Just starting to gather up the spares, tools and kit we’ll take with us, we’ll take more to Morocco to increase the operating weight of the car and to make us more comfortable en route. There’s a constant tension between taking parts to repair breakdowns while always trying to minimise the weight carried in the car. We need to take hard to source parts with us but rely on our ingenuity to get parts that are more likely to be found locally. Hence we wouldn’t take a spare battery (we did consider a two battery set up for the car but resolved to fit one big one instead) but we will take a spare alternator as, although we would be almost certainly able to find one locally, we would be unlikely to get one to fit in the confined space available.
We’ve covered 7000 km in mixed testing and driving, so time for a major service and inspection. On the 21 February we leave for Geen Remmen’s first big test: two weeks testing in Morocco. Some tension prior to the inspection: were those rumbles signs of trouble or just the noises the car makes? Too tappety at tickover? What was that graunching noise? How well is the clutch holding up? Did the severe vibration do any damage before we cured it?
Great to report that all major components were working perfectly, transmission oil was clean, diff oil up to mark and clean. Some problems traced, a leaking oil seal on the axles, the rear brake disc pad back plates are failing in the rear callipers but the sliders were fine. Given the car has been some distance now, it’s a great result.
Phew. Loads more prep to do before we set off on an extended test to Marrakesh
Rear axle seal failing, note dripping oil
Testing at Blyton with Howard Patterson 18.1.16
Chase car is a Skoda. Flames most visible at the end of the clip.
Had a great day, Howard was impressed by Geen, and I gained a lot of confidence knowing the car goes pretty well on tarmac. I will have to get some night time flame footage. My car just got extra awesome.