This Blog serves as two things: a photo-diary of our lives between 2007 and mid 2011, when we saw some incredible things and met some amazing people; and a reflection of our more normal lives since then.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Gear box fun

On Wednesday our new mechanic arrived on the ship - a very experienced guy called Andy from Tasmania. Today, under his expert guidance, we did something we've never attempted before - remove and replace a Nissan Patrol gearbox. And my oh my, I now know why we've never attempted it before - it came out easy, but took 6 hours to put back in. We even had to hire in extra mechanics for the job - at one stage we had no less than 7 mechanics working on it. Of course, with no car lift or gearbox jack, and only the uneven cobbles of the dock for our trolley jacks, we were bound to struggle. We ended up lifting the gearbox into position with a strap hanging off a scaffolding bar which was lifted by 2 guys standing next to the drivers door, and 2 guys standing by the front passengers door. Right now the gearbox is back in place, but not tight yet - still plenty to do on Monday. Never again. Olly


Andrew, Jodie & Jessica Rothwell said...

Did that Andy bloke tell you he was experienced??? I don't know-lol!!! I hope you are looking after Andrew for me and taking advantage of his expertise! I know I am biased but he really is very good at what he does. Sounds like you had an interesting day! Jodie Rothwell

Andrew, Jodie & Jessica Rothwell said...

i miss you dad if you read this i love you!!!