For those who have spoken to either of us will know what a shocking state the car was sold to us and how much work is required just to get it into a position where it can pass an MOT let alone drive to Mongolia, luckily for us Joe knows a 'Bloke" who has basically saved our bacon and agreed to turn our bag of shit on wheels to a showroom fresh car.
On the large list of things the car failed its MOT, the power steering unit and more specifically the main pipe that runs from the steering rack to the pump itself was the biggest problem. Ours had a lovely hole in the main reason for the failure. Joe managed to get in contact with Pirtek a company that said our pipe would be fixed for a measly price of £50, to shorten the story it got fixed incorrectly and is now less than useless. Evenings since then have spent trawling websites looking for one with prices starting at around £60 we decided to hit the local salvage yards and although one in doncaster seemed to have a VW polo with the correct pipe it wasn't untill after the third trip to the yard and removal of the pipe, that in true nomad style it wasn't compatible apparently theres a sensor on the Lupo model thats isn't on the Polo model another complete waste of time, phone calls and swear words.
All seemed hopeless to the point of we were contemplating looking for a new car until Gumtree provided a ray of hope in the form of a person in Rotherham with 2 Lupos he is currently breaking for parts, with some emails sent and £20 exchanged the pipe was duly collected (Picture below) who knew one pipe could cause so much problems. As it stands now the pipe is in and works and we are currently in the process now of servicing some parts such as spark plugs air filters and so on with the aim of having the car on the road very shortly.
All in all the car is getting sorted hence the reason we've not had an update in a while. In other news we've sent off the Uzbekistan visa application and should hear back if its accepted soon or not
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