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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Got to Scrotogrande

We are in Scroteville. First day on the road involved 25 hours straight of driving. We couldn`t stand the thought of camping and then waking up only to realise we were still in the land of onions (france). Hopefully leave for africa ca ca ca tomorrow. The rest of the group are excellent and we are all having a great time (even though pete has a fuscing great hemaroid!). Car holding up well so far, the hovercoils haven`t let us down even though we have been off the grid for a few chunks over the pyranees. Spanish drivers are mental. We saw a bus scrape the central reservation barriers for stability while hacking it round a corner in the pyranees last night, the sparks flew! Hope everyone back home is well, and remember, dont drive off the grid too long. Will update from africa ca ca ca when we encounter a weakly protected wireless access point.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Electricity and Logos

The Totalrock.com logos have arrived (many thanks to Mark @ SurreySigns for sorting that out) and after an hour and a heat gun - are stuck down tight. All bits likely to fall off (lights etc) were zip tied onto the car. Chris, lacking confidence in my welds, also decides to zip tie the roof rack to the roof. A 600W mains inverter was also installed to power the laptop and various camera chargers etc - the only problem being the amount of interference heard when connecting laptop to car stereo and mains simultaneously. Maybe it has something to do with the dodgy way that the stereo has been wired up? - who knows. After more dodgy wiring of the line-out jack of the laptop to the mains inverter chassis, it sounds great :>

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Cursed Roof Rack

It was undecided weather or not a roof rack would be a good idea or not so we decided to make one anyway. Roofbars alone from a local shop were quoted at £80 so we went to a local metal recycling yard and picked up some material to make our creation from. We started out building roof bars alone out of 50mm diameter steel pipe, cut and welded into conveniently sized shapes to fit the roof of The Edgewater. Some fine tuning was needed to ensure a snug fit onto the roof. After demonstrating to Chris how to reduce the risks associated with the drinking of tea, the welding of the bars continues in the hope that the roof rack won't dissintegrate in the rougher parts of the desert. The next step was to paint the bars as the steel that we had used was bound to start rusting quickly. Unfortunately the choice of paint was extremely thick and hard to apply. And here we see the finished (almost) roof bars: