Stewball doesn’t like….

Alistar and his Rolls Royce

1. Weather hot enough to fry an egg on the “bonnet”.

2. High altitudes

3. Ethanol

4. All of the above.

Day 12: Alternate title: Too pooped to pump

Today’s “flower”

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,

Alistar used the hotel fountain to clean his Rolls

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.

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.

somewhere in Utah

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!




About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Stewball doesn’t like….

  1. TBC says:

    Love the new rear look of Stewball. Most imaginative. Are you sure Stewball isn’t a she and suffering from hot flashes? After all, he/she is possibly old enough!

    Take care,


  2. Nice blog! The use of this mechanics are devising a more permanent solution to keep our engine cool.When we booked a car for go to long drive, And for booking a car contact with us by clicking this link:booking a car.

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