Original worry list

The specification of the car is reported elsewhere and continues to be the basis of the rebuild. However there are a number of matters that I do not know the best answer to which include:

1. Welding the chassis: some have suggested that welding the chassis in the region of the rivets would be beneficial. My inspection of the chassis confirms that all the original rivets are sound as witnessed by the paint not being cracked around all but the rivets supporting the front end of the brake cross shaft. The construction of an additional bracket to affix this to the cross member would allow a reinforced fixing which John Sutton assures me stiffens up the chassis. The rivets will be replaced by tight fitting bolts and nylock nuts. Hence I am very tempted to leave well alone. This is what we chose to do. Additionally we found that the shortened chassis was seam welded; which surpassed anything we might have done.

2. The major challenge to running any old car is the charging circuit.
Vince Leek used a Dihatsu alternator on his Peking Paris Austin    Since we are to use a Magneto engine there is the option to use an alternator supplied by Alton in France. Paul Hamon is keen to help with this project.
The current favoured option is to use the Nissan Denso alternator under the bonnet having suitably modified the original dynamo housing to permit the alternator to be driven by a poly V  belt. Work in progress, see below.
There may be advantage in having two small 12 volt batteries fitting into the normal battery boxes so that there is power enough for the car and the electronic equipment. There would be the option to supplement power by using a flexible solar panel mounted on the metal tonneau cover behind the seats. We elected in the end to avoid the complexity of the solar panel.

3. Because we are using a Chummy sized radiator which is currently being recored by Raysons Radiators in Taunton and some of the journey will be in very hot regions (Death Valley, Grand Canyon and the Atacarma Desert in Chile  it would seem wise to use a four bladed fan blade. As there is a real probability that the belt will slip there is a good case to be made for using a toothed or a poly V belt. As this could be narrower than a flat belt it will have the advantage of easier replacement if this becomes necessary. In the stories you will see that the spare four bladed fan self destructed and holed the radiator. We recored the radiator and fitted an electric fan. Will this come back to haunt us?

4. There is the requirement in a number of countries/States to have daylight running lamps. LED type lamps would reduce the current load and hence there will be two sets of lights. By using a pair of Chummy type scuttle mounted lights and wing mounted head lamps this would offer the best of both worlds? Indeed we have set up the scuttle lamps and the rear indicators with LEDs and these can be used as hazard warning lights.

5. In order to achieve enough range a second petrol tank will be fitted at the rear. In an attempt to have a plan B for all equipment the petrol supply will primarily be by electric  pump. There will also be an air pump to both the scuttle and the rear tank. This will require petrol caps both with and without air bleed holes. However by using an airbleed pipe from the air pump it will be possible to run the tanks sealed? All seems to work fine.

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