Can you guess where we are?
A few days of maintenance on the car but some problems along the way. New stem seals to sort the blue smoke in the morning and then swivel ball adjustment that turned in to a full hub rebuild. The top swivel pin came apart on the second shim removal. Why are the top pins so tight? Even the new on I had on the roof is super tight. On the bottom pin there's a nice flat inside the swivel ball so the bearing pulls off square. On the top pin there is no flat so when you pull the pin the bearing comes off cocked....or at least it tries to and because its so tight the bearing get jammed and then the bearing cage falls to pieces. So my 1 hour job became all day !
So we now have new bearings in the swivel and a new swivel seal and new one shot grease in there. The hubs been greased and it should be good for another adventure. The brake caliper pistons have been cleaned and although the pads are low I've not changed them as there is still 4mm left. Trouble is this is one side. I still need to do the other !
The stem seal change although difficult was trouble free and I got quicker with each one. Still took a long time to do. I've had too full days in the workshop thanks to Brian at Defenders NorthWest and I shattered.
We went out for some Mexican food with Brian and some friends and I don't think I talked too much,,,,,maybe I did ?
Checked Brake pads, Check Clutch Fluid, Check Steering Fluid, Change Engine Oil, Check Wheel Bearings, Grease Props, Grease A Frame Ball, Grease Steering Arms, Check Swivel Pre Loads, Check Timing Belt, Check Timing, Replace Stem Seals, Check Tappet Clearances, Clean Cyclone Breather, Clean Intercooler, Clean Turbo Pipes, Check Turbo Impeller for Play and checked the glow plug relay. All the glow plugs are faulty.
Still need to do other side for swivel pre load and replace gearbox and transfer box oils and then fit the new glow plugs....We're then ready for Canada....and the next 6000 miles. We managed to get some MTF94 for the gearbox so I'm really happy about that. Its the fist time we've got it since Namibia. Having trouble finding plain old EP80/90 with no fancy limited slip additives so we might have to settle for some limited slip oils and I'm not happy. The manufacturer says its OK but its just not the correct stuff. Why add it to ALL EP80/90 in the USA ??? WHY !!!!!????
Its amazing how much maintenance we do on a car with no faults.....some niggles but nothing broken, nothing worn out. I hope i'm not speaking too soon. That might be why shes in good order.
Another twist in the UPS saga. Hardly a saga but there you go. The package delivered on Wednesday as it should be. So my mind is confused. which is easily done. Not sure how their system works but it truly reflects the path of the parcel after its happened and their estimates of deliver are just inaccurate or maybe put there to make you annoyed so you are happy when it comes early. Anyhow, its here and we can got to the Land Rover place today to get some work done.
Thanks to Brian we have the use of a workshop.
Let you know how it all goes in a few days maybe. If they have Wi-Fi we will let you know tonight with some pictures.
It looks like the UPS guy, like they do, didn't unload the van on Monday so they didn't receive the package till Tuesday ! So my two day delivery should be here Wednesday....but wait its still been quoted as Friday. Hows that work? Can someone explain how couriers work out their delivery. A two day delivery means a package accepted on Tuesday should be here Wednesday or Thursday. Not Friday!
The other package should be sent today Wednesday and again should be here Friday if its on a Two day.....I doubt it.
So UPS, you're a bunch of you know what....
Dash has a new bird.... She's a real cutie....So she's called Dash's bird until she gets a proper name. Maybe that is the proper name. Would you believe she was born in Bolton and then migrated to the USA. I doubt she was delivered in the local NHS hospital and no idea how long she's live here.
The parts place have let me down. First delivery was delayed one day before shipping and the second hasn't even left the UK yet.....NOT happy !!!!
Every day sat around cost us £55ukp.....and we don't have the money to sit around ! Really NOT happy !!!!!
On a lighter note we have no idea why Pete had a piss in the field.....I used the toilets. It was $5 camping and really just parking in the car park so we broke our own rule. However they did have hook-ups if we wanted to use them (for more money) and a shower so the "camping in a car park for money" rule was only 50% broken. We do not pay to park and sleep unless its a campsite and this is almost a campsite so acceptable. The showers were OK but a bit grotty.
Managed to find a free camp in Oregon on the side of the columbia river. A nice free camp with OK toilets with hot water. We arrived a bit late and we'd already eaten at Denny's due to the McDonalds bank crisis. One thing missing was a shower but what do you expect for a car park. All the campsites are still closed for the season but the weather is good and the snow is gone here. I've no idea whos logic it is to close the campsites for most of the year. When they are open they are full all the time, every day all "season". If they were open now there would still be people camping. We tried quite a few and I was loosing my temper at driving to one for it to be shut. (we tried quite a few)...one was open but the toilets and showers were closed until April 15th but it was still $15 to camp!!! We eventually found one that opened last week and it was fully open and I think 30% full already. The showers were cold but the water was hot ! We got our first shower for a week and we needed it. After 5 or 6 days I start to get quick tempered and its due to not having had a wash. We cooked outside and made Spagetti and drank wine. It was cool but this is what a evening should be like. We shouldn't have to search for somewhere to camp properly. Walmart is OK but you can't exactly start cooking in the car park.....but the RV's do which is why they get banned and then they ruin it for us all.
