Life at the end of the road

June 1, 2008

More fruits of the sea

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:42 pm

Yet another scorcher of a day here at the north end and I was up with the larks before 5:00am!! Arising quietly so as not to wake the rest of the household. I usually make as much noise as possible as I can’t understand why anyone would want to stay in bed with weather like this. However this morning I wanted some peace as I’d promised they boys another day out in the boat but first I wanted to put the finishing touches to my rear axle.

The locker locks!

As I’ve told most of you, I’ve been converting a Land Rover rear ‘Salisbury’ axle for my 110 ( It’s a friggin’ Land Rover, defenders are something I cover my ears with ) to disc brakes and a locking rear differential. I’m a bit obsessed by my 22 year old piece of junk and though it seldom travels more than 11 miles from home it does allot of work that few other vehicles could cope with. Everything from carrying 30 bags of feed and the days shopping, in the wood dragging out trees, down the shore for seaweed, over a bog and up a hill to raise and lower the wind turbine, or just plain getting me to and from work when not even the snow plough can get through. The ARB, air locking diff should make all but the shopping more stress free. By locking the rear diff it effectively doubles your traction at the rear end enabling you to approach tricky problems without the need for potential damaging momentum. So when I sneaked out of the house this morning it was to re fit the rear brake calipers, connect up an air supply and try it.

Not yet having the correct compressor I used a diving cylinder and sure enough as soon as I turned it on the diff locked with a satisfying clunk and both rear hubs tuned together. Normally all the power goes to the wheel of least resistance, so once a wheel starts to spin ALL traction on that axle is lost, with the diff selectively locked traction will still go to the none spinning wheel. Without a differential tyres would wear out VERY quickly and the vehicle is reluctant to go around corners so it must only be used when traction is likely to be lost. With my locker locking I went in with a big grin and made breakfast for all.

Back to sea

Pretty much the rest of the day was spent out in the boat recovering fish cage floats and lifting creels. I’d spotted a large round black one a few months ago on Loch Arnish’s southern shore and figured it would make a great enclosure for my proposed water turbine. These black plastic floats are around 600lts in capacity and make great tanks or even hen houses but I was going to mount my turbine in this one to keep it clear of the salt spray. Whilst scavenging we came across a smaller grey one and as we couldn’t get it in the boat we towed it back.

Here’s one I converted to a fuel tank a few years ago for one of my generators.

Once we had all our treasure safely ashore we went out and lifted our pots and got a bonny lobster and that was about it.

Well apart from seeing this ‘Blue Zulu’ from Badachro speeding by

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