Monday, 19 September 2011

Bush Mechanics!

The bush mechanics ...
Nick had jacked Elmer up and checked underneath a number of times throughout our stay.

When the noise worsened so dramatically though, identifying the source was much easier - a very worn universal joint.

Unfortunately, there was no mechanic available to fit the part.  One was off sick and the other quite stressed/cranky by the backlog of work.  We were able to purchase the necessary universal joint (from a mining supply shop as the mechanic was out of stock) and then Nick worked to replace it back at camp, using what tools he had.  A neighbouring camper, Simon, very generously offered much-appreciated assistance and additional oomph!

(The new part went in relatively easily, it was getting the old one out that took most of the time/effort). 

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