Last Thursday the Puce Goose team ventured out of the suburbs into the wilds of South Gippsland for the Anglo/American/Aussie hybrid’s first big test run.
Unfortunately things did not go to plan! First the engine overheated, badly, then it got stuck in top gear. After venturing way off into the wilds around Jeetho (play scary banjo music), they eventually arrived in Fish Creek to spend the night with Mike The Three Wheeler.
Arriving at Fish Creek
Together they had a joyful evening pulling off the sump to perform some general diagnostic investigations into the engine issue. It had a major oil leak out the rear mains, but far worse, when the engine was run up to temperature the oil was reaching 120 deg C.
On the Friday they continued their investigations and late in the afternoon Phil decided it was good enough to drive the Railton the 48km to my place. I then get a phone call at 6.15 pm, “We’ve broken down out on the Walkerville Road, NO OIL PRESSURE, come and get us”! Chuck the towing pack into the back of the Nissan and out into the cold, dark, windy and wet I go. Eventually I dragged them back, dodging dozens of kangaroos and numerous wombats, fair dinkum I’ve never seen so many beside the road, and it would have been made easier with the Railton’s handbrake OFF!
Next morning Phil’s in the garage to do more investigating and I’m off to the local hospital for some tests, nothing to do with broken down Railtons.
1070 generously shares her garage space.
Nothing with the Hudson engine could be sussed, the oil pressure came back to normal, all of 4 psi, but when warm there was a nasty knocking noise mid-way up the engine, possibly camshaft, and oil was still pissing out the rear mains. The gear selection issue we think is there because Phil removed the selector springs and balls, a long story and don’t ask!
No solution yet.
Oil from the rear mains…
All that could be done now was wait until Sunday morning and organise a flat bed truck to take the whole sad lot home.
Sunday morning 10am
So now the poor old Puce Goose herself is being dragged out of retirement for yet another outback dirt road adventure. There she was dreaming of a quiet life, sunny Sundays, fast runs on smooth flat tarmac, and a nice set of radials. Now, Alice Springs here she comes….