Life at the end of the road

September 9, 2012

They only made ten!!!!

Filed under: daily doings, food, Land Rover, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:29 pm

I kinda lost track of things recently, as if being ‘home alone’ wasn’t bad enough, with hens to deal with pigs to feed and a hundred other things on my plate. As if that wasn’t enough the school phoned my up on Friday lunchtime to tell me that my boy was sick Sad smile Luckily it was nothing too serious but it did put me in a bit of a dilemma to say the least. “Can you arrange to pick him up” says the lady, well no not really was my first reaction but one that I kept to myself. It was 11:45, nobody I knew was in Portree and I’m ‘all at sea’ in both meanings of the term Smile Chances are that by the time I found someone to pick up the Dude he could have come home on the bus anyway. Luckily one of the crew members suggested a phone call to a burly ex policeman who just happened to be heading that way and saved the day (bottle of 12 year old on the way Charlie Smile ). So far so good, but what was I going to do with a sick thirteen year old after work??? It hardly seemed fair to drag him home then get him up again at 6:00am whilst I went to work the day after and time off just aint an option, if the motorman isn’t there the boat doesn’t sail. Then what if he was seriously ill, he’s have to go back to Skye anyway Sad smile  Luckily he wasn’t and my good friend Jessie Nicolson tended the lad and hung on to him for the night, though I could spend precious little time with him after work as the herd and flock needed dealt with.


All the drama with the boy had eat into the lunch break that I’d set aside on Friday to replace my rear disc pads. The ‘Old Girl’ has seriously uprated brakes front and rear, vented and slotted discs front, slotted rear ones and all stainless steel pistons. She needs it, ‘Calum’s Road’ is unforgiving on brakes, steering and suspension. It’s fair to say that I’m a bit of an ‘anorak’ when it comes to my Land Rover but we live in the middle of nowhere, carry heavy loads down a poorly maintained road that’s often impassable even with the snow plough.  I service her  meticulously, keep records of everything and it’s paid me well, however the ‘epic tow’ last month

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seems to have taken its toll on the rear pads. Driving home on Thursday night I felt the barely imperceptible but  unmistakeable grating through the foot pedal of a worn pad. They had been fine in June when I checked and serviced the old tank prior to her MOT but were certainly needing changed now Sad smile

It’s as if the ‘Old Girl’ is trying to tell me something, like ‘I don’t want to go to South Shields’ Smile for in the last seven days the alternator front bearing has gone, the rear nearside shocker failed and now the rear pads have died Sad smile Still, better here than on the A1 is what I keep telling myself and at least I can fix it myself or call the AA Smile


Anyway after dragging the ‘wee dug’ out of bed, I know, I know it’s disgusting but at least she’s stopped doing the washing up since the water came back on Smile My hot water bottle reluctantly left the fresh clean bedding that I’d changed the night before in an attempt to remove clues for wifey spot, like dog hairs and muddy paw prints Sad smile 



We left early and headed south spotting this cruise ship just off the Camas Bahn in Portree bay. Dunno what she was, though she looked familiar, for it was quite a grey morning and I wanted to make a start on my rear pads.



Sure enough they were ‘down to the metal’



but had not damaged the very expensive rear EBC discs.

I thought my brakes were impressive

Saturday was pretty quiet on the traffic front and we bade farewell to the IVS volunteers that had made such a fine job of decorating our village hall.


sadly I only caught half of them on camera but they did a fine job and we all appreciate it Smile

Just as the intrepid team left for the far flung corners of the earth something rather unusual arrived,



with more horsepower than the 207t ferry that was carrying it this Bentley Continental Supersport  Coupe burbled very gingerly onto the good ship Loch Striven.


And I thought my brakes where impressive Smile



Hand built ceramic discs these are the largest disc brakes fitted to any production car in the world


but with a top speed of over 200mph it needs them.


In February 2009, Bentley announced limited production of the Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, announced by Jay Leno, to be available in autumn 2009, while North American cars would be available by summer 2010.

Bentley Continental Supersports coupe

The first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel (E85 ethanol), its 6.0 litre W12 engine was rated 630 metric horsepower (463 kW; 621 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 800 newton metres (590 lbf·ft) at 1,700-5,600 rpm – using either fuel. The car has 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62.1 mph) acceleration of 3.9 seconds, 0 to 160 kilometres per hour (0 to 99.4 mph) acceleration of 8.9 seconds, top speed of 329 kilometres per hour (204.4 mph), making it the fastest and the most powerful production Bentley ever. The Supersports is already known as the best handling Bentley. Bentley says the supersports can deliver 1.29 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skid pad, as compared to its sibling the Continental GT speed which can perform up to .98 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skidpad.[6]

Bentley Continental Supersports convertible, Australia

It includes a revised ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic with "Quickshift" system that reduces shift times by 50%, and enables double downshifts.[citation needed] The car uses a Torsen T-3 centre differential for the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the four-wheel drive system. Other changes include revised Continuous Damping Control (CDC),[citation needed] 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels (with increased 25 mm (1.0 in) offset on rear wheels) with 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires, advanced Bosch Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with switchable Dynamic Mode, Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic disc brakes (the largest and most powerful brakes ever fitted to a production car),[citation needed] 110 kilograms (243 lb) weight saving over Continental GT Speed, automatic retractable spoiler (deploys at 80 km/h (50 mph)).


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Apparently they only made ten of these and a sister clocked well over 200mph on ice with nothing other than low temperature fuel and studded tyres !!!!

Bit different from the only Bentley that I’ve ever owned

  Scalextric windscreen windshield for C64 Bentley

a Scalextric copy of the supercharged 6.5 litre model that won the Le Mans 24 in 1928 or there about, YU 3250, a number forever etched into my ‘hard drive’ and still on the go today Smile It’s over forty years since that little plastic car whizzed around my track but I still remember the number Smile


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I don’t like to admit this


but I think I prefer the new one Smile




More ‘Britpart Shitparts’

Much as I admired this Crewe built masterpiece it would not pull a trailer full of pigs or Thomson Glenelg caravan so at lunchtime I turned my attention to something that would Smile Or at least i stuck some new pads in my old truck before going to check up on the boy who was still at Jessie’s.


He was fine so I left early and started on the other side only to discover yet another ill on my Landy,



these ‘Britpart Shitpart’ bushes only having been fitted in June, less than twelve weeks ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d already changed the other side a week ago


but put their failure down to oil contamination. Seems like they’re just plain rubbish and live up their name of ‘Shitpart’. It’s my own  fault really, I know the stuff is carp but I keep buying it, but you’d think that you couldn’t go far wrong with a shock absorber bush really. I mean it’s only a rubber bush for heavens sake, how hard can it be to copy one of those??? every car on the planet has had them fitted for generations and this bunch of clowns can’t even get that right, I despair.



Anyway it’s after 22:00 now and I’m flagging so, just like the Portree lifeboat ‘Stanley Watson Barker’ I’m going to put a spurt on Smile


Not the 24 knots that the AIS showed but a spurt indeed Smile



So that’s it, I’m off, here’s Sconser golf club



Saturday’s dinner, a lovely cep or ‘penny bun’ donated by a customer



Sunday morning ‘gas run’ Smile



A new fire hose box



progress at the waterworks



just north of Holoman



‘Calum’s Road’


And now I’m off to bed Smile

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Six am now and I’m off to work so here’s the weather before I go Smile


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