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The 2022 USA Roadtrip is already coming to life.


Was contacted by a guy I saw in Kansas before, where I had planned to stop by……

Always something interesting in a barn, sometimes it takes a while to come out the barn.

He is patient, fair and people trust him.




Wonder if I should hook a trailer as well when I head out.

Just in case ya know.
 

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Discussion Starter · #402 ·
Mailman and EBay made me happy.

New clutch Master cylinder came.

Design is a bit different.

First thing I noticed was the guide at the mouth of the unit where the rod enters to hit the plunger.

It was not present on the other unit, for whatever reason.


Hopefully it is a quick fix tomorrow morning.

Would be nice.





At least the weekend has landed, heat predicted so be careful out there.

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So the first job back home tonight was to cut the new MC and grind it to fit around the brake booster mounting foot.



Clevis fitted, clutch pumped and bled…..

Car started, 1st and 2nd engaged with the rear in the air.

Brakes tested, clutch tested some more, clevis adjusted, still not quite right….

Shortened and found to not be quite right.

Called out Mr Grinder….



Refitted.

Perfect, gear change smooth…….

Till it went PoP !

Dismantled, and rewelded.

Refitted, works well, clutch pedal too high……

And POP it went leaving the clutch fixed in a position.

Removed the Slave cylinder, and clutch back in position, wheels turning freely etc.

And yes, cleaned up, ground back tidy.



So I removed the Slave cylinder completely and will be buying a new one as @nickwheeler had suggested in the first place.

Lets see what the spares shops have in stock tomorrow.

Hanging loose with the Rezin Rockit.



And removed.





So clutching at straws.

While I have other stuff to deal with.

Friday night .

Drink??
 

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Still not bought travel insurance or booked a taxi back from the airport…..

Probably should get my finger out and get to it.

Packing?

Last minute job.

Chatting with various people around the States, it seems there may be a fair distance travelled this year.

I am going to try make it to Jonesboro Arkansas to see my old friend Steve Hansen (Twice awarded the Purple Heart 💜) and also to see if I can track down a State Trooper I want to speak with.

BRING A TRAILER has been mentioned. Still contemplating that.


I was chatting with Dennis’ son last night, he is travelling a lot for work right now, but like his dad, he is a funny guy without knowing it.


One of the things I enjoy about the travels is getting dirty with the people I meet, sometimes more than other times.


Part of our conversation made me chuckle.





I am so ready for this trip and the planned parts, as well as the unplanned.
 

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Discussion Starter · #405 ·
Postman knocked, no signature needed.

New Slave cylinder



Got fitted tonight, bled the system…….



All good.

Clutch worked.


I also set up the handbrake and made sure it is up to MOT Standard.

Locking nuts ensure a decent handbrake.



Job done.
 

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Who remembers this far back??

On delivery, cleaning and bleaching it became apparent that the bonnet/hood has some old damage.





So a plan was hatched, to buy some covering stickers via a member on here, who is most welcome to make himself known, he has been involved in previous builds.



Too many choices, but in the end I committed to one.

This will only happen after a successful MOT test.

Looking forward to it.
 

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Another small job was to refit the hood/bonnet last night.

I am really impressed with the fit of everything as it came together.



John and I had a few good chuckles while assembling it.

Nice tight fit.





And the two of us actually gloating and wondering what else we could do.

Celebrate sounded like a good idea.




And a short video of the first time I tried the clutch and brakes out.


VIDEO:



A short road test is also planned for today over on the farm road.


More later, hopefully.


Thanks for checking in.
 

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Discussion Starter · #408 ·
Took it to the farm for a first shakedown run.

It is light, skittish and the front end tracking etc all need proper setting.

However, being as light as it is, this thing feels plenty fast, a bit of Sh!t off a shovel brisk.

VIDEO:


I am really pleased with it at this point.

A few more bits to complete, then MOT

I must be honest, I would have loved to hear my dad’s comments on this, both seeing it and driving it.
 

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That’s fantastic, really well done👏
Thank you very much mate.

almost done.





The Rezin Rockit is so near to completion

So Jack Daniels bought a car.

I can hear you sucking through your teeths…….

If you know it already, sit on your advance knowledge please.

What’s not to love.








It reminds me a a CSI crime scene, so much DNA and chaos to deal with.
 

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So after agreeing to buy the car I had to arrange transport for it.

