Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sunroof sorted… well sort of

Thanks to some chums on the AMOC forum I now have the elusive missing part for the sunroof mechanism, I may not have a working engine yet, but I’ll soon have a working sunroof!

The past few weeks have been quite frenetic, lots of meetings in the Houses of Parliament, lots of meetings with commercial demining operators, and briefings with Government departments. It was a very welcome  weekend therefore up on the farm getting oil and grease under my fingernails.

It may not sound exciting, but it was a very constructive two days fettling the sunroof, painting and fitting sound deadening panels.

Malcolm was working on his Renault 5 and Phil on his Figaro and the sun was shining.

Pictorially the work i did is about as interesting as, well a sound proof panel.

As a hint it is best to use a heat gun to soften the sheet of material at the beginning – it makes it much easier to cut.

Then, once it’s stuck on, use the air gun again to make the air bubbles expand, and then pop them .

It’s a bit frustrating to be on a roll, and then have to stop, clear up and come home.

The frozen North

Well Iceland was fun… if a little chilly.

The rather bleak rock in the middle of the North Atlantic is a geologist’s paradise, I could have come home with pockets bulging with bits of rock.

I was expecting this volcano to suddenly open up and a rocket emerge.

It is also the birthplace of western democracy. The Thingvellir was the first ever parliament in 930. Co-incidentally the site of this parliament is within the fissure of the North American and the Eurasian continental plates.

Coming home we flew over my office – a rather later parliament.

We used a local tour operator called Iceland Horizons  for a couple of local tours – the first one we had with an Icelandic chap called Helgi – who had an amazing knowledge of history and folklore – and an infectious enthusiasm for the landscape and environment.

The second day we went out with an Englishman called David – who owns the company, and has lived in Iceland for many years. It was interesting having both a native’s, and an expats perceptions of the culture and history of Iceland. Well recommended.

Unsurprisingly we didn’t see any classic cars on the road – but did see some ancient boats:

This one’s a bit broken…

Of course just because there were no classic cars doesn’t mean there weren’t a few other intersting vehicles.

It’l soon be back to the sunroof – and Richard from the AMOC has offered to send me the thing to go  on the end of the twiddly bit…. Thanks Richard.