Unfortunately even after the combined efforts of the challenge trio and the dedicated garage team the dynamo refuses to work. With no time left, Chris (Dada Vanya) and Will (Yura) said goodbye to Sputnik Ilya, bought a spare battery and a charger and set off for Krasnoyarsk.
Chris is immensely grateful for all the advice and support from the Austin 7 community. He feels very strongly that the challenge is truly a team effort, even from afar.
This team in a fleet of BMWs passed the car, they are on a mission to help in poor orphanages across Russia.
Then, 80km down the road, a nasty noise started coming from the dynamo… at the same time they were flagged down by the police, who wanted to get in the car for a photo.
Chris and Will decided that they should find somewhere to stay and spend the afternoon working on the car. The police directed them over the road to a trucker’s hotel.
The usual crowd gathered round the car, and with typical Russian generosity tried to help by phoning friends who could speak English, and searching contacts for a suitable mechanic. One man called Alexei impressed everyone by doing the timing (fag in mouth) just the way Chris does – he took out the plug from number 1 piston, and found top dead centre with a screwdriver!
The upshot is that it seems there is a dynamo specialist in the next town, so Chris and Will are going to try and get there first thing tomorrow. With the deadline to arrive in Krasnoyarsk rapidly approaching, Chris is thinking that they may need to hitch a lift on a lorry – he was offered a lift (car included!) already, but the lorry was going in the wrong direction!
Here is a message from Chris and Will about the dynamo problem…
“More advice please, different problem!
We made it 80km down the road and Chris noticed a grinding noise coming from the Dynamo which is new. We never fixed the Dynamo in Novosibirsk but bought a spare battery and a charger and are running illegally without side lights…
There is a nasty grinding noise coming from the distributor end of the Dynamo – without the distributor there is no noise on the Dynamo when spun up, the distributor on its own has no noise when spinning.
When meshed together there is this graunching noise which every time we try something different gets worse. All screws and nuts are tight as far as we can at the side of the road, and nothing is missing as far as we can tell.
The noise came on suddenly. The Dynamo has been taken apart and put back together many times in the last two days to try to fix it (without success) so maybe something internally is making the noise, a gone bearing perhaps?
The brushes look good and the commutator also looks good.
The gear on the distributor is a newly fitted good original after a brand new one was chewed up. The gear in the Dynamo is tired but looks fine for the purpose. We have a spare gear in better condition but don’t see this is the problem.
Would anyone know what this might be, thanks again in advance.”