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  1. Thank you !! All sorted ! lovely guy - and @daviehe mentioned you’d texted him 🙂 We are back on the road.
    13 points
  2. You know you are addicted to Land Rovers when.......... your local independent dealer calls you looking for spares.
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  3. Hey hey yea Sid's my name as you can see I'm not much of an artist lol regards Stephen
    12 points
  4. Back story, did a favour for a young kid last year and gave him an old intercooler for his Golf as it was belching black smoke and gutless. So he turns up today (in an even bigger cloud of black smoke) with a posh aftermarket jobbie and a request to help him put it in. So had a look at old intercooler, its fine, checks pipe work, they're fine. Bungs it on vcds and no boost pressure. Wonders if actuator has broke or circlip come off , so whips the turbo off to find: Explains that its kinda terminal, for a turbo. "Can you weld it ?", well sorry like, but I had to go make a cup of tea cos I was absolutely p!$$ing myself. Before anyone asks, he's a good kid, works hard for next to nothing and it's his first car which he dotes on. Luckily I had an old turbo from a scrapper that will do the job till he gets a chra. Bless him, "can you weld it..." He'd driven it nearly 20 miles, who says miracles don't happen!
    11 points
  5. Rest In peace His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Condolences to Her Majesty The Queen. Posted for and on behalf of the members of LR4x4.com and its administration & moderation team.
    11 points
  6. This is a Land Rover forum, not a conspiracy theorist’s forum - please keep things on topic.
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  7. Lightweight working for its keep today regards Stephen
    11 points
  8. Yes I am home, Very unsteady on my feet but I hope that will improve. Thank you all for your messages
    10 points
  9. Little update… He’s home! Complaining of being bored was our first clue that he was returning to being himself, plus blood tests showed the infection is starting to improve (that’ll be the IV engine oil) although he’s still uncomfortable at times. Pretty sure he’ll sleep well in his own bed tonight and hopefully be back to himself soon. Thank you all again for the messages 🥰
    10 points
  10. Found this little chap laid just outside my front door about 18:30 last night. Gave him/her some water from a syringe and called the SSPCA The officer was saying they are getting loads of bat rescues at the moment something to do with the weather Anyway before he/she left the little thing had a fly around my kitchen so must be improving regards Stephen
    10 points
  11. So some progress with motor cover made myself some billet aluminium out of some scrap I had it's not perfect a couple of air bubbles here and there but it will do the job Getting there new and old side by side fitted just got holes to drill and paint regards Stephen
    10 points
  12. Thought I would do a little mini-write up on my experience of dealing with Vibrations, and may continue it if interesting. So, like lots of other people I did lots of work to my 110 over COVID, a lot of the focus being on sealing, closures, insulation, damping etc to the point that when the windows and vents are closed I can actually say I have a quiet truck (Well it's all relative right?!)!!! One thing that was driving me nuts was a very obvious vibration between 35 and 39mph, independent of clutch, load or gear. Did the obvious. Looked for play in bearings, pinions, UJs, lost wheel weights etc. And while I found a little slack in my rear propshaft slider nothing seemed particularly wrong. So naturally leaning towards being a bit of a nerd I looked for a more scientific approach, it's the modern age right!? Found a youtube video about an app.... Was a little dubious, especially using it on a vehicle with the refinement development level of a lawnmower, but the reviews seemed pretty good and in general I was more curious than anything so got it. Setting the app up is very easy, I have a M57 engine, TD5 R380, disco 2 LT230 1.211 and standard sized tyres, so had to put those in manually, which is easy using the unlisted vehicle option. Plumb in the figures: Then you just hit start and go for a drive, go and find that vibration and hit record You then get a live