Sunday, 8 March 2009

Reality is setting in...

Where to start? I suppose the beginning is the most likely place, so we'll go from there!

Having previously met on Tuesday evening (planning meeting - probably should have posted something to the blog but didn't) and deciding not to work on Booger's head this weekend, Damian and Scottie decided on the following goals:
  1. Get the fuel tank in and fuel lines hooked up, and get the engine starting consistently.
  2. Compression test the engine to see what needs to be done (will it just be head work, will it be a full rebuild, will it just be left alone?)
  3. Sort the brakes out, so hopefully there can be some circle-work in the back paddock!! (Boys will be boys!)
First things first, it was time to make a shopping list. Brake fluid, muffler ring thingymabob, fuel hose clamps, compression tester, wheel bearing grease and an air blower for Scottie's compressor (as he'd left his at home). Off to SuperCheap Auto the boys went (another sponsorship opportunity there, how about it SCA?), and managed to get everything except the air blower. Not to worry, there's another SuperCheap Auto around the corner, so they headed off to that one. No air blower's there either (sold out) - not to worry, they'll just have to make do without one. Damian noticed that trolley jack's were on special, but since Scottie brought one with him, decided against buying one. (He was later to regret this decision!)

Returning with their required items, the boys got into the process of sorting out the fuel tank. Scottie worked under the bonnet adjusting the timing and points as per his newly acquired Gregory's manual (another sponsorship op? Hello, Gregory's?) while Damian began installing the fuel tank. Finding no bolts or nuts to attach it, it was decided to just sit it in position and connect up the hoses. That done, the tank was filled with around 10 litres of unleaded petrol...

Cranking, cranking, cranking nothing... Oh blast, not this again!! Seems there is no spark - AGAIN!! After some minor diagnostics and general faffing around, Damian suggests replacing the coil to distributor lead with a spare found in the back of the car, and what do you know? There's spark again!!

Damian and Scottie in their usual positions...

After much ginning around, including ripping the top off the carby and manually filling the float bowl with fuel, finally Booger Mobile would spring to life with a turn of the key, with regularity!! Goal number 1 - CHECK!!

Time to check out the compression... The manual tells the boys that the cylinders should be somewhere between 175 and 185psi... They take the plugs out and attach the flash new compression tester... Cylinder one - quite reasonable - 150... Cylinder two - alright, Cylinder three - absolute cracker (180)!! Cylinder four - bit sad, Cylinder five, about the same, bringing us to Cylinder six - trouble child of the BM engine!! It managed only a pathetic 45psi. Oil test of Cylinder six leaves the level stagnant at 45psi... It's time for a complete Engine Rebuild! Goal number two - CHECK!! (Although it would have been nicer if it just needed some headwork rather than a full rebuild, but hey, the goal was achieved nonetheless!)

After some delicious lunch supplied by Tricia (Damian's wife), and with the arrival of Paul to have a look at Booger Mobile, Scottie and Damian began the task of inspecting the brakes. The rear of the vehicle was jacked up and placed on jack stands (curse you dodgy trolley jack - why oh why didn't Damian buy the new one at SuperCheap Auto?), only to find that the cool rear wheel arches that make the XM look so delightful actually stop you from removing the wheels if you have the car resting on jack stands at the axle... So it was battling with the dodgy trolley jack again, and moving the jack stands to the chassis rail, and hey presto the rear wheels were off!

Jack stands - turns out they were in the wrong position!! And Scottie's dodgy trolley jack!

After much bashing and belting with hammers, the rear wheel drums were removed (been a while since they were off it would seem), and the true magnitude of the breaking system (pun intended) became apparent. The wheel cylinders - seized. The brake shoes - average at best. The rest of the components - in need of a good clean and some attention. It would seem that Booger Mobile would not be having any brakes without a complete set of replacement parts. Goal number three - sadly remains unachieved.

Having reached the sad conclusion that the amount of money required to get Booger Mobile into the 2010 esCarpade was mounting rapidly, Scottie and Damian took time to re-assess their plan. After several tense moments and a brief discussion, it was decided that the best course of action was ALL SYSTEMS GO!! Money schmoney... just takes more sponsorship and fundraising!! It's for the kids, remember!!

The rest of the afternoon was spent itemising the things required for Booger Mobile to reach roadworthy standard (to allow it to be registered), and having some fun with Booger Mobile's horn that was found in the spare parts in the back... Turned out that the relay wasn't working, but hey, when you hook that horn directly to the power my lord does it make a sweet sound... albeit really, REALLY loudly!!

The afternoon ended with Damian and Scottie agreeing to the following - Booger Mobile will live... and it will be a cracker!! Stay tuned...

Damian's CQ bucket hat (he loves them) makes a special guest appearance!


  1. Maybe some kind of walk/swim/ride thing could be organised to raise money??? Or a trivia night that we invite all our friends, friends of friends, bosses, etc. to... like $10/head, or provide snacks and nibblies for $20/head???

    Just a couple of suggestions... and i have a massive Trivia book.


  2. Trivia nights are very popular for fund raising. I'm going to one at Cheyenne's school this Friday night actually.
    If you need any extra hands (or trolley jacks!) we are usually free on weekends - just give us a yell.

  3. Notice in most of the pics I got my hands dirty under the bonnet, while Damian is sitting in the drivers seat dreaming. LOL

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