Life at the end of the road

September 20, 2020

Off the key :-)

Filed under: animals, daily doings, Land Rover, weather — Tags: , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:03 am

Half past five in the morning, still well dark outside but a clear starry sky makes the fog on the sea just discernible. Hope it clears for the 10:00 sailing, gotta be elsewhere today and whilst yesterday was beautiful, the fog was at times thick and the first ferry at least didn’t sail Sad smile Not that that bothered me as apart from pig and hen duty I barely stepped outside until after nine. Since I broke my rib my body seems to have adopted a new regime of early to bed (even for me), up at ‘stupid o clock’ and plonking away on here for hours whilst drinking hunners of cups of coffee before venturing outdoors.


Wee dug’s routine hasn’t changed right enough, she stays in bed until she can (or thinks she can) here the rustle of biscuits whatever the time is Smile 

The first and pretty much only task yesterday was attempting to make sense of the Land Rover wiring and before even contemplating the multi coloured spaghetti I added half a dozen extra earths and another positive busbar. The earths cos most, or at least many vehicle wiring issues are a result of poor grounding. After spending much time finding suitable connection points on the chassis, engine, body and fuse box I made up several leads and fitted them.

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The busbar I made up from more beaten copper pipe some stainless bolts and thick nylon sheet.

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This I added cos the one I’d made for the starter motor was getting crowded and I had a 50mm square winch cable hanging loose. It would provide an ideal connection point for the 4 ton winch and keep the cable out of the way as well as providing extra positive battery connections. As I was in effect utilizing parts of two engine room wiring harnesses I’d left the extra heavy main feeds in place from both starter and alternator. It’s a big 120A alternator so the thicker cabling equivalent would not go amiss.

It went really well, if not a little slowly as before I knew it my stomach was rumbling and ‘Woman’s Hour’ on Radio 4 four was over and ‘World at One’ had started Smile Not that I usually listen to Woman’s Hour but Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes were being particularly annoying, though what did surprise me was the number of people telling Alan and Mel that they were listening to their show travelling to Scotland for a holiday Surprised smile

Anyway, after lunch, much head scratching, wiring diagram consulting and wire splicing I had the engine starting off the key with the heater plugs and their timer working a treat.

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Of course by now it was nearing pig feeding and mouse/vole releasing time, my ‘humane’ trap having bagged another four.

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Molly and I driving them a mile or so down the road to release them into the wild.

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It turned into a bonny evening but that boodly fog came back in


being particularly thick by bed time.

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