extra crew member. If you come over 6/12/18 months in advance you could do a bit of work on the Jag.
Now , Sum, people in Queensland are a bit like people from your Deep South ,you might never get to leave.... there's Staytie, Lynchy, Don Noble( hot Nissans and classical music! go figure
) , Bob Ellis ( who's really a Kiwi) and more I've overlooked I'm sure but they're an "interesting " mob......As for working on Jag's I'd take the easy way out and devote your life to ending war for all time , it'd be much simpler.
Then there's the spirit. It really kicked-in when a bloke showed up with a partly finished Streamliner. Graham is clearly a "loner". No one knew him or the project. Friendly but quiet, he wouldn't ask for help, and doesn't care much for this Internet stuff. He and his wife drove through the night from Adelaide (10+ hours on the road). The trailer loaded with a car skeleton and parts.
keen to see how this guy goes , interestingly the Colonel said he was an insurance assessor.....not a trapeze artist or a bounty hunter , a fireman or a jet pilot not an engineer or mechanic ..this man deals with crashed cars , and there's his wife with him while he climbs into a piece of scaffolding which he wants to pilot to 200 miles per hour ,a mixture of ingenuity , persistance and faith and a fascination with doing something different , his own way.
As you were men.