screen and any trouble areas shine up red as you drive, it uses all the ratios and speeds to work out what everything is, simple and clever. Once you are happy you have a good record you stop and save the recording, you then get the report, this was my first go from a 17 second recording: Pretty sure of itself that it's a second order driveshaft speed related vibration (2 shakes per revolution of those parts) and a full report: When you click the button 'How do i fix this Vibration?' you get some great guidance Then you have to engage your brain and follow the logical steps, my car is standard ride height and all mounts are good so ruled those out. I was already thinking at this point about that rear propshaft slider, but that would only give me a first order vibration (Which a first order vibration was just showing on the report), however that seemed like a good place to start anyway, getting a bit aggressive with the UJs and putting a DTI showed one of the UJs had play, not a huge amount but enough to determine it was bad and needed solving. Did the same on the front shaft and no apparent issues in the UJs or slider, so went and replaced the rear shaft. Took it for another test drive and ran another report, but the vibration was still there so didn't add much extra value, values were a little less, but definitely not solved. At this point I was really hoping it wasn't differential related so took off the front propshaft to inspect further. Top UJ was very very stiff, no play but definitely no good, wrap on the yokes didn't reseat so 2 new GKN UJs. Installed, took it for a drive, no different but checking the UJs both had play in them now! hmm, maybe the prop is just rubbish or suspect UJs, hate doing UJs and trying to grease between the lobes so got a wide angle propshaft, wanted one for ease of maintenance anyway. Took it up to about 10mph, million times worse. what?! So knowing I've ruled it all out and fixed the known issues, looked at the next suggestion, phasing, new propshaft was in-line with the markings suggesting that's correct and old prop was out of phase. So after lots of googling I learnt of the non-paralleled element of the front flanges so thought about re-phasing it, but refused to as that would then just unbalance the shaft, so checked my old propshaft, that was out of phase but actually the wrong way, the short end was 1 spline clockwise whereas google suggested 2 splines anti-clockwise, so re-clocked it.... But then decided that's also a bit mute as the UJs are suspect and who knows what balance it was at. So went to Gwyn lewis and got one of their lovely shafts: As you can see, correctly phased and balanced in that condition, fitted to the vehicle and went for several drives at different speeds: Solved Was an interesting experiment I must admit and I do think it's a great use of technology. I think I would recommend it as it certainly reduces problem solving time, but obviously only if the problems are not obvious, in my case I wouldn't have considered the phasing aspect and that's something new about defenders I've now learnt. It's now telling me I have a potentially out of round tyre/wheel and some basic engine vibrations, I think I can tell but they are not significant. But I may continue down the rabbit hole out of interest. For now I'm happy this particular vibration is solved before a long Scotland run! Adam
    9 points
  13. So I found this when clearing an old library at work, I thought it hads some nice interesting stuff in it, so I digitized it and here it is. Looks at typical crank shaft type bearing wear etc and common issues and what that looks like. Cheers Mav Engine Bearing Manual1.pdf
    9 points
  14. Well, I am delighted to report that, in no small measure due to the assistance provided here, Zak and Oli went on to be judged the over-all winners of this year’s Mongol X Rally. Furthermore they have raised over £1000 for Parkinson’s UK. There are pictures of the exploits on Instagram - search for Team No Parkin Thanks to all of you who contributed Nick
    9 points
  15. Biggus diffus
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  16. And we have an MOT pass!! A big thank you to all you kind folks who have steered me in the right direction over these past 7 months. Feeling quite proud of my efforts and looking forward to being back behind the wheel and enjoying the truck one again.
