Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Rusty's Back!!

Yep, here he is.  Parked at the back of the house in his usual place again after another bout of MAJOR heart surgery by me.  The rain stopped for long enough yesterday for me to run my home made electric lamp outside and be able to see what I had to do and fix him!

The whole gear selector cable mechanism collapsed & I couldn't get ANY gears at all and so had to put him into 2nd gear from under the bonnet and limp him home.  It was quite funny and rather distressing at the same time.  Distressing because, well, doing 20-25mph on major roads with your hazard lights flashing and not knowing that you'll overheat or run out of fuel isn't good, it's sort of funny because you spend more time looking in your wing mirrors and every time you look there's an increasing cue of cars behind you.

Whilst I spent most of the journey back home saying "sorry, sorry, sorry" out loud, that was interspaced by my saying "at least it makes a change from being stuck in a queue behind a slow moving bloody caravan doesn't it?!?!?!".   ....Welcome to the world of A Man With A Van!

This is the tiny little cable mechanism that failed and caused so much distress.  The rusty clip on the right of the pic popped off and the bit on the left of the pic is the aluminium plate & nuts & bolts I had to engineer myself to keep the end of the cable on it's ball joint.  (Boring eh?)

....anyway, it works and now Rusty the van, Sally, monza the dog and I can all continue on our ongoing (Bonkers) adventures.  Keep checking in!