Life at the end of the road

July 12, 2014

Blame the scrumpy :-) hic

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover, wind turbine — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:36 pm


it’s not my fault, no, any disjointed grammar or random ramblings can be attributed to Mr Weston and not me Smile


The hen lady and MiL are back and have been shopping, so, in amongst the cases of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, olives, muesli and corned dog, I found this. Weston’s cloudy scrumpy cider, and it takes me right back to South Shields almost two years ago when it was my tipple of choice. Flat as a ‘witches tit’ and murky as a ‘London fog’ it has to be up there with Buckfast in the ‘bang for buck’ department, seriously at less the a fiver for two litres and the right side of 7% this stuff is dynamite Smile Of course not having had a bevy for almost a week ‘lowers the threshold’ somewhat but it is lovely stuff.

The new Proven

So, now I’ve got my excuses out of the way I’ll bash on with the ‘daily doings’, well, for a start I was up late and expecting the day to be carp. However I was pleasantly surprised for the morning was dry, if not a little grey, but certainly not the rain forecast by . After the usual bout of feeding the herd and flock I turned my attention once more to Lachie’s telehandler.

I had organized some extra bodies to help the Dude and I install the new wind turbine that I’d acquired earlier this year. The ‘brief’ to my mates had been along the lines of ‘just come around sometime after midday’ and being well before 12:00 I started to prepare things for their arrival.

I had basically abandoned the two section Proven mast in March on account of the ground being too soft to support the weight of the JCB. With the good spell of weather it was nicely dried out now and ideal for safely moving large loads with heavy machinery.



The first task was to move the top section out of the way to allow me access to the heavier bottom section.


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The base section had been left at the foot of the rock outcrop where it was going in March due to a lack of traction with the telehandler. Now with the ground suitably ‘baked and cracked’ I picked it up and carried around to the mounting I’d ‘drilled and bonded’ to the rock.



I even managed to get the first section up there and the ‘pivot pin’ in place all on my own, and still it was dry Smile

Right on cue, the rest of the team turned up and we managed to pick up the top section and lift that into place.

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With a rope on each end of the mast and the boom shortened it was a fairly simple task to slot it onto the lower section, just like assembling a fishing rod.



However, unlike a fishing rod we used a Tirfor to pull the two sections together Smile

The Tirfor worked really well and we actually pulled the two sections together more than the had been previously!! The next stage would have been to lift the turbine head onto the end but it started pishing down. It was 14:00, we were well ahead of schedule and I saw no point in getting wet and miserable. Lifting the head would be well within the capabilities of the Dude and I so we ‘called it a day’ as far as the Proven was concerned.

200TDi rear main oil seal

I also had plenty I could be doing to the Disco engine sat in my dry workshop, the proper gasket had arrived for the flywheel housing and that would allow me to progress a great deal.

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The genuine gasket is quite thick and laminated, it also has beads of sealer around the joints that lead directly to the crankcase. Even so I took no chances and sealed it all with blue ‘Hylomar’. The flywheel bolts too lead directly into the crankcase, these I sealed with ‘green Hermatite’ something that you probably can’t get these days.



Green ‘Hermoshite’ as we used to call it ‘when I was a lad’ is a hard setting jointing compound and I used that on the rear main oil seal too.

When you buy a genuine seal for £12 as opposed to a ‘Britpart Sh1tpart’ one for £3 it comes with an installer to fit it over the crank.

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I used a piece of 110mm steel tube to carefully tap the seal into place but I guess you could do it with 110mm soil or drain pipe.

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The flywheel was fitted the clutch assembled and the block painted, all in all a good days work Smile



  1. The tdi lump is looking good Paul!

    Green Hermit Sh1te – haven’t seen a tube of that for a few years.

    Your post reminds me that I need to do the rear oil seal on the old Naturally Asthmatic lump – might just go to town and pick up a 200 tdi and chuck that in instead……

    Good to see the Proven on the way up too – the resin should have gone off by now 🙂


    Comment by climber — July 12, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

    • might just go to town and pick up a 200 tdi and chuck that in instead……
      Hi Rob,

      You could always have the old TD out of the Old Girl. After the NA it will feel like a TDi it’s a cracking engine. I fitted it nine years ago, it was a genuine one owner engine with 43k on the clock, since then I’ve done another 100k but the oil has been changed religiously every 3k and filter every 6k. It has two faults that I’ve never got around to fixing, a leaky rear main oil seal and a small fuel leak from the injector pump. It burns a bit of oil (but always has) and smokes when cold, but apart from that it’s ‘damn fine splendid’ and ‘free for uplift’ to you.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 13, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

  2. When we lived in Herefordshire’s Golden Valley, Westons was widely available and a favoured tipple. Back then, Bulmers also did a wonderful murky scrumpy and a couple of pubs in Hereford sold it on draught – marvellous stuff, though Bulmers was, even then, trying to dump it (probably no longer available!) as it didn’t fit its new clean designer cider image!

    Comment by yractual — July 13, 2014 @ 9:24 am

  3. Good progress Paul.

    Comment by Andrew — July 13, 2014 @ 1:25 pm

    • Cheers Finisterre,

      just in for a cuppa tea, progress even better today now the sun is out 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 13, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

  4. Old rosy and green hermatite great combo, The hermatite, you are correct now a collectors item, was one of our blends. There is now the red hylomar that covers some new nasty oils and high pressure steam application. Will get some up north soon. As for the tonnes and tonnes It was a heavy weekend watching T in the perk live in the new Texas gaff Paul, sold my soul to the gringo nation. We’re down to the last tube, lol. Keep up the good work chief . Your an inspiration.

    Comment by Sean — July 16, 2014 @ 1:30 am

    • My Sean, you do get about, Texas hey, well if you ever bump into DrG then say hi 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 27, 2014 @ 6:35 am

  5. According to this
    2l of Weston’s Cloudy Scrumpy will be £3.99 at Lidl from 31st July.

    These alerts are usually accurate for we Southerners, but they might not apply to your local store 😦 . Worth checking if you’re in Lidl anyway. Or be there early … 🙂

    Comment by San — July 24, 2014 @ 7:08 pm

    • Wow, Lidl to sell Weston’s 🙂 cheers, San.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 27, 2014 @ 6:33 am

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