It’s Scumrun this weekend and a mate has managed to get everything in place to make a go of it. I have the greatest of admiration for him since I tried to organize everything for last years run and; well failed!
I wish him good luck and if anyone reading feels like sponsoring him and his team then please go to http://www.justgiving.com/scumrun-ghostbusters; all money raised goes to Chase Hospice this year.
Sold the limo on eBay last weekend. Got a winning bit of £360 which was OK considering we paid £371 for it. Dad drove the car from the yard where it was stored to his house in Evesham on Friday morning and I arranged to collect it Friday evening. Then the buyer could collect from my house on Sat morning – Plan! So I thought. I over looked one thing “SODS LAW!”
This manifested it’s self as spontaneous wiring loom combustion on Sunday morning.
We tried to start the car on Friday night to drive it home and it was dead, no ignition lights, nothing. After putting the battery on charge over night and reconnecting it in the morning the wiring from the +ve battery terminal started smoking. Not only did we have flames painted down the side we also now had smoke coming from the bonnet and a burning smell from the dash.
In the end I contacted the buyer and explained the situation, much to my surprise he came over to look at it. After a few attempts to hot wire the car we came to an agreement on a figure for a sale and her toed it away to join his hearse; apparently complete with flames. So that is that. Never again!
I’m admitting defeat and we are not going on the Scumball this year, I’m not proud of it but I am a little relieved. I have to admit that as I found out more information about the Scumball event I became less enthusiastic about going. Couple that with a lack of team work and I got to the point where I’d had enough and called a halt to it.
Seems that the event is going to cover about 2000 miles in 4 days, which is a lot of driving. Yes I know that’s the point but 10 hours + a day driving is not very appealing. Last year the event stopped over night in the Alps in tents! People a bloody skiing in the Alps this time of year not camping.
Good luck to all those going, I will be thinking about you while I have a lie in my nice warm bed on Sunday morning.
This is a rare moment. In the following post there may be some content that looks vaguely like IT. Since I pretend to know what IT is at work, it was only going to be a matter of time before work and petrol head obsessions converge.
I have been hatching a cunning plan over the past week to dynamically plot our location during the Scumball Rally in April.
Fact: I am basically tight when it comes to spending money on IT hardware and I hate gadgets that don’t work
Fact: What ever we take on the Rally runs a high risk of being broken, stolen, lost, soaked in beer or just left somewhere in Europe since it is too heavy to carry.
Combine these two facts and you can see that some imagination is required when developing a Global Tracking System. Anyway here is my Scumball Tracking Device (STD), codename the “HackaTracka”.
Basically I have a laptop running FC8 which grabs the GPS Coordinates from a Bluetooth GPS device with perl script. This then sends the GPS output via Bluetooth to my old faithful Nokia 6310i (probably the best mobile phone ever) which SMS’s them off to Twitter. Twitter kindly converts my SMS to an RSS feed for free 😉 thank you twitter. I then grab the output from the RSS feed with a bit of PHP and parse out the GPS coordinates passing them to Google Maps API and BINGO! A map with our current location.
A little refinement is required but HackaTracka 2.0 should be operational before we leave in April. Hopefully is will track us round Europe for 4 days and not stuck in Dover for 4 days.
OK So the wheel nuts fit the Limo and this means the wheels from eBay also fit. Good News!
Now for the bad news, the gearbox sump gasket don’t fit ! Still no drive and now no ATF in the box at all 😦
Ah well, on a slightly more +ve note, I think I’ve come up with a plan to track the limo through europe using, a bluetooth GPS, Nokia 6310i via bluetooth, SMS to twitter, some hacking and google maps. Bit ugly but i think it will work.
First and last time I buy anything from eBay in Germany. I ordered some wheel nuts for the Limo back on the 4th of Feb and after a number of garbled emails with some German chappy I finally get a set of nuts on the 22nd. There is still a set somewhere in the post that have disappeared between Germany and the Uk, so much for German efficiency!
Nice nuts thou’ if you like that sort of thing …. I’m off to play with me nuts 😉
Prompted by a news letter from scumball3000 HQ we have started thinking about getting the limo out of hibernation and through an MOT. We have now booked the ferry crossing and I managed to pick up a set of 15” alloy wheels from eBay with brand new tyre on em for £40!
A rush trip was organized last Sunday to try the wheels on the Limo and get it running again. Despite being sat for 3 months she started and ran well, that’s the good news. The bad news is she seems to have an incontinence problem from the auto box and has dumped a large amount of ATF all over the floor. Since the fluid level on the box was very low, unsurprisingly there was no drive. I had a litre of ATF in the garage that we stuck in but it looks like we are still short since the drive is very intermittent and any incline is a problem. We need to stop it dropping fluid really since putting large about of ATF in the box is going to get very expensive and is not exactly practical, we are in a race after all!
The wheels look promising but we don’t appear to have the correct wheel nuts. The nuts we have look like they are from a set of steel wheels which will pull through the much larger holes in Ford alloys. A quick scan round eBay last night revealed a couple of potential suppliers of what look like the right nuts, hopefully this will solve that problem.
On a final +ve note the damp smell in the rear of the car seems to have gone and I think we are going to spray it lime green, on a kind of fast and furious theme.