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About the offroad trip to Hong Kong

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New engine needed

How said it will be easy?

After we start the trip on Hel, we were supposed to come back to Wrocław to prepare dedicated furniture for the car. As our sponsor was assuring us it shouldn’t take longer than a week. So great last things to close in Wrocław and great world here we come.

When I came to leave the car the surprise came. „Sorry, but we don’t have time. We are not going to prepare the car furniture for you.” And thats how our partnership ended. But it was just a beginning.

Furniture wasn’t a huge problem. I decided that I will build it with my dad. We have all the gear needed. One longer weekend and its done. Handy man fun included.

But there was just one more thing worrying me. Some steam going out from under the hood. I visited one garage and second one, this time professional, Solter4x4.

After quick wash in acid a mechanic started to list damages. 1, 2, 3... 10...15... and it went on up to about 23. Faults in suspension, shaft, bridge and still unclear situation with the engine.

We were supposed to meet in two days to check it out, but I couldn’t stand waiting. The next day at 6 am I was already driving to meet Bigu, rally driver and owner of 4x4 garage. Together we drove to Bulowice to his friends garage, who as it turned out, was servicing the car for the previous owner. Unfortunately, his opinion on car state was similar to previous garage. 

The day after I got the result of his checks. My legs were shaky, when I heard the costs of repairs. You could buy a new small car for it. I was not prepared for that kind of cost at very beginning of the trip. The reason of all of this is probable storm that we encountered with Kuba on Sicily. Sand do to air pipes and penetrated whole engine scratching it’s surface.

We started nervous search for the engine and someone who will save the day, actually all 300 days of the trip. Keep your fingers crossed.

Meanwhile on wednesday we are going to Rugen with out Land Rover Defender.

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