    9 points
  17. I couldn't figure out what to do about a sofa! I wanted something comfortable to sit on but it had to sit above the wheel-arch. In my old van, I had a couple of custom cushions made but they were not comfortable (wrong density of foam) and were eye-wateringly expensive. I had designed a sofa in Solidworks - and got the same company to quote to make the cushions. They wanted £1500 to make them! I used the van for a month, just using folding camping chairs - which worked OK. Then I came across a company on Etsy who were offering cushion sets for Wicker Chairs, made to my dimensions - and they only wanted £80 per chair. I ordered two chairs worth - and set about building the sofa frame. Again, this is slightly unusual because it's a folding-sofa (how many folding sofa's have you seen?!). It uses the same Ikea bed slats as I used on the bed, for the base - and ended up being really comfortable! I talked to the company who made the cushions - and they advised on foam density. They got it right! The little white circle on the floor is an air vent. The LED Lights stuck to the back doors are 'bedside' lights. I needed the sofa to fold for two reasons. The most important is when I need to use the van to transport stuff. It then gives me 1.6m x 2m clear space. The second part, that I've not built yet is I want to use it as a mobile office. The top piece of angle iron when the sofa is folded is 700mm off the floor. I Intend to make a desk which hinges from that bar and folds to be horizontal. Lastly is the bed in it's stowed position. I was worried that it would raise the centre of gravity too much and make the whole thing unstable - but actually it hardly makes any difference! Solidworks thinks the CoG raises by 100mm as all the really heavy things (water tanks & batteries) are quite low. I'm not planning on driving it like I stole it - so I think it will be fine! The end result is fantastic. It's been mostly finished for about 6 weeks before Christmas (there are always little bits to finish off). I'm very pleased with it!
    9 points
  18. I had another Covid swab at the local drive through today, standard procedure for anyone having hospital treatment - in my case chemo on Tuesday. As I kept the A&M team briefed throughout so will now let you all know that I was discharged from hospital a couple of weeks or so ago after being in for nearly a month. I self admitted suffering from severe stomach pains and unable to keep any food or drink down. The initial diagnosis was bleak, very bleak. However after more investigations, tests etc they came up with a treatment plan that if successful may, may provide a less bleak outlook. May - nothing is guaranteed. As my immune system is now shot I have to continue to isolate. I've lost a huge amount of weight due to no food and just sips of water for days was - just IV hydration. They eventually put a permanent PICC line in my arm and then I was able to recieve liquid nutrition 24/7. So now you know. All the staff from consultants to nurses, ancillaries, porters, cleaners etc were lovely. While in hospital they were Covid testing patients every two days. Try and have a good Christmas but above all stay safe guys.
    9 points
  19. Finally back on this - Corona brought other priorities. I've been loaned a 3D printer by a friend and (after learning how to use it and tune the prints) I can make the designs I want, recognising the amazing amount of time that repeating metalwork fabrication takes up - especially if I want a decent result. I've printed the height sensor setup for the nearside rear. I really don't want to drill the chassis as it's galv, so better than being a "bolt-on" conversion, I can do custom firtree plugs for existing chassis holes so it's just a push fit. Using a clip arrangement here for the height sensor so I can use the P38 parts, even if the mounts have snapped off. Of course, now it's in CAD I can just flip the design 180° and print the other side, not back to doing battle with the miller. Here's a video in action: There's much more fabrication to get the air tank and solenoids mounted, but this feels like progress at least.
    9 points
  20. Sometimes it's the little touches regards Stephen
    8 points
  21. Well well. Ullapool.... Seems one of the couple who owns it drove to the shop and forgot they'd taken it, walked home and got engrossed in stuff. Then looked out window - no LR and panicked, called Police. It was found where it had been left. Sigh. Stand down chaps and chapesses!
    8 points
  22. Striking resemblance
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  23. My happy radius arms now have eyes in regards Stephen
    8 points
  24. I proposed to my now wife with a homemade engagement ring, I even made the box. In fact several of our friends and family have received homemade birthday gifts over the years, I guess I set a trend. Mike
    8 points
  25. This mornings and afternoons project was to knock up another one of these regards Stephen
    8 points
  26. This mornings efforts, decided to do this after needing some billet aluminium for a winch motor brush cover so have melted down some scrap aluminium into usable bullets for whatever in the future First some easy moulds De-seaming Finished bullets Regards Stephen
    8 points
  27. It's a well thought out and executed Land Rover build designed by a lifelong LR enthusiast . If we cannot discuss and enjoy this then what's the point in this forum ?
