A good year.
December 27th, 2004
Head liner, New tires, Recovery points, Got stuck, FTP down, Lense project, Transmission service
I have decided NOT to take the moon roof cover out of the truck to put the fabric on. I have several reasons for this but the biggest is: I don't know if the cover will come out of the moon roof assembly. I will have pictures in the write up but it is not easily assertainable how this would be accomplished. So I will cut the fabric just short of the edge and glue it in place while the roof is still in the truck. As the glue is "spray glue" this shouldn't be too much trouble to get the glue on there but the potential for mess is high. So I will treat it like a painting project and use a drop cloth just in case. Check the head liner page for more details soon.
I had considered J.A.T.E. rings available from OKRovers and other sites. They have a 'cool factor' of 10 but I would have needed to manufacture a connection point and I would have to remove my air damn permanently. I am not ready for that as I like the look of the truck with the air dam on it. I know the air dam will need to go if I am off-roading. It only gathered a bit of mud in my recent incident getting stuck. I am planning a quick release method for quickly removing the air dam. I already have the lamps wired with plugs so they can be disconnected.
I wish I could say I had fun doing this but it was just pure and simple stupidity. When I had nearly given up hope I found a tow truck driver with some moxey and with his 100 foot of cable and my newly purchased 70 foot of tow strap and 30 foot of chain we got it out.
I was doing pretty good until I hit the giant red sandstone rock. Then all my progress was going down instead of forward.
I know now my tires must be replaced. And my transfer case wouldn't go into low range. I have an appointment about the transfer case and the tires are coming pretty soon.
Check out the Got Stuck page for pics and more text describing my recent episode of dumbassery.
FTP service down
November 9th, 2004
Head liner, oil change, noisy lifters, head gasket failure, leaking seal, console back in
Lifters noisy, change oil
Head gasket leak
Console back in
October 27th, 2004
October 26th, 2004
No console, window problems, leaky windshield
The window ECU fried a week ago when I was picking up my daughter from one of her cheerleading assignments. I rolled the window down to offer one of the kids a ride and there was a spark and then another and the windows all rolled down. I futzed with it a bit and then drove home in the 49 degree weather. It wasn't too bad. I spent 40 minutes figuring out which of the relays allowed the windows to be rolled back up. I couldn't get the part that late on Saturday. So I made sure the windows were up just incase of bad weather. Low and behold it was like 85 that day and I really wish the windows worked. We used the air conditioning to keep up cool and avoided the restaurants with drive thru windows.
Monday I went down to Rover Cannibal and picked up another ECU. Now I can roll up and down the back windows and the front windows. How exciting!
I haven't been getting anything else done on the truck other than adding the "horse pills" to help with the head gasket leak. I have an engine in the works and if everything goes well I should be putting a rebuilt 4.2 in by Spring. JagGuy and I will rebuild the 4.2 then rebuild mine and put it in his 90 Range Rover. Replacing his anemic and failing 3.9. We will probably rebuild the 3.9 and offer it for sale to cover the costs. More news on that as soon as the deal is done.
I got a quote for removing the windshield and refitting it to hopefully stop
a leak that I believe is there. "Hopefully" is not the word I would like to be
using but it's the best I can do for now.
September 30th, 2004
House going fine, console back in
I started to put the console back in this weekend. The broken bits I have had to glue held up well. The parts that were not broke are now broke. So I spent Sunday gluing those pieces. The front part connects to the cubby box so they will need to be glued together. I have noticed with my glue in place that they no longer fit well together. I will have to chop part of the rear portion of the gear selector section back. I also glued a new piece to attach the window switch panel to. The previous holes were destroyed and the panel with the switches mostly danced around there. I will be able to secure it now.
The switch relay that powers the rear windows that don't normally operate correctly still needs to be replace. I have fitted it in the Rover anyway and will inquire with Rover Cannibal about getting another to see if it fixes the problem.
Tossed, and I mean literally tossed, a ladder up on the top to haul down to the new house in order to run cable for the computers. Just as I released it I realized I have a sun roof. I thought for sure I had just broke it out. But I hadn't. That was a close call. Just another reason I need a roof rack. Maybe Santa will bring me one? Who am I kidding? Santa is going to have to buy window treatments for the new house. I'll be lucky if I get a lump of coal in my stocking.
I fired off an email to Ozzie at Ozzie's Offroad asking for his pics of the bracket to move the ECU up to the dash. I told him I've been jonesing for something new to read about Rovers. Seems this lack of getting out and my lack of being able to work on the Big White Bus has got me down in the dumps.
The water in the floor boards has to be from a leaking wind screen (wind shield).
