Pulling to the left

The Land Rover has been pulling to the left under braking recently, last Thursday it become bad enough that I thought I’d take a look, as it could no longer be written off as being dirt in the drum or something. Sure enough I have leaking wheel cylinder on the right front drum.

Dripping oil from the dust cover on the wheel cylinder
Wet with oil, no wonder the right wheel wasn’t braking much.

I also painted some of the more white parts and bare aluminium.

Super shiny, in parts..

Volvo bottom ball joint

I replaced the bottom ball joint on the Volvo at the weekend, should have bought a ball joint splitter, it was hard getting the taper to come apart. I wound up beating a could of sockets in on top of the nut and then undoing the nut against them and then beating the joint with a hammer. It came apart in the end.

Old and new

Dash must now be at about 90% complete

I reckon the aluminium dash is almost done, it’s not perfect, but who cares. Not me. I’ve installed two USB power ports, they’ll put out up to 10 amps from the PSU, so that’s future proofed for a few years yet. Still need to install a few more switches to do other stuff and make the bit for the right of the dash similar to the bit on the left of the dash.

CB radio mounted where the centre console used to be. Those switches have moved to a new part of the dash right next to the dash itself.
Need to workout what I’m going to do to hid and protect those wires, two USB power ports stashed away out of sight.
Two spare holes for starter switch and something else.. I have yet to dream that up.

Next is to fit better LED illumination for the dash. Shouldn’t be too hard.

IOW Trip

We went to the Isle of Wight last weekend. Went up in my uncles micro light for a very short trip, some minor engine trouble brought us back more rapidly than we had planned. I’m looking forward to going up again.

The grass strip isn’t that flat or smooth, but it works!
We travelled across with the car on the Wight Link ferry, so got burned off pretty bad by the hover craft.
Hover craft passing one of the forts in the Solant.

We had stunning weather considering the forecast, it was a lovely trip.

Blown Fuse

I blew a fuse in the Land Rover, entirely my fault. A terminal broke off the back of the voltage regulator, so I replaced the feed to the instrument cluster by running a cable from my 12V stabilised power supply to the instruments instead. Unfortunately, this was all I did. I lift the existing supply cable behind the dash, still with broken terminal protruding from the insulated crimp. I imagine that this had touched something that was grounded/earthed and shorted out, blowing the fuse. At least I hope this is why the fuse blew.

Interesting how the wire has melted back where I guess it arced across the gap as the gap formed. Also interesting how it burned a line into the paper.

Air Duct

Finally I have all of the air duct in.

I have not yet sorted the air into cabin, and I think I will likely need to get the two printed parts re-printed, I will alter the right hand part to have an angle on the cabin discharge port. The left hand one needs a lot of work..

Got what I paid for

I purchased some drill bits from Ebay, very cheap ones, but it said that they were cobalt so I thought I’d give them a try for 2 and a bit quid.

After drilling about 6 rivets each they were in this state.
The rivets are only steel

In fairness the drills did have HSS stamped on them, but I suspect that stands for “Highly Soft Steel” in this instance, they’re almost certainly made from Chinesium. In future I’ll pay reasonable money to a reputable shop for decent drill bits. Lesson learned.

Stuck the print in

Today I have Sikaflex’d in the 3D printed “heart valve” component.

There is a bit of a gap at the bottom and given that both the base of the print and the bulk head are a little convex the two don’t fit together very well. Luckily I have plenty of Sikaflex and no fear of using it!

Air ducting behind the dash

I have designed and a friend is printing for me some components for the air duct work that supplies hot air to the windscreen and cabin of the Land Rover.

This is actually going to be 3 parts glued together to reduce the complexity of the print.
The half size test pint

And then inside will split up the air flow unevenly so that the driver side has far more air flow than the passenger side.

The small top left aperture will feed the passenger side windscreen and the small lower right aperture the passenger foot well.

Greening in Surrey

Went for a trip around the Devils Punch Bowl area last weekend.

The blue green route is roughly where Google though my phone went, the darker blue route is the fast route home.

We went across Frensham Common and then through a load of other lanes around the punch bowl and lastly up Wagoners Well.