Yes, I know. Lots of work to do. And this does not even include the 3-Amigos.
Oh, and of course it does not include things that don’t show up on these sensors, like getting my blower motor to work, testing the A/C – who knows what that will turn up, the valve cover leak, the slight exhaust leak, the need of an alignment and new ball-joints, etc. Yup, the list goes on.
I really like this Disco, and it is doing great as daily transport other than poor gas mileage. But, the list can sure seem daunting at times, especially when you consider that I have three other old British cars each with their own list.
Yup, I like the stickers on my Land Rover. They all mean something of one sort or another – not just random stickers.
So, what we have is … from left to right …
Neverwhere – The title of my favorite Neil Gaiman book and perhaps favorite book period. Obviously done in the style of the London Underground.
Just British – The greatest online motoring magazine ever – devoted to just British cars. Yes, I am a bit partial. Why do you ask?
Camel Trophy – Slogan sticker from the old Camel Trophy competitions. The Camel Trophy was a vehicle-oriented competition that was held annually between 1980 and 2000, and it was best known for its use of Land Rover vehicles over challenging terrain.
Vermont VT with Moose – I went to Vermont last year and had a blast. It is home to a lot of Land Rovers, though I never did see a moose.
Bloody Knuckles Brotherhood – These come from the at Series-Defender Outfitters. No, mine is neither a Series or a Defender, but I know the feeling of bloody knuckles.
British Car Club of Charleston, SC – My home club and just coincidentally, the club I helped to form over thirty years ago. Oh, and did I mention that my mother designed the logo way back then?
SEWE (Duck) – Kind of the odd man out. SEWE is the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition which is held annually here in Charleston. I am not a hunter by any means, but I enjoy going and hanging out and messing with the Dock Dogs. I have been going to this since it first came to Charleston in 1985.
That is all the stickers for now. Stay tuned, I am sure there will be more.
Picked up a copy of “Land Rover Discovery” which was put out by the folks at Land Rover Monthly magazine. It is a dedicated magazine-style publication that came out in 2012. I have not gotten a chance to read it yet. Can you tell I like my book collections?
Keep an eye out and you can pick this up in the $10 neighborhood from Amazon or eBay. You can still purchase it directly from the publisher, but it will cost you a bit more.
I have a constant scraping from the rear which changes or gets worse whenever I step on the brakes. On closer inspection of the rotors, I notice that they were quite worn. Not a hard job to replace everything, but one I really don’t relish doing again soon so instead of trying to have the brake rotors turned or resurfaced I just decided to replace them. They aren’t that expensive, and brakes are kind of important.
So, here is the job I hope to be doing this weekend. If the parts come in on time. Nice thing is that it is a long three-day weekend. Hopefully, I will also do a few more jobs too, like oil change, coolant flush, replace door linkage, etc…
I will let you know how it goes. And if the noise goes away. I fully expect to be doing the front in a few more week. If all goes according to plan, I will be doing the front brakes about the same time I replace the ball joints and a few other pieces of the front suspension.
The history of Land Rover from National Geographic.
The story of Land Rover from its inception as a way to save the Rover company to its becoming the SUV of choice for the landed gentry.
The design for the original Land Rover vehicle was started in 1947 by Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, on his farm in Newborough, Anglesey. It is said that he was inspired by an American World War II Jeep that he used one summer at his holiday home in Wales. The first Land Rover prototype, later nicknamed ‘Centre Steer’, was built on a Jeep chassis and axles.
The early choice of color was dictated by military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint, so early vehicles only came in various shades of light green; all models until recently feature sturdy box section ladder-frame chassis.