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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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happy to help. Would do the trip myself except no car, skill, knowledge or money, passport, sense of direction........... :rolleyes:

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Hi guys,

Its been a while since I done a full so will give a run down of whats happened over the last few (very busy weeks).

A couple of months ago we thought we would give the cam belt a check over. What we found was a little worrying, the cam belt had a large slit across the belt. Needless to say if we wanted any chance of making it to Rome it had to be changed. Cam Belt ordered I drove up to Chris' one weekend so we could change it, as well as a few other jobs we had planned such as fitting the CB radio, putting the stickers on and other peripheral things.

What shouldn't have been a very long job ended up taking us 2 days!! Not one single bolt would want to come undone, and once again iTuned came to our rescue and lent us one hell of an Impact Gun. Those bolts had no chance against that monster!

We had marked up the Cam Pullys, the cam belt and the back plate. Everything was good to go, put the new belt on and I drove home on the Sunday night. Its was only the start of what was a frustrating few weekends (for Chris). On the drive home the car felt sluggish and slow. When driving at 30 the engine was hunting. I organised taking the car back up to Norwich the next weekend, I was off to Amsterdam - Chris was off to hell! Firstly Chris adjusted the timing, it was better but it wasn't right. If there's one thing Chris hates, it not being right :lol:

The cam belt had to be adjusted again, it needed to be right (for fuel costs alone). I got many frustrated messages from Chris over the next few days. I arranged to head up the following weekend. It was time to take the top of the engine and align the cams properly.

Easy solution normally, but oh no, not on Go Nad (she has been called many other names during this process, many cannot be repeated). Off comes the top and Chris starts looking at the cams, the anger growing as he does so. Soon an expletive laden rant explodes from Chris - the cams do not have the small cuts outs that are required to line them up. :brickwall:

We take some time and regroup. We need to find dead top, but that doesn't solve the problem with the cams. So we take a guess we line some bits up with other bits. Dead Top is found and the engine put back together again. We have Chris' old adjustable cams pulleys, hopefully all we will need to do is some fine tuning. The timing gun is attached, Chris has the car key and starts her up. She fires first time, the timing looks better but still not right, but all that is needed is some fine tuning. Saturday, I get the message I'd been waiting for - she's running smoother now. B)

We also now have an MOT. I'm off to Chris' this weekend to finish up a few more finer jobs - fitting a CB radio, hopefully these will go smoother.

I am aware that there are people who would like to meet us along the way. We have several stops that people can come see us. Firstly Edinburgh, then Nottingham, then Ace Cafe and finally Dover. I will post all the timings as soon as I get them to the thread Chris has started in the meetings section.

Finally, thank you to all CCUK members who have donated and arranged collections at meets. These are really appreciated by me and Chris, and just to re-iterate what Chris said, all money donated goes to Orchid, which really is an amazing charity.

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I'd be interested to see how you guys have mounted your CB, I'm currently scratching my head as to where to put mine in the gen 6. Lol

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CB is just screwed to the passenger side of center console. It's not pretty but it works.

We are nearly in Scotland now but the car has started to wobble through the steering under power :(

Chose a fine time to start that!

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Good luck guys, hope the car behaves itself .

Looking forward to the updates

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The calf may have had an episode with a windscreen.

We are now at a hotel getting ready to meet up with the rest off the group for breakfast and the start of the rally.

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Here is a quick update as to Bills adventures so far with the Rust2Rome guys,

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After the closure of Calais yesterday, the guys had to find another way to get into France - by tunnel:

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And their travels down to the south of France today:

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How'd that chicken get in there! :o:lol:

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Lovely photos! I was going to say has Bill aquired a girlfriend?

Would it be possible for you to put the photos on the Dragon thread in Off Topic too? That will be a permanent reminder of his adventures over the years :D

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Apparently the chicken is actually called Brian! So more a cockerel I guess. Lol

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Great pics guys. Is that the Foster bridge at Milau? I was last there 25 years ago, before it was built, on an XS1100 Yamaha. Happy days trying to order maggots to fish the river Tarn. Failed!!

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It was the Milau viaduct Ian. We have loads more photos including ones with Bill. Photobucket isn't working well out here though. Will try to get them on our FaceBook page though. Search for 'Team Go-Nads' anyone that hasn't liked it.

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