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Adventure overland show Spring 2019

Some things at the Adventure show that was very windy and cold, but the company was great and the band and the beer were fantastic..

The  Normal…

The Old…

A couple of old girls , this is a Volvo from the 60’s
and an old Bedford

The New…

plastic bolt on goodies for the boy overlander

The Small…

every 4×4 is welcome
TUK TUK, you may as well ride a bike, this is just torture for the sake of it.

The Big..

this was brand new, it had a garage at the rear the same as our old RB merlin, the wheelbase was ridiculous, it will get stuck very easy, really the 4×4 was just for flat fields.

I am sure someone will be happy with it but it lacked imagination or effort in its thinking.
not sure on the fuel consumption of this Defender camper but I am sure a good head wind would stop it dead/
Shiny Gold
Lots of Leylands, just like the one we cut up for the SKY carnage show
you wouldn’t want to buy the tyres for this baby, and it was the Hi Motability  version on coil springs. nice

The MOGs…

The Iveco’s

I remember the 40-10 WM, it was called MAVIS want it?

The trailers…

yes it is a trailer, and came in behind a beetle
£37k for this, well made, but what a price
now white wasn’t far away 🙂 

The unusual….

choose an unreliable car for overlanding…OK, a TVR will do ? he ,must have been rich to afford the garage bills.
these girls had a great setup and made nice coffee.

Even expedition Freelanders are here
Giant Hi Lift Jacks..
Cab D1 3 door !!
Edmondson old support truck, this truck came with us on Dakar 2005
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Sealing spare equipment for overland travel.

If you have done any sort of off roading then you have broken things. yes even Toyota’s break,

So you happily go into the back of your vehicle to get out the small item you stowed a couple of years back,  knowing one day you will smile with the knowledge that you always carried that widget you may need.

but horror … that trip a few years back in heavy rain when everything got soaked but dried out the next day in the sun  must have got all the spares get just a little damp and that brand new widget now looks like an ancient relic. 🤦‍♂️

Think spare keys , where do you hide them? will you be able to identify them a keys when you finally need them five years from now?

We have this problem on the Dakar  cars, we fit a huge amount of expensive parts to the car and after the race has beaten the car to submission it  then sits on a ship across the ocean for 3 weeks, all the parts look like scrap.

So what do we do?

how do we seal spare electronics , ball joints  etc?

well old school aerospace/military that’s how.

we coat the parts in hot dip gloop

How to seal stuff for expedition , military style
Looks like a bar of soap , but has a slightly oily feel to it, and a certain smell

but there are a few tricks to it,

First: what is it and where can I get it?

you can buy it from here, Kennedy hot dip coating

hot dip rust restistant peal off coating

Second : Not breaking the bank

So how do you apply it, well industrial hot melting tanks will set you back a few hundred quid ( dollars , euros etc)

we use a slow melting cooker available for tens of pounds.

you can get one here from amazon

How to seal stuff for expedition , military
Dont use the wifes slow cooker 😉

any large domestic type with two temperature settings is good.

Use the low setting which is touch too hot, the workshops will leave it on all day, at this temperature it would probably damage the gloop  but for short runs it works fine, usually takes all night to melt the entire pot to a useable temperature. If you are going to do a lot use the lower temp overnight to melt it and put it on the higher temp when using it

How to seal stuff for expedition , military amber
Looks like this when it cools
How to seal stuff for expedition , military easy peel covering
It Peels off very easily and leaves a slightly oily surface behind

Third: can I reuse it?

Yes. you can reuse it, so if you do it wrong just peel it off and throw it back into the pan . When you peel it off on a trip keep it in a bag and reuse it.

How to seal stuff for expedition , military
resistance is futile, we will assimilate you 🙂

Fourth: fiddly small bits

If you have things with connectors and fiddly items we cover them in cling film then use the dip to make a seal around it all . Anything loose like keys needs a zip tie to gather them together or it will turn out  a messy big lump, you can practise again and again , just peel it off and throw it back in.

How to seal stuff for expedition , military style
This is a Sealed engine ECU, wrapped in cling film first.

Five: it has zero strength

One problem is the gloop is not strong and will not take abuse when stowed away , so we always protect and seal in a plastic back with maybe bubble wrap around it, this ECU is our backup in the camper and if the whole car is flooded this may just save us one day.

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At the Smithsonian Air and Space museum Washington are some interesting items that are works of art beyond any oil painting or sculpture see if you agree..

Part of the structure of an airship, look at the elegant way the bracing is made.
a thing of beauty
lovely valve gear
12 Cyl three banks, I bet the crank journals are tiny. that was also the very first thing that Milly thought of as well… maybe

Napier Lion triple four engine, 24 litres DOHC, billet heads, 450 hp, 1918 !

