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  1. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    No, it is all part of their "service"! I have just this minute checked the courriers "tracking service". There has been no change since 3.04 13/12/2018. which would indicate that there has been no further movement. I have now decided as there is nothing I can do to speed things up, I can relax and enjoy Christmas and the New Year. This will give me part of January and most of February before the car has to be loaded into the container for the sea voyage to England if all else fails we will have to modify our plans to fit around travelling in a Hire car. Not impossible but nowhere near as much fun. As a diversion I am currently working on our customary "Christmas Letter". As a further diversion, for anyone wanting to trace the (approximate) route of this years VSCC Alpine Trial, attached is the list of each days possible Fuel Stops. You will need a map of Victoria and Southern New South Wales. (Australia) This event covered approximately 2,000 miles including some 300 miles on dirt roads of varing quality, from good to loose gravel and potholes and frequently crossed with deep water courses. All extremely dusty when dry and muddy when wet! Of particular note is the "Fuel Stop" at Tubbut.(Day two) The road into Tubbut is such that it is not suitable for a Tanker Truck to deliver petrol. All fuel is delivered by 44 gallon drums on the back of a pick-up". Day 5. There was another half days drive from Mansfield to home (Melbourne). Below are also a couple of photoghraphs of the Tubbut "Service Station". Most of you should by now be familiar with the little white car in the foreground of the second pic.
  2. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Yes Stude 17 I did ask for the parcel to be sent Express Air Mail. The same way that I had sent the parts to them! This was ignored and they sent it by their local Courrier, I also sent them payment by telegraph transfer so there would be no hold up in their recieving payment. All this was to no avail! As you can see from the bank receipt this was not a cheap exercise! Bj
  3. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    This Parcel tracking game is fun! Since the last report two days ago my parcel has gone nowhere. Perhaps the delivery boy has gone home to mummy to have her put a "Band-aid" on his grazed knee ? Perhaps next time he will take the train & bus option?. One other thought is that Hermes may have lost his "winged helmet"? He may have put it down on a bench while he wiped the perspiration from his brow and one of the other couriers has taken it and hidden it. The options are endless. All or any other suggestions welcome. Perhaps I should ask Mrs May?
  4. oldcar

