Life at the end of the road

October 18, 2021

I thought it was Tuesday :-)

Filed under: boats, daily doings, Land Rover, life off grid — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:14 pm

Well, that was a pleasant surprise, I awoke this morning at ‘stupid o clock’ thinking it was Tuesday and spent the entire day under the same illusion. Not until steaming my beans and broccoli for dinner was I relieved of this misconception. To say it came as a relief would be an understatement cos I’d been rushing round like an eejit all afternoon trying to get stuff finished for Wednesday Sad smile

Despite my best efforts I couldn’t stay in bed but tried pretty hard until finally giving up round 6:30. Going out about an hour later, feeding Marmalade, Spotty and Jiffy before going walkabout with Bonzo when the sun rose. Not that you’d know it cos the cloud was so thick as to give no clue as to its whereabouts.


With mushroom’s becoming thin on the ground we chose the road rather than the birch wood for this mornings perambulation and wandered by my old croft towards the head of the valley and back.


One of Raasay’s fishing boats the Mary M was looking for a late lobster or some velvet crab over at Ard Torran. Bonzo and I returned home for our muesli, having made the mistake some time ago of giving the pair of them a little yoghurt and the remains of my breakfast between them. Now they won’t leave me, alone as soon as my spoon starts rattling on the last dregs in my bowl Bonzo starts bouncing to the accompaniment of Molly’s whining. Not until they each have a spoon of yoghurt, milk and raisins in their dishes will they give me peace.

Unlike yesterday where the day was too nice to be in the shed all day, today was perfect, grey and damp with no sunshine and blue sky to tempt me outdoors. So, after giving my Stream Engine rotor another coat of paint I dived under my Land Rover.


Removed the centre section of the exhaust and most of the nuts and bolts securing the LT230 transfer box to the LT77 gearbox ready for lifting it out. Now with the handbrake drum and back plate removed it’s not that heavy and if you are doing it on the floor it’s not hard to lift it onto your chest, which is what I’ve always done in the past. However those days are gone Smile

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I bought me a transmission jack with a built in scissor lift and strap to hold the box securely and just wheeled it out after making a wooden support to steady it better.

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With the two boxes side by side I swapped the speedo drive and diff lock linkages, tested the indicator lamp switch and then put the new box onto the jack.


Before putting it in I made up a new wiring loom for the diff lock and reversing lamp switches and did a couple of jobs that were far easier to do with the transfer box out of the way. Tidied up some sound proofing and re routed some breather pipes. Putting the box insitu and securing it to the main gearbox before abandoning it in favour of the Stream Engine which I wanted to get fitted before the day was out.

The hydro turbine seemed to back together without any major drama and once built up I ferried it down through the birch wood to my secret cove.


It really is quite magical down there especially when the tide is high.


I’d like to say that that was it sorted but I’m not convinced. Methinks the stator is damaged as it’s vibrating and the voltages are uneven across the phases Sad smile However it’s not all bad cos at least it’s Tuesday tomorrow and not the Wednesday I was expecting Smile

So, now I don’t have to go to Portree tomorrow I can investigate the turbine and finish off my transfer box Smile


  1. Your first 2 sentences made me splutter – I do that too and I have to share my ruddy toast in the morning with the spaniel – better than chanterelles though.

    Comment by glenelgadventure — October 18, 2021 @ 8:43 pm

  2. How nice to hear from you again! Careful with raisins, though – they’re not good for dogs!

    Comment by Nick Bennett — October 18, 2021 @ 8:58 pm

  3. I spent most of today feeling like it was Sunday

    Comment by Caroline — October 18, 2021 @ 9:12 pm

  4. Glad not to be the only one with occasional day confusion! Went to get a paper for the book and film reviews convinced it was Friday only to discover it was Thursday. Careful with the raisins highly toxic for dogs. Best Andrew

    Comment by todthedog — October 19, 2021 @ 5:21 am

    • Hi Andrew, Nick, what’s with the raisins :-0 I had heard they were a bit like a nut allergy. That is that dogs who are susceptible become very ill immediately. As both of mine have been stealing grapes and raisins for ages without any ill effects I figured it was OK. Am I wrong in this respect 😦
      Cheers, Paul, Molly and Bonzo

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 19, 2021 @ 6:56 am

      • My vet told me that grapes can be poisonous to dogs Paul so it follows that raisins can be too.Never given any since.

        Comment by glenelgadventure — October 19, 2021 @ 8:03 am

  5. Article below Paul

    Some dogs appear to have a greater tolerance than others.
    I have just avoided completely as with chocolate.
    Does not stop us using Elliott as a prewash for nearly everything else. As with your bunch he must have a licking if we have eaten!
    Take care

    Comment by todthedog — October 19, 2021 @ 8:57 am

    • Looks like I’ll be eating all the raisins then 🙂 Cheers Chaps 😉

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 19, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

  6. Got me eyeballing one of those transmission jacks now… could be just the thing for future jobs 🤔

    I’m a big believer in the right to repair (and I’m known for taking things apart that the manufacturer sealed very firmly shut!) and wondered how repairable your Stream Engine is? How broken down can it be before it’s unsalvageable?

    Comment by Matt — October 20, 2021 @ 7:48 am

    • Nice bit of kit that jack Matt, though it does need something soft on top of it to stop your tranny slipping round.

      The Stream Engine’s stator coils are potted in resin so pretty hard if not impossible to repair. I’m awaiting a quote for a new stator so we’ll see what that says before I embark on trying to graft another alternator or generator onto the Turgo assembly and base

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — October 20, 2021 @ 2:22 pm

      • I wonder if one of the proper land rover mounts could be adapted. There’s a engineers diagram in the official book. If only I could find the time!!

        Ahhh… resin is a bugger to remove. Can be done but it’s usually not worth the effort.

        Comment by Matt — October 20, 2021 @ 7:26 pm

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