Life at the end of the road

October 27, 2020

So much for a simple task :-(

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 7:32 am

Taking advantage of the earlier daylight and the disappeared lake I got straight under the ‘Old Girl’ in an area that had been a couple of inches deep in water last night. That was of course after feeding the confused pigs, hens and checking all the drains around the croft. Being somewhat surprised to find them all clear and not blocked. Last night’s flood around the house must have just been a consequence of the sheer volume of water rather than any blockages. So after making a mental note to do some modifications to the local geography with Calum the Kubota I set about fitting my £25 turbo hose and pipe in place of Land Rover’s genuine £169 version or the £10 Britpart version one that sadly didn’t fit. Having said that I’m pretty sure two NTC2337 fastened together would do the trick


Then I turned my attention to what should have been a really, really simple task, that of fitting the stop light switch that had recently arrived.


Having already given up trying to fit the ‘Britpart shitpart’ one I’d ordered a genuine Lucas ‘Prince of Darkness’ one, though everyone of them actually came came from Taiwan Smile Lets hope the Taiwanese ones don’t have the usual ‘Magic smoke’ that used to accompany Lucas products hey Smile


The normal procedure for fitting this simple on off switch that’s actuated by the brake pedal would be to simply remove the bonnet stay and lift the bonnet right up (or even take it off). If you do lift it right up though, make sure you put some protection against the windscreen (specially if you have a spare wheel mount on the bonnet) and tie the bonnet back so it doesn’t decapitate you.

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To prevent up ward pressure from the brake pedal which may hinder fitting, press the pedal down or get someone to do it for you. Me, I have a suitable bit of wood.


You should then be able to replace the switch but I had given up on that with the Britpart one as I couldn’t seem to get the threads started.


Thinking the internal threads were damaged or full of paint I ran a bolt in and out a few times first (It’s M14 x 1.5 and the fuel tank drain plug fits). However, even after doing this it took me an inordinate amount of time to get the switch to start. This being mainly on account of the restricted access and angle you have to work at. I am certain that under normal circumstances it would be just simpler to remove the whole pedal box assembly but mine had had some of the captive nuts replaced by ordinary ones so it would have been a ‘two man job’. Anyway, I got it fitted eventually, then using my bit of wood set the switch with a multimeter so it closed just as light pressure was applied on the brake pedal.

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Making sure that it went ‘open circuit’ when released.


Spending a couple of hours after that ensuring that the current from the brake light circuit ended up at the correct terminals in my new junction box to the cables in the chassis.

Rushing to the village after that to post some letters and parcels.

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At this point, as you can see from the eastward view from Brochel and the northward one from Cnoch an Uan, it wasn’t a bad day.

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On the way back ‘wee dug’ and I had a look round the almost completed EE mast at Cnoch an Uan, which looks like it is just awaiting its power supply judging by the one empty concrete pad.

Even the brief trip to the Post Office had eaten into the afternoon light and by the time I got back home there was little daylight left but I did manage a little more work on the ‘spaghetti’ before lack of daylight drove me inside to my venison stew and an evening with the Calcutta Light Horse operation Creek and of course bed with Rodney Smile I know, I know, I ‘need to get out more’ like most people these days but I was like this before ‘Lockdown’ Smile

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Anyway, it’s far too nice to be indoors now, I’m off Smile

October 19, 2020

All quiet on the Western Front :-)

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — Tags: , , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 5:59 am

Well, it won’t be the first time I’ve used this title for a daily post but after the last one it certainly is. The ‘Indian Summer’ got pushed away last night by a mild but extremely moist east or south easterly wind and the forecast is boodly atrocious Sad smile


The rain is absolutely lashing down right now and it’s set to get worse. Still, at least the hydro turbine will be back on line after the calm dry spell of late. Perhaps this damp spell will shut the stags up or at least muffle their all night bellowing. Not so bad for me right enough as my house is well insulated and I’m pretty ‘hard of hearing’ but my neighbours aren’t and they’ve had one right outside the house Smile To be honest I think that ‘Royal’ chap I’ve been photographing has seen all the competition off. I saw him in yesterday evening’s gloom with about ten hinds following him.

Apparently the SAS crowd, or at least most of them left yesterday too, so it really is going to be quite and parking will no longer be a problem Smile Actually, they were really well behaved this year displaying little of 2019’s nonsense, vulgarity and loudness. Methinks someone must have had a ‘quiet word’ Smile  They had their own ‘bubble’ and seemed to keep out of most peoples way, at least during the hours of daylight Smile Smile When they were last up at Arnish ‘en mass’ they took great care not to fly their drone over my croft. Dunno if they’d been warned of that ‘crabbit old git’ at the North End or if it’s just good ‘drone etiquette’ but whilst filming my ‘Royal’ and his hinds they flew the thing around my croft rather than take the short route over it. It did not go unnoticed and I was well impressed Smile Perhaps this is why they left, dunno and don’t care as I rarely watch the TV. The last time I switched it on being when my rib was broken  to watch some ‘Scandi noir’ thing on ‘Walter Presents’. Perhaps I’ll find out what happened to Frank the Swedish lawyer now the weather has ‘gone to 5h1t’. Maybe I’ll have to break another rib to turn the ‘One Eyed Monster’ on Smile 


XC had forecast the odd shower yesterday but it was actually yet another nice one, the threat of rain never actually materializing. Consequently I spent the morning under the Land Rover fitting the new ‘Britpart shitpart’ fuel tank.

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Like the stop light switch PRC4297 I tried to fit yesterday it wasn’t quite the right size Sad smile The tank comes in two parts, the actual tank and it’s carrier/guard. The tank and guard are fastened to the chassis by four M10 bolts, both using the same four bolts. So why then are the rear two carrier holes 8mm in diameter???? Of course I didn’t actually discover this until I was under the truck trying to fit it, whereupon I had to remove it and open up the rearmost holes with a die grinder Sad smile The stop light switch I cured by fitting a Lucas one. Though to be honest ‘Lucas the Prince of Darkness’ isn’t usually that much better than ‘Britpart shitpart’ Smile

That was it really, after all, it was Sunday and I did roast a lovely Munro chicken from the Raasay store, so that’ll be half the weeks meals sorted. Chicken curry, risotto, sandwiches and loads of stock for the freezer, yum, yum.


Today I guess I’ll make a supreme effort to catch up on some paperwork though with a little luck I may get chance to do some work inside the ‘Old Girl’.


Perhaps even some time to try and sort out the wiring, but for now I’ll be staying put, until daylight at least.

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