Feb 28 2009

The lost world of Communism

Is it really 20 years since the Berlin Wall and everything it stood for came tumbling down? Writes

A generation has grown up in the meantime and most of the eastern bloc has joined the EU. History has moved on. Peter Molloy’s The Lost World of Communism, a collection of personal reminiscences (which accompanies his series on BBC2), goes back to discover what life was like behind the Iron Curtain between 1945 and 1989.

The book focuses on Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Romania and is split into several thematic chapters: party people, hero workers, citizens at play, secret police, health, trials and punishment and the like. What emerges is a mosaic of anecdotal lives, each given a neat explanatory context but mercifully left bare of editorial comment. The stories are by turns harrowing, miraculous and utterly compelling.

Read the full article HERE

Feb 21 2009

Carb rebuilt

I have replaced the fuel tap with a complete replacement. This was, I can dismiss the fuel tap as being a problem… even the reserve works now!! The old tap, even though it was cleaned through before, was still gunked up when I removed the gauze for the reserve.

I went over the carb and replaced all the jets I could find and its now back on the car… but the battery is flat. I guess I should have left the fuel tap on a let it fill the bowl at the bottom of the tap and the bowl of the carb. The battery is on charge and I’ll give it a crank over in the morning… that should please the neighbours, especially if it does fire up and I fill the road with 2 stroke smoke ;)

Feb 19 2009

Started bolting stuff on

I know I really should have started trying to remove the carb and rebuilding it, but its still wet out there and starting to get dark so decided to bolt on the easy stuff…

The red rear lenses were a bolt on replacement but the front indicators wire up differently and have slightly different hole centres than the later indicators so I extended the wiring to reach where the wires are clamped at the front rather than spade connections at the back and extended the slot in the wing where one of the mounting screws go.

With the new lenses on and the Sachsenring S badge on the bonnet its starting to look a bit better. Although, a good wash would go down a treat now as well!


Feb 19 2009

The postman always rings twice…

Not round these parts he doesn’t, so when I heard the doorbell this morning I knew I didn’t have much time to get downstairs before he hightails it back into his van.

My package my Trabi UK arrived this morning and was full of lovely stuff for the car. Most importantly there is a the fuel tap and carb repair kit… all the other stuff is pure vanity ;)

Feb 16 2009

Waiting for the post…

Just got an email from Dave at Trabi UK to say that my parts have landed and they should be here in the next few days… I can’t wait, I have some required parts like the carb rebuild kit and windscreen seal and also some ‘luxury’ parts like light lenses… in the meantime, here is another daft Trabi picture for no other reason than I like pictures…

Feb 8 2009

Ebay spotting…

Spotted today, a 1980 Trabant…

The auction only has a couple of days to run with no bids at £500… there is a BIN price of £1000.

CLICK HERE for the auction

Feb 5 2009

The rebirth of Trabi UK

My own Trabi was bought from Lee who used to run Trabi UK, the UK Trabant parts company. Unfortunately Lee stopped trading soon after I bough the car so any parts I have needed have been bought direct from Germany. The other day Dave Jones, a member of the IFA club Yahoo group announced that he had negotiated a deal with Lee for his stock of parts, that he will be running Trabi UK himself and that he has been negotiating prices with German distributors.

I have already placed an order with Dave!