Life at the end of the road

June 12, 2014

No high ratio :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover, wind turbine — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:24 am

Almost 5:00am, I tried posting last night but fell  asleep after hours of ‘trawling the net’ looking at LT230 transfer boxes! What’s that I hear you say, well it’s the oily and noisy bit under the ‘Old Girl’ that gives it four wheel drive and twice as many gears as Ford Escort. Driving to my parents on a sunny Tuesday morning I ground to a halt just a mile or so from the house. The selection lever had jumped out of high ratio and apart from a making an expensive grating noise it wouldn’t do anything when I tried to reengage it. Undeterred, suspecting a simple linkage fault and knowing that wifey’s Nissan was parked outside the shop ten miles away I continued in low. Of course this meant screaming along in fifth gear at 25mph in a vain attempt to catch the ferry and not having any tools I could do little in the way of repairs.

Abandoning her outside the shop I headed for the mainland an hour late in the Almera, which was a blow because I was taking the Landy to collect some stuff.


Of course there was no inkling of this as I left the croft and our pigs behind, here they are grubbing about together for the first time in weeks. We generally try and feed them separately (which can be interesting) but they are much happier in a group than alone, especially the piglets. Unlike sheep, pigs will quite happily allow another sows piglets to suckle.


Having no tools to look at the Land Rover and missing the 8:55 ferry gave the ‘wee dug’ and I time to wander around the old pier and battery.


Here’s Molly watching out for the ferry,


the cannon that was to protect the Raasay Narrows from Napoleon’s invasion Smile







The beautiful old stone dock that no longer seems to collect festering seaweed since the completion of the new harbour.

After catching the 9:55 and spending the day at my parents doing odd jobs and eating moussaka for lunch it was back home on the 16:15



where the ‘opposite shift’ were busy painting ventilation covers


and windlass’s, having missed the showers entirely. Me, I’d been soaked by one in Broadford whilst my son’s sports day had been cancelled in Portree.


Being full of shopping and having a doctors appointment on Wednesday morning I just headed straight home in wifey’s car leaving the Old Girl at the south end. Despite being convinced that my Land Rover required little more than adjustment to the linkage on the transfer gear lever I didn’t want to take the risk.

After the usual round of feeding on Wednesday morning I tootled south for a 9:00am appointment along with my tools to try and fix the Land Rover.


The Hallaig returning to Raasay.


The ‘wee dug’ finding ‘good sniffs’ outside our community shop


whilst I crawled under the Old Girl.


The old Raasay Mill cum Heritage Centre.


The Raasay clinic.


After my visit to the doctor, and having found nothing amiss underneath, I started to remove the rubber mats and stuff to gain access to the transfer lever mechanism. It did not look good, insomuch as everything seemed to be working and adjusted correctly Sad smile It was starting to look serious!

Nothing for it but to head home in low ratio at 25mph and investigate further


once I’d cleared a space in my workshop that is.

Having ascertained that all was well in the selection department I drained the oil from the transfer case,


Oh dear!!!! it’s not supposed to be full of metal. Only one thing for it but to remove the sump and have a look

035 036 037

or at least try to, I had nine little helpers who seemed determined to get covered in oil and greaseSmile



Oh dear, oh dear, as soon as I had the sump off it became glaringly obvious what the issue was, there were no teeth on the high ratio selector dog. The large gear, top left is the low ratio gear, the bottom left smaller one the high ratio. Between them is the selector ‘dog clutch’ (it’s in the neutral position midway between the gears), above it you see the low ratio ‘teeth’ and bellow it shiny lumps where the high ratio teeth have been worn away. It is not good Sad smile

Rutland wind turbine yaw bearings

Having discovered the problem and made a few phone calls I turned my attention to replacing the yaw bearings in my old Rutland wind turbine.


There was a lot of play in them and the resulting ‘wobble’ had started to cause the slip rings to arc



or at least the top one. Luckily I still have loads of spare parts for this 25 year old machine and soon had it sorted.



  1. “After my visit to the doctor, and having found nothing amiss underneath” … glad there’s nothing wrong with your nether regions, Paul

    by the way, you seem to have lost most of your sidebars

    Comment by cazinatutu — June 12, 2014 @ 7:01 am

  2. Paul, these guys should be able to help you …
    A really good forum with contributors from all over … good luck!

    Comment by caadfael — June 12, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  3. If you decide to go for good recon box try . You can’t go wrong with them.

    Comment by Frank — June 12, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    • Hi Frank and welcome,

      I spent a lot of time on their website, it’s a mine of info and has some great videos of repairing boxes etc.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 13, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

      • About three years ago I ordered a R380 gear box from them, it has done 60.000 miles now without the slightest hickup. When I returned the old box later that year I was given a guided tour around the workshop. They know their business very well.

