The ascent – injuns!

So it was a long drive. Checked oil – check! Checked tyres – check! Checked engine belt tightness – erm….. It’ll get us there!
About 20 mins from our destination, the injun started sounding funny. The next stop was 10k so I took it steady (not that I wasn’t before!)
We got to the stop ok but I was really worried. The oil had all gone so I filled up the 730. But worse, the belt was slacker than the knicker elastic of, well, take your pick. And the engine was shaking a sounded awful.
After two drinks of oil, the injun was a little better so we limped into a campsite, the grand rouge, montbazon, just shy of tours.
After phoning camper central tech support (phil and ian) I got out my tools and successfully tightened the belt.
Kate revved the engine and things sounded loads better, if a little deeper in tone, so I asked Kate to switch off the engine. Then I asked her again. And again.
Kate appeared out of the cabin laughing hysterically with the keys in her hands and the engine still going. Had we got a real life chittt chittt bang bang ? ( it sounded like it! )
Tightening the nut and a few revs later seemed to have sorted it. We’ll see when we head to Paris……..

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5 Comments on "The ascent – injuns!"

  1. Adam
    28/08/2009 at 11:13 am Permalink

    I love it! It sounds mint!
    It’s good you’re enjoying(?) the fun and games of having a camper. I’ve broken down in loads of countries! At the time it’s a bit frustrating and worrying, but when you return from your travels you’ll be able to live off those stories for years!!!! I must admit I’m a little jealous that you’ve managed to avoid a complete mechanical breakdown – mind you, you do seem to have a support crew to rival that of Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman!
    Hope you all continue to have an ace time!
    Keep on keeping on!
    Adam

  2. ap (Gwyn's Dad)
    28/08/2009 at 1:56 pm Permalink

    I wonder where the oil has gone?
    Maybe there is a littal ‘ole?
    Plug it with a leek?

    ap

  3. ap (Gwyn's Dad)
    28/08/2009 at 5:19 pm Permalink

    The VDub Bay manual – which have just got – says that the fan belt tension is crucial for an air-cooled engine, as it depends on the fan to work properly, and any deviation from that can have serious consequences – just as a water-cooled engine depends on water – all obvious I guess.

    The loss of tension, it says, is probably due to a new fan belt stretching.

    You will make it!!

    I was in St Emillion once – a village dog followed me around for two days – I had to shoo it away.

    The wine is glorious – very different – deep red/purple colour – and a kick in the taste.

    yer Dad ap

  4. RICH ,LISA,HARRY, JACK
    28/08/2009 at 8:35 pm Permalink

    Hi Gwyn Kate Jack Dylan
    Glad to hear the good times have started to roll!,
    laughed all the way through my dinner at your previous blogs(now i know what they are).The old bus seems to be doing you proud would be dissapointed to look up from my slumber to see the 3rd emergency service pulling into the road with you all up front and the dub behind.
    I did show lisa your blogs and she was in favour of hotels every night ,but i think she needs a spell in the real world,and her time will come trust me as it sounds like once in a lifetime !(kate may well agree ,but lets hope the dub is not back on ebay next week)
    glad your all well and drive steady(the only way to drive in an old camper)
    and look out for the buntings in the street for your return
    Rich

  5. Stewed
    28/08/2009 at 8:56 pm Permalink

    Jane noticed that the VW symbol on the 730 was upside down… makes you think, y’know….

    Good luck with the rest of the trip. Sounds like you’re learning loads!

    x

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