For those who have followed the round-the-world exploits of Heidi Hetzer and her 1930 Hudson, "Hudo", but have lost track of her: I can bring you up to date.
After making her way (from west to east) across the U.S., Heidi traveled to Peru by boat, where she resumed her travels. Unfortunately, during her time in South America the mechanical problems which had dogged her along the way, finally brought her trip to a shuddering stop. On April 13, in Argentina, Hugo's engine was kaput, with numerous problems which had been building up along the way.
At this point salvation came in the person of Lars Sorensen of Chile, and his intrepid antique car enthusiasts, the Club de Automóviles Antiguos V Región, located near Santiago. "Hudo" was trailered from Argentina to club headquarters, and the merry band of car nuts completely disassembled the engine, undertaking a complete make-over with new parts gleaned from every possible source. They even made some of their own!
The upshot was that Hudo was back on the road again, in great mechanical shape. "The last time thru
Argentinia to Buenos Aires he was perfect", reports Heidi, who says she and Hudo are presently en route to South Africa, the next country on her journey.
By the way, does anyone know any Hudson enthusiasts in South Africa? I'm sure Heidi would like to meet them and vice versa. And, you never know when she may need more parts or mechanical help. In fact, she could use a replacement for a lost hubcap, though (as she says) "the bottom of a Coca Cola plastic, tightened with a Kabelbinder, does a good job!"