I know, I must be, completely, to live here in the middle of nowhere ‘off grid’ and probably off my head, but I just love it. Even on a day like today when gale force winds kept the ferry in port, the Dude off school and the post lady off the post, or at least off any post other than a few local letters. Of course I still had to get up at ‘stupid o clock’ to take the boy down just in case the ferry did sail. Everyone else on the island had signed up for ‘Text alerts’ http://www.calmac.co.uk/journey-information/service-information-instructions.htm and got notified at 7:15 by text.
Service Status by Text
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One Time Texts
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However, A, the mobile doesn’t work at the house and B, I’ve to set off before 7:15 anyway Still, if I had had the good sense to ‘sign up’ then I could have turned back home as soon as the phone got a signal and saved on petrol.
Gale force south easterly winds usually mean pishing rain here, but apart from the odd drop it was dry as snuff. Consequently, after spending an hour or so on the phone getting shafted by the bank, buying some wheels and tyres for the ‘Old Girl’ and trying to find a good price for scrap batteries I went out.
Or more correctly, we went out, it was good weather for fixing potholes in the drive and the extra pair of hands had finished his homework
Three trailer loads of small stones from the quarry at Tarbert had the drive looking respectable once more and after a spot of lunch I turned my attention once more to the Land Rover.
Tracing oil leaks can be a devil of a job, and they’re seldom from where you’d think, gravity, forward momentum and airflow from fans all serve to confuse the source. I’d already degreased and power washed the engine and ancillaries the other day, and after running her for twenty minutes or so had come to the conclusion that the leak was from high up and running down.
The rocker cover seemed the favourite so I whipped it off to check the gasket
and sure enough, therein lay the problem. The cork gasket had splayed out at the back of the cylinder head allowing oil to run down the back of the engine and onto the floor.
Of course I didn’t have a spare so had to make one, a thick paper wrapper from a Lister gasket set proving to be ideal material. It’s not as ‘squidgy’ as the cork and some ‘Hylomar’ http://hylomar.com/ courtesy of Sean would help stick it in place.
As soon as it was all nicely stuck in place I refitted the rocker cover and gave it another good run whilst cleaning the windows. Sure it leaked oil, but not half as much, after all it is a Land Rover the ‘greenest’ vehicle around, ‘proudly putting oil back into the ground since 1948’