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  1. Spurred on by @Wytze 's enthusiasm to see some progress I sat down on my stool in the workshop and began the rebuild.

     

    First off the bits had all arrived from Turner's

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    as well as a new spigot bush.

     

    Main bearings went in without a hitch and were torqued up with the help of Nikki hanging off the end of the bar on the last setting or in layman's terms ' FT ' :P

     

    The con rod's turned out to be a trial as for some reason I'd mixed up the end caps.  I swear by all that's mighty I put everything in order when I took it apart but for some reason, they ended up not in order.  

    This caused me some grief as the crank was binding when I first torqued up the caps.  

    After lots of head scratching and checking the bearings, piston orientation, weather and how much I'd had to drink, It twigged that the fracture line wasn't looking right.  

    You may think I had swapped number 1 for 4 but oh no, I'd gone and done it good n proper by swapping 1 for 3 and 4 for 2....how that is even possible??

    Anyway, they all got sorted and with liberal use of the sticky stuff, the crank and con rods were torqued up 

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    The wellies in the background are for oil leaks incase you're wondering ;)

     

    Secondary ladder was fitted as well as oil pump, chain and pick up and shiny new spigot bush

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    After this the rear crankshaft seal went on

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    then the sump and flywheel.

     

    Forgetting I'd added a fair bit of weight to it, I flipped it over straining my left testicle and broke wind all at the same time :blush:

     

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    a couple thou was honed off the face but wasn't necessary on the block, but it was a piece of mind thing for me.

     

    I now need a DTI to get the TDC and check piston protrusion so I've ordered one off amazon to arrive on Tuesday.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  2. On 8/18/2021 at 8:54 AM, Stellaghost said:

     Alnwick is also very nice and if you like books Barter books is the largest second hand bookshop in Europe 

    Definitely a visit from me when we're up that neck of the woods 👍

  3. I found some remnants of the vacuum pump in the oil pan, right underneath the drain plug so were never drained by an oil change, small 3-4mm chunks of plastic which had melted within it and entered the oil ways.

     

    Looking around the block I can’t see any more bits but knowing they’re in the oil, I’ve decided to strip it down completely and get it down to the engine shop to be thoroughly cleaned and a light hone to the block and head.

    We’re off to Scotland in 3 weeks time and I’ve a contract to complete in the next 2 weeks so it’s looking like some late nights to be had 😁

     

     

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  4. On 8/15/2021 at 8:15 AM, Anderzander said:

    I think a change of plan ….. the forecast is wet, humid, and no wind up the north west coast for the next few days …. And the midges are out in force.

    So I think we are going to head across to the Cairngorms …  none of us feel like being eaten ! 

    Sensible option! 

    If you went north to the tip, Durness has a good campsite and the local shop sells everything you need including the stuff you thought you never needed.

    The hot chocolate shop down the road is worth a visit as well as Cape Wrath.

     

    Enjoy the Cairngorms :D

  5. On 8/14/2021 at 1:28 PM, landroversforever said:

    Do yours not pull round tight to tension it? 

    Yup and I'm not a small bloke when it comes to pulling things :D

     

    I reckon my truck isn't square but the tuff trek on that falls just short of the rear by about 75mm and on the trailer it's about 50mm for the Howling Moon hobby

     

    The tuff trek does have a velcro strip which I assume is used to attach something from the rear of the truck to make it bridge the gap but any questions to TT are met with a :blink:...

  6. 13 hours ago, landroversforever said:

    The input shaft will I think always move about without being located in the spigot bush.

    How did you do the block face? If you’re just going back/forwards end to end you’ll take more off the middle. Which would fit with the 2/3 area being suspect. 

    Small circular motions across the entire block but I don't think the cleaning of the face contributed to the problem if I'm honest...if I was using a heavier grade sandpaper and a powered sander then yes it's going to be a ****show, but this is cleaning residue with light movements.  Before it was put back together I shone a torch behind a straight edge to check for any variation in the finished surface and obviously I found none.

     

    There were 2 instances the block overheated, once when a pipe split on the dual carriageway and another when the vacuum pump failed.   Reading around and chatting with the others, this is more likely to have caused a problem, but I'm always open to your thoughts :D

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  7. 12 hours ago, landroversforever said:

    I’d be a bit wary about the wet and dry on the block too. Unless you’ve got it as a single piece on something like a bit of granite. 

    When I had the head skimmed I had a chat with the engineer about the block face and his advice was to use hardwood wider than the block, 1200 grit and take your time, which I did.

    13 hours ago, deep said:

    Hmm, if you used sandpaper to remove discolouration on the block face, you've essentially made the surface not flat.  Odds are the block will need a light skim.  Then there's all the other obvious stuff - is the head gasket good quality; are you torquing the bolts in stages and in the correct sequence; is everything scrupulously clean?

    The spigot bearing is strange.  It looks like it could have been damaged on assembly, which shouldn't be possible if it's the correct part.  Did it fit the shaft properly before assembly?  

     

     

    HG was Elring and yes, bolts in correct order, in fact this rebuild was the most ' by the book ' I've ever done using the LR manual.  

     

    The spigot is a strange one as it looks to be elongated top to bottom and the input shaft to the gearbox has some movement, not a lot but some.  I also fitted the gearbox and engine together out of the truck so was as careful as I could've been, but that doesn't rule out a mistake happening ;)

    Gearbox's are beyond my scope if I'm honest and I'll probably drop it out and get it over to a specialist in the coming weeks for some advice on the input shaft movement.

     

     

     

  8. 10 hours ago, landroversforever said:

    And all that money spent and they stuck those ungainly actuators on for the roof :lol: 

    I just noticed them, wtf is that all about??