    8 points
  28. The screw i lost wasn't in the turbo pipe.... twas having a lie down on the floor ...
    8 points
  29. This is my little project for the weekend. New PCBs arrived (from China, after 7 days) on Thursday. It's a replacement controller for a Webasto ThermoTop C - which dynamically varies the fuel & combustion fan to regulate to a preset temperature, more accurately than the original Full Power / slightly less than full power / Off. While I was waiting for the PCBs I thought of a better way for one of the bits to work - but it was only $20 for 5 pcbs delivered. Mk3 is already in the works! The Mk1 used a different processor which struggled to measure the temperature accurately. Mk2 has much more accurate temperature readings. At the moment I'm measuring the exhaust temperature with a sensor stuck to the exhaust. Originally the heater used the glow plug to measure the flame temperature. It's resistance increases from about 1 Ohm to 3 Ohms. Originally I couldn't think of an easy way to measure the current flow / low resistance without using a shunt. Then I remembered Current Mirrors as a way of measuring the current flowing through a transistor. Mk3 will implement this! Although the 6 pin connector is largely pin compatible with the original, it uses plain serial for diagnostics - much easier to read than the webasto protocol. This one works just fine for the time being though. Recorded temperatures are rock steady. Once I have something I'm really happy with, I'll post the whole thing open source. Si
    8 points
  30. I swear your garage must be a bl**dy tardis to fit all this stuff in
    8 points
  31. You’re an inspiration to us all Stephen, after a snowfall last night I figured it was time to whip up something to get me out of the drive! it’s not on par with yours of course, but I can send you the blueprints if you want?
    8 points
  32. Hi Guys, a small tech thread to show you what we have been upto for those with the 6BT Cummins engines, this is meant as a non commercial technical thread to show how flexible the LT230 can be. features are : 0.900 Ratio, we have been aware for some time of demand for higher gearing for these low revving engines so after successfully making the 26 Tooth input gear for Reece to run with the 1.003 ratio gear set, we looked at how we could do this. Land Rover raised the ratios in the LT230 by reducing the diameter of the output gear but it was not possible to do this further as the 1.003 gear is already quite small and reducing it further would not be reliable so we made a new larger diameter input gear with 28T instead of 26T and this also allowed us to raise the output gear from 28 to 30T which helps strength. This gives an increase of 10.27% on high range. Increased width of gear teeth on the input gear and corresponding intermediate gear. Rather than leave wide air gaps between the 3 rows of teeth on the intermediate gear we have increased the width of the input gear and middle row of teeth on the intermediate gear by 4mm from 32.50mm to 36.50mm. Bigger bearing on high range side of intermediate gear. We have seen failures in the past of other brands of these input gears and I suspect these failures are related to the taper roller bearing in the intermediate gear failing on the high range gear side which then allows the intermediate gear to move out of mesh with the input gear teeth and the teeth then fail. We have machined the intermediate gear on the high range side to accept a 62mm diameter x 25mm wide bearing rather than the stock 52mm diameter x 22mm wide bearing. The bigger bearing has ratings of 64Kn Dynamic and 76Kn Static as opposed to the stock bearing having 54Kn Dynamic and 56Kn Static. This bearing (Timken brand) is supplied with a sleeve and spacer which are required to fit. See 'install' ref fitting notes. Please see below comparison of the standard bearing and the larger bearing supplied with the kit we are really quite chuffed with this, its taken about 9 months to get made and needs long term testing but the gears are from a proven supplier and gears are stronger than the 1.003 ratio which had no failures so I don't anticipate any issues, full blurb here : https://www.ashcroft-transmissions.co.uk/0-900-gear-set.html Cheers Dave
    8 points
  33. Cleaned up all connections on motor polished commy and renewed bearings Test ran it in vice and working ok both directions happy days regards Stephen
    8 points
  34. Just to put this into perspective if I had used all new parts, paid a paint shop and charged my hours at a modest hourly rate I would of easily topped £80k on my ibex build. Now add a top spec engine, suspension and some bespoke wheels and that's another £80k. Plus a bespoke leather interior and there's another £40k...... Oh and it's a practical 5 seater that you could drive every day, yeah it will sell. Mike
