Saturday, 3 June 2017

Washing, Sponsor Thanks and the Fuel Gauge Punchline

With the 2017 Angelhurst Village Car Show coming up, Damian figured that to hang out with the expensive cars (Ferrari's, Porsche's, Jaguar's etc), Booger Mobile should be clean!


A good looking bit of kit, for sure!!


Even Giggle looked clean and happy!!


Damian thinks it's going to be tough leaving the poor old girl in the shed this year!!


With the washing done, Damian thought he would give a final thank-you to the 2016 sponsors of Booger Mobile - Aus Minecraft...


Kaye and John Stevens (Special K from WA).


Cadist Consulting.


Deon Cameron from EarlyFalcons.com


Steve and the team at Aussie Jumping Castles.


Fraser Strain - Safety Certificates.


Denise Gadsden, and Catherine and Paul Price.


Jason Sheather and the crew at Shopplumbing.com.au


It's an emotional time...


Oh yeah, one last thing.  Damian spent another day wiring and rewiring the fuel gauge, with seemingly no progress...  Then he finally just put it back together and hoped for the best!!

Turns out he had wired it up right and fixed it, but because the tank was pretty empty, it didn't move until after fuelling up... 

This is progress, for sure.  The gauge is working, but the fuel sender needs to be adjusted (since the tank is full, but the gauge is only reading 3/4 full), so the tank will need to come out AGAIN...


At least the fuel gauge is working again!!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fuel Gauge Fixing - Part 1

One remaining item of grief was the non-functioning fuel gauge.  Booger Mobile has a voltage-regulated instrument cluster, working on 5V instead of 12V.


Pulling the instrument cluster out...


Damian bought an after-market voltage regulator... would it work?


Given that Booger Mobile is now retired, it probably wouldn't matter all that much... but Damian would still like to see it work.

With some rewiring of the connections required (even though it should have been plug and pray), the completion would be another week coming…

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Transmission Pan Gasket Replacement

With Damian's new car not yet arrived, and a fundraising event coming up, it was time to keep making progress with Booger Mobile to ensure it was in a driveable state!!


This transmission pan gasket leak would need to be fixed!!


Draining the oil...


Hard to get an action shot!!


Merlin found Damian under Booger Mobile and proceeded to inappropriately tongue Damian's face!!


This could be the reason the pan gasket was leaking!!


And this grunge inside probably isn't good, either!!


Ewwwwwwww...


So clean you could almost eat off it!!


Selfie while adding transmission fluid!!


Fixed... test driven and looking awesome!!


Damian is still sad about the decision to retire Booger Mobile...  Has he made the right decision?


Only time will tell…

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Farewell from Booger Mobile

After a tremendous amount of soul-searching, a few tears and questioning whether he's doing the right thing, Damian has decided to retire Booger Mobile from the Camp Quality esCarpade, effective immediately.


Having had a good run over the past seven years, with some highs, some lows and plenty of memorable moments, Damian feels that the time is right to let the poor old girl have a well-earned rest. 

The past few years have seen Booger Mobile hit a few ruts and potholes (literally and figuratively), not to mention the frustrating fuel problems that seem to follow Damian from town to town. 

It would be fair to say that the current fuel gauge problem (coupled with the terrible drive home from the companion training day) have convinced Damian that the time has come to say farewell on behalf of Booger Mobile.

GOOD-BYE, AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Silver Sponsor - Special K from WA

Team Booger Mobile would like to welcome back their long time supporter, and first sponsor for 2017, Special K from WA!!

Kaye and her husband John are good friends of Team Booger Mobile, having followed the journey from pretty much the beginning.  They have even visited Team Booger Mobile HQ in person all the way from Western Australia!!

Welcome back Kaye - truly a special sponsor!!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Fuel gauge problem - part 2

Having found that the fuel gauge was getting power correctly, but still not reading correctly, Damian figured it was time to dig a little deeper...


Out with the instrument cluster again...


And back in...


Having found this didn't work, Damian removed the fuel tank for the second time in two days...


Out with the new sender...


And compare the float level with the old sender...  Clearly different.


After adjusting the float level slightly, reinstalling the sender and putting the fuel tank back in, Damian was hoping that the fuel gauge would now magically work...


Alas, it wasn't to be the case...


Damian threw his hands in the air like he just didn't care, and decided that there must be something else wrong with the gauges.  A google or two showed that a common problem was the voltage regulator packing it in.  Ordering one off eBay, Damian decided that putting the passenger side back together would be the next focus...

Needing a bit of sticky stuff to patch a small hole in the glove box, Damian found some Dial before you Dig stickers courtesy of the boys in 1100... these things turn up EVERYWHERE!!


Glove box reinstalled...


Heater box and under-dash air vent reinstalled...


The fuel gauge issue was starting to be really annoying...  It was bad enough that Booger Mobile only got around 250km to a tank full of fuel, but would be even worse if the fuel gauge wasn't working...

Damian was beginning to wonder if it wasn't time to let the poor old girl have a rest…

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fuel gauge problem - part 1

So, after arriving home from esCarpade 2016, Damian noticed that Booger Mobile's fuel gauge wasn't playing nicely...  It wasn't reading correctly even when the tank was full...


A minor annoyance was the boot seal ungluing itself a little bit...  Probably should fix that too!!


Thinking that the issue might be the fuel sender, Damian headed under the car to have a look, discovering that it was actually leaking slightly... Time for a new fuel sender!!  Naturally, this meant emptying the fuel tank.

Of course, with the tank nearly full, it was going to take three jerry cans to siphon it out of the tank.


Damian noticed that his primer pump for the siphon had perished, so wrapped it in...  a latex glove!!


With the fuel removed, it was time to check out the sender...


Undoing the old sender means removing the fuel hose, sender wire and undoing the locking mechanism.


Boofhead stopped by the shed to check out what Damian was up to...


Damian removed the old sender, and checked out the inside of the tank... looked pretty good still!!


Clean as a whistle!!



then discovered that the new sender wasn't going to go in quite as easily due to catching ever so slightly on the locking mechanism...  The tank was going to have to come out!!


And out with the tank...


Careful not to tip any of the remaining fuel out the sender hole...


Now what?


Boot hole still looks as good as ever... bit dusty...


Damian clowning around...


Merlin photo-bombing while Aidan helps Damian get the remaining fuel out...


Must be empty enough to work on now...


Bit of gunk, but not too much... 


The new sender sitting not quite in place...  took a bit of gentle persuasion to get it in there!!


Refilling the tank - enough to check that the seal is good on the sender.


Aidan demonstrating safety first while under the fuel tank!!


After fuelling up, Damian checked the gauge...  still not working properly!!


Damian pulled the gauge cluster apart to check that wires hadn't come loose... one had - would this fix the gauge?


While having it in pieces, Damian took the opportunity to replace/reposition the coloured parts for the indicator, high beam, oil and generator lights.


Put the dashboard back together...


And the fuel tank was finished!!


Something wasn't working again, so out with the dash cluster...


After a few choice words, Damian found that the gauge still wasn't working properly, but all other lights etc were.  Back to the drawing board!!