Filled holes

I removed the fire extinguisher air receiver holding straps this evening. Then filled the holes with plastic padding.

Yup, pro job. I might even go so far as to run some sand paper over it tomorrow.

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Botanical Gardens

We visited the botanical gardens today in Abbotsbury. Really nice gardens with some nice furns and loads of other cool plants that you don’t often see the UK.

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Air receiver fitted

I realised that to get the bolts caught on the free floating rivnuts and back plate that I was unable to hold in place due to the lacking availability of space for my hands, that I needed to tape the free floating part in place. Job done inside of 20 mins.

Now I need to make an inner wheel arch to protect the air receiver and bits

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Air Tank

I have started the job of replacing the air receiver with a smaller nicer one. This new one will go in the wheel arch of the rear wheel, rather than in the rear load space.

That is the location where it’ll be.

Old fire extinguisher and new air receiver below. I’ve since swsapped over the pressure switch and air line connector to the new receiver.

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.