I found i needed to close up the gap between the chassis leg and the bar, as there was a patch that sits proud of the chassis forward of this part. Yesterday I welded the first 40 mm or so in place on both sides then put the blow torch on it and bent it a little to close up the gap that can be seen in the picture.
I bought 2 meters of Ø16 mm mild steel round bar, cut it into 4 fairly equal lengths to be bent up into 4 hoops that can be welded to the Land Rover to make up recovery eyes. I’m not finished, but I’m getting there.
Used the old blow torch to heat them up and bend them by hand, be careful to hold the cold end…
Drilled a couple of Ø16 mm holes in the bit of angle that joined the chassis legs.
Had to file the weld on the left a little to let the loop pass through.
I have only welded the tops of one side and so still have the bottoms to do of this side and a little infill in places. That was a root weld and another in on top for good measure.
Finished the grill thing, not in the form intended, I found that I happened to have a spare body/flange part, so I cut up one of the bad 3D prints that didn’t work out and just kept the ‘writing flat base part’ and glued it into the flange bit. A lick of paint and some lacquer to really make it stand out from the rest of the Land Rover:
I hope this causes someones to chuckle when it’s fitted.
I have never liked the gear stick with the rubber vibration damper that comes on the LT77 gear box. It looks okay if you have a rubber boot over it, but I wanted mine to be more like the series gear stick.
I am not sure that it isn’t too long, I haven’t driven it yet, so I might wind up cutting 3 inches off the last straight section.
Okay cabin air a little posh, I’m on about the air intake for the hot/cold air into the land rover for the comfort of the passengers etc. This intake is the side of the wing, and it’s the same wing I dented a number of weeks back and also broke this plastic part.
I contemplated just ignoring it and living with it broken, but then I fixed the 3D printer. Then I modelled this, but minus the text as per the below pictures. I had a conversation with my dad and he suggested I didn’t need to duplicate what was there originally, so I hit on this:
I set it printed last night, but it didn’t come out well, so here goes again:
Still in fair working order and not going into retirement just yet. I’ve been using this for more than a year now, I was given to me by my wife’s grand father who at 90 something no longer has much need of such tools. I cleaned it up and set it to work, without paying any attention to what was written on it. Then at the weekend I stopped to read it… wow! 1943 war production adjustable spanner.
Went for a walk on Sunday and saw some fire ants, I don’t think I’ve seen them in this part of the world before. This is possibly down to a lack of looking.
This morning there was a bee in the living room on the window, seemed lethargic so we gave it some honey to help it on it’s way.
I’ve been trying to identify the spiders, that we seem to have so many of, that spend their time in the sun on the warm concrete paving or walls outside.
All of the photos were taken on my new Hauwei Mate P20 Pro phone, I’m pretty pleased with the camera on this phone.
I decided that I had seen areas of the chassis where the Waxoyl was either decidedly thin or the rust was showing through, so yesterday I thought I’d a wire brush and the Waxoyl to it. I left the tin in the sun yesterday so that it was good and runny to paint on.
A half good job done, now I could do with taking a second look and doing some more.
I have had no speedo for some time now, Hannah got me a cable for Christmas which I fitted some weeks or more ago. It didn’t work. I imagined that the cable was not into the gearbox properly. So today I took it out of at the gearbox end, only to find that it seemed to be right. So check I pulled it out of the speedo end so that I could see the cable end and drove a little, sure enough the cable was turning. So after some trying to get the speedo end to mate properly with the speedo a small piece of the old cable fell out of the speedo…
It works perfectly now, well, as perfectly as a 66% speed speedo can. The next job for the speedo is to work out how to capture the speed and increase it by 1.4x..
Finally sealed the passenger side windscreen pane.