1. Weather hot enough to fry an egg on the “bonnet”.
2. High altitudes
4. All of the above.
Day 12: Alternate title: Too pooped to pump
Page, Arizona to Provo, Utah. We had trouble yesterday with vapor lock. Ed woke up this morning with another thought about what might be contributing to it and after a diagnostic test at 6:00 am, (Arizona doesn’t do day light savings time, so it was already light) with the help of one of our mechanics, he replaced the fuel pump. Based on the hypothesis that the starvation that Stewball was experiencing was poor fuel flow. In addition with the help of other racers he also jury-rigged a way to keep the bonnet open ( in American English, the engine compartment). He and Alistar-who drives the Silver Cloud Rolls Royce,
duct taped a block of wood and then tied that with a bungy cord. The photo says it all and seems fitting since earlier Stewball had a new face, he now has a new backside.
This worked well in the a.m. but the passage through Cottonwood Canyon on a gravel road was more than the duct tape could manage, the block fell off, the bonnet closed and this afternoon we had vapor lock again.
Cottonwood Canyon is not a route I’d recommend to any one except a 4×4. and we had 38 miles of this, including a “water crossing.” I hope to post a photo of that tomorrow. We, of course, were in the car, but the rally photographer took one and I will download it. Fortunately it has been dry so the water wasn’t very deep.
Tonight we are in Provo after a day with some spectacular scenery and some local color.
Our wonderful, inventive mechanics are devising a more permanent solution to keep our engine cool. Andy’s first suggestion was for me to stand on the back bumper and hold up the bonnet. He even offered to drive close behind to keep an eye on me. What a thoughtful man!