Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A Busy Time

We have in the line up a busy few weeks both on and off the boat.

On the boat preparations are under way for our upcoming trip to the Norfolk Broads next month, we can only hope that the weather is going to be better than for our last break.

Before we go we need to make sure that Naughty-Cal is in fine fettle and ready for the five hour coastal trip from Boston to Lowestoft. It is a bit of a long haul but we prefer to get it over and done with in one hit rather than breaking the trip at Wells on the way down.

As home we are busy getting the Sierra ready for it's annual MOT. This week she has been in the mechanics workshop having a few little bits and pieces sorted out that we have been meaning to sort but have been putting off. It was quite an extensive list by the time the mechanic had found a few more items to tinker with including, replacing the crankcase oil seal, cleaning up the oil the old seal had thrown around the engine bay, removing the viscous fan (which was doing nothing!), oil and filter change, air filter change, replacing the rocker cover gaskets, setting the valve clearances, resetting the handbrake, fitting poly bushes to the front anti roll bar, finding and fixing a minor coolant leak, finding and fixing a minor air leak on the fuel injection system and flushing the coolant through and replacing with new. Quite a list and he isn't finished yet, although the car is now back at home tucked up in her garage until next week.

Tonight we are heading to Nottingham to pick up a  stainless steel exhaust system that Liam has won on Ebay. Hopefully next week the mechanic will fit this, find the source of a blow from the manifolds and tune up the engine to get her running spot on. And then finally we have a few minor niggling jobs such a replacing a bulb and fixing a windscreen washer jet to finish off before MOT time early next week.

Oh and on top of this little lot the ever trusty Datsun decided to start playing up last week as well. However with a new crank sensor it does seem to be running well again. Fingers crossed that is now fixed.

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