Friday, April 18, 2014

Accelerator Linkage - the exciting conclusion!!

As it turned out, the auto store couldn't supply a linkage of the correct size due to supply issues, so Damian found one on ebay, crossed his fingers and hoped for the best!!
 
Perfect fit!!
 

Much better angle here...


Once the linkage was attached, and the accelerator pedal was adjusted (no photos), Damian went under Booger Mobile and tightened the pan bolts on the transmission - they seemed to have slightly wriggled loose during last year's esCarpade, which could account for the pool of fresh oil under the car...  Hopefully this will fix what wasn't an issue last year!!


On the topic of issues that weren't there last year, it would appear that a bit of glue is required on the boot lid seal...  tack that onto the todo list!!


And there ends today's work - nothing further can happen until Angus comes over with his welder to tack on a piece to attach to the kickdown cable...

This accelerator linkage saga is beginning to rival the early days of Booger Mobile!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Accelerator Linkage saga continues...

Hooking up the mechanical linkage to the small holley carby that was attached, it became apparent that Damian could actually use the existing carby, and not have to find a 43mm air cleaner, which it would seem is rarer than a unicorn pooping skittles!!


Step one - grab the original part from the carby (that had been removed to fit the cable system last year), and remove some unneeded bits...


Yeah, but... something needs to stop the carby when it returns... Idle adjustment ding dang...


Angle grinding and breaking stuff...


These bits are in the way... time to remove them...


Alright!!  One idle adjustment stopper ding dang...


Hook the linkage up to the end of the newly created part...


Hmmm...  seems awfully close...


Speaking of awfully close...  Cisco decided to wander into the shed to see what Damian was up to!!


The problem with the short linkage connector was that the accelerator pedal only had about a cm of movement to go from fully closed to fully open... the solution?  Make the end further away!!


Plenty of clearance this way!!

Of course, making the end further away had the unintended consequence of requiring a shorter linkage, so that was the end of the progress...

Back at the auto store, Damian discovered that they didn't have the required linkage in stock, and would have to order one in...  Of course!!

Stay tuned... surely this will have a happy ending sometime!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New accelerator pedal assembly

Time for Damian to get serious about getting Booger Mobile ready for the 2014 Camp Quality esCarpade...  One niggling issue that has plagued the years that Booger Mobile has entered, has been the accelerator cable.

Of course, there needs to be a gratuitous shot of Booger Mobile's number...


And of course, before anything else happens, it's time to get the bash plate out of the way...


Uh oh... that looks pretty fresh... it would seem there's a bit of a transmission oil leak to deal with... of course...


Step one, get under the dash and remove the old accelerator pedal assembly...  Then, get the new one poked through the hole in the firewall...


With a bit of luck, it won't hit anything...  Gah... so close... it's catching on the head of this bolt... which of course, is holding the bracket for the kickdown cable, which of course, is staying...


Move the bracket, and there's clearance all round!!  Woohoo!!!!!  Now to work out how to connect the end of the pedal assembly to the carby...


At least there's plenty of clearance where it matters!!


So vehicle preparation has commenced for 2014...  Damian really needs to get his act together - the esCarpade will arrive before he knows it!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

esCarpade 2013 thank you lunch and 2014 team get together

It was that time of the year again... time to thank the 2013 teams for their efforts, and catch up with the 2014 teams to say g'day and welcome!!

Sadly, not all teams could make it up to Toowoomba, but there were a few there on the day.


Kelly said the official words...


And presented plaques to 2013 teams for their fundraising efforts!!


There it is... Team Booger Mobile's official total for 2013...


Straight to the pool room!!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fundraising - Soundwave Festival 2014 - Brisbane

Soundwave Festival Brisbane... Team Booger Mobile have again been invited to handle the tickets in the signing tent.  Kate came along to give Damian a hand...


Backstage, some of the trucks were there, people were scurrying getting the finishing touches in place...


This year, the signing tent was moved into a larger, more airy and definitely cooler location!!  And even better - the tickets were already written out!!


Signage up...



Always time for a pose in the middle of Damian's photo!!


Stage 4 - right beside the signing tent location... it's going to get loud!!


The gates open, and the crowds arrived en mass!!


After a hectic first couple of hours selling tickets (as per usual), the bands started rolling through.  The lady at the front with the yellow and white bags asked for "a ticket to every band available".  And she spent the day rolling through getting photos and autographs from everyone...  She was either selling them on ebay, or was a wonderful mother!!  Damian likes to think it was the latter!!


Damian with his earplugs in, and Kate still smiling!!


These guys were particularly scary looking... Mushroomhead!!


Gwar take the stage on Stage 4...  They would cause chaos in the signing tent later!!


Quiet band line up...


All hell breaks loose when Gwar appear and start overturning tables and throwing chairs...


Duff McKagan... turns out he snuck back again in 2014...


Duff... you're looking the wrong way!!


Gwar make a grand exit...


Some of the bands made themselves hugely popular by walking out into the crowd at the end of their signing tent appearance!!


This chick and her husband were super-stoked to meet Phil from Down/Pantera.


And of course, what would a trip to Soundwave be without a selfie with Mrs Soundwave, aka Jo!!


So how much was raised?  It was the most successful Brisbane Soundwave Festival fundraising EVER, raising a huge total of

$3861.65
 
A massive fundraising total if ever there was one!!  Team Booger Mobile can't wait until the next Soundwave Festival!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rotary Club of Carindale Guest Speaker Gig

Damian was lucky enough to be invited to be guest speaker at the breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Carindale.  Regular blog readers would remember them from the Brisbane Billycart Championships back in August.


One of the few official photos of Booger Mobile from 2013 made it into the presentation.


At the conclusion of the presentation, Damian was presented with a small gift as a token of their appreciation.


He was also presented with a cheque for ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!  This fabulous donation is in addition to the $3000 donation they made in 2013, and there was also some discussion about Damian being involved in the Brisbane Billycart Championships again this coming year... watch this space!!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Time to get the ball rolling for 2014 - first stop - carby leak!!

Booger Mobile continues to be neglected and lonely in the shed, as it is after every esCarpade!!  Damian's Patrol decided that going BANG was preferable to continuing to drive, so Damian figured it might be time to sort out Booger Mobile's leaking carby issue, in case he needs to drive it!!

Of course, starting off with a gratuitous plug for Platinum Sponsor, Cadist Consulting.


Here's the before shot, so Damian can put it back kind of the same!!


New carby on the right (in pieces to check for crud in the float bowl), donor carby on the left.


Hmmm... wait a minute... the donor carby has a blocked off portion...


But Booger Mobile's carby has a hole that goes straight through!!


Voila!!  One blocked off hole!!


After putting back the carby, (having replaced the copper washer on the jet cover), Damian discovered that it was no longer dripping fuel... SUCCESS!!


Now to do something about the fuel economy, and the sticky throttle cable... and... and... and...

Damian also cleaned all the spark plugs and inside the distributor cap (not shown), which was a tad dusty!!  Mental note for next esCarpade - check these on the rest day!!