Saturday, 26 May 2007

Car Inspection!

Last nights in Beijing before the Mykytowychs are on the road!!!

The Mykytowychs has moved over to Shangri La Hotel Beijing today… they are getting their car ready as the car inspection are carried out today.

Andrew has desperately chased up a packing list for items packed in the car (not in the boxes). The list was no where to be found!!!

Luckily, I have a hard copy of the list and have faxed to the Hotel. Unfortunately, the fax in Moranbah did not work… None the less, the list is now emailed to Andrew and the hotel.

Let hope he gets it and all went well with the car inspection!

Friday, 25 May 2007

Blue Roo in China!

Today the Mykytowychs has picked up Blue Roo from the warehouse… and it’s a good start for the rally as they did not get lost along the way to Shangri la Hotel =) The preparation must have paid off!

It appears the Blue Roo is fine after travelling from Brisbane, Australia to Beijing, China.

The Mykytowychs is going to check and work on the Blue Roo as necessary in final preparation for the rally!

Another successful day for them!! =)

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Driver’s Licences

We are getting closer now.. and the excitement is mounting =)

Today, the Mykytowychs will pick up their China Driver’s licences.

Wo hoo!!! They can drive in China now!

Just don’t turn or go in the wrong direction!!! =) Haha =) Its left hand driving in China as oppose to right hand driving in Australia!!

I have faith that both of the Mykytowychs would be right =)

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square

The Mykytowychs are full of energy today =D

They explore around Beijing and of course.. they went to Forbidden City and Tienanmen Square!! Who wouldn’t?!! =)

Andrew is totally blown away by the size of Forbidden City and have said he will take me there too!
Andrew say both Kiwi and Mango went too!! They took are few photos and are totally rapped!!! His parents are enjoying China too!!

They met up with the rally organisers at the Shangri la Hotel, met Heidi Winterbourne(Rally Secretary) and Philip Young (Rally Manager).

Andrew is totally excited and is going to put his name down for the next Peking to Paris rally which is in 2010! He ask if I could be the navigator!! Of course I'd love to!!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Thailand to China...

The Mykytowychs are in Thailand now ready to continue the next leg of their journey to China..

Andrew says he saw an XK150 Jaguar for sale in a car yard near their hotel… and have said that he might have to go back and get it!

See what I mean by lovers of cars =D

Monday, 21 May 2007

Watch out for the Mykytowychs!!!

Fly out day!!!

The Mykytowychs are heading to the heart of the orient!!

They will leave sunny Brisbane at around 1520hrs today on Thai Airways… And will then land in Bangkok for a stop-over and before they continue their journey to China…

It will be a long trip and lets us hope that Andrew’s knees does not give him any trouble..

Good Luck to the Mykytowychs!!

Sunday, 20 May 2007

One more day till departure!

One more day till fly out day for the Mykytowychs!!

Let introduce two more passenger for the rally!!! You will never guess who they are… let me give you a hint!

Its Kiwi and Mango for those who know them!!!

Haha =D

You could see them at The Gallery… a picture of them helping Andrew with the rally route =)

They will be place on/at the front-line of the Blue Roo where they will get first hand experience of the whole rally!! They will actually see all lumps and bumps on the road before the driver and its navigator!!!

Watch out of them at the rally!!! If found, please return them to the Mykytowychs!!!

A spill is prepared by Andrew on what the Blue Roo has gone through to make the rally is available to all to read on The Blue Roo.

Andrew's Spill on the Blue Roo

This is what the Blue Roo has gone through in order to go to the rally...

The car was totally stripped of inside components (seats, dash, electrics etc) as was the entire original boot layout, the engine bay, the front and rear suspension components, the gearbox and drive shaft, the rear axel, the exhaust system and all wheels and brake components.

New floor pans were put into the drivers and passengers footwells, and the boot area modified to accommodate a newly fabricated 125L fuel tank, as well as storage panniers either side of tank and extending below tank to ensure that the tank is not ruptured when crossing ruts and rivers.

The engine was rebuilt (3 times) and performs effortlessly now - the only modification to the original motor was for it to be tuned to a compression ratio of 7.5:1 to take bad fuel and a re-profiled camshaft for better low end torque. The engine now gives 64HP at the rear wheels.

The electrics were totally redone from scratch - ensuring that everything is waterproof and runs inside the car - not under it. Two batteries are installed, numerous engine gauges, electric wipers, numerous 12V power outlets throughout the car and dual controls inside the car/dashboard to ensure both driver and navigator can operate individually.

The front suspension has been fully reinforced and strengthened (as with the rest of the car's floorpan and chassis - these have been FULLY seam welded and reinforced to increase the rigidity and strength of the car. New front springs (uprated) and the original brake drums have been added. A new steering box has been installed also.

The differential has been swapped for that out of a Holden Torana - same final drive ratio, but the half-shaft axels are fine-splined (rather than FC coarse splines) for durability and longevity. The rear drum brakes are also from a Torana.

The gearbox has been moved from the steering column "three on the tree" to the floor - with synchromesh on first and a Holden 1-Tonner clutch.

Rear springs were initially up-rated with an additional leaf, however after trialling it was shown to be insufficient, so new rear spring packs were manufactured to account for the weight and ride height / clearance.

The brake and fuel lines run inside the cabin of the car, so to are 4 additional spare wheels and tyres mounted where the back seat used to be. A roll cage has been installed as well as front bucket seats from a Toyota Soarer. The original rear window Venetians blinds are also retained.

The exhaust system is routed in such a way as to be as close to the floorpan as possible and this exits behind the navigator under the rear passenger door. The car is now Qld Plated as a 2 person vehicle only.

A fire extinguisher has been fitted inside the cabin, as to a full comprehensive first aid kit. A Terra-Trip 202 tripmeter has been added to compliment the Garmin GPS navigation system. A satellite phone is also being taken.

A full compliment of spare parts is being taken on the rally - all electrical items which could fail, a spare distributor, water pump, fuel pump and carburettor is also added. Mechanical spares include all components for front and rear brakes, spare half-shafts, a full spring assembly for the rear, spare shock absorbers and complete wheel/suspension parts to fix both a front and/or rear corner.

Spot lights and a fog light has been added to the front of the car, whilst a single rear fog light brings up the rear - this is two-fold as a reversing light an as a hi-vis tail light for when the car is being followed in dusty conditions.

A small roof-mounted luggage pod has been a final inclusion / addition for camping equipment and clothing. This may not look the part of a rally cars equipment but it ensures that internal rear visibility is clean and that no loose objects are in the cabin in the event of a possible roll-over.