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Frog

Guessing that it lives under the step outside the back door, that it’s prey lives under there. Maybe it’s prey used to live there and now it lives there. Who knows?

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Minor update

Well, we as a family have been busy trying to turn our lives up side down, but choosing to try to move house during these times. So I have done very little that is note worthy here. Mostly not been tinkering with the Land Rover. I did fit a new ball joint to the Volvo, but failed to get any pictures, so that event passed the blog by. I did a little bit of digital art work over the course of a few days:

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Grill thing

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.

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Gear stick

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.

As it was
New and old side by side
New gear stick in
It’s far longer than the original

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.

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Working tool

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.

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Macro things

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.

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Waxoyl

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.


Some mud was also removed during the prep for the Waxoyl

A half good job done, now I could do with taking a second look and doing some more.

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Ladybird

Saw my first ladybird of the year today. Using my new phone I took a picture of it:

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Water on carpet

A drop of water our carpet, I think the carpet is polypropylene, certainly not wool anyway.

The water droplet
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Handbrake good again

I stripped down the hand brake assembly and just made everything run again. Took the prop spins apart and greased it all, put it all back together. refitted it all. Great. Then while I had the help of a friend, I did the valve clearances.

While all of that was going on I had to remove the cover over the fuel tank, and found this growing:

I scrapped all of the mud and plant off. Wax-oiled the chassis in that area and generally made it inhospitable to plant life.

We took the land rover for a quick spin and noticed a vibration, couldn’t think what we might have done to cause this. Tonight it came to me that I had not paid any attention to what orientation I put the uj’s on the prop back together.. So that’s tomorrow’s job.