    8 points
  35. I had a little spare time this week, so I thought it about time I sorted the freespool be for I kill another brake. I had a freespool arrangement on the ep9 but it didn't work very well. Some research on here I came across a comment by Simon r with regards to how little the pin moves. This called for a re-think, my solution was to use the existing arm as a lever. First a push rod to attach to the freespool arm. It's in two pieces because the ep9 push rod I had wasn't long enough (I didn't have any more rod) and I may change to a Bowden cable later. I had to cut a hole in the seatbox lid to gain clearance but that doubles as access to the freespool lever if I have trouble with the push rod. Just need to test is now. Mike
    7 points
  36. Not all the time, managed to wreck a seal trying to fit it this morning was not happy with myself and to top it off no more seals plan B fit different seals something slightly larger and a bit more robust seal holder set up in 4 jaw chuck and machined out to size and depth increased by 2mm both completed and seals fitted a wee bit of rubber lube and prop flanges fitted, back on track, diffs now put to bed until I install them into the axle regards Stephen
    7 points
  37. Managed to get her finished off today, after a minute to prime the oil and fuel system she started pretty effortlessly. Been for some test drives and she seems to work ok, feels a bit different, not quite sure how yet, and she might be a little more smokey at times, but that could just be me focusing more on the exhaust pipe during the test drives. Was pretty nervous turning the key, that's for sure! Hopefully I can keep her going a few more years before I rebuild the engine.
    7 points
  38. Oh nooo, apple got me, damn, imagine just expecting tech to work. I didn’t want to post a youtube link because of the bloody adverts but I put it on youtube too after I noticed that the thumbnail didn’t come up. I posted videos before from my iphone and they worked? What else I noticed, I was actually typing the post and the curser was hidden and now it works. Maybe there was a glitch in the matrix?
    7 points
  39. I've been giving this some thought and I'm going to stick with double skinned, part of this thought process is coming from the post Daan put up about the diff shortening, they were looking at weight saving as appose to packaging issues which is what I've got. Also on thier FB page there was no evidence that they had looked at lightening the axle casing, which could have been a massive saving, I would imagine they must have looked at it. At the end of the day this is a toy, I don't need on road performance and I cannot see me doing Ladoga, total finished weight shouldn't be more than a 110 with winches and a salsbury back axle and a lot of them seem to manage very well off road. At the moment it's all about the build which I have to say I'm enjoying immensely as it's something I've fancied doing for a good while but as we all know life in general has it's own priorities and have to do's regards Stephen
    7 points
  40. We finally managed to identify the problem. Yesterday I got my hands on a scope so we tried the relative compression test. It took us a while to interpret the data but there didn't seem to be any evidence of compression loss on one or more cilinders. While cranking over the engine, we noticed it didn't really make a difference if the electric fuel supply pump was running or unplugged. Even unplugged the engine would fire a few times before dying. So the high pressure pump must be good enough to get the fuel from the tank. Then we started hearing bubbling noises from the intake, surely that can't be normal and they weren't there before! Some more investigation showed oil in one of the hoses from the airfilter to the LHS turbo. And a noticeable drop in engine oil level. So there we have it, one of the turbo's has had it, spewing oil into the intake and possibly blocking the exhaust. I was surprised to see the turbo's are not too expensive (£200ish) and if I read the workshop manual correctly should be just accessible without a body-off. So we'll probably give that a go. Thanks all for the suggestions and support! Even though it's not the easy fix we hoped for, we're very glad to have found a cause. Filip
    7 points
  41. Well that's the external diff welding complete Decided to dye pen it just to make sure I have no cracks No cracks but a few pin holes which I expected with the cast iron welding process. Diff stripped down and internals put into the parts washer at work Just need to remove inner circlip back grind and put a bead of weld around the inside regards Stephen
