I’ve been saying for years that I need to do something about the 2.5NA diesel in my 110. I was pulling a loaded trailer out of some mud just before Christmas and the clutch went. I then took some time off over Christmas and thought I might as well bite the bullet and fit something […]
t244 tyre biggification
The tyres on my Leyland DAF t244 were almost 30 years old. Chances are they were original to the vehicle, which has done hardly any miles (just ticked over 30000 km recently). Tyres that old worry me though, rubber doesn’t last forever. I had a blowout once with my 127, it’s not an experience I […]
Is there anybody in there?
It’s been a bit quiet in here. Soz. Turns out writing blog content takes a really, really long time – and I’ve been pretty busy. We were supposed to be heading off for a 3-month roadtrip to southern Europe and the Balkans, err, yesterday. Between getting the DAF ready for that, and sorting various other […]
Andy’s landy bandies
First things first. ‘Deep dish’ or low-offset rims look awesome. Fact* *By ‘fact’ I of course mean ‘opinion’, but hey, this is the internet – let’s not split hairs. Alas, original-style rims with a tasty offset were used only on a select few models. This makes them rare and expensive. So where does that leave me? Well, I’ve […]
Series 1 seatbox repair
The crustfest continues. Today, it’s the turn of the seatbox. Well, I say today, this took pretty much an entire weekend. At a glance, it didn’t look too bad when I took it off. A bit saggy maybe but hey, it’s over 60 years old. If I’d had someone sitting on me on and off for […]
A typical land rover rebuild requires a fair bit of rust busting. I think we’ve established that. It’s not just the steel bits that rot though. While the aluminium panels (particularly the Birmabright on earlier vehicles) are more corrosion resistant than steel, they do corrode. This usually occurs where they are in contact with steel parts […]
Situation: there are 10 large wooden posts I need to plant in the ground for a carport build. The posts are 170 mm square by 4.5 m long. At ~100 kg per post, I can’t lift them into position on my own. Obvious and sensible solution: rent/borrow a telehandler for the duration of the work. More interesting solution: build […]
The shame. The unbearable shame.
It’s about 10 years now that I’ve been mooching around in elderly land rovers. That was (past tense) 10 years in which I’ve never had a breakdown that’s stopped me from getting on my way. I’ve never had any major issues, and anything that has gone wrong I’ve always been able to fix en-route. I put […]
Like a Land Rover, but bigger
Further to previous musings on getting hold of a larger base vehicle for camper vanning, behold: It’s a 1991 Leyland Daf t244, with a radio body from a Mowag Duro grafted (poorly, it must be said) onto the flatbed. It’s got <30000 km on the clock, having been road registered late 2016 after being released from […]
Use it or lose it.
It’s been over 2 years since I bought the ’85 Range Rover, and I’ve done nothing with it. I sourced a new old stock chassis for it maybe 2 years ago, and a second hand upper aluminium tailgate. Other than that I’ve done nowt, and I figured it was a bit daft having it lying […]