Sunday, 29 July 2012

Queensland Scrutineering

The day for Queensland scrutineering had finally arrived. 

Damian got Booger Mobile out of the shed and parked it up, waiting for Jason to arrive.

He noticed that the green LED in the driver's side headlight had decided not to work... typical!!

Still looks resplendant in the cool morning light though!!

And they made it to Kilcoy (after a minor hitch - when they first started driving the tranmission didn't want to play nicely... stopping and putting another litre or so of oil into it fixed it!!  Damian noted that it's funny how he managed to test drive it for 45 mins on the Friday night with no problems, but when it was time to go and they were running a little late, it decided to play silly buggers!!)  There is some video of this, but Damian's internet is playing up, so he can't upload it... pity really!!

Parked with 808 (that regular blog readers would remember from last year's esCarpade being jump-started by Booger Mobile) and Team Afro.

Looking back the other way...

Parked up at scrutineering...

Jason acquired a nice, inconspicuous giggle shirt!!

Uh oh... tragedy!!  Lucky the first aid kit is in there!!  (Don't worry kids, they are fake!)

Booger Mobile was second up on the hoist...

Uppity up up!!

A couple of very minor things to sort out before the esCarpade... the idler arm bush is servicable, but would be best replaced...

The transmission mount is cracked in the rubber section, and best replaced.

Other than that, Booger Mobile is right to go!!

Damian with Ben in their obligatory esCarpade scrutineering self portrait!!

Damian with Julie (fundraising, South Queensland) and Monika (esCarpade) Camp Quality people.

Thanks to Tyrepower Kilcoy for the use of their hoist again this year!!

Oh no, is 808 on fire?  No, Graham was just up to his shenanigans...  already.

Unfortunately, while the other three vehicles (Sharkmobile had turned up for scrutineering also) headed for a drive through the bush to Palmwoods, Team Booger Mobile headed home as Jason had to go to work.

Jason had a turn driving on the way home...

Damian took some pics from the passenger seat...


Blurry self portrait...


Well, there you have it blog readers... Booger Mobile finally made it to Queensland Scrutineering...  And even more importantly, Gordon (the chief mechanic for esCarpade) was very happy with the overall condition of it!!

That said, there are still a lot of things to do, so stay tuned!!

One last thing - the Team Booger Mobile skating fundraiser is on SUNDAY 5 AUGUST at Sk8mania North Lakes.  Come along and have a skate, with all proceeds going to Camp Quality!!

Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ready for Scrutineering!!

Before attending scrutineering, there were just a few more tasks to attend to.  First, wash some of the crud off from underneath the car from previous years.

Back in the shed, all clean.

Wash off the bash plate too...

Ready to install...

The sticky-beak cow from next door thought the grass really was greener!!

Bash plate attached...

Aidan helping to install the harnesses...

And looking good!!

Air horns reinstalled...

How's that list going?  Ah, didn't finish the lights or clean the shed...  Happy enough with that!!

The boot is loaded up with stuff that might come in handy during the scrutineering day.

And the mighty number 64, aka Booger Mobile, is ready for scrutineering!!

Made it by a good 15 hours or so!!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Test Drive

Damian arrived home and headed up to the shed - with scrutineering only 2 days away, it was crucial that he took Booger Mobile for a test drive to check that all was well.

First step, throw a couple of spares into the boot (and a subwoofer, but in fairness, it was already there!!)

Check fluids etc, then better put the bonnet on!!

The delightful Tricia helped with the bonnet, and it went on remarkably easily!!

Close the bonnet, it's time for a test drive!!

Check out those flash lights!!

Uh oh... there's a hideous noise coming from under Booger Mobile, like metal grinding on metal...  Damian jacked it up and identified that the noise was coming from the lower bell housing cover.

Damian jacked it up and identified that the noise was coming from the lower bell housing cover.

Having gone back through photos all the way to September 2010, Damian found a picture of the cover correctly installed, and worked out that he had it on back to front...  After turning it around, it was quiet as a mouse!!

Back out on the road for a long test drive... Oil pressure and temperature good, Booger Mobile was driving beautifully!!

Back home...

And more flash lights...

Back in the shed, Booger Mobile looked resplendant!!

Still flashing those lights...

And the passenger side, looking decidedly bare...

Well, it wasn't quite smooth sailing, but all's well that ends well!!  Damian is pretty confident that he will get to scrutineering on Sunday with Booger Mobile!!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Slowly edging towards scrutineering...

With only three days to go until scrutineering, Damian headed to the shed to continue getting lots of fiddly bits and pieces sorted out.

First stop, put on the thermo fan, the air cleaner and check the fluids.  While testing the engine (which started again - yay), test the green lights at the front!!

Hmmm... good oil pressure, but it would seem the engine still doesn't like idling for too long - check out that temperature on the right!!

The engine bay finally looks like an engine bay again... still need to put the air horns back on... oh, and the bonnet!!

Inside, the gear-shift surround had to be refitted.

There it is!!

New amber flashing lights added to the back for safety...

And the airflow redirector flap (that bit of black rubber on top of the radiator) was reinstalled.

Doesn't look like much when it's all in one blog post, but that took a good couple of hours to achieve!!  Time's slipping away... scrutineering is so close!!