    Sale advice: 1952 Alvis TA21

    Hello I am living in Melbourne Australia but I regularly use:- www.prewarcar.co and the matching site www.postwarclassic.co. I get enquiries and sell cars all around the world. It will only take a minute to have a look and you may be surprised. While it is an English Car there is a huge market for similar cars that are LHD in Europe. Bernie j.
  5. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    There is something wrong here, I am reliably informed that from Bristol to Heston is a 1hour and 35 minute journey by train & bus. Perhaps I was close to the truth when I suggested to someone that "the courier must have fallen off his bicycle". Bj.
  6. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Location:- Heston Middx England Wow! now this is super fast service! In TEN days my parcel of gearbox parts has travelled 20 miles. Date-Time Description Details 13/12/2018 - 03:04 Crossing border and in transit to carrier hub Location: Heston, MIDDX 13/12/2018 - 03:03 Transmitted customs information Location: Heston, MIDDX 13/12/2018 - 03:03 Grouped when pallet scanned to crossing (DAI POST MEL 1) Location: Heston, MIDDX 13/12/2018 - 01:46 Scanned at Landmark crossdock facility Location: Heston, MIDDX 12/12/2018 - 19:05 Processed Location: Heston, MIDDX 04/12/2018 - 09:36 Shipment Data Uploaded Location: Heston, MIDDX Parcel Number: 1600303980194389 Date / Time Description Details 08/12/2018 - 13:58 Delivery attempt made, allow 24h 08/12/2018 - 07:37 The parcel has been handed over to the Hermes delivery driver to take to the Landmark depot 16 07/12/2018 - 20:18 Preparing for delivery to Landmark depot 16 07/12/2018 - 20:13 Preparing for delivery to Landmark depot 86 07/12/2018 - 10:58 At the national sorting hub 03 07/12/2018 - 10:57 At the national sorting hub 03 05/12/2018 - 08:52 Collected by the courier
  7. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    I have only just now discovered that my parts are still sitting in a Couriers Depot in Middlesex England. Fantastic Service.!!!!!!! Bj.
  8. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Maybe you are lucky or it may be that you are just two jumps away, one across the pond and another from east to west, OR maybe I am just being too impatient or is it that I take people at their word. Too many alternatives. Or perhaps no alternative? Friction Services came highly recommended. It seems as though I do not have any alternative now but to sit on my hands and wait. Either that or press my hands together a pray that the parcel has not really been lost. That it will simply turn up on Christmas Eve; so I only have another 12 days to wait. By then I will have chewed my fingernails down to my elbows. I have justy looked up the Courier Company, They trade under the name "Hermes":- Hermes (Roman name: Mercury) was the ancient Greek god of trade, wealth, luck, fertility, animal husbandry, sleep, language, thieves, and travel. One of the most mischievous of the Olympian gods. Now I really have a problem, I can only wonder how they came to choose that name? What I do know is that I have already spent over $1,000 and I have nothing to show for it.
  9. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    It is now almost another week and still no sign of the gearbox bands and no further action on the "parcel tracking". at least it has given me the time to replace the radiator "thermo" fan. To help pass the time, I can make a start on writing our annual Chtismas Letter. We must be getting older, we seem to had done a whole lot less activities this year so it may be a much shorter letter! Bj. 59877
  10. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    If I hadn't told you youwould never know. I have just spent the last two days or at least sometime on each of the last two days making the two mounting brackets and sorting out the installation of the new electric thermo controlled radiator fan. I was lucky in that I could adapt the existing thermo switch. The old fan had actually died due to a lack of use. Being a sealed unit there was no way that I could get into it to lubricate the bearings that had actually seized due to under use. It probably had not run for at least three or four years and of course when It was needed it failed to perform. Normally the Rapier tends to run too cool struggling to reach 80c. Lagonda never thought that it was necessary to install a fan on the Rapier engine and it is only in exceptionally heavy traffic that the fan is needed. Even in the UK and France we tend to avoid traffic bottle-necks but sometimes you do get caught. Now with a new fan installed we should not have too many problems. I am quite pleased that the new fan is no more conspicuous that the old one. If I hadn't told you you would never know........ Looking at todays photograph, perhaps I should paint the thermo switch and the rear of the fan body matt black. Bj.
  11. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Hi Mike That was one of the options open to me until I started to assemble the "spare" box. It was only then I discovered that it was missing some of the vital parts for its reverse gear selection. The Rapier Register "Used Spares" almost certainly has the bits I need but they feel that it would be better if I identified these parts while I am in the UK. The "Used Spares" are looked after by an old friend who lives in a village in Wales. He does not "do" Emails. I still have some time and do not have to make a decision until probably in the New Year. The car will not leave here until late January. Surrending the gearbox is not the whole story, the Australian Border Force will simply "Impound the car". I don't want to sound negative but at the same time I need to be realistic. Bj.
  12. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    The good old Brits, no wonder their country is such a mess. The Parcel Tracking Service has given up already and as far as I can see the parcel containing my "parts" has not yet left the UK. I can only think that I will be lucky to see the gearbox parts some time next year! No doubt Friction Services (Bristol) Ltd have chosen the cheapest delivery alternative which means it is waiting somewhere to be put on a slow boat that will take anything up to three months to get the parts here (Australia.) About the only thing that they were interested in was how quickly I could arrange for payment to reach them. Silly me, I thought that it may help to speed things up and sent the payment to them by "Telegraphic Transfer". That way they got paid within an hour of my sending them the money.
  13. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Hello Mike To the best of my knowledge the relined bands have been consigned to me. Hopefully by now they will have left England. I have decided not to take the transmission out of the car until I have the parts. I have yet to work out how to convey any sense of urgency to our British cousins. If the bands do not arrive in time for me to rebuild the gearbox, it will mean simply that we do not take the Lagonda but will have to hire a modern car for the three months that we are away. Today I have been busy making new mounting brackets for the new electric cooling fan. I finished making the brackets and did a trial fitting this afternoon, so now I can dismantle them for painting. It will then be another box that I can tick. Bj.
  14. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Coming home from the VSCC, Mid-week, end of year run on Wednesday we managed to get caught up in some traffic, at one stage the radiator reached boiling point on the temperature gauge. This is something quite unusual for the Rapier as the electric fan should cut in at about 85/90 degrees. This did not happen which in some ways was a good thing. As it is the fan may only switch on once every three or four years. Normally I would check its operation every year or so. Thinking about all this, in fact it must be quite some time since I last tested it. Over-riding the thermo switch produced a NO-GO result. Taking the fan off to test it on the bench showed it was seized solid. Now all these clever modern things are made in such a way as to be impossible to dismantle. All this goes against all my principles but with next years trip in mind I lashed out and bought a new fan. Of course none of the mountings are the same as the old one, so now I will have to make a visit to the steel merchant to buy a length of steel strip in order to fabricate some mountings for the new fan. Hopefully I can still use the original thermo switch. Bj.
  15. oldcar

    Lagonda Rapiers

    Of course the one French Rally that we have made a point of attending during each of our five yearly visits is the Fougeres Rallye -2019 will be this events 23rd year. Rallye international du Pays de Fougères - APPF