The trumpet really needed a paint. I'm not a fan of painting, so brought another one instead.
@Slacker_Sam. decided to get rid of one of his. and, so a deal was struck. Due to previous swimmings, the diff bearings were chooched, which was not going to make for a easy journey from the top of the south Island to Auckland, so I sent another diff down from my hoard of stuffs.
A rough plan was then hatched. Fly to Nelson, pick-up unseen car with @Slacker_Sam., drive to @yoeddynz's and fix diff and anything else that was about to fall off, catch the ferry that night and drive to Auckland on Sunday. Also renew AA Plus.
To make things easier, I brought some number plates and @Threeonthetree with me. The flight meant we could catch up with some of the latest automotive offerings from Australia.
What a battle. 1-0 to the VN - as expected.
Upon landing, we were whisked with turbo-diesel efficiency to Motueka thanks to Sam where we did a little fixing (re-attached a lost gear selector rod, fitted a battery, fluid checks etc) and headed off to Alex's.
@yoeddynz was kind enough to allow us the use of his shaded workshop and magical car lifting device to do a formula one style diff change.
Whist we were doing the easy work, Alex and Hannah were slaving over the BBQ making some delicious burgers for us. We truly were looked after - thanks again guys.
Also, and probably most importantly, we met Kevin.
All good things must end, so it was onto the road for the trip to Picton. We allowed 3 hours for a 2.5 hour trip, which was lucky as we picked up quite a fine specimen of hitch-hiker.
We then made the 6pm ferry without any drama.
Arrived in Wellington at 11pm and found accommodation in 1967 thanks to some of Neal's vintage friends.
An early start on Sunday, and North to Sanson for a creame horne for Breakfast.
Other thank the scheduled fuel stops we had a pretty uneventful journey north - Arriving in Auckland late afternoon.
Now to do some swapping of bits and pieces and sell the old one in the near future.
Old vs. New
Thanks again to @Slacker_Sam. @Threeonthetree @yoeddynz