I will have to find a good shop to pull that and reseal it. Any suggestions you might
have just send me an email.
September 21st, 2004
Update on the Tech Tips
I need to fix the rear window rolling down problem. I have futzed with it a few ways and have determined I will replace the module and see if the problem goes away. I think that it will fix it. Anyway I hope it fixes it.
I need a new rubber seal for my back window. And as you have previously read, it is still rusted. Ozzie at Ozziesoffroad.com is going to send some pics of his POR-15 project. If I understand it correctly, his email was a little fuzzy on this part but he dipped his entire Rover in POR-15, painted his fingernails with it and sacraficed a chicken, two Jeeps and Izuzu to the rust gods that inhabit the Florida wilds too. I don't really know if all that is true but he said he POR-15'd the entire truck. I can't wait to see the pics.
We are moving to a new house. And when I said new I meant new. I will get the
two car side of the garage for my shop. I failed to ask the builder to up the garage
door height so I will not be able to have a roof rack and lift on my truck AND
park it in the garage. But we will see. It will be nice to have the room to
tear down if I need too.
September 8th, 2004
Drying the carpet
I have found a couple of sites I want you to check out when you can. In addition to Chad's Website I want you to check out these...
The Land Rovers Only site just got up but there is always something to read there. The Land Rover Chronicle doesn't have very frequent updates but there is a bunch there to see. The Solihull Society is in Colorado. The site is very well done, very pretty, great graphics and they must all have second homes in Moab. They were very complimentary about OkieRover.com and that's always nice to hear some feedback.
Updated my wrench picture. I thought that one sucked.
I'm going to get some new tires this winter probably and have been looking around to compare. Some I'm kinda excited about right now are these...
My mother has been sick so I haven't had time to futz
with the center console. This weekend looks good but at this rate I'll won't know until it
gets here. My wife and I have been so busy with the kids and my mom. She jokingly said,
"I'll see you on Friday." Wish it was a fun kinda busy instead of a teadious grind kind of busy.
Happy Rovering, watch what you eat and get some exercise.
August 30th, 2004
Wet carpet, wet pad, and I didn't even get in the river
Carpet cleaning As I stated on the OkieRover home page I have pulled the carpet out of the front of the Rover. It required the complete removal of the console and was quite a mess. There are only 5 million wires, two air vents (for the back foot area), 4 relays and 18,000 connectors, and some petrified cheese from a taco or some other mexican fast food. The nickel and four pennies I found are offsetting the repair costs too! I also found an old note reminding me of some awfully important information. I couldn't decypher my codes on the paper, but I think it was a part number for something on the air conditioning. But who knows. I took some pics and will share in a tech tip on carpet cleaning which was the purpose for removing the carpet. I can tell you my good friends that I will not be putting it back in one piece. I will cut it in half and install it as two pieces. I don't think you should remove the center console to clean the carpet. That's just silly.
In my Rover the absence of a glove box and the center console box have caused me to use this space to store everything but gloves. In it you will find a dizzying collection of items including: a cup full of spare change, a calculator, several ink pens, a tape of my favorite Pow Wow music, a bottle of Visine, a US military issue pocket knife, an eyeglass repair kit, dental floss, finger nail clippers, and my window punch for blasting out the windows if I ever turn the Rover into a submarine and go submerged. So as you can see I use the box to it's utmost so shrinking the size of the box to mount the CB radio inside is mostly out of the question.
I could get a new CB radio. One with the spiffy controls on the mic. There are several
available. Cobra makes the
75 WX ST it has weather band too, but so does my stock Land Rover radio.
But I inherited this one from my departed father and if it still works it may have
a few more years left in it. And it was free. I got some cool power meters with it too.
So the radio location is still pending.
August 2nd, 2004
Rust the bain of all autos
Rust. Rust is popping up on the rear door. It seems to stay wet back there. I will probably look at replacing the rubber back there soon and to look at stripping the rust off and ending that problem for the time being. My buddy the Titanium Hitch has used some POR-15. He is in the process of using it on his old Ford pickup's roof to stop the rust which is all over it. He doesn't have anything to report yet. Ozzie at Ozzie's Offroad has recently used some POR-15 also. He promises some pictures and that always means some writing too. Anyway the rear lid needs some work and I will take the opportunity to fix the lock back there too. I don't think it works like it's supposed to. I'll do a write up on it as I start on it look for it in the Tech Tips section. The rain has stopped for a while so it would be a good time to start on it.
I'm gonna pull up the carpet in the front and try to clean it as I did in the back. This will also give me an opportunity to check out the rust I fear is under my feet as I motor about.
