Life at the end of the road

September 2, 2012

Wot no cocoa :-(

Filed under: daily doings, food, How I, Land Rover, life off grid, listers, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 11:01 pm

Well that’s the ‘day of rest’ out the way, along with Tramadol I’ve given up swearing so I can’t say what I’d normally say. However ‘praise the Lord’ its by with, all I have to do now is get my son sandblasted, or at least showered and ready for his week in the hostel. My darling wife copes with this admirably but with the Dude and I it’s a case of ‘the blind leading the blind’. Theoretically it should all work out in the bag packing department, for all I’ve done is wash everything he brought home on Friday and dried it. OK, I dried it in the kitchen above the stove so it probably smell of chilli but if he had enough clothes last week then he should have enough for this one Smile

Gosh it’s almost 21:00, he’s finishing his dinner off and I’m breathing fire over the laptop, it was a mean chilli, but more of that later, for now I’ll try and recall the day. A day that according to the BBC was going to be miserable, and to be honest I’d no reason to doubt them, at 6:30 when I went out to deal with the chooks it didn’t look very promising.

Changing an alternator bearing on a Land Rover

To be honest that was fine by me, I had the nose of the Old Girl in my tiny workshop and the alternator off ready to investigate why the shaft had about 6mm of ‘end float’, that’s ‘engineer speak’ for moving in and out Smile 

My particular alternator is a high output Magnetti Marelli with bolt on ring terminals but apart from that it’s just the same as the standard Lucas. Take off the pulley, 22mm spanner and allen key as in yesterdays picture.


Then go round to the other end remove the voltage regulator (three screws and a spade terminal) and the nuts off the three long ‘through bolts’


Here’s the regulator removed and you can see where its been rubbing on the rotor, fortunately not enough to damage it.



And herein is the culprit, the bearing had been spinning in the housing and moving to and fro, normally the bearing would stay in the aluminium casing and not on the shaft of the rotor.



I pulled off the old bearing and luckily for me found the original Lucas alternator lurking in one of my sheds, whilst the stator is smaller the end cases are identical so I just swapped them over, fitting a new 6203 bearing at the same time.



This is a very popular bearing and I usually have some in stock as not only does it fit most alternators on many vehicles it also fits both the Harris turbine and Stream Engine hydro turbines Smile

Fitting shoulder straps to composite rifle stocks

Feeling dead chuffed with myself, and with 11:00 just by with I set about waking the Dude, he is after all a teenager Smile I tried to get the ‘wee dug’ to do it but she was basking outside in some sunshine that was supposed to be 100 miles to the south. The smell of sausage and bacon however did the trick, it would be my second breakfast as I’d treated myself to a reject Arnish Egg several hours earlier Smile

Once he was a fully functioning human being we tootled out to the workshop to fit some straps to my shotgun and his air rifle. As both of them are composite (the fancy name for plastic) it’s not quite so straight forward.



I did my Hatsan semi auto first, taking off the shoulder pad and looking for a spot on the stock that would safely take the screw for the strap. Sure enough, some 80mm down from the butt end the material is beefy enough to take a 4mm drill and the screw in bracket. The other end taken care of by a cleat already on the magazine tube.

The Dude’s BSA Hornet break barrel air rifle was a little more of a challenge as he wanted the strap on the side. First step was the same as the shotgun to remove the butt pad an investigate, but as there was no material in the stock worth speaking about where the screws would be secure we had to insert some.


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A piece of ‘Stockboard’ did the trick, This stuff being a recycled plastic sheeting that was used on fish cages many years ago and used to get washed up on the shore. Sadly, like wooden fish boxes from Lochinver


it has become a thing of the past Sad smile

Thanks for the picture Neil came upon it quite by chance  Smile 

Fitting the front mount on the boys gun meant removing the stock completely, not to actually fit the bracket but to saw off the protruding screw that would have fouled the cocking mechanism.


Fitting a new fuel filter housing to a Lister ST2

That done and with still no sign of rain we went over to the Torran Schoolhouse, me to fix a fuel leak and my son to cut the grass.


Though the ‘slight fuel leak’ had been a little more than I’d expected Smile Me having placed that there under a tiny drip last Sunday Sad smile


A new filter housing had it sorted  soon enough and I got on with helping my son cut the grass.



It’s quite a task for a thirteen year old but he’s getting better at it all the time and hopefully by next year I’ll be able to leave him to it unattended.


Am Feadan

Fuel leak sorted, grass cut and all cleaned up we headed up to North Arnish to check out my neighbours water supply which, like mine had dried up through lack of rain.


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All was well in that department, well apart from the odd dead frog but that’s par for the course with all our water in these parts, probably why we’re all so healthy Smile


After exploring some of the many ruins we wandered down ‘Am Feadan’ a natural fault that runs NW/SE right across Raasay. I can’t remember what it means but it could well be ‘windy gully’ for that is exactly what it was today Smile



Wandering down through it amongst the rampant heather we found an old bottle dump,


nestled under a cliff with the glass that would be treacherous to bare feet well out of the way.



It was quite a way from the settlement of North Arnish and obviously quite old judging by some of the glass.



Crow and chilli

Time was marching on and we still had to deal with hens/eggs, feed pigs and of course make dinner, but first we had some crows to deal with.


The boy walked around and took cover in the old Arnish net shed prior to me going around on the quad to feed the pigs. Sure enough as soon as I’d put the feed down and left the crows descended, though the Dude took care of at least one and just missed another. In all fairness to the boy it was pretty windy for air guns and he did well Smile



Hen feeding was a little later than usual so the girls got a little over eager Smile

Being well after 19:00 by the time I even got around to thinking about dinner I went for a quick option of chilli, only when I came to put the last and most important ingredient in, it was missing Sad smile No not the chilli peppers or cayenne pepper but the cocoa, no chilli is complete without cocoa. The dark powder gives it flavour, texture and colour, and since I was told about it some ten or twelve years ago I’ve never made one without. That was until today Sad smile



However we did have three brands of drinking chocolate so I scoured the fine print for the one with the least sugar, the Co-Op winning by a mile with Cadbury taking silver and Galaxy bronze Smile I was a little apprehensive but needn’t have been for it was delicious with just a tablespoon of the Fairtrade  stuff from the Coey as a substitute, in fact my son loved it. Mind he would have eaten anything, wifey usually feeds us at 17:30 Smile


So I’ll just leave you with the weather

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