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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Bracknell town centre

We visited Bracknell town centre, the Lexicon as it is known. I looked up the meeting of the word out of curiosity.

lexicon
ˈlɛksɪk(ə)n
noun
the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge.

So I imagine then that this is mean to suggest that Bracknell’s vocabulary is made up of chain stores with zero character? Thats a touch harsh, as there are not very many successful town centres without the big chains.

I can see that the architect had fun, I can appreciate their efforts.

Also we have so many of these spiders in our garden, I counted with ease 6 last night. While I was out in the garden the neighbours cat went into the shed.

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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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