I'm gonna add an avatar for any medical things that happen to me when I work on the truck.
Maybe I'll add pictures of the injuries too! The last one was the wrench slipping out of my
hand and hitting me in the nose. Right on the bridge and now I have a lovely popping sound
when I fiddle with my nose. On the CV joint repair I described the ginsu bracket and the
new scar I got from that. So look for the red cross somewhere on the new articles.
July 15th, 2004
Shocks On, Radiator Woes, Work and Weather
As I had just finished the last shock, I was collecting tools and getting everything gathered up and noticed a puddle under the front left side. Antifreeze was dripping out. What? I didn't even touch the radiator. I wasn't even up there for anything. Being as it was a million degrees outside I took the Rover down to Sooner Radiator on Porter Street in Norman. Sports and Classics uses them a lot and I have had them work on the Rover before. This was July 5th and I was hoping they were open considering the government holiday. They got it done and told me it was a bad tube and the tank had started leaking too. Both due to pressure most likely. Pressure, as we all know is coming from the head gasket most likely. $100(US) later I'm back on the road. So I take my wife to the Target store and when I come out there is a huge puddle of antifreeze under the truck. I was none to happy about it I can assure you. I got under bonnet and sure enough a hose clamp not properly secured. It dawned on me that they did that last time I had it in there too. No big loss but you would expect that if I had been out on a trip and I lost that much coolant I would have been in trouble.
I've been really busy with work lately and have not been working on the site or the Rover. It is now summer here and you can't really comfortably work on anything without suffering.
I've got a great idea for a camper but I'm not ready to tell you about it. But I think it
would be a one of a kind and be a lot of fun to make.
June 26th, 2004
New Site, New Shocks
I was finally able to get some money together to replace the shocks. The control of the
dead shocks is starting to scare me on bumps. It's adventure to go from I-235 on to I-40 west
bound. That's what I call "real driving". Anyway...I bought Old Man Emu shocks from Ryan
at Rover Cannibal. They should be in any day now. Hopefully I can put them on this
long weekend. I'll post the models and maybe some links when they arrive.
June 6th, 2004
The cats are back to rattling but I am mostly ignoring them.
The Big White Bus has not been idling as of late and a fellow at the Pirate 4x4 board reminded me about the idler control valve, which gets sooty after awhile and must be cleaned. I had forgotten about that. As I posted, this happens every year and I seem to forget, every year, how I fixed it the last time I had the problem.
How about them gas prices? Wow who would've figured that kind of price hike. Funny when things happen in other states to production facilities our prices go up. It's strange because our gas plants here were not affected. You can go down and look at where your gas is made in Wynnewood Oklahoma. Very strange indeed. The only good news in all of this is tax revenues are up. I wonder what they'll blow it on this year?
It is a time of mourning in our nation as The Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan has passed away.
Prayers go out to the family for their comfort. Thank you sir for giving us back the pride we
have as Americans.
May 17th, 2004
A Big Pause
I did start on the trailer lights and had to stop. I wanted to disassemble the deck lid and get the rust stopped. I quit on this too. If a day or two come up in June I'll get back on it hopefully.
Good News. The catalytic converters on the Big White Bus are no longer rattling. I guess all the driving has ground them down and they haven't rattled in month. I wish all my issues fixed themselves like this.
Funny story. My friend recently got a Jaguar XJ6. Nice car, very pretty. She was getting a message from the car that her "boot" was open. She had no idea what that meant. She drove around for a few days and it quit. During recent dinner at her house and JagGuy gave her a lesson on British car terminology just in case she had any more error messages she didn't understand.
I have started working on graphics for a web page featuring my truck. I need a new name for the
Big White Bus. Many people name their trucks but I have yet to find one I really, really liked. If you
have a suggestion, email me at rover dot eric at cox dot net. Thanks.
March 26th, 2004
Cats are rattlin'
March 22nd, 2004
Lots of little things
Rearview Mirror Goodness
I had an OEM auto dimming with map lights. So if you look at the list there is no such thing available. I ordered the one with the map lights. This was my favorite feature of the mirror and I cannot do without them. So that is what I got and installed (finally) this weekend. I have driven about 2.5 months without a rearview mirror and I only miss it when the police are tailing me whilest I am attempting to recall my driver training and all the pertinent traffic laws of our state. Otherwise I've learned I don't care what's behind me.
