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Brumhee

Rust to Rome - Team Go Nads!

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So what’s the deal?

Me and Chris (CrewCutChuck) will be driving from Edinburgh to Rome over a 4000 -4500 mile journey (we don’t have the exact route yet). We will be going through the middle of Paris, over the French Alps, take in the Millau Viaduct and through the Verdon Gorge.

All this in a car that costs less than £500 (including repairs)!

What car have you got?

We have purchased a Gen 6 Celica GT for £420. So far only the thermostat has been replaced at a cost of £12. We still have the CV Joint and Exhaust to sort out (the exhaust works but our hearing won’t if we keep it).

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Why are you doing it?

We are raising money for Orchid http://www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/

Orchid is a male cancer charity that supports men affected by Prostate, Testicular and Penile cancers. They push to raise awareness of male cancers to save lives through early diagnosis.

Over 43,000 men are diagnosed every year in the UK with testicular, prostate and penile cancer. Orchid is the UK’s leading charity working in the area of male-specific cancers. Established in 1996 by testicular cancer patient Colin Osborne, and the oncologist who saved his life, Professor Tim Oliver, the charity provides support to people affected by or interested in these cancers through funding a world-class research programme, awareness and education campaigns and a range of vital support services.

We are hoping to raise at least £2000 for this good cause.

How can I help?

AS always the best way to help us reach our target is by donating, our just giving page is here https://www.justgiving.com/go-nads.

Also please share this as widely as possible, the more people who know the more donations we hope to receive.

We also have a facebook page, much like this thread, we will keep this updated with our progress https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rust-2-Rome-Team-Go-Nads/824657470915690 again please like our page and share it.

We also hope to hold more raffles for the club, much like the one held at the new year party which raised £122 through your generosity.

Finally thank you for you support and be sure to keep dropping in, to check out our progress.


As mentioned we had to change the thermostat on the car, something told us this wouldn't quite be up to the job!

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This was the first thing I had ever changed on a car that wasn't a wheel or a wiper blade. This is going to be a steep learning curve for me, but hopefully with Chris, it will be fairly painless :lol:

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Looks like it could be a trip of a lifetime, you got your passport yet, Chris?


Come on guys and gals, get supportting this great cause. We'd all like to keep our "bits", even you girlies will want to keep the bits working.

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Sorry for not checking in for a while guys.

We spent a day a few weeks ago at iTuned in Watton looking the car over and the good news is it doesn't look awful.

However we couldn't fit the exhaust due to a dodgy job thats been done to fit the current one meaning the centre pipe is unusable.

Chris has yet to sort his passport but should be doing it now!

Please donate any spare cash. Every little helps towards this great cause.

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Excellent competition now live in Club Chat section to help raise money for the guys. Prizes include JAE tickets and a variety of superb toyota merch!

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We now have our Drivers Pack. Contents: lots of stickers and a CB radio.... Other than that I'm not sure (someone hasn't sent me the pictures yet) ;)

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Had a bit of a session on the car at the weekend. A few checks and a few things to do for the MOT that's just around the corner. ...what can i say apart form we really should have looked at a few others before buying!!! :blink: Obviously its supposed to be a bit of a challenge and a sub £500 car isn't supposed to be perfect, BUT WOW!

Going back to my days of owning and playing about with my previous Gen6 and 3sge I was sure that after 100odd thousand miles it would still be bullet proof with the minimum of servicing. Sadly our R2R one seems to be a dog.

I'm still not sure where all the oil is coming from down the back of the engine but it doesn't seem to be the camshaft cover as I had hoped. The Cambelt had a 8-10mm split in it. Oil light is still on despite replacing the suspected sensor. I'm also pretty sure that the intake Camshaft is about 2 teeth advanced from the correct position.

Now hoping that the oil light is actually a dodgy level sensor and it's not a genuine oil pressure issue.

All good fun hey :rolleyes:

If anyone else would like to sponsor to make me feel a bit better about the impending brakedown (the car, not me) then PLEASE do. Details are a few posts up ;) Thanks CCUK peeps

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I looked at one the other day mate that was over double the price you had to source this for and it had rust in the boot cambelt was way overdue and someone had bent all the sill seem where trying to jack it in the wrong place as well as a new handbrake cable supported with a shoelace, bonnet full of stonechips and it didn't drive well either the short distance I was allowed to test it so walked away, good luck with this guy's I hope you sort it all under budget

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Yeah, I may have gone a bit OTT there. Was just a bit shocked that all the 'little' things I thought I was gonna sort out seem to be a bit more serious. Possibly more of a reflection on me than the car lol

To give it its dues it relatively rust free and the bits that aren't dented or chipped and pretty straight lol

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Handbrake cable held with a shoelace,honestly.Have these people never heard of cable ties? :lol:

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Handbrake cable held with a shoelace,honestly.Have these people never heard of cable ties? :lol:

Should have given him your number mate lol

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Quick update on the car. It now has a fresh MOT :)

Still quite a few things to look at before setting off (only 3 and a bit weeks left). My latest concern is the amount of play that seems to have developed in the diff, I'm wondering if this could be the cause of all the CV joint type noises I'm hearing.

She was a really pig to get through the emissions test so I'm now thinking the cam timing still isn't quite right as well.

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hasn't this started?

i have been seeing pics on faceballs all week?????

you guys still needing that boot seal i took off ;)

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pretty sure i have, but i am on work computer so will check later when i get home :thumbs:

hoping to catch up with the guys when they are up in edinburgh :D

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I was thinking of putting a post in the meetings section to see if anyone wants to come see us off. Even if it is just to give us the finger lol

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It has been brought to my attention that we might not have made this clear from the outset. ALL the money donated is purely for the Orchid charity. The costs impliented in the trip are being covered by myself and Eddddddd.

The £2000 target is just a figure that we thought was attainable and we would love to raise that much for a very good cause.

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I am pleased to confirm a message left on your other thread, by donations at the superb meet yesterday at Cheltenham & Prescott Hill Climb, members here have popped another £60 onto your just giving page. :D

GO Nads!!!

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