New chassis for Alice.

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So, after a little bitty of an off roading accident, we discovered we had sheared both body mounts. This was a tiny bit of a problem due to the fact we were half way round our Haggis Hunt trip! Thankfully, we found a miracle in the shape of Tongue garage, who patched us up so that we could continue our trip. However, once we got back home, serious work needed to be done. We ummed and ahhed about various different options (even, optimistically, trying to weld it) before pledging a new chassis was the way to futureproof our vehicle. Ordered from Shielder, in NI, the chassis came all sparkly and galved! A few coats of t-wash, primer, wax-oyl, chassis paint… and the hard work began.

Taking the body off was no mean feat; thank heavens for fellow Robin Hood Overlanders who gave up time, effort and quite a lot of body heat to work with us in the depths of winter. We could not have done it without you. The body off, supported scarily high in the air, Mark and Mike worked for days to get the new chassis rolling – that turbo could not have been more awkwardly placed! Putting the body back on was an equally difficult task, after 30 years of wear and tear it was incredibly difficult to line it up again with a high lift. However, we are fortunate to have dedicated and intelligent club members who worked diligently to get everything lined up with only minor damage to the rear light!

After a few false starts, the engine was up and running but it began to pull air into the system, somewhere. Some little bits of wiring turned out to be right gremlins too, with the starter finally giving up the ghost after sitting idle over winter! So, still some work to do, but hopefully all will be done in time for The War Tour in early March, and beyond!

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