Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Getrag Gearbox Arrival

Ah, today was a GOOD day! After months of waiting, my gearbox finally arrived from Thorsten Stadler at Team Stadler Motorsports in Germany!

I was so excited that I wanted to play with it straight away like a kid on Christmas morning!
It arrived in a big wooden crate with plenty of padding to ensure it wasn't damaged during transport. Some bits and pieces also came in to aid in the manual swap.

Here's the eye candy!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Drive Back

Let's get started!
When you wake up and see this, who in the world could complain?

There's a boardwalk which takes you along the water front.

We passed the town of Bega on the way down and decided to stop there at the Bega Cheese Factory on the way back.

Stopping over at a little shop in Tilba, they had this cop for sale which is identical in design to the set my grandma has back in Pakistan :)

The Tilba Tilba Sweet Shop indulged out taste buds. Yes, it's Tilba Tilba, not Tilba. Tilba is where I found he cup above.

The other side of the Sweet Shop was a 50s (?) style diner.

We had a hitch hiker, Nicholas, on the way back (friend's kid - good bloke).

We stopped over for fuel in a town called Narooma, which was, at the time, hosting their annual Blues Festival. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics, but it was pretty quiet since it was still day time.

What would a lovely adventure be without some drama? This woman thought it was safe to save a turtle from the middle of the road by risking her own life. Not a smart thing, lady.

All these adventures left us hungry at the end of the trip, so we stopped over at my favourite cheap eat, Kebab Club, for a late feast!

We brought home a souvenir from the Bega Cheese Factory. Bega is pronounced Beega, but my Mrs kept saying Baygah, so I named this little lady Baygah.

George performed flawlessly. Not a hiccup nor a bad mood, but I know there are a few things that maintenance tasks that are needed.

Here's a map of our trip back, which took us a whole 11.5 hours!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Enough work. Let's drive!

Recently there has been a lot of work going into the car and very little joy coming out of it. With a long weekend on the horizon, I decided to take George for a nice long drive.

Starting from Sydney, we drove south along the Hume Highway, exiting at Mittagong and passing through Bowral.

I had to visit a client nearby so we made our way to Kangaroo Valley which was my first trip there. What a beautiful little town in the middle of nowhere!

Not my photo. Source is http://scandifoodie.blogspot.com.au/2010_04_01_archive.html

Continuing our journey, we found some awesome twisty roads where I had some fun (always within the speed limit, of course).

Lunch was at a picnic area in Bateman's Bay down by the water.

George even said hello to a grand child of his.

Unsurprisingly, George will most likely outlive his younger relative. They don't build them like they used to.

Arriving at our destination in Merimbula, what was estimated to be a 6 hour drive turned into a 10 hour marathon. No matter. We weren't in a hurry and the drive was pleasantly enjoyable.

That night, we fired up the BBQ and had some lamb chops!

This is the route we took on day 1.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Sunroof Mechanism Installation

Not looking forward to this job, I began anyway.

After plenty of research, I removed the sunroof panel and guide rails. The hard part was then to come. There was little information on the internet about how to perform this next step, so I improvised with a LOT of trial and even more error. If I was asked to do it again, I'd pay someone to do it instead. I just don't want the headache again.

Once the broken piece was removed, I cleaned absolutely everything with a strong dilution of All Purpose Cleaner, then I applied Sunroof Lubricant to the entire sliding track from the front to as far back as I could.
To assist me in doing this, my good friend Shane had generously gifted a film canister full of grease. I then loaded some into a syringe and used this to dispense it easily.

More lube after installing the mechanism.

When the left side was complete, I did the same on the right side. Might as well, right? Removed, cleaned, lubed, installed and lubed. That side wasn't as difficult because I knew what I was doing by then.
The roof was then installed and adjusted to the correct closing position.

When this was complete, I was pretty tired, frustrated and wasn't taking any more pictures, but I did take a video of the completed assembly.

Later, I'll have to

  1. Figure out how to install the rain tray
  2. Find out if the sunroof seal is water tight.
  3. Look up the maintenance documentation on how to adjust the motor.
Till then, I'll be driving around with a roll of duct tape just in case the seal's not waterproof!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sunroof Bracket Delivery

I found the left side sunroof mechanism for a steal and promptly bought it. At only $120, there's no need to procrastinate!
For your info, the part number is 1247800512 (right hand side is 1247800612).

Here's the part.

Tomorrow I'll start putting this into the car. Not looking forward to the complete disassembly, reassembly and adjustment of the roof!

BTW, a BIG thanks to Burt Wonderstone for carrying this back from the US for me :)