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  1. 7 points
    I nearly wet myself, this is so bang on the mark: https://sniffpetrol.com/2018/04/24/boom-times-for-companies-that-completely-ruin-land-rover-defenders/
  2. 6 points
    Yesterday my good friend David and I were out playing on a local farm where we able to get permission to enjoy the weather with our Land Rovers. Basically we decided that David can break trails, he drives with 35's year rounds. I drive a lot of miles during the winter so I opt for studded 235's. Even with the 35's it didn't take very long for David to bury the 90. Even though I was following David, I was still plowing snow and as we can see in this picture it was up to my headlights. No chance, David never even saw the ditch and when he felt it, it was too late. Lunch on the trail.
  3. 6 points
    Happyoldgit , I don't want to get into a row about grammar , spelling or the like but I don't think there should be an r in that word
  4. 5 points
    That's because those of us that know HOW to dress, know that the label goes on the INSIDE!!! 😉😛😛
  5. 5 points
    Hello all! Well, my gearbox broke, so a great excuse for a rebuild thread. It's in a 109 with a 3.9 on carbs, has been fine if a little noisy (they're notorious for this as they use ball bearings rather than tapered roller) but finally gave up as I was towing a newly bought Sankey back from Tewkesbury. To cut a long story short, I as bumbling along on the A417 when I heard a little "ping" noise. You know, that kind that really make you nervous and you spend a minute wondering if it's just a stone flung from the tyre? Then another and the a nasty, heavy clattering noise from the gearbox. I was in fourth at the time, and still driving fine despite the noise. Pulled over, transfer in neutral, run through the gears. I thought the layshaft rear bearing might have collapsed, but it turns out fifth has popped off its retention ring and was flapping about in the breeze. Pics of that will follow when do my actual post-mortem of that box - I ended up rebuilding my spare. The spare is interesting. On first inspection, it looked great inside - clean as a whistle. But the input shaft had a little more play than I'd have liked, so I took the front housing off to find this: The cage has busted clean through the spot welds and come apart. Not ideal, so apart it came. I have a video of this, which will need some editing before it goes up as it's quite long! In order to disassemble the solid case, you have to make up some puller tools. Main and input shaft bearings are press fit into both the housings and onto the shaft, and being ball bearings you can't separate the inner and outer track like a taper roller. So a few bits of box section and a little machining later: I also made up the tool required to press the rear bearing along with the case onto the output shaft. The official tool is vaguely tube shaped and supposed to engage on the rear face of the inner bearing track, picking up on an internal thread in the end of the output shaft. I couldn't find a bolt to match, and didn't like the sound of this anyway, so I went a slightly different way: The collet picks up on the radius of the output splines and gets retained by the outside taper into a collar, just like valve spring collets. No chance of it slipping off or stripping threads here! You'll see the finished article in action later. After some cleaning measuring and faffing about I won't bore you with (the manual covers this far better than I can), it's time to reassemble. I did have some remedial work to do on the iron front housing that contains the oil pump and takes the thrust load of both front bearings. As you can see, there's a few thou of fretting there, and it's not even. It's too shallow to maching, so the best solution is to rake out the surface plate and get lapping: A half hour later: Much better. Now it can be assembled with new seals, pump, oil feed ring and O-ring: Next up is pressing the bearings into the front plate and main case. No pics as it's pretty banal. I do with I'd taken some photos of the bearings from Ashcroft, though. They've used different style -and longer lasting - bearings that are the right width and ID, but too small on the OD so they're pressed into a machined collar. Lovely work and fitted tighter than the proverbial. Input shaft goes in, baulk rings and bearing on: Preassembled mainshaft goes on, layshaft and gasket get put in place: The front layshaft bearing is cylindrical roller bearing, the outer of which gets pressed in sitting 5mm proud of its final position to make fitting easier. Reverse gear gets fitted, but retained temporarily by a screwdriver This allows it to be wiggled around the layshaft as the main case is fitted. Spot the deliberate mistake; I fitted it backwards and realised just after I took the pic: Main case goes on. There are supposed to be guide pins, but these would have interfered with my stand: Now the home made special tool goes on: And the whole lot gets pressed together by winding the two nuts up against the plate: The tool worked like a charm. The gearbox is now taken off the stand and the layshaft front bearing gets tapped home, then the front housing goes on with a fresh gasket: Torque to spec and we're done. You can see the front bearing plate is temporarily retained with a couple of bolts and spacers: Now work starts on fifth gear. Both my boxes has sheared the pin in the synchro hub that drives the plate slipper pad retaining plate and output seal collar. Dave Ashcroft was kind enougb to supply an updated part with a 5mm pin, rather thin the 3mm, but I couldn't hunt down or didn't want to pay for the plate, pin or collar to match.... The plate was worn from spinning against the hardened hub and collar due to the sheared pin, so this was scrap. The fit on the shaft was also a frankfurter down an alleyway - not acceptable. A 3mm bit of plate got turned up, outside first: Then inside: And fits snugly: Now for the pin hole. I could have measured, but it was simpler to use the pin as a punch. Anneal, the grind a piece of tool steel with a point, fit to hub, give plate a tap against it to leave a punch mark: Check and drill: Lovely. Grind the pin flat to remove the point and massage the keyway in the collar to suit: The angle grinder is too cumbersome for this operation, so I made an arbor for an old slitting disk to fit into the die grinder. A much more delicate tool: Polish up the seal collar on the lathe: And it all fits together beautifully: Because the plate is slightly thicker, a new "selective washer" needs to be made to give the right clearance against the retaining clip. This is the clip the had let go and caused my breakdown, so worth getting it cock on: At the time of