Sunday, October 15, 2006

Recovering from the RBRR

Photos are courtesy of "McJim" - here we are arriving at Conon Bridge. What you can't tell from this is that the car is very near boiling over!

Investigation in the car park showed the bottom of the radiator to be disintegrating.

This was only the start of a whole series of problems but I will write these up as an article for Club Torque and post that here too.

Suffice it to say that BRP now needs a new radiator, all new hoses and a new alternator. It doesn't need an oil change as we went through about 15 litrres of oil (!) until I finally identified the oil pressure sender unit as the cause of a massive oil leak. This was cured when tony Francis brought a replacement to Ashburton for me - thanks Tony.
At least I am in good spirits here. The cap was not there to annoy McJim (altho that was a welcome bonus) :P

I had been wearing an England cap and was planning on wearing a Wales one too but sadly that never came to pass as we had to bypass Wales!

About to set off again - alternator swaps, fan belt replacement, much topping up of oil and water to follow!

Here we are working on BRP at Ashburton (thanks to Andy F for the photo).

BRP is now safely tucked up under the car port. I have only just got round to doing something with it again today - just a wash and touching up of stone chips.

I have all winter to do lots more.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Not bad at all (I hope!)

Checked the oil and fluid levels on BRP this evening as prep for the Round Britain.

Then took it for a 20 mile drive, never going over 4000 RPM to nurse the unknown engine a bit.

I have to say I am growing in confidence now - I hope it's not misplaced tho. Everything seems to work as it should (or thereabouts) and the car has a nice amount of extra power.

What will the RBRR bring I wonder?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Looking good again

There's the CT RBRR log0 next to the rear light unit and then a side on view - pretty good huh!