The Mission

The Peking to Paris Rally is a recreation of the 1907 challenge issued by Le Matin, "Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?"
The 2016 version will follow a route of 13,695 Km (8,510 miles) and take 35 days. We are travelling in Rhubarb and Custard, a 1936 Buick. We know nothing about cars or rallying.

Saturday, 14 May 2016


If you have been following the blog then you will know that Rhubarb and Custard has been beset by mysterious electrical problems. To try and solve these we have fitted a new Odyssey battery of the kind used in Jet Bikes.  As well as being very powerful and maintenance free it has a socket for jump starting the car.

All the wiring has been replaced and tucked out of harm's way and where it passes through metalwork rubber grommets have been fitted to stop abrasion.

The fuses are mounted on the dashboard and are of the coloured plastic type that are quick and easy to identify and replace.

We have two condensers fitted next to each other - one unconnected for use as a spare.  Some commentators say that this is a bad idea because whatever made the first one fail will have also impacted the second.  In reply others say, 'Bollocks.'

We have a new starter motor and a new set of spark plugs plus a full set of spares.

Hopefully this will have sorted the gremlins out.

1 comment:

  1. Putting 2 condensers in parallell does double the capacitance but they are both subjected to the high voltage peaks that can destroy them. If one develops a short to ground, you are having some problem as if there was only one. If one develops a break, you don't realize that until the other one breaks. Double up the capacitance does not make any difference for the coil or points as the recommended capacitance value is adapted to the size the coil has. Short story, disconnect one lead to one of the condensers and you have a spare to make a trouble search with and change to if needed.