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New Hub Seal & Oil Checks.



As the Landy is getting a bit more use these days, I decided to give her a good check over for oil levels.

That’s when I noticed that one of my back wheels had a lot more oil & dirt on it that the others.

Further examination lead me to discover that the oil seal had failed!

So for a few quid I got hold of a new seal, dust cover and gasket and set about doing a replacement this evening.

 

Job done and oil topped up – I knew that 25 litre drum of gear oil would come in handy one day!

Earning it’s Keep!



Here’s a couple of snaps of the Landy doing what she does best!

Surprisingly stable with all those bricks in the back, I nearly didn’t want to get rid of them, but check out those mud flaps dragging on the road!

Heavy load - check out the rear springs!
Another load on the way to the tip!

Major Website Update



When I started this Blog, I was using Google Blogger and publishing to my own webspace.
Google being Google, they moved the goalposts and I soon found that my blog could no longer be hosted on my own domain!

That was about two years ago and I’m afraid that the blog has been unmaintained ever since, but I knew that I’d come back to sort it out some day!

The blog is now hosted as a sub-site of my main evilJames website and has had a bit of a make over to boot.
Here are some of the new features:

  • WordPress Blog Engine
  • Better Gallery integration with the main Blog
  • More prominent search box so you can find individual posts by keyword
  • All images in the Gallery are now searchable by keyword
  • The most popular pages have their own links (Seatbelts & Wipers)
  • Links to my other sites
  • Links to other Land Rover sites

Now that I’m up and running in WordPress, I hope to post more often and add more photos; – So I hope you all notice the difference!

Enjoying the breeze!

Northern Ireland Trip – May 2011



In May 2011 we set off on the Landy’s first real road trip from our home in Crewe to my parents in Portrush, Northern Ireland.

The route would via the Birkinhead/Belfast ferry with about 20 miles on the English side and 60 miles on the Irish side.

We were packed up and set off with some spare time in case of any unexpected occurances, which is just as well as about 15 miles from home the fan belt broke!

I didn’t notice it at first, but then Susan spotted that the red charge light was on and we saw the temperature creeping up.

As I had opted to spend a bit of money on a re-manufactured ACR engine, I didn’t fancy warping the head on my first big trip, so the recovery number was called and we got a flat bed truck to the ferry with minutes to spare! By this stage the engine had cooled down again, so I had no worries about the short drive on to the ferry.

Once on the ferry a few phone calls were made and a spare belt sourced for delivery at Belfast port where I fitted it within 15 minutes then carried on toward Portrush.
Top speed was about 60mph, fuel was about 18mpg, much better than I expected!

The main highlight of the trip was green laning on our farm land, the Land Rover really was at home on the soft ground!

Enjoying on the farmGreen LaningHarland & Wolff's cranes in the backgroundOn the way home on the Belfast to Birkenhead ferryThe Land Rover arrivesThe Land Rover in her natural environment

 

500 Mile Engine Service



Following the MOT in December 2009, the Land Rover has not been used too much due to miserable winter weather, but I’ve still managed to clock up about 500 miles on short trips to and from work.
That means that it’s time for the engine’s first service. As I live quite close to ACR Automotive (the firm that re-manufactured the engine) I contacted Rowland Marrow of ACR to arrange a service and to get some first hand knowledge and experience of what’s required to keep the engine in top form.
I also wanted Rolland’s opinion of some of the less than pleasing noises that the vehicle has been making.
The journey to ACR was along the A51 from Nantwich to Chester, then just into Wales to Flint, Deeside. The road is quite slow due to the large number of lorries on their way to Dublin via Holyhead, so a steady 50mph was not a problem on the way.
First order of the day was a test drive with Rolland to let him get a feel for how the Land Rover sounded and performed.
Straight away he was able to point out an issue with the steering, the top arm on the relay was slightly loose resulting in sloppy response from the wheel. He also reckoned that it could be tuned up a little better to get more performance from the engine.
Also the accelerator return did not seem to have the correct amount of spring return that you would expect.
Back to the workshop, and with the engine warm, the oil was drained. No surprises here, the oil showed no sign of any water contamination, excessive carbon or any metal fragments.
Next task was to tighten down the cylinder head, there was about a turn and a half on each bolt to reach the correct torque, but this is normal enough.
On to sorting out the accelerator return: After having a close look Rowland was able to see the issue. The spring at the carb was from a solex set up rather than a zenith carb. I refitted the original spring as I got it, but this means that it must have been driving around with the wrong one for years before! The big issue is that the two types of spring are wound in opposite directions, so the solex spring was actually making things worse and stopping the pedal from returning to idle correctly.
When the spring was replaced with on e of the correct type, a marked improvement was found.
Next task was to set the tappets, I got some first hand experience of how the metal shim should feel when the tappet height is set correctly.
Distributor points were set and the timing set with idle at 600rpm and spark at TDC. Roland reckons the dizzy is out of balance, but did his best to compensate for it. The timing was set on a gas sensor machine to ACR’s standard for the engine, but it troubles me that this setting will be lost when I eventually sort out the distributor.
Just before it was finished off, I noticed that the rear passenger side tyre was flat, but luckily I was able to make use of Rowland’s trolley jack and changed it over with the spare.
Noticeable difference on the drive home, with better response around third gear and less noise.
Next engine service at 1500 miles!
ACR Remanufactured Engine

