Just made back to Multan to drop the VW mechanic that I took along with me to work on the bugs...
I reached at PTDC Motel BWP with mechanic at 21:30hrs. It was a once in a lifetime treat to meet all the vintage veterans under one roof that surely cant be translated in words to be expressed. Living legends like Nasir Bhai, Mohsin Ikram Sb., Karim Chappra Sb. among all other young vintage enthusiasts.
Four VWs ran from KHI to BWP...Nasir Bhai's 60 Billo, Shahzeb's 55 Oval, Moeed's 63 and Mohsin Ikram's 58 Microbus. All have a profile of their own but the real treat was to work on and drive momentarily the legendary Billo. WHAT A CAR! Stands out from all and every vintage that she was surrounded by.
First to be worked on was Billo, her master cylinder reservoir to cylinder line grommet was leaking due to the bad driving conditions. Once it was properly placed and adjusted...her brake worked like a charm. We gave her suspension a full greasing / lubrication job only to find out that she had a broken zerc fitting in her beam, nonetheless we greased her somehow. And off I drove her to park her in safety.
Next up was Moeed's 63...we were literally surprised to see her suspension had run dry of lubrication...she ate up full 500g of multipurpose grease we were carrying. Then her steering wheel was wandering like a wanderer...needed adjustment that she received and it looked to have made a major difference in her handling at the wheel.
Next up was Shahzeb's Oval, her suspension was greased too. Shahzeb reported that she was running somewhat heated. First of all Fan Belt was found loose, we adjusted the fan belt only to move on to adjusting her carb to bring her to her pre-rally glory. A real treat to watch / work on, she is.
Next up was Microbus...She was reported getting heated and running badly in the last 100kms of Sukkhar - BWP leg. When we started working on her engine bay we were literally shocked to see the seriosuly loose fan belt. And trust me I have hardly seen a VW running on oversized fan belt like her in my 11yrs of hobby. We immediately replaced her fan belt with the stock sized belt that Shahzeb was carrying as a spare in his Oval. Engine sounded lot better with this replacement almost immediately.
Next shock was to notice that there was no vaccumm to carb pipe installed. Yet another factor to add up to the reported "heating up" flat four. We immediately installed the pipe that was lent by another young VCCCP enthusiast, Shoaib from ISD. The flat four was singing totally in another tone after this installation, where from we adjusted carb and she was healthy as a horse...her motor sounded lot more of a flat four than anything else.
We greased Shoaib's Caprice suspension and I left to drop mechanic back at Multan at 04:30hrs in the morning, and to drive off Patina to join the gang back, with happy faces of VW enthusiasts. Nothing pleases me more as I sip this cup of coffee in my lounge, than to have served our friends in transit. What a night this has been!
I will now get a couple of hours sleep and will catch up with the rally on Patina by the time of their departure from BWP for LHR.
Will update next whenever I get a chance.
Happy Rallying Guys!