Life at the end of the road

January 27, 2009

Familiar technology

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:26 pm

Tuesday already and as usual for the last day of my ‘rest week’ it did not  seem to have as many hours in it as a normal day. After my fruitless labours on wifey’s Daihatsu I’ll be glad to get back to the electronic free Volvo and Lister diesels of  the Loch Striven! As I’d so much to do today I didn’t even go on my usual sheep hunt after the school run choosing instead to do some welding on the ‘Old Girl’ a job which I started several weeks ago before I got bogged down on the Daihatsu. This particular job just about sums up my life as it started out as a loose mirror and turned into major surgery! For those not familiar with the sad obsession of mine that is a Land Rover the door mirrors are screwed onto the hinges and my left hand one had come loose. On any other vehicle it would just be a case of tightening up the screws but of course this being a Land Rover the screws are on the inside of the hinge so you have to take it off the door. Ah well no worries the hinge was worn anyway and I’ve had new ones sitting on the shelf in my workshop so it would be a good excuse to fit them, of course when I started removing the old hinge there was much evidence of the dreaded ‘tin worm’ (rust) in the top of the bulkhead. The 20 minuet job was rapidly becoming a couple of days work so I shut the door locked it and refraimed from carrying passengers in the front for two weeks! Feeling that I really must achieve something on the motor vehicle front this week I set about welding it up.

It's much worse than it looks

It's much worse than it looks

Firstly cutting out all the bad metal with a grinder and cleaning off the surface rust with a sanding disc


I then made up a repair plate from some sheet metal and held it in place with grips


After which I started up ‘Harry’ my HR2 Lister generator to weld it in position. I always run my 150 amp MIG welder directly off the genny rather than through the inverter, whilst the inverter is more than powerful enough to run the welder I’ve never been happy at using it.

It's not as bad as it looks!

It's not as bad as it looks!

OK I know it looks more like bird 5hit than welding but it’s solid and once I’d covered it in polyurethane sealant and primer it looked respectable, by the time it’s painted and the hinges replaced it will look the biz (honest) Anyway that’s still a week away at least so for now I tied the door back on then at least I could drive to work tomorrow!

The ubiquitous 'Ratchet Strap'

The ubiquitous 'Ratchet Strap'

So that’s it a whole week gone by, I’ve caught one sheep out of 5 that now thinks it’s a hen

It's a heep!

It's a heep!

The swineherds car looks very nice but won’t go and I’ve still not done my VAT return, on the upside I got a cheque off the Inland Revenue today for £350 🙂 that should just pay my accountants bill and leave me £2 in pocket 😦 . Still it could be worse I could still be fixing cars for a living in Manchester in which case I’d not be able to tie doors on with ratchet straps or cut holes in bell housings to fit gearboxes!


  1. HI
    Major IT problems at this end, so its taken me a couple of hours to catch up with the news – from December!
    Creig na Gaoithe – Rock of the Wind but usually known as Windy Hill -Hill of the Wind- or other variations as suits at the time!
    Planning trip. What is the water situation?… and any other relevant info is welcome.. I may ‘phone Wed and plan Friday..? Cheers, SOTW

    Comment by she over the way — January 27, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    • Cheers for the info She,
      Weather’s actually pretty good, though Friday seems dubious, look forward to seeing you, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — January 28, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  2. I’m impressed, this is big boy’s stuff.

    Comment by Rienza — January 27, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

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