Life at the end of the road

September 18, 2020

Too much of a good thing :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover, weather — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:11 am

OK, I know two good days in a row don’t make an ‘Indian Summer’ but it is looking like a real ‘peach’ of a day ahead, even better than yesterday if the forecast is to be believed. Sure Thursday did start off a little grey right enough, which was just perfect for what I had in mind, which was removing the Land Rover’s starter motor. First thing I had to do though was go and collect it from Tarbert and for that I needed my neighbour’s help from Torran, a mile to the North down a rough track. Sure enough, half way through the second pot of strong coffee Ewen turned up before the 8:00AM we’d agreed, methinks he too is a ‘morning person’ Smile

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Without even finishing the umpteenth cup and with the deer unconcernedly eating their breakfast we headed off in the Subaru with a fresh battery. The Land Rover’s starter not only having failed but also being constantly running (though not in mesh) so having flattened the battery and shut off the fuel solenoid too. I guess a sensible person would have taken the Discovery but all my tools were in the Subaru, the Landy only needed towing a few yards and the Forester does have low ratio. Indeed, apart from the Subaru’s feeble legal 2000kg towing capacity there’s not much derogatory I could say about it. The build quality is excellent, I’ve had it for years and I’ll probably  get another when this one eventually dies, assuming of course I can find one of similar age in good nick. I hate the new one Sad smile sure it’s a great car I’m sure but it’s no longer the relatively small versatile quirky estate car with four wheel drive and half decent ground clearance. Nope the new generation Forester post 2008 is just like every other boodly SUV on the market and it doesn’t even have a ‘dual range’ transfer box, so no low ratio Sad smile 

Sure enough, with Ewen at the helm the Subaru pulled the ‘Old Girl’ to the top of the hill no bother, I fitted the new battery after disconnecting the starter and off I went.

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Land Rover 200TDi starter removal

A short while later we were at last conveniently parked at the workshop door Smile No more walking for miles every day on the gravel to get tools and parts. It’s really boodly tiring walking on gravel, at least it is when your memory is as bad as mine and you have to keep going back for stuff you have forgot. Before getting her running I had to leave her 100m away so as not to block access to my shed. OK, she still wasn’t ‘running’ when I switched her off but a replacement starter was on the way and relatively easy to replace, or so I thought. At least it was the last time I replaced it, I soon discovered otherwise Sad smile

It went really, really well at first, normally the trickiest part is removing the three mounting bolts and studs

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but that proved really easy with me just have the right length extensions and sockets to get the impact wrench on them. Now what I should have done next was remove the Steve Parker ‘down pipe’


from the manifold at three bolts. This is what I did when I last replaced the starter s few years ago but as one of the bolts is quite tricky to get to and I didn’t have a spare gasket I thought I’d remove the 90 degree bend from below instead. The elbow was four years old, getting thin and needed replaced anyway. The Land Rover was at my workshop door so I’d be able to get my oxy acetylene to heat it up ‘piece of cake’ hey. Well three hours later the frigging pipe was still attached and it took me a further hour to remove the boodly starter motor from the gap between chassis and engine!!!!

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I had to loosen the engine mounts and jack the engine over a few mm with a scissor jack. Worse still, when I finally did get the starter motor out and tested it, it worked just fine!!


Having had so much ‘fun’ no ‘second breakfast’ and the time now being well after 14:00, I thought ‘feck it’, time for a treat. The sun that had been baking my legs whilst I was stuck under the Land Rover was high in the sky, it was time for a Larch Box baguette.

Larch box

I also had mail to post and a whole heap of stuff to collect from the ferry terminal, so off I went the 11 miles for a sandwich Smile

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It had turned very autumnal in the few days since last I left home, the ‘Department bull’ had arrived at Glam and Holm Island off Skye was looking lovely.

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There were a whole heap of ‘SAS who cares who wins’ Land Rovers outside Raasay House. They had obviously chosen a different colour to clog up the Raasay roads for this series Smile Perhaps they thought last years black ones were too obvious Smile 

After collecting my ATF, antifreeze, heater hose, jubilee clamps and deionized water from the ferry terminal I headed for my much needed Smoked harissa, hummus and grilled aubergine number from the converted shipping container.

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Yes, the ‘Larch Box’ really is a container in disguise Smile serving the best sandwiches on Raasay and conveniently placed for ‘lunch with the stars’ Smile

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Suitably refuelled I headed back home past the new ‘socially distanced bubble village’ behind the village and the EE mast at Cnoc an Uan.


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Calling at Brochel on the way to enjoy some plums Smile

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Methinks I need to go back today to collect the windfalls for the pigs.

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Definitely autumnal Smile

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