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  1. 6 points
    made me cringe until I realised it was on your finger...
  2. 6 points
    Having said all the above, I've just bought a chain saw.
  3. 3 points
    Being in France and having had a week of lockdown already, you'd find it funny how many of my mates have fully tidied up their garages, anything to get out the house
  4. 3 points
    Side discussion: crossaxling. Here's a picture of the same car many years ago, in a typical crossaxle. (Ignore the bottle on the front, I was trying to spray water on the intercooler for more power but the effect used too much water to be useful). Like everybody else I'd worked on improving the axle travel, longer shocks and wider travel on the joints etc to let the wheels move further, but the springs were the same. In this position all four wheels are touching the floor but the traction is quite marginal (on open diffs anyway) - all the weight, and therefore the grip, is on the front left and rear right. A heavy boot will spin the other two wheels with ease. Now imagine air springs, but instead of controlling the ride height there's a pipe between the front left and front right. The car would settle down slightly as the weight transferred equally across the axle, and there would be more grip as quickly as the air was able to transfer. LandRover have done this since L322/Disco 3 with a cross-axle valve, but the pipe they use is small so a lot of that work is done in the software too, which means it all looks very stiff and unnatural as these trucks make adjustments, and offroad progress is jerky. I'm hoping to make something much more responsive, even if I have to use a larger bore pipe. Professor Rafferty (SimonR) inspired a lot of this work, and he found an important point by actually going and trying this - by cross piping the axle the effect is to support the vehicle at the centreline - there would be almost no static roll stiffness if both axles were cross-connected. That would be exciting at any speed, but if climbing or descending a slope it could destabilise the vehicle. My hope will be to only open the crossaxle valve on the uphill axle, should be easy enough with an accelerometer, so that the vehicle climbs a slope like a Robin Reliant (supported on the two rear wheels and the middle of the front axle) and descends like a Morgan three-wheeler (two front wheels and the middle of the rear axle). The traction benefit will be more marginal on the uphill axle, but I'd prefer to stay the right way up).
  5. 2 points
    So in reality we are all Nigel in some way
  6. 2 points
    And I needed the battery for my impact wrench. Plus I needed to take the car or for a run, the battery gets low after 5 days being idle. And, actually, we were out of food!!! Down to our last toilet roll, which was going stale.
  7. 2 points
    It was in the shop I was doing my food shopping in, at a decent price. So no extra travel or risk.
  8. 2 points
    I think Ogden disappeared many years ago, though their legend lives on! I want my own controller rather than an aftermarket or P38 controller for several reasons - first is the learning (remember this is a hobby, not transport), and second is the control. Third is that they're all quite spendy, probably good value compared to buying new bits but I've got most of the ingredients for about £200 using second hand/scrap/begging etc. It's certainly more complicated than cart springs or bits of metal, but we understand the failure modes after twenty years of P38 (and 25 years since RRC got airbags) - we should be able to tackle the common issues: Airbag failure - they're fairly easy to change the bladders, off the car at least. Air feed failure - override control of the individual solenoids, and/or manual inflation points. Ride height sensor failure - some clever logic (see below), or back to manual solenoids for inflation/deflation Compressor failure - could have an inflation point for an external airline, or carry a Halfords tyre compressor. If the P38 loses a ride height sensor, it freezes or drops you on the floor. If the L322 loses a height sensor (bong bong SUSPENSION FAILURE), it'll only do normal height. Surely, if it's blind to the height at one corner (and assuming flat ground and no other leaks or faults) then it could work out one height from the other three, or cycle the car down to the bump stops and fill both bags on that axle equally until the one sensor shows a good ride height. It might need some manual trimming, and maybe adjustment every half hour, but that'll get you home. It's more complex but springs break, become unseated, bushes wear out, shocks break etc etc etc.
  9. 1 point
    And on it - I suspect even easier, but I've only done them in situ.
  10. 1 point
    Just to defend Gresh. The 'different calipers' were different makes, not types. The tyres were all one quoted size, but different makes. The suspension brackets were rusty and there was rust on the inside of the chassis. His fault was driving too fast for a Land Rover 110. He paid the price... An old friend, who works in the Five0 vehicle inspectorate side, once said, 'we could take a brand new 110 off the line and find fault, in fact we could take any vehicle off the line and find fault - even if it was just the absence of mud flaps. Fridge could be pulled for anyone of a 101 things that have nothing to do with MoT's... Hell it even be because he looks so dodgy
  11. 1 point
    V5 came back, the 109 is officially Historic
  12. 1 point
    I agree. Average Jo Public probably hasn't got a clue. For example, this image: It's kind of cool. But as an off road enthusiast, it really shows up the limitation of the design. I know fully well that something like a Subaru Forrester could drive that very same section of terrain and would lift a wheel just as much. And it just makes the vehicle look unstable and far inferior to a live axle 4x4 in terms of stability and flex. To many though, they will think WOW isn't this superb....
