Interior lighting solution

So many times I am working inside of or under the land rover and finding that I do not have enough light. I installed 16 lights in the roof space of the garage and still it’s not reaching every place I have to work. I found a solution in some very old and rather dangerous light extension cords.

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Gearbox Oil change

I think I mentioned this in a pervious, but I initially put 10W40 engine oil into the gearbox accidentally. Have realised my error I initially just asked around to see what other people thought about just leaving it. Alan made a great point, that when I change it shortly it’ll have cleaned out any debris that might have gotten into the gearbox while it’s been stool for the past how ever long in storage. So I pulled out the sump plug and found this.

So it either wasn’t 100% clean inside or the wrong oil caused a lot of wear or it’s wearing really fast and will fail at any moment.

So I made a but of a mess on the floor, but the job is done, 80W90 now in the gearbox. Still not exactly the right oil, but I’ll live with it.

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House history

I knew already that our house was built on a builders yard, but I didn’t know that during the Great War the site “was used for Germans & people who needed shelter, the Hospital also housed the Army Dentist. The yard leading to the Hospital later became a builder’s yard” and it’s the builders yard link that gives the house it’s name.

I didn’t quite get the images exactly right..

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Floor pan

I have put all of the foot Wells back in properly, including the fire extinguisher (which still feels like I am gambling on the land rover bursting into flames).

Success

Just been for a trip into Dorch for the breakers. Gearbox was pretty sweet..

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Gate adjustment

First and second gear, in particular first gear was not going in nicely, it was very tight and clicky into the gate. I had a quick read of Ashcroft’s website:

The LT77 in my Defender does not engage 1st / 2nd nicely, the gate is tight and hard to find. Why ?

When you move the gearstick to the left it stops when it hits the spring loaded reverse plunger, it should then move up to 1st and down to 2nd, sometimes the position of the plunger needs adjusting to allow either the stick to go further to the left or sometimes not as far over so it lines up better with the 1/2 gear positions. The is done by adding or removing shims behind the reverse plunger body which is held on with 2 M8 bolts to the right of the shifter turret in the top housing.”

https://www.ashcroft-transmissions.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/lt77-faq-s.html

Very useful resouce, bearing in mind that I didn’t buy this gearbox from them.

Remove this plunger thing

I removed this shim, and will test it at some point, the gear stick feels nicer along that edge of the gate. I imagine it’s going to be better.

Patched up

I loathe throwing out good trousers just because they have holes in the knees. So for just under £4 on ebay I got some iron on patches..

The only draw back is that because I put patches on the inside and outside, and overlapped them on the one leg that area is very stiff now. I’m sure it’ll bed in, or fall off..