Sunday, 10 July 2016

Not a Bodge job

The Exhaust had an annoying rattle and I had looked about 5 times and decided the only way forward was some steel cable ties to damp down some movement in the exhaust

The 6th time when I went to do it, having invested my whole £3.00, I instantly spotted the loose nut and tightened it up - rattle gone

I don't know whether to be pleased I sorted it or annoyed at myself 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Out and about in the Sunshine

Rhian's Classic Mini has "caught rust", OK you can't catch rust, but it is an occupational hazard of classic vehicles so Rhian had to use Katy to get to work the other day.

It was the girls first time out together unsupervised and by all reports of being waved at by other Land Rover owners and smiles from Rhian it went very well.

The reversing camera was used to full effect getting Katy neatly in the white lines and right back close into the plants - good parking girls!

The next weekend we headed off to Cheddar to do some fun caving with Robin Gray the famous cave artist and the rest of our ISSA friends and stopped off on the way back for a wonderful picnic in the gorge

And tonight we are celebrating a 50th birthday which is exactly what a portable bed (camper) is useful for

Monday, 23 May 2016

Cardiff Classic Show 2016

The clouds were threatening and the skies were grey, but there was a bit of sun in the sky as well so it was not long before we were going to see a rainbow. 

Of course when you park most old Land Rovers on some wet ground that is the inevitable result.

But it was not long before the sun came out and we could start admiring the new blue covers for the spotlights that I have on Katy to reflect how she would have been in service. 

I tried not to be too antisocial using the siren, but I have to say that the spotlight covers from look absolutely wonderful, they are just the right colour to give the impression of proper blue lights and are easy to fit and remove so the police won't get upset with me on the open roads (as long as I do remember to take them off)

If you are looking for spotlight covers in colours then I can fully recommend the service from Ashely at The delivery service from half way around the world was better than some UK companies can give!

Of course we were there with the South Wales Land Rover Club and the team did their normal excellent job of getting the marquee up and getting the kettle on so we could offer a real sense of hospitality to those who came along and maybe even persuade some of the Land Rover Owners to join us,

Talking of which I was really pleased to see my first Carmichael TACR Range Rover which parked up alongside the club stand and we made every effort to feel welcome  

TACR stands for Truck Aircraft Crash rescue and you can read all about them on the TACR register web site 

It really is a beast of a Range Rover with the extra pair of wheels and truly visibly outstanding with its brand new red paint job

Like Katy it had fully functional blue lights and sirens. It pleases the child in me if not everyone else 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Katy in Green

This is a very clean and new looking Katy taken alongside a set of civilian ambulances on what looks like a parade ground. It has been suggested this could have been during an ambulance drivers strike in 1989-1990

If you recognise the place or the event and know where or when it was taken I would love to hear from you via either the comments form or the email contact form on the right of the blog

I do not normally post pictures that I am not sure about the provenance of, but I am doing this in the hope that someone may see it and be able to help me, and I am very willing to remove it from this post if the owner does find it and is not happy for me to show it in this context

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

This is the BBC calling...

Whoever fitted the centre console cubby box did me no favours.

The radio aerial wasn't connected and the bolt holding it down were underneath part of the box frame

After about an hour cutting and felting I was able to plug it in..

Now after all those years the BBC can be heard

(in terms of impartiality I should point out that other radio stations are available)

Friday, 6 May 2016

New Roof, New MOT, New start

Old metal rusts...

I'd spotted a small hole and some rust patches on the floor of Katy and so did the MOT tester. so 2 new patches and she's right as rain and ready to go.

Talking of rain ...

We had some right disasters with the roof last year with the leak at the start of the year meaning a complete rebuild and then it leaked again, and then again...

So I stripped it out again and then with both of us working a lot at the moment and not getting time to play we decided the best thing was to take Katy to an expert and therefore she has just come back from Newport Caravans where she has had a new skylight fitted and a new inner roof

Hopefully that's it sorted properly now and we can be off to have a lot of fun!

Friday, 18 March 2016

"Blue Light" Adventures

My friend Dave helped me again with some work on the electrics today

It was quite a successful day before it stated getting cold so we decided to halt and do a test of the new features. The reversing camera cables were run underneath the vehicle and in through an existing gromit in the battery bx and then up to the plate I had fitted to hold the screen. A switch was added as we used a feed from the leisure battery rather than messing with wiring to the ignition

The reversing camera works just as expected ..

The connections to the leisure battery and camera were all tidied up ..

The Fog lights work  just as expected ..

The Spotlights however have been wired into a spare switch on the dashboard and when we turned them on this was the result (Click the picture or the link below)

Blue Lights Video

That will be great for car shows, but we will need to make an adjustment before they are useful at other times. 

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