Soft top on

For Christmas I got a new good as the old one was falling apart.

Then went for a trip to the tip, as you do.

Door height

Land Rover is running nicely now, been for two short spins in it now. This time though I removed the top door jamb from the door frame to allow the land rover to pass out under it without the middle of the three soft top supports hitting it. I also let some pressure out of the tyres, they’ll all on 17 psi now. Thought I don’t think that made any decernable difference. The result; less of an interfearance.

Middle hood stick
Touching with only a little force
Same thing again
Rear hoop where the wheels have now dropped off the ramp and now there is a solid 2 clear inches.

The remaining question is, do I scable the floor down a bit, or do I do something with the timber over the door. I probably need about an inch.

Back together

Well, got it back together. Though I’m not 100% certain that the high low range selector is quite right. Now this could be caused by the stiff output in the gearbox. It’ll require some running and testing to be sure that there is an issue. Couple of pictures of the floor going in and in.

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Front prop

Put the front prop on last night, the hardest part of this job was getting the grease gun off the grease nipples, until i watched a video about the technique for doing this. All these years of struggling. Google it for yourself..

That’s least spectcular photo of a prop shaft ever.

Gearbox in

The gearbox is in now, clutch done, hand brake reassembled and attached to linkage, rear prop on, floor plate thrown in. I also changed the engine oil and filter and topped up the carb damper oil. Then cleared all of the junk off and took it out for a test run through the village, turn around, back through to the other end of the village and back home again with out a hitch. The gearbox feels tight, nice clicking through the gears. All seems good!

Thrilled to have it driving again, feels like it’s been so long (ten weeks? ages I know… jk jk). Just got the cosmetic bits to do now, front prop back on and a little more testing, then I’ll be happy to get out and about once more.

Gearbox going in

A friend suggested using ratch straps as lift, but by bit, the gearbox. So hoist it up, chock on wood, reset, hoist again and so on until a level is reached where it’s about right. This evening the gearbox is now resting on the cross member behind the engine and a load of bits of wood at the back. The next job is to get the clutch slave sorted before getting it hitched to the engine. Clutch thrust bearing etc where sorted yesterday.

Cylinder changed

Didn’t get any pictures of the job in progress. But here it is done and brakes bled.

Leaking fluid

I noticed the other day, that the inside wall of the front off side tyre was looking wet. This means icky one thing, leaking wheel cylinder.

So off came the wheel today

Got the wheel and drum off to find this mess.

Got the pads off and proceeded to scrap the muck off everything..

Is it really any wonder that I have leaking cylinder? All that same out of the brake back plate and the shoes.

Light at last

I have half of my 16 lights up in the garage and I have them powered and switched. Just need to install and connect the rest now.

Boot button

The boot lid release button on the citroen C4 failed a few weeks back. So I eventually got it out and got a price for a new one. We’ll is have been happy to pay ten quid, is have stretched to twenty. But when I was quoted fifty quid… Well, I just found a little push button switch and lashed it up. Perfect and works beautifully.