Gloopy and Gloopier

The intention today was to fibreglass over the patch under the windscreen, where the rain comes in and stops my mind from wandering, where it will go.

Before that however, I decided to drain the fuel filters to see if it would help Herman2 show a bit more fighting spirit on hills. The astute reader will remember that I found him surprisingly sluggish and juddery on the gradients, on the way back from Wales. When I took off the water trap which lives under the passenger wheel arch, this is what I found:

Anyone for treacle?
Anyone for treacle?
How the hell did the engine run at all, with this gloop in the water trap?
How the hell did the engine run at all, with this gloop in the water trap?

Never mind veggie oil, it looked like someone had heard you can run a diesel engine on molasses. No wonder the boy was struggling! Off to my friendly neighbourhood parts place for a pair of new fuel filters [I thought I should replace the main one too, if the state of the water trap one was anything to go by]. Half an hour or so later, Herman2 was sooking his diesel through clean filters and ready for action again. It’s pretty flat where I live, so I willnae be able to see if this helps his Sherpa Tensing abilities, til I run into a hill somewhere.

New water trap fitted
New water trap fitted
Old and new main fuel filters
Old and new main fuel filters
New fuel filter fitted
New fuel filter fitted
And, just for future reference, part no. for the fuel filter
And, just for future reference, part no. for the fuel filter

Next mission, off to Stepford, AKA B&Q, for a few bitsnbobs I forgot last time, mainly white spirit. While I was there, I picked up some spray primer that claimed to work on everything including ceramics [which is kinda glasslike], to see if it would make a better fist of covering the windows than that shite I got ripped off £23 for on Amazon.

Once home again, it was getting pretty dark and, with the odd very faint hint of snow in the air, I thought Id better get the windscreen patched with fibreglass before I was enveloped by the dusk. The Vactan I leathered on last weekend seemed to have converted all the rust. So I gave it a quick roughening with a bit of sandpaper and then a good dolloping of fibreglass resin and matting [one of natures miracle cure-alls, when it comes to bodywork patching]. The end result aint exactly pretty, but Ill give it a smooth down tomorrow [weather permitting] once its dry and then I can paint over it. Besides, I prefer to err on the side of putting too much gloop on than not enough, when it comes to these kind of repairs.

Last weekend's Vactan dolloping
Last weekend's Vactan dolloping
A good glooping of fibreglass [It'll be rightly, once it's cleaned up]
A good glooping of fibreglass [It'll be rightly, once it's cleaned up]

After Id slabbered on my fibreglass, it was time to retire to the pavilion as bad light threatened to stop play. In the end, I didnae get any painting done today, but Ill still file it under “fairly productive” nonetheless.