writing, I'm still waiting for a new clip. These should, under now account, be re-used. Having got all that ready, attention turns to the layshaft. As you can see, a spacer is used to retain it in lieu or fifth. This allows the bearing retainer plate to be fitted. Two problems here: Firstly, it's fretted like the front housing. Second, it doesn't match the curve of the smaller main bearing OD.... It's not special steel, so I decided to build up with weld; both to eliminate the wear, and to add some extra to engage fully with the bearing outer track: Fitted, spacer removed, fifth fitted, new stake nut torqued to 160 lb ft. I quick gripped the box to the bench to do this: Staked with a round punch: The fifth selector assembly retains the top of the bearing too, and this had the same issues as the other plate: Spot the *cough* deliberate *cough* mistake: I fitted the selector ring the wrong way round. Easily rectified: As the 1st/2nd selector fork is steel, and the collar lands are quite skinny, it had suffered from wear. I built up with some silicone bronze and linished back until it was flush with the steel again. I didn't take enough pics In go the selector forks, interlocks, rods and retaining roll pins. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves: The rest is just a case of bolting covers on, which was a bit too banal for taking pictures! Oh, apart from getting the reverse gate spring back on: I hope it's interesting, anyway. I'll make the special tools are available for rent in return for a donation to the forum fund. It's really not too bad a job, and I actually really enjoyed it. For reference, a 109 with a sankey fits on large recovery lorry. RAC were really good about it - no problem at all. /Ian
  6. 4 points
    Good news. Thanks to your replies, I hammered on a snug fitting 24mm Halfords Advanced socket. All went well and with a little more penetration fluid and some pushing and pulling on the breaker bar, it came off. Wondering if I would need another socket, I forced a bolt into the nut, clamped it tight in a vice and hammered it free. Socket looks servcable! Result! Thanks for all the replies and so glad I didn’t need to get to welding near the alloy wheel. Neil
  7. 4 points
    After viewing the last three, I think we are going to need a bigger bucket.
  8. 4 points
    Good satire is rooted in truth... Enjoyed the article, will continue to chuckle at what's it's poking fun at.
  9. 4 points
    I've been and gone and done it!...... IVA application goes in the post tomorrow. Mike
  10. 4 points
    Well , it was that time of year again MOT , so the 110 has been on the road for 12 months now after her rebuild and she passed with no advisories yipeeeeeee . Am well pleased . cheers Ian
  11. 4 points
    Giles - there was nothing xenophobic about that comment. Its a simple fact that different countries have different standards, and differences in the way people drive and what their experience in certain areas are. I'll give you an example. I live in France, and since roundabouts are a relatively new addition to French roads, a good proportion of people just dont know how to use them, some have never been trained or tested on them. Its not being prejudiced or xenophobic to say that, its simple fact. And for balance i'll add that i often forget about the unique French 'priority to the right' in towns & villages, and when i'm in Paris or Florence, i'm sure i'm not up to 100% with the local style. Please we've had enough snowflakes this week.
  12. 4 points
    Ok I'll (reluctantly) bite... would it be ok for your to keep your xenophobic (being polite) comments off this forum? Thanks very much
  13. 4 points
    Surely there are VW lumps we could use... they'll pass any test.
  14. 4 points
    I think Lo-Fi had a good time, we had a total of four 109's on site, I must add to that next time round!
  15. 4 points
    awwww. i saw a HfH thread with the title ouch.... and ended up very disappointed
  16. 4 points
    He just needs to put them in blue boxes as a finishing touch.
  17. 3 points
    I've double checked and yes I can drive to both an mot and an IVA provided it's prebooked and the vehicle is insured on it's chassis number. So mot booked for 8th may to set and check light aim, brakes and emissions plus a good look over to see if I've missed anything. Mike
  18. 3 points
    Not sure he knows, but I really enjoyed talking LR with Richard. I think LR would do well to have him as some sort of spokesperson for local or online media. Cheers Stephen! Funny I was trying to not sound like I was worried about popularity but I'm always trying to keep the episodes interesting so there might have been a subconscious fish for feedback in that. I supposed what I meant was that if it's not your cup of tea it's all good, it's fairly niche, but don't miss the episodes over the simple click of a setting.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    When I first took the end cap off, some of the broken rings were clearly wedged in sideways between the cap and plunger. By the time I found a magnet to retrieve them, they had fallen out of their own accord so missed the opportunity for a picture.
  21. 3 points
    If they can't see me in a big yellow van adorned with flashing blue lights and a quite loud siren (and believe me they don't), what hope have you got ? Mo 😂
  22. 3 points
    I note the document says responses can be on behalf of a club or other organisation - so presumably if the mods or someone came up with a sensible & eloquently worded response they could submit it on behalf of the membership of LR4x4. People on committees of clubs could do the same - I'll look into it with miketomcat as we're both on a committee.
  23. 3 points
    Well if there’s one thing that’s persuading me more and more to get a heater in the 110, it was sleeping out in -4 at the weekend. Not too bad in the truck under the duvet but the heater would have made it more enjoyable. just a few from camp.......
  24. 3 points
    I can see what you need - get one of these and lock the workshop and give the key to a responsible adult , seriously though if you feel at that much risk you shouldn't be working like that , a properly set and operated press requires no PPE Steve b
  25. 3 points
    Exactly - people moan about the UK but try talking to petrolheads in other countries where they're paying 10x the road tax, they're not allowed to modify anything, vehicles cost lots more to buy, the MOT is stricter (unbolt the shocks & test them individually, sir?) and the idea of something like an SVA or even a sanctioned engine swap is almost impossible. So don't knock it too hard - they might change it, and it's unlikely to be for the better!


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