    7 points
  42. Absolutely essential job this morning Had to built for my granddaughters birthday regards Stephen
    7 points
  43. I just found this, I reckon the guy should go into production:
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  44. He was going for a 'bull nose' look. He also made a custom dash that looked like a smashed pinball machine, and made a custom 'pepperpot' rear lamp arrangement with lamps hidden behind circular cutouts in the rear panels - looked a bit like firing a shotgun into a lampshade if you can picture that. On one of the South African groups I follow, but when he asked what he could get for it and I suggested a box of matches, admin had a sense of humour failure 🙂
    7 points
  45. Spent all day putting the truck back together as it's needed tomorrow for work ( wife wants her truck back ) It's amazing how long it takes to bolt stuff back on and go round with a paint brush and fill in the bits of overspray and bits I missed. I didn't get the roof or the rear cross member sprayed up as it was too cold and to be honest it took all day putting it back together so that will be done at a later stage. A few car park posing pictures I was abit disappointed with the doors from SP4x4 if I'm honest. They are sold as a direct replacement for a defender door in series style but they took some work to get to fit properly including adding a small 2mm thick steel wedge to keep the door tops from ripping the seal around the door every time they shut. The top part of the door leans in towards the truck too much. The locks are a bugger as the B & C pillar's are designed for later style locks so it takes a while to get them lined up, but the O/S two are now done. I found it easier in the end to split the door and just concentrate on getting the bottom to close and lock correctly then deal with the tops afterwards. I ordered some seals from seals direct for the bottoms of the doors ( link here https://www.sealsdirect.co.uk/pdf/ETS58DR.pdf ) which was for the 4 door bottoms and the rear door bottom, however the rear door seal was knackered so I did 2 doors and used this seal to replace the entire rear door. I did find it didn't work on the rear door at the bottom though, it doesn't compress enough so the seal needs an offset bulb to work. It fits perfect and now I have no gap on the bottom left of the door where the old one was shagged. It's a decent price at £4.70 per metre
    7 points
  46. ....when you forget to finish the post title correctly.
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  47. Some great stories, and some great cars some you have! Even if they're not running. 😉 Makes me want to chime in. My story is a bit different in 2 ways. First of, I can't imagine myself driving a normal, sensible car as a daily. Every time I do drive something modern(ish) that should be worry-free, I can't wait to get back into one of my old cars and I appreciate them all the more. So in a way that's good for motivation. I don't like the detached feeling anything remotely modern seems to offer. Even if I can't claim every journey is a nice experience, at least with my cars it's always somewhat special. And I need that, I don't want to just get from A to B, I want to live the moment. Which is the main reason I'm so in love with my '89 Lotus Esprit as a daily. Sure, it's not the easiest car sitting in traffic when coming back from work. But sooner or later the road clears, a corner looms, the turbo spools and the engine sings, and my spirits are lifted. With the good 4.6 we recently put into it, I've started enjoying driving the P38 again as well. Even if she still needs some work. I'm of the firm believe a car needs to be driven, not just sit tucked away in a garage. Even the special ones. So why not use them daily/ regularly and enjoy what you have? After all, most of us have these cars because we like them, not as an investment that can't have any miles put on it for fear of decreasing the value. The downside of running such a fleet is regular attention is needed and things can go wrong. I for one can't see myself paying someone what is often a lot of money for often not that good a job. So I do everything myself (as above, usually with the help of some good friends). Even if it might not actually save me much money, I'll still get the priceless reward of knowing I've done a proper job myself. Like the first start of an engine after a rebuild. Or worse case, I walk away a wiser man, determined to do a better or smarter job next time. I need that kind of satisfaction, if only to compensate for my boring dayjob. I sometimes try to convince myself I'm getting to old for this sh.. and should just buy something sensible. But I know I'm gonna hate it. And/or will start tinkering with it. What else would I do? Go from one screen to another, sitting on a couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing effin junk food into my mouth, rotting away at the end of it all, pishing my last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, effed-up brats I could have spawned to replace myself? I chose life! (sorry, got a bit carried away there, credits to Trainspotting, no drugs, I promise! 