December 27th, 2006
My first grand-baby is coming tomorrow. I am totally excited about it too. Cadence Marie. I will update later with the details.
Restoring the Rangie. Got a butt-load of parts in yesterday. Gotta sort through and see what all I have and order the brake caliper refurbish kits. And get started on that as soon as I can. Then it will probably be paint and rust removal time.
Disco Headlamps Replaced the head lamps in the Discovery last night. I'd blown one last week. And I was wondering if I needed to have my eyes checked as it was getting darker at night when I drove. My wife told me I had a headlight out so that was a relief on the eyesight bit. Changing the headlamp was dreadfully simple. You have to remove the grill to get to some of the access screws. But it was very easy. Instructions were in the on-board manual. And after glancing at them it was evident that this was child's play.
I can't remember the last time I replaced a headlight on one of my cars. It's been a really long time. I replaced the lamps with Sylvania H7 lamps from Atlantic British. I intended to buy the IPF bulbs but Atlantic British had discontinued them. I was placing a large order and didn't want to research where to buy them so I just switched to the Sylvanias. I drove a bit last night with them and they look good. The real test is how they look when it's raining.
Been interested in a thread on the DiscoWeb forum. Camp Kitchens I've been thinking about a trailer for the camping and this has lots of ideas in it. I also read on a forum about getting a military trailer instead of making one from scratch. Also lots to consider there. For now I think I'm going to consider the military trailer first. There are a few on eBay every week. Affordable considering the time involved setting up to build a trailer. With a restore project in the garage it is not really feasible to build a trailer.
Driveway replaced. The builder finally came by last week and replaced the concrete on the driveway. It was poured with too much water and crumbled under the ice and snow. I am very happy about this now as I can get on the driveway and look under the Rovers without digging concrete out of my back afterwards.
December 6th, 2006
I had no idea how many pages I would need after I got this redesign started. There are several pages waiting for me to start and I will get to them in good time. I need to figure out the button graphics. I wish I had a couple ounces of graphics talent. I may sick RovErica on the task. She is very artistically inclined.
Restoring the Rangie. I will start ordering parts as soon as Christmas is done. I'm going to start with the brakes so I can get her back on the road. The painting will need to be done in North Oklahoma City at my buddy's paint booth. I've noticed a nasty contrast between the front doors and the back half. The front is shiney and the back is badly oxidized. I'm not sure if I'll paint the whole truck at this point or just the rusty bits.
I'm trying to decide which Rover to at the modifications to. The 93 Rangie is the obvious choice. But as it will be RovErica's daily driver I can't very well take it for the weekend. But as the Disco is MY daily driver I don't want to add too many heavy mods. I need to build a bumper for the Disco after the wreck. But I'm sure with a little creativity I could do that in the shop. I saw how Disco Mike set his up. He was kind enough to forward me some pics of his bumper build. Layed out like he did it I think I could do that for sure. I'll just need to wander down to the steel yard and pick up some metal.
I "pimped" the my MySpace page this week. I find the hidden tricks difficult to understand. But copying off some of the other pages I'm able to find stuff I like. And using the copy and paste feature I can customize it to fit my needs. Check it out at http://www.myspace.com/okierover I think it looks good. I wonder how much longer this MySpace craze will last?
November 24, 2006
I'm working on the new webpage design again today. I will be copying the updated pages to the site later this week. Bare with me if you see something missing or a bad link. Or worse....a link to a page I haven't converted. I think it looks pretty good. Your comments are appreciated.
October 11th, 2006
I'm working on the new webpage design. I hope to start converting the other pages to the new format in the next few weeks.
Changed the oil in the Discovery II for the first time. Went with Castrol 10w40 and a Wix Gold filter. It's the brand I use on the Rangie and gonna stick with it. When I got under the front end and noticed the placement I was disappointed. There is a plastic shield under there. Most likely a cooling thing but it might be a stone shield. I've got some feelers out on that. But there is a little access panel to get to the filter. And I can't see how you get the oil and filter out without getting oil on the shield. When I went to take the filter off it is not on hand tight like on the Rangie. It required an oil filter wrench and some serious turning.
I got it off and oil all over the bits under there. Again disappointing. I decided that I was going to put that filter on hand tight and make it easier to remove later.
I got all the oil in and when I was ready to drive I heard the access panel slide under the Disco and I immediately remembered that I had forgotten to secure it. Good thing too. Oil was coming out from around the filter like mad. Seems it needed the wrench tightening I was unwilling to give.
So changing the oil on the Disco is not going to be as easy as on the Rangie.
Time to start on the Rangie
I need to start working on the Rangie. As you have no doubt read below there is a huge list of projects to get her ready for RovErica to drive. She started Driver's Education this past week. I'll get some parts heading this way soon.
August 13th, 2006
Well that sucked. Lost a big bunch of updates to the Rover Log. I had some stuff about the Classic and what needs to be repaired. Let me see if I can list some of them.
There was some other things but I can't remember them.
We went on a trip to Denver in the Discovery. It rode well and I was a little disappointed with the gas mileage. We averaged a little under 15mpg the whole way. We didn't have time for any Rover stuff due to my wife having a problem with some anxiety attacks. Kinda weird and were not sure about where they are coming from. We are working on it.
We planned to visit the local area Rover shops and such but we had to come home early. The drive home was fun and we visited the Monument Rocks in Southwest Kansas. You can read about them on my new Adventure pages. Monument Rocks.
Added some advertising but I got booted for looking at my own site?? I guess I shoulda read the fine, fine print again. I'll probably try it again if I do anything more commercial.