Ordered some parts for the car. Again its all maintenance stuff as we don't have a real problem it just something that need replaceing due to age. In fact i should have replaced it before we left the UK so thats how minor it is ! I think going into Alaska and some of the remote places up there the cold might cause them to fail so I will replace them. According to the web it will take three hours to do. So with me, five hours. I've also ordered some new glow plugs as one is not working and i'm not sure about the other three so I'll replace the lot. She still starts without them but at -20c its a bit difficult. 10 seconds is too long. LMAO...I want an Audi level of quick starting at those temps. Land Rover say a 300Tdi will start almost first time at down to -30c and they are right. She starts no problem and with no glow plug in at least one cylinder. I'd suggest they are all dead so she starts with none.
What is it about McDonalds that keeps me annoyed?
They have a Dollar Menu and most items on it are not a Dollar. In some states there is a wide selection of items for a Dollar and in some there are none. Today at breakfast we went in to get a decaf coffee. Normally a dollar each for any size. I say normally but this is also random. In this McD the two MEDIUM coffees were $3.74 (including tax) when normally our two LARGE ones are $2.10 (including tax). The breakfast muffin which are usually $1 each were,,,,,,wait for it,,,,$2.39 each!!!! (plus tax)
So lets do the maths....normally two drinks and two McMuffins is $4.20 but in Washington its $8.94....(both including tax) In Washington the tax is 8.7% and in most states its 5% but that's not the real problem. I think the real problem is the owner.
So McDonalds, how can you have a dollar menu when no singe item on it is a dollar ? Answer me that......(they have a get out its technically called "dollar menu and more" with the operative on the word MORE!)
No breakfast Wi-Fi for us then. We go to Denny's later and eat properly.
Actually its four black shoes. Purchased from Costco without a membership. We begged for forgiveness as my (Griffins) membership has run out and I cannot renew it here. I cannot buy a USA membership as i'm not a "citizen". So Matilda has 4 new tyres. It was a bit of a monumental task as when fitted we had death wobble so off we went back to them. They tried to balance them again and it turns out its not my wheel rims/hubs it was the tyre. One of them was not round. I suggest this was the same in South Africa with the last set also but not to this extent. The wobble is gone. I'm still needing to re-set the preloads on the swivels though as this is way to light. Once thats done in Seattle we will be rocking and rolling as they say....without the rocking though. Julies has snatched the laptop so no photos until i get it back.....
Is that what we look like watching a Movie in the car.....
A trip to the centre of the USA....not so sure. It did have a proper USGS marker.
Julie could not resist the pull of Devils Tower. She was even drawing it as per the movie. Not so sure if she's still under Alien influence as she does act strange now and again.
The Prairie Dogs were cute and made some amazing squeaks....they also see to dance a bit but this is probably a warning to the other that a Land Rover is coming.
McDonalds has not power sockets so this is a short blog......
Didn't pay the $11usd for parking. The attraction is free. The parking is not. Its a category one rip off. The car park is out of place and could have been done much better and no doubt it built by a private company rather like Arlington Cemetery. Another tick in the box for seeing it. Yellowstone is closed until Mid April, we are really pissed off. We can't get to see Old Faithful.
Today.....later on....Close Encounters of the Third Kind...bet you can guess what we are going to see !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah !
Lovely weather in Rapid City so we stayed an extra day. What to do....???
I know I'll start on something that I've been meaning to do for a while. This is one of the long list of jobs that I need to do. You'd think overlanding (and not working) would be easy....not so.
I noticed the other day that there was "thin" oil below the intercooler. It was dripping on the steering damper. So I have a hole in my intercooler. Could this be the reason my fuel consumption is up? Maybe? Anyhow a hour to get it out and then clean off all the oil I noticed a very small crack in the side. Luckily its in the side...I mean if it was in the middle it would be a PITA to fix. (Google PITA please Mum, Dad etc. It will tell you what it means). So I cleaned it up and used JB Weld to cover the hole. We'll see in a few days if its fixed. I'm not to sure that such a small hole would cause the fuel consumption. Maybe its the new gearbox or maybe its something else. Hope not. I tried to solder it first but that didn't work. I would have needed to use the full size blow torch and I was scared to start that on the intercooler as I could have ruined it. The gas soldering iron wasn't man enough. Hopefully JB Weld will work. 3 hours to get it all fixed....Washing up liquid used to find the hole.
Did I mention that Walmart had a clearance of coats. Its warming up here and I was missing a nice little Jacket. They had a down jacket for £5.74. Now that's got to be nearly as good as the FREE RAB jackets. So very sorry to RAB but my BIG coat is too big for the warm weather so I've now got this. It will be cold enough for the big one soon enough....to be honest for the price ($9usd) its excellent. It was reduced from nearly $50usd.
Talking of oil leaks. What is it about the cars in the USA. I'm going to take some pictures of the oil slicks that leak from the cars here. You think Land Rovers are bad but the are poor comparisons to the cars here. Watch this space for pictures (and my parking place fro no oil leaks !).
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