Feb. 25: We thought we had Stewball ready for rallying. But no, every rally has it own regulations and we are now making sure Stewball meets those of the Endurorally association. So far, Ed has installed the Terratrip rally thingy, sort of a computer, I guess. All we needed previously was an extremely accurate rally speedometer. This new gadget will make life easier, if we ever figure it out! Tomorrow morning, Sunday, when few are on the highway, we will take the car our to calibrate this thing. We need mile markers to do that. Hope the ones on the Interstate are fairly accurate. Then we just need to figure out how to make it display the information we need so that we don’t have to constantly refer to the book as we rally. Not a good thing for keeping on course or speed.
Next were mud flaps on all four wheels. Sounds easy, but Ed felt he was back designing products again. Front is different from the rear, but now we have all four and their kind of cute! Wish we could have gotten some that had VW on them, but apparently that’s not available anymore.
Now, Ed is installing the Rally plates-again both front and back. The front is quite easy but the puzzle for our little car, was how to fit them on the back and not interfere with the latch for the engine or cover the tale pipes. Small cars do have unique problems. Ed now has that worked out and will have it done today.
Then there is still the 5 point harnesses we must have. Every other rally only required seat belts which Ed had replaced earlier when the origional ones broke. And now that we ran over one on the World Race, we can use the seat belts that are part of these beautiful red harness! Photos later when that gets done.
What was I doing while Ed was working so hard? I was in Minnesota walking on White Bear Lake. Sometimes it’s best to just stay out of the way!
See you on the road to Alaska!