😁). So most of the time I'm very happy with my old cars, and I wouldn't want it any other way. It also means on occasion having 2 cars just isn't enough. So when the clutch on the Esprit went and parts took a long time to arrive in November, and the Range Rover started overheating due to a blocked radiator I just didn't get 'round to, we resorted to taking my dad's '73 450SLC for a trip with my better halve for her birthday. Traveling in style. 😎 I should probably add the Merc was only with me temporarily, while my Lotus Excel was stored at my dad's place. That one got some long overdue attention at the beginning of lockdown and is now a hoot to drive as well. And it's nice to know there's always a back-up, and it's not sensible either. Then there's the project cars... A '73 Lotus Elan, that died on me exactly one year ago while on route to the Brooklands New Years Day Classic Car Gathering. After a first glance and refresh of the ignition system, it was pushed into a corner of the Workshop. Plan is to pull the engine and gearbox (it lost 1st on the day I bought it) and sort it. Deadline was last week... Next to that sits another P38, the one I want to build up for offroading and traveling, as detailed in my build thread. 2 years in, not a lot has happened. Ladoga 2021 (if it happens) should be the next deadline. I'm already dreading the wooshing sound it will make when it goes by. Which brings me to a second important point. About 10 years ago I decided to start Escape's Workshop and work on other people's cars as well. Because I enjoy mechanics. And because it pays for my own cars and the Shop. But it also brings stress and takes up a lot of time. As does maintaining and outfitting the Shop. Which means I often don't get 'round to my own projects. I try to say 'no' from time to time, but with most customers sorta being friends, I don't want to let anyone down so try and help them all. Even if I don't really need the money. This year, with a lot of time on my hands (or so it seemed), I got tempted into buying and fixing some cars to sell on: a couple of Spitfires, a Volvo 850 T5, a P38, 2 more P38s stripped for parts and now a Disco TD5 with brake issues. Which all takes a lot more time then expected, flippin' bangers rarely goes as smoothly as one imagines when buying them. Still, some fun was had, some lessons learned, some money made, some well-deserved beers drank. But on occasion motivation is completely gone and it all feels like a chore. If I then spend a couple of days at home (like today) I usually can't wait to get back out to the Shop. Not that I'm always that productive when I get there mind. A good tip I got from a friend was to try and to do at least one thing for myself every time I'm there. Even if it's just tidying up a bit. I also realize I should count my blessing that a have such an understanding better halve, who doesn't give me a hard time about spending all that time working on other cars. I guess it's better than sitting at a bar looking at other women. 😜 For 2021 I'll try and works some more on my own projects, increase efficiency and don't take on too much at the same time. That should go a long way to getting things done. I wish you all a good time in 2021, either behind the wheel or with spanners in hand. May you finish what needs to be done, and leave just enough to dream about and look forward to in the future. Filip
    7 points
  48. I've had an SE model for about a month now but haven't had a chance to give it a proper off-road drive. It's been A roads, muddy B-roads, tracks and fields only so far which any 4x4 could do. On the roads it drives like a 'utility' Range Rover. And it scampers across wet fields very well. Not a real test...yet. Traditional Defender/SeriesII owners (several chums of mine) pick holes of course, but they still remain friends At least I won't get a rusty chassis. Sadly, I'm haunted by similar infotainment problems that seem to curse Velar owners. So far, Pivi-Pro has been Pretty Pictures but Proper Poor. First world problems maybe, but they market it as the Dog's doo-dahs. Old/New; which would I prefer to drive round a quarry all day? The old one. But, which would I prefer to drive 500 miles to the quarry via a snowy hill and then go round the quarry? The new one.
    7 points
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