First mini-project on the daily…

So since removing the fuel hardline from car and realising it is too dirty to try and clean out, I decided to remove the fuel tank to have it properly cleaned so as not to dirty the new hardline I am having made up! This has to be reliable transport so I can’t afford to cut any corners…

The tank is in remarkably good shape thankfully! No rust whatsoever and seals nicely, plus the fuel filler neck rubber pipe is perfect which is a big plus point!!

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Collection perfection… Or not…

This past Sunday I went with my father to collect the car after the money had reflected in the sellers bank account. Hoping for an easy collection we arrived to find out the car would not start.

Right, diagnostic mode in full effect then! Start stripping the air cleaner off to be able to fill the float bowl of the carb to try and start the engine. No dice. Engine cranks and drains the bowl but the fuel pump is not pumping fuel into the carb… Not cool! Check the fuel filter. Open up the fuel pump and squirt some petrol into it to maybe just “prime it” but still no dice!

Right then, last option then. We bring out the 2 liter OROS bottle and fill it with petrol and run the supply line from it to the pump. Not even three cranks and the engine starts and everything work as it should! Success! Kind of…

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Ewold van Bergen: 1966 Monte Carlo Rally Preview

Here is a small preview of the main post to come on my grandfathers participation in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. Trying to get the main post to be something special…

The above car was the practice car used by my grandfather and his co-driver Rex Wakely-Smith, then the South African rally champions of 1965.

You will notice the damage on the left front fender and left rear quarter panel. This was a direct result of a dramatic escape when the brakes failed suddenly and completely, as they were going down a mountain pass. It was so steep and slippery that even dropping to first gear and switching off the engine did not stop the car…

Grazing a truck scraped the one side of the car and bouncing off a bank bent the left rear quarter panel but helped keep the car on the road. My grandfather finally stopped by deliberately spinning the car in a hairpin bend with an unguarded edge. The car would have gone over that edge and precipice had he not spun.

I am sure you will agree with me that this is quite a lot of drama to go through before the start of such a gruelling rally!

Never before seen EVB photos…

Today I stumbled across three very cool photos of my grandfather that I had yet to see before… Amazing how that can happen even in today’s internet crazy world!

One of these photos will be the lead to a post that is soon to come. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post and see if you guessed correctly tomorrow when said post is uploaded…

Total Rally 1962:

Monte Carlo Rally 1966:

Beira International Rally 1967:

Thank you for voting!