Hello from Sunday night which turned into a Monday post again

July 10, 2017

Hello from the Monday after a very quiet and maybe even boring weekend at home. (But you know what? Exactly what I needed.)

Our weekend turned into a dealing with various car projects weekend.
Robert drove my Land Rover out from under cover and boy was it dusty!

This part of my Landy hood is black!

So we got out the hose and gave it a quick once over.

Looking better.
There are a couple nagging Landy issues on Robert’s mind. The brakes aren’t working as ideally as they should despite the previous owner fitting completely new braking gear on, and, since the car doesn’t have power steering, turning the steering wheel to the right, produces a massive kickback of a rotation and half back to straight.

So Robbie decided to investigate.

My project for this summer is to get on with rebuilding my vintage mini and this is the powerful little engine.
My first project is to strip the old paint and rust, take apart the engine, replace the seals and gaskets and repaint it in that beautiful Austin mini green.

So while Robbie jacked up the Landy,

I used his power drill plus some wire brush atachments to get on witht he mini engine.

Look, half way done in one afternoon!

After a while, R thought he sorted some things out and it was time for a test drive.

This is the part I like!

Well guys, the brake problems are still not sorted after the test drive and, after further investigation, it seems that the previous owner installed the brakes on completely backwards!

So this means poor Robbie has to take all four of the very heavy wheels off, take the brakes apart and put them back together properly!

Can you believe it?

It’s a good thing he loves me so much.

I’m a lucky girl.

Cooking and painting in my vintage painting box on this rainy day
Oxford day

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6 Comments

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn July 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Damn! You are looking healthy and beautiful – positively glowing! And that photo with the kiss brought tears to my eyes – so sweet πŸ™‚ X

  • Reply Sharmon Davidson July 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    You are lucky, indeed! And so multi-talented – who knew you could re-build car engines!
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  • Reply Susan July 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Mini engine rebuilds and troubleshooting then correcting Landy brakes installed backwards… Multi-talented, indeed! You are a match made in heaven. Oh, yes, yes, yes the test drive sounds like the best part of this process. No, it is the kiss. Happy days.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks July 10, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Brakes on backwards? Clearly the previous owner knew his way around a vehicle!
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  • Reply Daryl July 11, 2017 at 7:23 am

    and its good you love to muck about with engines et al …

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm July 17, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Sure is dusty. Look at you in that car .. ? No doubt about it, he loves you!

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