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.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

For the Benefit of Our RPS Readers

You may recall that our car was built by Rally Preparation Services who are reading this blog. I thought they might like to know how Rhubard and Custard is getting along:

- A rear leaf spring grease nipple got damaged but we've managed to remove it and will fit a new one when the mechanic team look less zombie like and we dare to ask them for a spare.
- we've developed a horrid metallic knocking sound. After extensive investigation I've concluded it's the axel stands having come loose and banging together in the boot.
- We backfire under hard acceleration. We've adjusted the carburettors.
- The gear-lever comes out of gear if you take your foot off the accelerator when going downhill. We curse RPS.
- There was a leak from the oil filter but tightening the nut has reduced this to an angelic weeping
- The forward carburettor has a slight petrol leak. We've tightened the nuts which we hope has cured it
- The driver's side headlamp has worked slightly loose.
- The handbrake is too stiff. Richard has adjusted it and now we don't have a handbrake.
- Um. That's it so far.

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