Life at the end of the road

October 30, 2009

Wonky ‘wordpress’

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:31 pm

WordPress is a bit like Bank of Scotland, I lost all confidence in it ages ago but I’m just too lazy to change it. I never posted last night (Thursday) so did it early this morning instead. I  told the world all about the evenings Halloween costume making then promptly stuck it on the net. I know it’s there because I’ve seen it 🙂 and I can tell from my stats that at least some others have also viewed the ‘days doings’ yet my mum can’t see it 😦 and I don’t think she’s alone! In the past people have asked my why I’ve not posted when I have and I’ve not thought much of it.

Today however when My mum kept seeing instead of ‘Bright lights and the silver knight’ despite  running ‘C cleaner’ then restarting her computer, I knew something was wrong. I sent her an email with a direct link to the post and even though the link said it opened up a completely random post from the 29th of September 2008!

So basically who knows what you’re reading and when, it’s not me that’s been partaking of the red stuff it’s WordPress that’s wonky 🙂

So where was I?

First job at feeding was to move the ‘wee Tamworths’ into a smaller field ready for catching two tomorrow. I would normally have done this later but I was not sure if the wee darlings would cross the two bridges to get there. Sometimes we have to put carpet or rushes over them to get the pigs to cross, as it was way to windy for rushes and the carpet was now buried under tons of rock I thought I’d start early to coax them over with food. I need not have bothered as they just charged over it after me and the bucket 🙂

I think it’s all down to what the first one does, if the first pig crosses then the others follow quite happily but if the first one looses his nerve on the hard slippy surface the others turn and run.

I should be glad

Next job was emptying the remains of the Raasay school shed out of my trailer and into various piles. I dunno how old this shed was when the council deemed it unsafe but I do know that it was there when ‘Calum Bhan’ was at school and he’s had his bus pass for quite a while 🙂 I should be glad that I’ve got all of old wood and corrugated iron to recycle into a new Land Rover shed at Arnish but I’m doing the job in my oil skins whilst being power washed from the south and I can’t help thinking about all the school children who now have no shelter in the playground :-(  All because someone at the council said it was unsafe because they’re scared of getting sued.

I really don’t know how my generation ever made it to adulthood surrounded as we were by all the dangerous play ground equipment and never once wearing a cycle helmet 🙂

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Pile number one was for the bonfire, which true to Raasay form is unlikely to be lit on actual bonfire night due to the weather!

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Pile number two being for the 6” x 2” and 3” x 2” structural stuff, with pile number 3 being for the vee lining, yes indeed this fine shed was indeed wood panelled!

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and of course a pile for the rusty tin, which will be fine once the ends are chopped off.

Re building an ST1 injector pump

This will of course be exceedingly boring to the vast majority of readers and I’m only mentioning it on here because it might just pull someone out of the sh1t 🙂

I stripped my mates Lister ST1 injector pump down the other day thinking it was seized but it turned out  to be a sticky cam follower which I’ve yet to address. Today with its continual and heavy rain seemed like a good day to spend in the shed putting it back together.

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It is VERY easy if you know how and a complete disaster if you don’t 🙂

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The rack must be lined up with the pinion (see the slot on the rack and the mark on the pinion)

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well you put the rack in the injector body with the line in the middle, then drop the pinion in so that the mark on that coincides with it. Next the spring seat (flat side down) then the spring, then the collet and plunger, now there’s a mark on the plunger that must also coincide with the other two.

Lister plunger

It’s on that T shaped bit at the bottom.

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Compressing the spring to replace the circlip I did with my pillar drill.

The SR and ST Lister range of engines seldom need attention and I know about this not from having done one before but from having spoken to a man that has, cheers mate 🙂 and if I’ve got it wrong phone me quick and I’ll edit it before I get sued 🙂

Seriously though these engines are massively over engineered and even years of neglect seldom does them much harm. Lack of use being there main enemy, this particular engine had not been run for a while and the injector cam follower had suck in the upright position. Occasionally the exhaust valves stick open on them, again through lack of use which can be exasperated by short  exhaust pipe  facing south west 🙂 ( I speak from experience )

I run three of these old Lister’s a 1969 SR1, a 1974 ST2 and a 1978 HR2 all of which will still be running when the modern high revving piece of cr4p from China has been recycled into bean tins 🙂 and even when the finally die my grandson will be able to use the flywheel off one as a mooring for his boat!

Three out of four

Finally getting my 4 ‘Hella Jumbo 220’ spot lights wired up was the other major achievement of the day, not easy when there’s a monsoon raging outside and Royal Mail have your bulbs 😦 Seven days I’ve been waiting for them, hardly surprising when there’s a strike on but that’s my fault, I should have known.

Suspecting I had some bulbs somewhere I spent the rest of the afternoon clearing up my workshop and managed to turn up 2 new H3 55w bulbs and one 2nd hand one in an old spot light though no matter how hard I looked I could not find the other old spotlight to make up 4 😦

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So as soon as it was dark I set off down ‘Calum’s road’ with my three lamps blazing 🙂 I know I’m really sad!


  1. Paul
    As someone who keeps everything for later use and then forgets I have got it or cannot find it, its good to hear someone else has the same problem.
    On the IT front I have wondered for sometime why your pages vanish and come back later, sometimes I see a doule post from the same day. I currently see 2 days on each post and then spend ages looking for a page I know I have read. As someone who works in IT to fund my sailing habit and green ideas I would say a change of supplier is required.


    Comment by Roger Anstay — October 31, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    • Hi Roger,

      when you say supplier do you mean blog or ISP? unfortunately I’m stuck with Avanti for my satellite broadband connection as there simply is not another 😦 well there is but not at the subsidised price that I’m paying. I suspect it is an Avanti problem as from what I’ve read on the internet loads of people are having problems with them.

      Thanks for persevering with the blog, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 31, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  2. I’ll make sure I’m not facing the window when you next set off down Calums Road after dark.

    Those lights look BRIGHTTTTTTTT

    Hope you all have a good Halloween

    Best wishes

    Comment by chrisb — October 31, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

    • Hi Chris,

      We did indeed have a good and bright Halloween 🙂

      Thanks, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 1, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  3. Hi Paul
    We’re back in the firm grip of Glasgow again and sadly no journey to the north end to see your wee Tamworths. The scholar was up to his eyes with essays all week so I had to keep well out of the way and got on with more scrubbing and chopping, which fortunately I always find a pleasure. We were able to access the internet with the dongle so thanks for your advice about this. Enjoy your bright lights and the bonfire, and we’ll see you next time.
    Best, Janice

    Comment by Janice — November 1, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    • Hi Janice,

      If his essays had anything to do with Nietzsche then he has my sympathy 🙂

      Take care and good luck with the exams, Paul

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — November 1, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

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