Saturday, 13 July 2013


We are always getting ready to live but never living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As mentioned in my previous post, thanks to my having become half a century old, the budget for the project has grown slightly and I could spend a bit on some bits.

It's hard to see in this pic but I had an extra-length section of hydraulic brake pipe made up to fit the extended distance from front to back. It has all the bends in the right places and brand new fittings and connectors all over. (It's the long, skinny, metallic thing on the floor there.) I was visiting the Midas spares shop in Witpoortjie to look for rubber grommets** and saw the hydraulic specialists next door. Super quick and reasonable in the pricing department too, they made up the length while I waited. Excellent service!

 It took a fair amount of jiggling and fiddling but I managed to wrangle the new length of pipe into place between all the existing pipes and cables. I have attached short pieces of clear plastic tube around the length of it to protect it where it comes into contact with other metal parts. I have also succeeded in getting it to pass through the inside of the new chassis beam so it shall be well protected from both weather and physical damage. Nice job. Sorry for the poor pic of only the one end but it's tough to get a decent snap while lying under the project with the old camera.

I discovered (by accidentally shattering it with my clumsy fist!) that the storage container for the brake fluid has become brittle and perished . I'll use one of my old Suzuki motorbike containers, they are still in good condition and I do have a spare. I'll just have to modify the bracket slightly to make it fit properly.

The plaster has dried out somewhat on the wall that I extended so I managed to prepare it nicely and get a couple of good coats of primer laid on.

The next big challenge is to sort out the mess of old wheels and tyres of different ages and sizes to get a set of four matching rims to fit.

** They don't stock rubber grommets, none of the motor-spares shops seem to do so either. And the staff at all of my local hardware stores just stare blankly at me, even when I show them a sample.

Thanks for stopping by


  1. Vacuum boosters is the latest braking technology introduced in most of the four wheelers. Why can not you replace the old braking system with these vacuum boosters?

    Bruce Hammerson

    Hydraulic Hammers

    1. Thanks for the question. The existing brakes are simple but reasonably effective. If I find that they are not coping well enough with the extra weight then I shall look at other options such as you suggest. My budget is effectively reliant on gifts and windfalls so I am trying to spend only on neccessities.


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