The Bronconator (3)

After Redbird, Saturday, 1st October 2005

Andy, Dave and I

Andy, Dave and I

One last thing, The GT doesn't stand for Grand Turismo but Giant Turd!

Dave and Andy did some more bodywork on the Bronconator, no hard job as most of it was flapping in the breeze now anyway. They also managed to get it firing on all six cylinders again by putting in a new set of spark plugs. Then on Sunday, 9th October 2005, they took it back to the Bottoms. Unfortunately it didn't last too long. The new starter motor we had put in stopped working and the front passenger side wheel started locking up. This meant that the following day we were working on it again...

Replacing the starter

Dave replacing the starter
The starter motor was brand new so an exchange unit was gotten from the suppliers

Removing the front drive shafts

Andy removing the front drive shafts

Just to remind you, exactly a month previously the Bronconator looked like this...

Bronconator, 10th September 2005

Bronconator, 10th September 2005

The Bronconator was bit more damaged than we thought and in early November we had the parts were ordered and we were ready to fit them. The front differential was removed and three U-joints (Spicer joints) were replaced. Whatever was lubricating the front diff wasn't oil as it more a mixture of water, mud and grit. This was emptied but we thought putting fresh oil in might help the rusted gears a bit. Various oil and grease seals were replaced as was the transmission fluid, which again looked more like water than anything. The breather pipe on the front diff was only about 4 inches long so we replaced it with a 5ft length.

Just for appearances and to return the car to "showroom" condition a piece of 4x4 wood was bolted onto the front to act as a bumper. To this was screwed a couple of beer cans, cigarette ends and a couple of other things I'm far too polite to mention here. To the bodywork was screwed a couple of cigarette packets, a taco bell food wrapper and some condiment sachets.

Wire mesh was screwed to front to protect the radiator and over the space where the windscreen was to protect us. The spare tyre was also bolted to what was left of the roof.

The Bronconator

The Bronconator - November 2005
This is Dave doing his brain-dead act - he's very good at it!

The Bronconator was now ready for another trip to Redbird...

This page created 9th October 2005, last modified 3rd March 2006