  13. 1 point
    Why not? From Land Rover's perspective it's a perfect way of showcasing the capabilities of the vehicle and all the engineering that's gone into the traction control systems and the general setup of the vehicle. If a complete off-road novice can tackle some challenging terrain thanks to the vehicle it's a testament to the engineering behind. Now put a competent off-road driver behind the wheel and see what the vehicle is really capable of.
  14. 1 point
    Hmmm.... That is perhaps worrying......😀
  15. 1 point
    Once upon a time, whilst pruning shrubs in the garden, I broke my nose and stabbed myself in the face with my secateurs... A lifetime of vegetation management, more tickets for big scary machines of death than is necessary and I do a 'Nigel'. All I was doing was pulling a cut branch out of the shrub, it stuck, I yanked hard, it snapped my hand, containing the secateurs flew back into my face.... I have a frequent flyer points card at A&E....😔
  16. 1 point
    Well im waiting on answers,,, ill take it from there
  17. 1 point
    There's some really good stuff in the roll on skip next to my workshop - trying to resist the normal urge to climb in as it looks much like the Star Wars waste compactor .. 😬
  18. 1 point
    You are 100% right. Just be careful, stop, get a cup of tea, then think about what you are doing. That's all. An extra axle stand, grab the face shield when grinding, wear the gloves. Keep the bystanders clear. Stop and think. That's all.
  19. 1 point
    There is always a chance of injury in absolutely everything to do. All accidents were preventable if only we had the benefit of "hindsight" before the event. Often you can see it coming but carry on anyway. Even lying in bed is not safe. As an example, a few years ago, Father in Law (gone now) was in bed, and went to pull the duvet up. Hand slipped off, and he gouged himself in the eye with his thumb. Had to have a cornea transplant as a result.
  20. 1 point
    There is safely and absolutely no chance of injury and they are not the same thing. This is a numbers game across everybody. Many people think they are doing things safely, not everybody is right. (Either wrong assumptions or just unlucky). I’ve been messing about under the Land Rover and got some small metal in the eye that was a trip to the hospital. Now is not the time for that. Pretty sure (almost) no one wakes up and thinks, ah yes I have that job to do today that will means I will have to go to A & E afterwards and yet still see people on there and not just because they are accompanying Nige 🙂
  21. 1 point
    dave has a reputation from conversions & work he has done in the past,
  22. 1 point
    Just be extra careful. That's all. We wouldn't like to lose any one. I'll be going out in a minute. Shopping, I'll take the Volvo, switch the phone off, and drive like a ninety year old. I'll get a week's worth of food, and not go out again. Incidentally, the death toll, which is lower than the pneumonia death toll, fell today. That reflects the restrictions from ten days ago, so the government plan might be working. I hope so.
  23. 1 point
    That's the guy. I rate his work. He is experienced, but honest enough to say what he doesn't know. Relatable. I guess.
  24. 1 point
    Signed up for NHS/RVS volunteer service - I'm sure a 110CSW will be useful!
  25. 1 point
    The coding was the biggest unknown so for the first step I stole bits of code off the internet and changed the words developed a programme which mocked up some control logic. Much more to do on interrupts, outputting via MOSFETs to drive the valve block and some PWM to stop the solenoids getting hot, but this was enough to make me believe it was possible. Video here:
  26. 1 point
    Thanks, I'm tempted, because I'll muck it up. But I've bought enough to make two, so I'll have a go first. When I do mess it up, you'll have some post!
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    Yes, I was barely able to contain myself earlier, but now someone else has mentioned it... You may need to check the legality of your vehicle, is all I will say.
  29. 1 point
    I've decided to stay home from today. It was a tough decision because my work place is still open and I'm unlikely to get paid. However I have two young children one with a suspect chest who is always getting coughs. I feel guilty being off with nothing wrong with me/my family. However I felt far more guilty yesterday being still at work and potentially spreading the virus. Having said that I will be working on various projects while at home. Mike
  30. 1 point
    You're sharing a forum with Hybrid_From_Hell who can end up in A+E just making a cup of tea and you're wondering how someone could injure themselves working on their car?
  31. 1 point
    Your opinion is noted. I do not agree with you and we can move on with that understanding.
  32. 1 point
    Yes, I'm saying they are not as long as you know what you are doing. I've worked in heavy industry for many decades. Safety is taken seriously. This is not 1950. If you do not know what you are doing, go sit on the couch and bitch at everyone on the internet.
  33. 1 point
    you have 3 months of lockdown. Should be able to do a decent job with a fine file. Will keep you quiet for ages!
  34. 1 point
    Coronaapocalypse escape vehicle? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264673074636
  35. 1 point
    Ain't that the truth Mind you, if you're in court I doubt a valid MOT certificate is going to make a lot of difference if you've got bodges / badly done mods.
  36. 0 points
    I notice that JeffR hasn't been seen in quite a while, otherwise I'd have expected him to be adding to these tales of gore. Hope he's OK. I recall he wasn't in the best of health.

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