 Head gasket anyone ? Because a turbo two stroke flat twelve diesel is not enough they added a jet engine on the bottom…really 😲 it was extremely fuel efficient better than all but the latest car hybrids,
If you think working on this engine is labour intensive then ->>>>

Napier Nomad is an amazing engine more here 

try lapping the valves on this beauty ….. all 36 cylinders !!!

Lycoming made this 7000 hp monster, read more on this amazing engine here

a bearing in the remote arm of the space shuttle. just this was an amazing bit of engineering ..but look at the wiring loom..pah
also look at the wiring on that….  sloppy work on the Skylab
the PDU ( power Distribution Unit) from Motec is not even close to this, but the wiring is still sloppy, why do the space people do such random wiring?? please let me know, some of it was so tight to apertures that it must rub through at some point.
Oh you want to know what it is?
it’s the PDU for the Hubble telescope that was swapped when they fixed the focus issues. and it is the size of a wardrobe.
Russians are a bit neater but still have a similar style, I always love the green the Russians use.
 Inertial guidance system for the minute man missile, all this now fits on a match head and is solid state.
in the museum was our first GPS… and I sold ours on eBay…dam
I bet no one  guess’s why this panel from the Hubble telescope  has so many holes in it. click the image to see what type of holes they are for a clue.
Lindbergh’s tool kit when he was the first person to cross the Atlantic, no hammer FFS, but it does have a square spanner Chloe 😀
 Looks impressive  , the body work is a bit shoddy but I reckon it could have made some changes to history had it been built a year or two earlier

…. did I mention there was a Blackbird in the hall

Milly let me drive over an hour into a snow storm to look at this, she never tutted and even made me believe she was interested.. I am lucky to have such a wife.
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Please can I go to the aircraft museum on our wedding anniversary ??

in a blizzard snow storm, I promise to stay married for another 30 years (although it may not be with you after this )…please pretty please, you never know you may like it. and then we can do it every year …

our 30th wedding aniversay evening on the ferry docks for the Delaware – new Jersey ferry.. and that girl is here doing a  photo bombs again , she’s even still got the same coat on…WTF
oh what joy Milly was so happy to see the sign appear through the snow storm

WARNING: If you want to see the SR71 blackbird at the national air and space museum in Washington, then Don’t go to Washington it’s not there!!, it’s at the satellite museum of the air and space museum at Chantilly here

This site is much better, more exhibits including a space shuttle and Concorde and easy parking

Is there a better engineered shape? you can keep your oil painting and you church roofs this is a shape and machine that is beyond comparison
Milly let me drive over an hour into a snow storm to look at this, she never tutted and even made me believe she was interested.. I am lucky to have such a wife.
the people who put this on paper should be proud
and proof I was actually there, a rare photo of me on a pilgrimage.

There was other interesting things at the museum like……..

some of the oldies were just excellent
this was a scary French bomber
looks fast just stood still.. and a kit plane that can do 400MPH !!!
just too much content in these two  pictures to comment on
Emilia Earhart’s plane , A inspiration for my girls
even my mum knows what this is…
and again did I mention there was a Blackbird at this museum ??
what a collection
look at the arse on that..
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30 years #2

Downtown Manhattan and a statue by a French bloke..

Ferry across the Hudson.. (sing in a New York accent)
Obligatory Statue picture, apparently its by some French bloke and it is meant to be quite famous, I’ve never heard of it before but the ferry went past it so I thought I may as well get a quick photo just in case someone can tell me what’s so good about it 🙂
World trade centre 2019, outside and….
Inside.  The Oculus train station at One world trade centre New York
do you come here often love?
there are some odd building in Manhatton
but New York does have the odd pretty building this is the old ferry terminal at South Ferry next to the new Staten island ferry terminal
orange boat…err and its to Staten island…
SNOWFLAKE ALERT :Two chinks go into a bar one says to the other is it nippy in here or is just me 🙂 but they didn’t , instead they got into this Rolls Royce and sloped off.
RIP Top gear
More dreary metro rides around New York, the only decent Metro station is the 9/11 world trade centre and thats a really sad place to have a cool station, all the rest want to make you jump on the tracks.
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30 years …

First class on BA to new York , and the air hostess knew who we where from Dakar, turns out she is a uber fan of Dakar and said to meet us was the best people ever in 20 years of first class service to have on board. we got first ++ service 🙂

Constant supply of top champagne pleased some of the passengers on the flight…
Not your average in flight meal, lovely al a carte steak, and later fresh baked scones.
Amazing wooden escalator in Macy’s department store.
homeless people in cold New York are very resourceful.
Horses on the Central park queue fight the pigeons for their tea
Central park and the perimeter of big buildings. Its a nice place in the centre of a city, but thats it
Someones in Wonderland
unusual and disturbing sculpture near central park metro station
The New York Metro is a seriously depressing place.
View of downtown Manhattan from the Empire state building.
isn’t it just 🙂
Cool NYPD support vehicles ina big line up
DeLorean back to the future….nearly
NYPD in times square
Times square
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