Losing oil

The Land Rover has been pushing oil out of the rocker cover breather. I am not sure if it’s coming out around there the breather mounts into the rocker cover. In this joint there is a sealing arrangement which doesn’t not fit snuggly at all, in fact it lose. I’m surprised that the breather has remained on the truck all these years. I used a bit of hose and a breather thingy that I was given by the father-in-law to hopefully prevent oil from bring blown out so much and also made an aluminium insert that means that the whole main breather housing fits very tightly into the rocker cover.

My only concerns about this are that it now means that the engine may not be able to get rid of oil so readily. This oil has been protecting the chassis quite nicely thus far.

Categorised as Land Rover

Loft shelving

We need shelving in our loft space, so I have set about putting in some extra beams and some OSB board as a 3′ wide shelf that will run the length of the house, eventually on both sides of the walkable area in the middle of the loft.

And here is a slightly odd looking panoramic photo to show the whole end of the loft space.

16 feet of shelf laid in, just need to screw it down.

Categorised as Cattistock

Speedo cable

I pulled the dash out of the Volvo, sure enough the cable was not in it, so put it back. A couple of days later I drove the car and it is working. That’s the power of not being able to change my thoughts and explore other possibilities. Although I guess I was able to in the end.

Now about 4 years ago I 3D printed a new part which fixes the cable into the dash, the old one had broken, but I never fitted it because this did happen for 4 years. So now I came to try it..

Two issues with this part, although I copied the original and beefed it up a little, I failed to recognise that it has to assembled onto the cable when it’s made, and secondly when it printed it came out slightly on the small side, I had this same issue with many parts that I later printed on the same machine. So this is junk and has gone back in the door pocket where it shall remain. The speedo cable shall remain floating in the dash..

Categorised as Volvo

Speedo cable

That’s misleading. I set out tonight to remove the speedo cable from the Volvo to see where it is broken. Later on this evening, having not removed it, I realised that I think the cable has just dropped out of the back of the speedo. So tomorrow evening perhaps I will pull the dash off and see if putting it back fixes it. That’ll be a win if that’s the case.

Back to this post, I noticed that the hinge on the left hand garage door on the Volvo side was coming away from the frame, so I had a hack at the wood but really just made a mess.

So I found another bit of timber the right size and cut off that length of door frame.

Found two concrete screws that would do the job and drilled some holes and ran some 3 inch long screws through the hinge.

While I was working on the door I also fixed the bolt, some of these screws were no longer working that well, and I can see why now that they’re out.

Then because I had failed to cut the frame very square I had some wood filler to try to keep the weather out of the joint and to cover up my poor workmanship.

I made up far too much so put the remainder of the filler here:

So that was my evening spent not doing as I planned, but still it was a good outcome, and hopefully I wont have to do what I planned anyway as no doubt the speedo cable is not broken after all.

Skinned the steering wheel

The ‘leather’ has been giving up on the steering wheel in the land rover for quite some time now. So yesterday I took a knife to the stitching and removed it. Underneath is a fairly hard foam type material which will suffice for the time being. I rather like the thinner wheel.

Maybe I’ll find a paint to cover and protect the wheel.

Categorised as Land Rover


I put up all 5 of the signs and such that I’ve been given on the inside of the doors of the garage (land rover side only).

Exhaust Flexi

The exhaust has kept coming lose at the joint of the manifold and the down pipe. This was irritating because the fumes tended to come into the cab, which I found unpleasant. I suspected that the movement of the engine was working that joint lose, as even though the exhaust is rubber mounted for movement, it’s probably not enough and given that pretty much all modern cars come with a flexible joint the exhaust I think that this solution should solve this issue.

I sized up where I wanted the flexi, close to the engine, but it also can’t be on a bend and I didn’t feel like welding it, so I needed the extra length for the clamp joints, which I was hoping would give me some allowance to avoid the spring hanger and various other obstructions.

Cut the exhaust and tested it on the truck.

There is now more clearance between the crossmember and exhaust and also between the spring hanger and exhaust, I think that this is down to being able to twist the two sections about the flexi joint.

I used a whole (small) tube of exhaust paste in the joints so it should be pretty air tight.

Categorised as Land Rover

Volvo battery isolator

Fitted a battery isolator to the dodo today. This should help stop me having to bump or jump start the Volvo when I don’t drive it for a few weeks.

Did a really bad job of soldering the wire to the terminal. But it seems to have worked.

Categorised as Volvo

Longleat balloons

We went to Longleat and saw a hot air balloon display.


Age/time observation

It appears to me that as time passes by that the previous time period of the same length appears to have been greater than the current or most recent time period. This experience becomes normalised as you experience more and more years until they appear to be mostly the same length, but passing quickly because they’re just a small small fraction of your overall life span so far.

The above graph shows the rate of change when you’re very young is very high this tails off as you pass about 10 years old where there would appear to be a 1:1 ratio of years of age to life span. The percentage quickly reaches low numbers of 5% at age 20 and so the next 80 years as spend gradually reducing that number to 1% at age 100.

The above graph is the same data, but presented on a base 2 logarithmic scale. This shows the rate change more clearly.

The above graph shows the rate change during the middle life region, at this scale on the y axis it’s possible to see that the rate of change does continue to change, this may explain the continuous speeding up of time, as each year is shorter than the last when viewed from the current year. Given that you probably don’t really remember the passing of time very well in your early childhood if you’re old enough to have your age shown on the above graph, then we can assume that you’re comparing it to a time when you can remember in your more recent life, perhaps where a year was 5% of your life, so the change is from 5% to perhaps 2.5%, thus time is appearing to move quicker than the first graph might suggest.