        Comment by Frank — June 13, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

  4. After the Landy is good as new again, I’m still hoping to hear about the greased pig contest!

    Comment by drgeo — June 12, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

  5. Paul, did you see this video of an escaping pig

    Comment by cazinatutu — June 13, 2014 @ 6:38 am

    • Poor pig, it looked a little dazed 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — June 13, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

  6. Hi Paul I know 1 or 2 boys down here with the landys from my offroading days, if your not sorted out yet give me a phone on 07786553551 if you want me to make some enquires

    Comment by jimmy mcmillan — June 16, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

  7. Haven’t heard from you in 2 weeks Paul. I sure hope you’re ok! Does anyone know?

    Comment by flora — June 27, 2014 @ 2:28 am

    • Hi Flora,
      should be back on form shortly 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:50 am

  8. Long time no post, Paul. I hope your family is well.

    Comment by drgeo — June 27, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    • All is well thanks Dr G 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:49 am

      • Oh good, for a minute I thought you had attended Glastonbury and needed bail money.

        Comment by drgeo — July 2, 2014 @ 11:33 pm

  9. As an expat Scot, I’ve been following your blog for the last three years: I thoroughly enjoy the breath of sea air it brings me, stuck down here in the English Midlands, as well as the interesting content, your turn of phrase and often irreverent commentary on life in general. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you go so silent for so long and I hope everything is OK with you and yours.



    Comment by Frank McVey — June 29, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

  10. Hi Paul. Lots of people missing your ramblings on the blog. Hope the midgies haven’t eaten you alive. All the best mate.

    Comment by Simon — June 29, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    • Hi Simon,
      hardly a midge to be seen (or felt) so far this year 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:46 am

      • They have all moved down South Paul, we are overrun with midges in the Pennines this year. They were pretty nasty in Gairloch a few weeks ago so I think you might be spinning a yarn. I did however discover that there are no midges on St Kilda on my recent visit.

        Comment by Simon — July 2, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

  11. Hi Paul. I hope you and your family are well. As you can tell, you are missed by people all of the world. If there is anything you need or your loyal readers can do for you, please let us know. California really isn’t that far away 🙂

    Comment by Morgan — July 1, 2014 @ 3:12 am

    • Hi Morgan,

      very well indeed thanks just a little worn out and enjoying the company of my family due to the demise of the TV 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:46 am

  12. Paul, from no-one you know in Glasgow, love reading your stuff , has become part of my morning routine, and has been now for some 2 years, hoping you and those around your are well and we shall be hearing from you soon, you are an impossible hole/space to fill on the www, very best regards

    Comment by davieT — July 1, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    • Morning Davie and welcome,

      I’ll try and fix the TV today, that way my darling wife will stop talking to me and I can start blogging again, maybe 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:44 am

  13. Are you dead ?
    Hope not, would miss the ramblings…
    Hope all is OK

    Comment by Jon K — July 1, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    • Morning John,

      Are you dead ?

      dead beat, dead tired and dead chuffed to be off work for two weeks 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:43 am

  14. Paul, Yes I agree with everyone on here, we miss your ramblings. Just spent a wonderful week on Raasay and the weather was glorious. I saw you on the ferry on the way over, you were painting (as we know you like to do) and I tried to take your photo when you weren’t looking, however you turned round and gave me a big smile….would like to send you the photo but can’t attach it here….so you are still alive, but I think you should stop painting now and get back to your blog, ha ha.

    Comment by Amanda — July 2, 2014 @ 8:18 am

    • Morning Amanda and thanks,

      perhaps now I’m off and the Land Rover is fixed I’ll get around to some more posting 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 2, 2014 @ 9:41 am

  15. glad you’re not dead, i think this is the longest gap in your blog so far. looking forward to hearing from you.

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — July 3, 2014 @ 4:56 am

  16. You deserve a rest Paul but I do miss your amazing photos, take care Sallyx from sunny Bristol.

    Comment by sally williams — July 3, 2014 @ 7:44 am

  17. So glad to see nothing happened but the business of life, a long quiet spot on a well enjoyed blog does lead to worrisome imaginings! Hope to hear all about what you’re up to soon. I’m sure to you its just same old life, but its a world away from what I experience and I love hearing and seeing all about it. Cheers!

    Comment by Kate T — July 3, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  18. Yes I was worried I miss the little taste of home life. Hope to see the ramblings back up and running soon!! 🙂

    Comment by Iain — July 3, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

  19. Forgot a request for some piggy pics please as well 😉

    Comment by Iain — July 3, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

    • Be with you shortly 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 3, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

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