Nov 27 2008

Clean up

With the general consensus that the tank was full of crud, I took the tank off and emptied out the contents into a wholely unsuitable container as it proceeded to fail and dump 12+ litres of pterol and 2 stroke oil all down the drive!

The tank was washed out, the fuel tap cleaned and all the fuel pipes washed through. With all that crud removed I thought I had cracked it but was too lazy to clean the carb out again, so only got round the corner on a test drive when the car lost all power again and wouldn’t start. Just as well the car is light as I had to push the car home!!


Nov 27 2008

The hard shoulder is a lonely place

Went up to Northampton to see Rob and pick the car up. He had got a set of plates made up and these were on the car already.

It all started off well… the car started, and ran and after filling up with petrol (and adding the 2 stroke oil to the tank) we headed for the M1. Everything was going well, we even reached 110kph on the motorway and overtook a truck, when all of a sudden the car lost power and the engine stopped, so we glided over to the hard shoulder.

After about an hour of waiting in the wind and rain, the AA picked the car up and deposited us at the services a few miles down the motorway. About 2 hours later another AA van arrived to try and fix the car. All credit to the guy, he really wanted to get it fixed rather than call up for a recovery truck and spent the next few hours tearing the carb apart and cleaning out the debris that had built up in it. Whilst he was there he replaced the fan belt as that has spun itself around and a chunk had been taken out of it! Luckily there was a spare one in the boot

I saw this entrance many times that evening!

I saw this entrance many times that evening!

With the carb all cleaned I took the car for a spin around the services car park… it wasn’t great, but it worked so I thought I’d risk it. I didn’t even make the end of the car park before the engine lost power again, so a recovery truck was requested and the car was towed to Scratchwood Services where the truck took the car on its final leg home.


Nov 27 2008

MOT and registration

The Trabi was MOTed so Rob sent the MOT certificate down so I could get the car registered. so a quick trip to Theale VRO was in order.

Armed with my paperwork I took my seat in front of the next available window but tried to bluff my way into not giving them the original log book as I wanted to keep it as part of the car’s history. If I had got the car dated by the club I may have got away with it… in the end I had to give them the log book and thankfully it came back with the letter to say the car was registered, the number they had assigned it and a new MOT certificate with the new number plate on rather than he chassis number.

So, all legal and ready to pick the car up.


Nov 27 2008

All sorts of stuff!

I checked out the paperwork that came with the car… its got some great history with it. Not only is the original owner’s details on the sales receipt, but its been handwritten on a slip of paper, so I think I’ll send Frau G¸llmar a letter and see if she still lives in the Potsdam district of Berlin.

The paperwork includes: the Fahrzeugbrief (logbook) from the DDR as the car was sold before they all got re-registered as ‘West’ German cars, the owners manual, the Zulassungsschein, which appears to be some sort of document you hand to anyone of authority who asks to see it (its very dog eared, so looks like it was asked for alot!), vehicle tax and insurance card and its exhaust emissions certificates (how to test a 2 stroke is beyond me!)

The documents

The documents

The boot is a treasure trove of original stuff… the jack and wheelbrace, a warning triangle, footpump and first aid kit that looks past its best.

Das boot

Das boot