     

    Having owned 2 different 270 degree awnings...I like the fact their one actually folds out to 270 and not 260 which both mine do and leave a gap at the rear of the truck 🤬

  9. Clutch/gearbox aside I bit the bullet and took out the engine to get some answers to the pressure problem in the top end causing the rust proofing to continue more than ever before.

    symptoms are;

    smoking when accelerating in any gear ( black smoke )

    pressurised rocket cover causing large amounts ( 1 litre every 100 miles or so ) to be lost via the rocket cover breather pipe & breather valve.

     

    I stripped down to the head and this was the result from removing the head gasket.

     

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    Between cylinder 2&3 there has been something going on here. 

    The head was removed and skimmed less than 6 months ago, the block was wet n dry sanded by me to remove any discolouration and looked clean like you see at the front end of the block. 

    The rust/water discolouration on the block is the same on the head gasket...but if there was pressure getting by why wasn’t the coolant pressuring but the oil was and also possible contamination of the coolant.

     

    All cylinders are clean with no signs of problems ( see below ), the original crosshatch is still evident on them so I’m not thinking the rings have failed anywhere, however I may replace them as well as bottom bearing shells as I’m this far.

    One small concern is in cylinder 4, there is a line around 2/3’s of the cylinder. It has no feel to it and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there before, you can just make it out here in these pictures66BBEA7A-3817-45DF-A49B-4F9135A0ACFB.thumb.jpeg.0f3360f1e51ba34f8b9b3c769365eeee.jpeg

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    My other theory is there is a blockage in the oilways which isn’t allowing the oil to return to the sump quickly enough causing pressure to build up but the oil is pressurised to reach the top of the engine and gravity fed back I believe 

     

    Thoughts welcome 👍😁

     

     

     

     

  10. 59 minutes ago, miketomcat said:

    It might be worth looking into trailer IVA and then registration for the trailer because when I went Russia we were told they don't understand that British trailers don't have their own registration and have been known to not let them in.

    Mike

    That's useful to know, I'll look into it 

    Cheers

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    On 8/9/2021 at 11:00 AM, ThreePointFive said:

    How much alcohol are we talking about?!

    I've always liked the idea of one of these as it means less modification to the car and no need to go full expedition spec for the trip to Tesco.

    Really interested in how you get on with it.

    We have been known to consume quite abit :D

    We are under a similar thought process and looking for something that is easily taken with us across Russia and Asia without the added weight to the main vehicle.

    Unfortunately, the truck is playing up at the moment so this week I had off to work on the trailer has been spent on the truck...but that's just typical LR ownership!

     

    On 8/9/2021 at 9:06 AM, Arjan said:

    Souonds good !

    Any pics of the trailer / tent in action ?

     

     

    Unfortunately not, the weather in Wales was, shall we say, a tad wet and too wet to fly the drone which is my main camera at the moment.

    I will get some sorted soon so it can be seen in it's natural environment :D

  12. I stripped the top down to the cam carriers today to have a poke around and nothing but carbon residue in the oil which was to be expected.


    Still undecided whether I should strip it all down, but a new noise has now kind of answered that.

     

    On the way back from Wales, almost 20 miles from home we heard a noise coming from the drivetrain.

     

    Taking the centre tray out so I could poke my head above the gearbox/transfer box I got Nikki to drive about to see if I could work out where it's coming from.

     

    It doesn't feel like it's coming from the props, but it's difficult to pin point it.  

     

    The noise progress's from;

     

    Gear in Neutral, coasting down a hill - no noise

    Gear in any gear, clutch in coasting down a hill - noise evident

    Gear in any gear, clutch out and drive engaged - noisy

    It also quietens down when you hit 60mph +  in 6th

     

    My first thought is it's clutch related, mainly because that's the easiest to look at, however it's a new clutch and a decent one at that ( clutch fix )

     

    I did the oils in both transfer and gearbox last week, transfer box was like tea but the gearbox was pretty perfect.  No residue or metal bits on the transfer plug, but it was ' sludgy '.

     

    Any thoughts welcome, but I may just rip the whole lot out again to have a look ( and I'm getting good at it :D

     

     

     

     

     

  13. 20 hours ago, Ed Poore said:

    Hardly surprising when you consider they are used to tension several tonnes of excavator track :P

    Blew me away when I first learnt to do this on a 22T machine...to this day I still believe an alternative universal force is at play :P

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  14. The trailer did well on it's maiden voyage with us.

    Firstly it's a doddle to tow, as Sankeys usually are, and other than bad positioning of reversing lights and running lights, there's nothing to change in that sense.

     

    I quickly took the CF30 fridge from the truck and fitted it into the trailer for this trip but didn't take into account the power required for it.

    Finally fitting the fridge in the evening before the trip, we loaded it up and switched it on through the night so that took a fair chunk of battery power, then we were experiencing cloudy rainy days which didn't allow the battery to recover that well...but it ran the fridge at 12.3v for the 4 days we were out.

    I will look to fit an secondary towing plug so I can charge the battery whilst towing as the truck has the alternator plug fitted and I will look at the solar panel as it's a cheap Ebay jobby, a possible upgrade there.

    The tent is great, plenty of room and if you know roof tents then you know they're good at what they do.  this one has the extended front so you don't get wet getting in and out which was a god send this week as it Mildly miffed down 90% of the time!

    A few niggly bits...the rail fall off from the tent drips onto the kitchen area and lack of general lighting, both these I will look into.

     

    Other than that, it was nice to be able to not worry much about weight in the truck

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