30 miles on a flatbed as it has no exhaust, no MOT, Tax, Insurance.

Loaded.



Unloading.




Underside is reasonable.

Needs a bit of bilateral sill welding.







Anyway

I am hoping to be able to get it fixed.

 

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Discussion Starter · #412 · (Edited)
Back to the 2022 Road trip.

Listed here:





So JB told me he had a surprise for my visit……

And the only clue was that it has wheels, knowing him, it could be between 1 and 18 wheels.

So I drove down from Kansas to Oklahoma to visit.

Thanks for lunch and the rides JB.

I feel pretty privileged and honoured you let me in there.







Of course preceded by a long ride to the state line in this beast.

I can only say that the GODZILLA motor kicks like a mule.

And the ride is incredibly smooth for what should really shake and break the passengers.

And this is no different a smooth ride than other open tops I have driven or been in.

A job execution way beyond expectations.













And a little video.




Yup, much horsepower on this trip.
 

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Discussion Starter · #413 ·
Soooooo.


Lunch in Oklahoma with JB.



He had told me there was some surprise with wheels.



But knowing him, it could be anything between 1 and 18 wheels.



So the video tells it all.






So we went off for a Mexican lunch and the largest Margarita in history.



A very comfortable ride for sure.



Got messaged today that the rear silencers may have fallen foul of the impact wrench too.



This may be raucous.
 

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Having bought the Microbe completely “Sight Unseen” getting it delivered, starting it up without any silencer or exhaust was interesting.

The delivery guy is a bit (read lot) of a petrol head. @mercdan has bought from him before as well.

His tattoos made me smile.

Guess the ride.





I did a drive by after agreeing to buying the car, and kinda just shook my head.

It was a rough little thing.







Once it was home the idea was to park it up and leave it alone till the Rezin Rockit was done and MOT’d

But then I realised that MOT, Road Tax and insurance would lose me almost two months of unused time if I got it done before leaving on the USA roadtrip so plans changed.

I started to clean it up, getting to know it.

Realising along the way there were going to be some serious challenges, including the broken off exhaust.

Still, as @pauly says……. Onwards.
 

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Thought I would share a quick, easy fix on here.

I have done it on a few cars before and it works like a charm.

Raw, unpainted plastics tend to go grey and dull over time.

Something the sun and oxidation does.

So you can use raw linseed oil, other oils, or plastic refresher in a can, elbow grease or paint the plastics…..

I found a heatgun works well, controlled and kept at a safe distance, moving constantly, you will see it change as you go along.

Door handles.

Before:



After:



Light surrounds……





After



Bumpers come up in a similar way.

Adds “value” by making cars look cared for.

Well, fixing it up is caring, Innit?

Bumpers Before the heat gun.






Halfway there.





And after, does look a lot better.




A lot of cleaning ahead still.

More later.
 

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Road trip update.

I got to go up for a flight with one of Adam’s buddies yesterday.

This trip keeps giving.

There’s more on the road trip thread.

Brad coming in to land.







VIDEO HERE:



Yup, life is good.
 

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More cleaning.

Filthy to some, fine to others.

You judge.













Did I mention the upholstery took a bit of work.

From this…..



To this…..



Through this…..



Creating this….




Hubcaps….

Cleaned up, prepped, painted.







Result.




More to come.
 

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Ant then……

Magically we now have a baby Subaru, think how much faster go-faster stripes or a noisy exhaust makes a car.



High



Low



Ass



Nice.

Small changes, bit by bit.


Also tacked the door panels with the wet vacuum and a bottle of Cif/Jif cleaner.

Then reassembled them as they are a bit tatty.



Much better imho.




@Mercdan also came over for a couple of beers and to run his new buffer over the paint with some of the Q3 compound.





Interesting how quickly the hours add up when you play with cars.

Looks better already.





When I am working in the garage, George often joins me, finding a spot to curl up, and then at other times, he will walk around, inspecting, checking.



Bed time.

I am headed to Kentucky and Louisiana tomorrow morning, then over to Texas.
 

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Once I had most of the cleaning done, it started to look better.

Despite all the jobs left to do.

Steering wheel does look spectacularly sh!t from 130k miles of use.

The colour is not ideal.

A black one would have been much better.









Plans were starting to solidify in my head.


Stuff I had spinning around for years.

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