I have the majority of my plan in my head but its going to go something like this.
Manchester-Hull -Rotterdam via overnight ferry
Head north from Rotterdam into Denmark then northbound all the way up the west coast of Norway taking in the famous "Trollstigen road" amongst others.
The trip will end at Nordkapp some weeks later.
The beauty of my plan is I will have retired from my current job and will have some free time before I start work again so the timing is very good.
For the return trip I was planning on returning via the east coast of Sweden back to Copenhagen.
All in all a round trip of approximately 5000 miles.
Sounds easy when said quickly.
My 1965 2 door "Gracie" is currently sat in may garage totally unaware of what is going to happen to it next year.
So initially I plan to strip it down get it loaded on a spit and make sure the shell is firstly rust free and secondly ensure it is strong so I may weld in some strengthening gussets but I will decide that in due course, I wouldn't like to make the shell too rigid and cause stress fractures.
I will then strip and rebuild the 1098 engine (well my mate will be doing this as he knows the engines better) I intend to stick with the original engine size as I feel putting a bigger engine in would take the heart out of "Gracie".
The wish is for the cruising speed to be somewhere around the 56-60mph mark, just enough to keep out of the way of HGV's on the Motorways, but its my intention to use A roads and the European equivalent so the speed will be lower.
The gearbox will receive a new clutch and change of oil along with the rear axle, I will put uprated halfshafts in just in case but I feel the remainder of the standard running gear will suffice as I wont be flat out at any time.
The radiator will be looked at and a decision will be made as to upgrade the core or simply flush the standard one.
Whilst the car is apart I will install a new wiring loom, its a fairly simple system but the original is nearly 55 years old so it would be foolish not to.
On that subject I'm still undecided regarding the dynamo v alternator, I will be running a couple of 12v sockets to power modern life items such as a mobile phone/sat nav, I wont have a radio fitted as I never listen to the radio in cars unless my wife is present (not that I don't want to talk to her, she just likes music while we drive) and as I will be travelling alone in "Gracie" a radio is not on my list, I have a Bluetooth speaker that I use when camping which will also need to be charged, so the more I write the more I feel the need for an alternator....Any hints here?
I may reroute the fuel and brake lines just to avoid any mishaps.
For safety I will be changing the seats and installing seat belts, I have not decided on seats as yet, but they will more than likely be Ford Ka items along with inertia belts.(while the shell is on the spit I will weld in some seat belt plates if possible.
I will retain the standard fuel tank and maybe purchase some extra fuel cans once on European soil as a precaution, but as mentioned above a 200 mile range is probably enough for the car at any time and a stop for fuel will allow me to keep an eye on her.
The standard wheels "may" be replaced by slightly wider tyres given the extra weight but again that has yet to be decided, I will source a couple of spare wheels.
The car will have new dampers/torsion bars (used but good) and rear springs, I may alter the castor to assist straight line stability.
I will be carrying tools and camping gear along with clothing (As a male this will be limited to a few quick dry outfits as I don't plan on attending any black tie events whilst on the road.
With regard to carrying all the equipment/tools etc would people suggest removal of the rear seats to allow the placing of tools etc (securely strapped down) to aid weight distribution or place the lighter items on a roof rack? Thoughts?
Lighting will be standard with the exception of a high level brake light and maybe hazard warning lights.
I think that list is enough to keep me busy for a few months so if you can assist with any answers or wish to come get your hands dirty or simply have a coffee and keep me company then let me know.
Proud owner of my first Morris Minor