Heidi Hetzer Driving Tour - Update #9

TIME SPENT IN PREPARATION IS VERY RARELY WASTED
While we prefer to stay on the sunny side of the street, report just the facts, and refrain from being overly critical, we are beginning to observe a repetitive pattern of mechanical and driver related issues affecting the Hudo. At first we were wondering if it was unfairly judgmental on our part, but as time and messages continue to role in, it's pretty tough to avoid seeing the connection.

THE SHAKEDOWN CRUISE
One of the things we've become accustomed to is reading about the Shakedown Cruise of newly restored Classics. If you've done an extensive restoration, you know exactly what we mean. It's the moment of truth when the work you've done and the parts installed have to be tested. We've been afforded some prime examples either personally or vicariously through the efforts of others. The "It's been completely rebuilt using the finest parts," but after turning the key for the first time, your $6,000 engine turns into a pile of junk in a few minutes.

DID HASTE MAKE WASTE?
So we are wondering if the issues with the clutch, cooling system, suspension, engine and auxiliary items like the speedometer could be due to an abbreviated Shakedown Cruise, Heidi's over-exuberant style of driving, or are they purely coincidental. 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY WERE RETURNED TO SENDER?
The previous posts covered the serious engine setback, parts have been ordered from an Ohio-based supplier, but no one knows what the next 5,000 miles will bring. 

Today's morning post revealed the toolkit Patrick brought from Germany was stolen from his luggage, the shipment of parts was returned to the US based company, apparently due to an improper method of shipping, Patrik has the flu, both Partik's and Heidi's visas expire on the 18th, and the repair shop has no way to machine or hone the connecting rod to set proper bearing clearances. Needless to say, everyone is aggravated.

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
A second post from this afternoon revealed the "returned to shipper" message was an error. The much needed parts are now REALLY traveling on their way with an ETA of tomorrow morning at 9:00 to Hudos home workshop in Rheinberg. 

If I understand the entire message, despite the lack of detail, the shop will use the crank measurements taken last week to clearance the poured connecting rod bearing, then ship it and the other parts to Heidi! Word has it she has hired a person to carry the parts to simplify customs and speed delivery.

In closing, a note from Patrik; "Heidi rushed to the bazaar and a watchmaker who believes he can bring the speedometer back to life. And in the end everything will be fine ... and if it is not good, it is not the end".

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