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Thursday, January 16, 2020

A little lunchtime drive to enjoy the winter wonderland today.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Seat Belt Bar Idea

I'm no engineer, and this hasn't been tested in any way, but have come up with a tentative idea for a seat belt bar/light bar bar for the Series (and who knows, perhaps even Defenders).  Not to be considered a safety device. Just another way to get the shoulder strap up high enough.

It differs from others I've seen in that it would bolt to the inside capping of the tub, in the pre-existing holes, and so requiring no modification of the original structure at all - which is something I like, as I've tried to keep the Series as unmodified as I can - just about everything I've done to mine can be reversed.

It can also be used with both a hard top and fabric top installed, as it shouldn't get in the way of either.

Images here are not exactly to scale. The circular object just represents the spare tire if  installed against the bulkhead.

Just throwing the basic concept out there. I have no intention of making this. If someone's already done something like it, apologies! :)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

... and another.

Taking full advantage of a cloudless, hot Summer day, we did yet another ice cream run to Gananoque. Approximately 40 km each way from our house; we (wife came along) met up with Joe at Husky again. A really nice way to spend a couple of hours. Met at 1:30 pm and were back at the house at 3:45 pm.

Note Joe's Defender in back ground.

The Ice Cream Shop (otherwise known as Banana Splitz) is definitely popular on a day like this.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Ice Cream Run

We did a little run from the truck stop at exit 632 on HWY 401 (near Kingston) to Gananoque via some country and back-country roads, with the objective of having some ice cream on a warm summer's evening. Organized by Joe (1987 military Defender owner), and with Tony (restoring a 1962 Series 2a) as passenger and self, we met up at 6:30 PM and were back at 8:30 PM, so the perfect distance and time for an after work run. Good ice cream in Gananoque, too!

Just some pics of the run, with a couple of stops for photos, kindly supplied by Tony. Will definitely do this again.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Roof Seals

Again, not an important repair, but one I'd meaning to do ever since the restoration was initially completed.

Simple to do, the hardest part being what to do with the roof once it was detached. In my case, it was suspended from the garage ceiling using the same straps that are now holding up the complete hardtop, now that summer is finally here.

Below, the channel in which the seal resides, seen from inside the hard top.

The replacement seal. The original appears to have been made of a spongy material, and glued in via the famous black glue. The new version just slots into the channel, but of course it can be glued if desired:

Side channel cleared out. The original seal came out in crumbly pieces:

 Old seal before removal:

Remains of the infamous black glue:

New seal inserted:

And job done. Length supplied is suitable for a 109/110, and so has to be trimmed. After this, just lowered the roof back onto the sides, re-attached everything, and then detached the hard top in its entirety and hauled it up to the garage ceiling.

And then out for the first top-off drive of the summer!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Stainless Steel Exhaust

As a part of the detailed inspection after seven years on the road, year 'round in Canadian summers and winters with all that entails, it seemed a good time to replace the rear section of the exhaust. While it hadn't been making any unnatural noise, the muffler and pipe were clearly getting rustier and rustier, with large sections of rust layers dropping off and more on the way. Probably not long before a perforation.

The forward sections of the exhaust pipes, from the engine to the muffler, are in good shape, with almost no rust or corrosion, and so will stay as long as they remain this way. Instead of going again with the 'standard' rear exhaust and muffler, it seemed a good time to replace them with the stainless variety, seeing as rust was most prevalent here. Once again Peter at 3 Brothers came through in record time.

Nothing complicated about the installation. Remarkably simple job. Eight bolts in all. I don't know if it's because anti-seize was used when doing the initial assembly back in 2011, but all the bolts came undone without any fuss. Used anti-seize again with the new exhaust.

Old and new:

Certainly looks a little nicer:

Nice and shiny in there now. In this pic you can also see the rear face of the overdrive through the chassis PTO hole, and in front of the vehicle a glimpse of the former wheels and tires. These will be cleaned, wheels repainted, and stored.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Oil Filter Adapter

Having seven years of Series 2 oil changes under my belt, and wondering what it might be like to be able to get the oil filter off without a mess, decided to purchase the screw-on oil filter adapter from Rocky Mountain Products.

The kit looks really nice. I very much like that it simply screws on to the existing oil filter mount, at the same angle as the original filter housing.

Here's what's in the kit:

Having just done an oil change, however, installation of the adapter kit will need to wait until the next oil change comes along!