I installed the mirror per the directions. This is an easy procedure. On the Difficulty Scale it's a 1. I made it a 1.5 with a couple of changes. The instructions call for you to run the wiring harness under the headliner and down the driver's side front post to the wheel well. Hook on to a wire with the provided vampire connector and hook up ground. The harness has a 1 amp fuse built in. I made it more difficult by keeping the original harness by tucking it up under the headliner and saving the unnessary mirror hardware. You never know when you might aquire another OEM mirror. I used a Dremel with cutting wheel (always wear protective goggles) to cut the existing OEM wiring harness out of the plastic channel. Worked great, although it was more like melting the harness than cutting it.
I have only the lights to worry with and I wanted them to work when the engine was off. If you have the auto-dimming feature you do not want this "hot" when the engine is off. As the instructions say it will run your battery down. So I used my trusty volt-ohm meter to find a wire from the existing harness that had 12 volts while the key was turned off. This was easily done. You just put the black lead on the screw that holds the door open switch on to the frame, unplug a harness and start Easter egging for 12 volts. I found it on the first pin I looked at. So I applied the vampire connector and bolted the ground on to a ground post that was somewhat difficult to get to but otherwise a perfect ground. Viola, map lights. The instructions might be intimidating to someone not accustom to such technical details but don't fret it.
This carpet was easy to remove and soon I had the two on the way to the car wash. I put them up on the provided clamps and proceeded to hose them off. Worked great. The dirtiness of the rear seat carpet was disgusting. I believe at least twenty cans of coke had been spilled on it by the previous owner. RovErica was extremely grossed out. Here's the short and long of it. The carpet is designed to get wet. I believe it is designed to be hosed off too. For the backing on the rear seat carpet was a hardened material and took to being pressure wash quite nicely.
It was an easy job and I would recommend it for very dirty carpet. I am sufficiently happy with the results that I will not be replacing my carpet any time soon, except maybe for some three inch orange shag carpet if it comes back in style. The only warning would be to keep the pressure wand away from the carpet. I will cut it and even cause a hole if used too closely to the carpet. Work in strokes and rinse the soap out after you have decided it is clean enough.
I am purchasing one more set of dome lights for my Rover. This will make the 12th set of lamps I have bought. I am contemplating an LED solution that would not burn out, ever. As the project comes along I'll post more.
February 18th, 2004
Tie Rod Ends Replaced
I still have the power steering leak to find, the new rear view mirror to install, and the door locks bouncing is due to a problem with the driver's side actuator. These are not critical repairs as so far as I can continue to add steering fluid and the others I have learned to work around for now.
I did learn that Hibdon's Tire Plus will not align my Rover. At least the one in Norman, anyway. I had to employ the knowledgebase of JagGuy to find a shop that would so as to avoid the local dealer at all costs. Kennedy Tire and Auto Repair took care of the alignment. They were nice to deal with and everyone was very friendly.
You can read about the Tie Rod adventure in my latest installment "The one where I fix the Tie Rod Ends".
Now maybe I can get back on the Cup Holder project this Spring.
February 10th, 2004
CV Joint repaired
The tie rod ends as you will see if you read the latest article are in really bad shape. I should not have waited this long to fix them. I am really lucky they have not broken. Knock on wood, I will make it until Saturday when I will fix them. I attempted to fix them in the process but was not strong enough to do the work while they were still under the truck.
Mirror update. I have my "replacement" mirror. The replacement for my mirror did not include the very handy map lights under the mirror. This is one of my most beloved features. So I sent it back for a prismatic style that has the map lights and does not auto-darken. Since I have never had an auto-darkening mirror I don't feel I am missing anything. I would have liked to have the compass, temperature, map light model but felt it dishonest to get those upgrades when I didn't have them before.
The door lock issue is completely annoying now. I have it on good authority that my driver's side door actuator is either failed or gummed up or rusted. Brett of Brett's Import told me that was common. So I need to take the panels off and see what I can do with it. Saturday is going to be real busy at this point with so much to fix.
January 20th, 2004
CV Joint Again!
I ordered a repair manual from an Ebay seller last night. It's on CD. I worry about the legality of it, but in the end it's cheaper than the printed version at about $100(US) less. I also bought a new Bayco Work light from O'Reilly's so I should be able to see in my dark garage. Price was $20 plus tax. My good old fashioned "trouble light" as my dad used to call it, eats light bulbs, especially when it is cold outside. It is more "trouble" than "light" most of the time. JagGuy has one and I liked it when I used it at his shop last month.
The CV Joint will arrive Friday and I guess I'll tear it down Friday night in the garage. I ordered it from Motorcars, LTD. Ken was very pleasant to deal with. I believe the price at $189(US) was the best I could find on the internet. There was one place cheaper but they only sold wholesale to "Actual Repair Shops". I didn't feel like faking my way through that for thirty dollars, it just wasn't worth the time. Thank you Motorcars for your support of our club and the great prices.
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