Fording!



Thought I’d try my luck at fording!

Found the closest ford on the OS explorer map located near Bridgemere. Susan even packed her wellies ready to check the route prior to driving through.

It’s on Dingle Lane here! Turns out there was only 2cm of water flowing, barely enough to get the tyres wet!

Fording

Happy St. Patrick’s Day



Over the last few weeks I had noticed a bit of a rattle from the Land Rover when on the road, so I thought I’d better check it out and see what the problem was.

Turns out that I may have forgotten to tighten up the propshaft nuts to the transfer box at the hand brake!
Either that or the nylon in the nylocks had perished.

Because they were 3/8 BSF, I didn’t have any new replacements when it came to assembly, so used the old ones. – Big mistake!

Anyway, for 28p, I purchased four nice new nuts, took St. Patrick’s day off and got everything tightened up nicely.

Woo-Hoo!




See this….. That’s mine, that is!


MOT TEST!



So – booked the Land Rover in for it’s MOT test for Friday 27th November in a small garage recommended by the guys at Land Ranger Services in Middlewitch.

The drive from my house to the garage would be about fourteen miles, so it gave a good chance to get a feel for the drive of the newly restored Land Rover.
Over the drive, I noticed a couple of things that might need a bit of attention. once warmed up it seems to run a bit fast and when switched off the engine tends to run on a bit, this is symptomatic of pre-ignition and indicates that a bit more tuning of the timing and fuel air mix may be required.
Other than these minor issues, I got to the garage and dropped the Land Rover off about 9.30am.
They told me there was a couple of other cars in for a test before mine, so I went for a walk about town to wait.
11am, still no phone call, so I called back with them only to find out that the garage’s power supply had failed and they had an electrician in trying to get the lights back on in the workshop!
Anyway – it turns out that they were unable to MOT her as expected, but I am assured that she will be done first thing on Monday morning. As for now my Land Rover is spending it’s first couple of nights away from home since I got it – hope the neighbours don’t think I’ve sold it!
So watch this space!!!!!!!!!!

Pre MOT Round UP



It’s been over a month since I’ve updated this blog, so I had better provide a round up of what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks.

After fitting the seat belts, next on the agenda was a tidy up of the electrical wiring using some p-clips.

The steering linkage, box and wheel have all been added and set up using the measurements from the Series 2 Club as a guide. (see here for the info!)
I had a bit of bother setting the steering correctly and at first ended up with different amounts of turns lock to lock, left to right. This turned out to be due to the steering drop arm not being on the correct splines of the steering box, so this was corrected.

Next was the final pipework required to make the brakes and clutch work, with these in place the two systems were bled and tested.

At this stage the vehicle effectively became drivable and I was able to give it a quick test around the block and back again.

From here most of my time has been concerned with small scale items including fitting the floor, adding the drivers wing and mudguard , setting the clutch up correctly, adding mirrors, bonnet catch, fitting the new seats and catches, a small repair to the seatbox and a myriad of other small tasks.

It’s all been worth it though, as it’s now ready for it’s MOT test.

Here are some before and after pictures……