Finally positivity!! We start this blog with news that our dearly beloved car has finally passed an MOT which has been a long time coming but at least now we can start putting some miles on her to see if any issues crop up before we depart which is less than 50 days now!
The summer seemed to have ended as of Friday, so we've spent the past two days getting slightly moist cowering under umbrellas, attaching LED spot lamps to the roof rack and threading a pesky wiring harness through various cubby holes in the car chassis in order to hide the wires in an attempt to look "Professional". Lights are now on and the switch in place (pictures below) and neither os us got electrocuted in the rain also bonus!!
Today has also seen us dodge frequent precipitation so we can finally attach the stickers we were given a while ago to the outside of the car. We have to say even for our standard the car is starting to look quite good. we also discovered a bobblehead from a popular video game which has taken place on our dashboard, yet to be seen if this is lucky or not? only time will tell.
The end of the day saw a culmination of effort from the past two months which has been getting this car to a state of drivability and potentially fit for trans continant rallying. This left us with only one thing left to do.
Bassically It all ended in calamity when we got the car stuck in a muddy sink hole, and then almost got the rescue car stuck trying to get to it however all is well both cars are now in respective places with slightly muddied underbodys and bumpers. In our defense we did try and drive down a farm lane where tractors frequently churn up mud, however still not looking good if we get stuck outside of any civilisation fingers crossed this won't happen on our trip.
Just incase anyones keeping uptodate with foreign politics Irans just elected the same same president they had last year so such help our Iran visa, soon we go down to London to apply for our Mongolian visa. Will keep you updated with both
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Due to the fact you'd struggle to find space to store a bottle of beer in our car we need a roof rack to carry the extra shit were taking, such as, wheels, fuel cans, water etc. Last week my mother told me that sat in our garage was 2 old ones that used to fit her old Volvo 240, which is slightly wider than a VW Lupo it turns out, anyway this weekend i popped them both in the car headed to Joes where we spent a very stressful afternoon trying to get one of these to fit. (Pictures to follow)
We set about by stripping it and cleaning it as it has been sat in the garage for more than 25 years. What seemed like a simple task of shortening the bars and securing them; dragged out way through the day and into early evening. Issues started early into the fitting as where there should be four rubber feet to keep it packed snuggly to the car, some had got lost somewhere between my garage and Wakefield sadly only 2 seemed to appear. With a quick trip to Asda, sheets of multicoloured craft foam purchased for £1 and a keen eye with a pair of scissors quickly resulted in a "replacement" rubber feet being made and fitted we had triumphed!!!. Yes!!! our roof rack carrying potentially 40L of fuel, 3 wheels, extra water and anything else we can't fit in the car is currently secured for our 10,000 mile drive with "rainbow foam" but we have a roof rack fitted!!!
What started as jubilation quickly turned into disaster as going to start the car provided nothing but the clicking of a dead battery! (at this point it is 7.30pm at night we were both tired from previous shift work) unhappy is the biggest understatment ever!!. A quick phone call to Joes mechanic friend ended up with us dashing to Halfords 30 mins before its shut to buy jumper cables. My car is a Citroen DS3 which has a small universe of plastic around the battery leading to more swearing and youtubing to find out where the negative terminal on the battery is to jump start the dead battery on our Lupo, short answer it doesn't have one! I promise we looked for it and found nothing!! Joes car does however and we were quickly met by the joyous sound of our gigantic 1.0L engine. Hopefully this issue will not plague us for our trip as there may be some parts of it where we are on our own!! fingers crossed all these gremlins are showing themselves know before we leave!!
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