Life at the end of the road

November 15, 2008

Too many helpers

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:40 pm

After the lack of progress and things going pear shaped recently, today was like a breath of fresh air. For a start the mild gale force wet south westerly air flow had been replaced with a cooler but drier and less savage westerly one so after feeding the herd I had a look at the ‘Old Girls altenator. The 22 year old obsession of mine that is my Land Rover had started over charging the batteries yesterday indicating a faulty voltage regulator on the back of the altenator. They’re pretty easy to change and not particularly expensive but this is Saturday and I’m on Raasay so the chances of getting one before Tuesday are slim but I managed to find an old altenator in one of my sheds so thought I’d remove the regulator off that and try it.

X marks the spot

X marks the spot

There it is, that black thing on the back of the altenator, it’s held on with 3 x 6mm bolts and can be removed with a little care without removing the altenator. The brushes on the replacement looked in much better condition and I was pleased when I started up the engine after fitting it to find the voltage readings back to a respectable 14v as against the 17v it was reading last night. Being in my workshop and having my tools out I set about repairing Louis’s 2″ petrol driven water pump which was suffering from a bad dose of water in the fuel system, a broken starter cord and a faulty flap valve on the water inlet. A couple of hours and a few coffee’s later I had it running sweet as a nut so after breakfast number two I headed for Gingers house.

Single bedroom stone built cottage

Our substantial Tamworth boar Ginger in common with most guys is a bit of a pig about the house and takes no pride in his lovely converted hen hoose. I lined it for him last year to keep out the draughts and built a partition accross the front to make it cosier during the winter. However during the summer he decided he prefered a more open plan pad and ripped it down. With the onset of winter I decided to give it a good clean out and re build the partition.

Checking on progress

Checking on progress

I’d almost got the place cleaned out when he came to check it out and whilst he’s a big softie it’s a small place to work with a shovel with 250kg or so of pork following you about.

More help!

More help!

There was even less room when Shona turned up so I abandoned the cleaning in favour of going to cut rushes for bedding.

More helpers!

More helpers!

Though I’d great difficulty keeping their noses out of my brush cutter. A couple of trailer loads saw me with enough to do all the piglets housing afte which I went back to Gingers pad. The two lovers had left so I got on with the partition in their abscense, with two stout fence posts driven in the ground to support the pallet that was the old partition I went to cut some plywood to cover it.

Home swwet home

Home sweet home

Though by the time I returned the pair of them had moved in and were fast asleep on the still far from clean and bedding less floor! I didn’t have the heart to wake them up with my hammering so left them until feeding time at 4:00. With the Partition finished I headed down the ‘Blind Dog’ ( formaly ‘Golden Emblem’ ) with Louis’s water pump and even managed to get back home before 7:00! Though today I had to drive as far as I could with the lights off and no heater because the voltage regulator I’d fitted this morning failed after about a mile, even so it was a very productive day

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