Caution long post ahead
50% of the Nomad team and rainbow dash woke earlyish and were keen to forget yesterday's woes. First on the agenda was a mechanic for both cars, to see if our radiator could be fixed and their suspension. The morning quickly turned into a disappointment it turns out that Monday was their weekend. We seem very good at needing things at other countries weekends.
We had found a petrol station that sold radiator flush and more Rad weld so this was going to be plan B if it couldn't be fixed. Both teams also bought Injector cleaner in an attempt to fix the miss-firing issues that were plaguing both cars. We also got two new tyres as they were on sale and silly cheap so at least we could get rid of the tyres that had the wire coming through.
With heads held low i retreated to the hotel and googled a radiator fixer and found one that was on the other side of the city, quickly got some directions from reception and headed off into the afternoon.
When driving a Mongol rally car its easy to forget how much they stand out with huge stickers and flags all over them no to mention having GB plates on the car. It was at a set of traffic lights that the day started to brighten up a local man called Daulet pulled along side me and spoke fluent english and helped guide me to the place i was looking for.
He helped me translate what the problem was and after a quick chat with the mechanic we were back to square one. The guy said the radiator was too broken to be fixed and they wouldn't attempt it as i would have no warranty, something i was quick to mention that i wasn't bothered about i just needed a quick fix, this didn't matter to them they weren't going to fix it nor were they going to sell me the parching gear so i could do it myself, again more disappointment.
Daulet then suggested we try another place he knew again this was met with failure. Both places suggested going to a VW dealer to buy the part, this was out of the question due to it being very expensive to buy from dealers and time, they very rarely have stock and have to order specific things which was something we didn't have.
An auto parts store was last thing to come to mind and when we found one things were going in the right direction. The part was sourced from the VIN number purchased with the help of Daulet's translation he even paid for our Anti Freeze as a gift!.
The rest of the night i (Jamie) spent altering the inside of the engine bay of Patricia to fit the radiator in. It turns out that it didn't fit at all even though i was told it would. Its wider and taller than our original and required cutting a lot of the fibreglass engine bay away just to make a slot big enough to fit. 7 hours and 4 prices of polystyrene later the new radiator was in ish. There was only 2 zip ties holding it in and not a single screw but it worked and thats all that matters, only time will tell weather it holds on the rough roads.