Kevin & Vicki Bailey travelling in their restored 1935 Stinson Reliant SR-8C VH-UXL around Australia. It commenced March 25th with the crossing of the Nullabor, thru SA & in Victoria - attending the RAAF 90th Anniversary Pilgrimage, AAAA Annual fly-in at Echuca. Our plans are to see as much of Qld before turning left into Northern Territory and finally down the west coast of WA to home.
Well, long days and many hours in the hangar have passed and the engine with all its components was hung back onto the Stinson on Saturday 5th Feb. Kevin has had many hurdles to overcome and he has, with lots of help from his ingenius mate Macca. They have had to modify fittings from the old engine connections onto the new. With a new alternator and starter motor snugly fitting into in place (which needed to be fast freighted from the USA) the engine was delivered to its new plane via tractor, winched up and aligned onto the engine mounts without a hitch.
Still lots more to do but at least the departure does not seem impossible.
A visit from our "farm sitters" - John and Elizabeth, finished a great day's work and we completed the day with a lovely meal, lots of great conversation and a few wines.