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.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Fuel Issues

Dear Richard

Hope this reaches you and helps.  

From: Paul Markland
Subject: Fuel Issues
Date: 26 June 2016 at 20:29:03 BST
To: Richard Nicholl


I am not sure you will get this but I have not been able to leave a comment on your blog.

Reading your blog with great interest, you appear to be getting there even if it is with quite a few problems.  On your ongoing fuel issue, I note you have overhauled the whole system but did this include draining and flushing both tanks.  If you did pick up bad fuel in the early days then it will just not go away unless you drain flush and refill tanks.

I you are forced to drive on 7 or less cylinders then take the spark plug out of the offending cylinder as this will prevent further damage.  The cylinder will not suck fuel in as it will not get suction with the plug out.  I had to do this in 2001 when I did 3000 miles on 5 cylinders.

Keep at it, the car is strong and I am sure you can make it, just don’t push too hard.

Best of luck

Paul Markland

Previous owner of Rhubarb and Custard

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