So this weekend we went to Mereenbosch. When we arrived there, idling looking for a cell signal for directions, Suzy chose that moment to start spewing boiling water out of the radiator filling tank.
Note: I had the radiator flushed about a year ago, and again about 2 months back. as I was told to do, airlocks and all that. Should have left it … why fix something that was not broken.
In any case, drove spewing boiling water to the campsite, was close enough, got there, filled the radiator up in no time … carefully, that water was boiling, Antifreeze too. The next day we drove to Hermanus, no problem, looking for a radiator place … mostly closed. Drove back, no problem either.
Coming back Sunday … perfectly fine up the pass back to Cpt to the first Farmstall before Grabow, where we stopped for pies.
Then the fun started.
From then on, we drove from Farmstall to Farmstall to Strawberry Farm to Garage … shopping and checking them ALL out!
See, I thought, bugger this, have some fun they said, make it into an adventure, you’ve got this … and drove back like I did that Iveco that one day. Step by step keeping careful watch of the temp, lots of water in the back, planning each place to pull off safely … we gave the N2 and R300 a huge wide berth.
It was a simple decision, cause of the old tech:
- Either Suzi limps home and only needs some TLC.
- Or worst case she needs a new sub-assembly (±R50k).
Now ok, I could have had her towed, but what cost for a Sunday afternoon(!?), when the damage was already done. Or leave it at the nearest repair center, which needs parts ordered from Cpt next week, where the mechanics are 24-year-olds with laptops to tell them what assembly to replace. Yeah, I don’t think so. Learned that lesson once.
The bottom line, arrived home 30 minutes late, Springboks still beat the shiite out of Romania, after an epic adventure.
Old Tech, man, they can take a beating.
- Radiator blockage
- Thermostat got stuck.
- Water pump.
- Headgasket went.
Will know later this week. I’m keeping her.
FWIW: Am busy arranging insurance for her now, before this repair. See, one can get valuations for cars, not a M&M book anymore, and insure it at the valuation value. Think it is time.