Xena, a 1968 122S was bought in Auckland, NZ specifically to be used on the classic car Peking to Paris marathon rally in 2016. Since deciding to do that rally Jo and Heather have also entered the Road to Mandalay rally. Xena, named after our beloved warrior princess, was bought in November 2013 and is having considerable work done on her by Steve Hawes, who has prepared cars for the London to Sydney marathon and safari rallies in Africa.
Xena was bought in November 2013. She was towed to Steve’s garage in February and work began in earnest. What we didn’t realise was that Xena was an illegal immigrant. When the paperwork was being done it surfaced that she had no NZ identity and this had to all be sorted out.
- New sump and steering guards were fitted.
- New brake pads
- Plans drawn up to move the fuel tank to a less dangerous place
- Personalised plates ‘xena68’ were purchased
- The starter motor was rebuilt
- Engine bay was striped and Xena was off to the painters for a new coat of paint
- Old repair dealt with on the passenger door
- Surface rust on right front guard removed
- Rust treatment on all doors
- Xena painted ‘all black’
- New VIN (vehicle identity) number
- a new limited slip differential unit was imported from Sweden
- The new fuel tank, brake linings and fittings were installed
Re-route the brake lines and fuel lines inside the car for greater protection
Axles had badly damaged splines and needed to be replaced
- New brake hoses
- new alternator
- New fan belt
- New distributor
- New harnesses and standard seat belts
- New wheel bearings
- Low Volume Vehicle Certificate
- Silver Fern decals for the sides of the car
- Xena certificated and warranted
Val was owned by Marc, who had her for only 6 months and did only 21 miles in her. Before that she was owned by Robbie. Val was originally brought to NZ from Britain.
No big work will done on Val as she is intended for less strenuous car club rallies once she gets to Australia