Consumer Unit, air filter..

We have finally had a new consumer unit fitted, which means that the shed how has lights that work on the switch and will soon have power sockets too. Also I have made myself a replacement air filter for the Land Rover and got a bit of flexible duct to replace the heater air duct.

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Land Rover broke down

I drove the land rover to work on Monday. On the way home I got just past Sainsbury’s onto the hill down to South Hill Park, when it spluttered and ceased to run. Having spent the previous evening fixing the lying fuel and temp gauges I assumed that I had failed to fix the fuel gauge and that it had just run out of fuel. I rolled into a cul-de-sac, bumped up the curb and abandoned it. Then walked the 1/2 mile home, forlorn. Abigail had spent the day being grumpy so Hannah opted to join me in walking to Sainsbury’s with a Gerry can stashed in the bottom of the push chair. I filled it with 18 litres of petrol then walked the 200 meters to the land rover. I poured in about 2/3rd of that fuel only to find that the tank was still part full and it was now overflowing. Fuel was not the issue. I now popped the bonnet and had a good look, checked the ignition wiring and distributor as much as I could, but was not able to immediately see the issue. Having not used my AA cover so far this year I used the app to requested assistance. The app suggested that help would arrive with me by about 7pm, so to waste some time I walked home with Hannah and Abigail, we tinkered about the house, fed Abigail, then I walked back down to the land rover. The AA man dully turned up and found that the points had welded themselves shut. He freed them off, roughed up the contacts, reset the gap and off I went. I made it a few hundred yards before the same thing happened again, this time starting to go up hill, so I bumped up the curb and stopped on the pavement. I had a go at cleaning the points again, setting the gap, tried a few times, then called the AA for the second time. I kept trying the same things, but to no avail. I waited and Googled electronic ignitions for land rovers such as mine. I found that Power Spark do them. The AA eventually turned up, the gent who arrive this time was older and perhaps wiser with age. He jumped out of the van and immediately said “so your points have melted then?”, he must have had an update from the previous guy. He took a look and suggested that I had fitted the wrong coil, said he’d experienced this himself a long time ago on a Yamaha bike. He tested the resistance through the coil and found that it was 1.5ohms. It should have been about 3 or 4 ohms. He towed me home in the end. 9.30pm I walked in through the door. I love days like that, these are the days make stories.

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Almost done

The Land Rover has reached a state of almost completed. The brakes are being bedded in and one edge of one patch welded up. Then as soon as the brakes start to pull straight it’ll be in for an MoT.

We had a little snow this weekend, only a little. They had more than 6 inches an hour east of us. I didn’t know that until this morning when I spoke with a colleague.

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Running LR

The weekend was mainly spent getting past two issues. One, that the new plate that was made to to blank the exhaust was too thick. It was obstructing the inlet manifold from mating properly with the head. The bolts seemed to go tight and everything looked ok. But the land rover was running mainly on cylinder one, very lumpy. Two, the new condensor and points that I fitted caused a short circuit (this could have been the fitters fault or a manufacturing issue), initially it manifested itself as an intermitant fault killing the engine after about a minute or two. Eventually it shorted out completely revealing the fault by letting the smoke out of the wires. Otherwise the weekend was productive and I now have a running Land Rover with some of the dash in.

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Another small step

Spent another weekend in Cornwall working on the Land Rover. We get the wiring in the engine bay pretty complete. Got a few other jobs done also. It almost started but for a poor spark. As was suggested, it probably needs an ignition birthday by ways of all new leads, caps, rotor arm, points and condensor.

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Slow progress

Made some great progress on the Land Rover with some help. Got bits shotblasted, then galvanised, other parts just painted. Dragged it all down to Cornwall in the Volvo, one wing went via Hannah in the Mazda. Also visited the Great Dorset Steam Fair on the way down on the Thursday. then spent a few days building up the Land Rover.

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Breakfast Fruits from the Garden

Wednesday morning I picked some fruits from our garden to on my muesli. It was very rewarding considering how little I did to achieve the result.

Also been busy painting more land rover parts black.

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