murphy’s law

October 30, 2006

Anything that can go wrong…

We decided to bring the car home last Sunday afternoon. I organised to use my dad’s car, we lined up a tandem trailer, had all the adapters and knew what we were doing. Or at least  thought we did.

I emptied the shed of every tie down strap and piece of rope I could find. Got to Julians without a hitch. We talked excitely about what we were likely to find on the Regatta. Julian promised me a 5 speed gearbox and some nicer brakes. Arrived to pick up the trailer. I’d picked up the wrong adapter for the lights (male/female instead of the other way round). I suggested that we hard-wire the trailer to the car to save another trip – but we didn’t. Back to Eltham.

On the way home we got stuck behind every learner and Sunday driver in the North East. Julian called the seller to say that we’d had some troubles and we were  still on our way while I grabbed the correct adapter from the shed and spun the tyres on the way out of the driveway.

We were stopped at 2 seperate train crossings by the same train as we ploughed towards the trailer. Arrived, hooked it up, the lights worked and we were on our way. I turned the blinker on to turn out onto Main Rd and then the trailer brakes locked up in time with the blinkers. No could do.

The upshot of the whole thing was that we knocked it on the head for the day. Julian negotiated the use of his mum’s car and he and his father Frank had an un-eventful but successful go at bringing it home.

The moral of the story is that WE ALWAYS WIN IN THE END!… Now i just hope that everything we need works


Well I suppose i’m paying for it too so i have to share that claim.

Obviously not the exact car we bought, but you get the idea. Twin Cam (so you know it’s good), basically just a sure way of getting a gearbox that’s likely to work for a little while. Or maybe not, it was bought sight unseen over eBay. Once again, photos and stories to come. Only 2 weeks until we get the all clear from another year of Uni. I can’t wait to sink my teeth back into it.

all quiet

October 15, 2006

Its been over a month since Julian and I have even seen each other, let alone worked on the car. He came over tonight and we had a bit of a chat about it, what needs to be done and what we’re going to do about it.

Julian’s found an old Regatta nearby for $500, hopefully we can get it even cheaper than that and nick the gearbox out of it.  We might be lucky and score a decent engine and larger brakes as well.  We’re going for a look on Tuesday I think. Will keep you posted.

Apart from that the project has hit a twice-annual hurdle of “crunch time at uni”. We’re both pretyt busy but in the next month or so progress will once again become steady. We hope!