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.
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.