Sorry about doing this but got tyres to shift. I have 4 slightly used and 2 new BFG KM2 for sale in 235/85/r16. Hardly used in fact. Tell you mates as you never know whos looking.
£250 for 4 used
£250 for 2 new
A trip today to the National Michelin Training and Information Centre in Stoke to pick up something a little special. Thanks to Michellin and BFGoodrich I now have some lovely black shoes. No not the safety footwear i had to replace my trusty Crocs with but the BFGoodrich KM3 tyres that replaced my barely used KM2. First impressions are great. I will do a bit of a review later on but already noticed is the fact they are more like ATs in the handling stakes. Certainly less "jelly" in them than the KM2. Thats not the say the KM2 are bad its just if you go from AT to Muds that you notice it a bit (bouncy wobbly flexi things) and this is a step back in the ATs direction for sure. Is that as clear, as well, Mud? I've got to say thanks to the team there and Brian and Francis who looked after me and Henrietta all day. I learnt so much you cannot imagine.
Needless to say i had may own stickers made. Why wouldn't I....
Finally fitted the hoses complete with new Radiator and new Inter-cooler. Good quality stuff. Few niggles on the angles and stuff but a little trim here and there and they are spot on. The main trim was the top Rad to Engine Block pipe in the foreground. Trimmed the end next to the thermostat housing and then perfect. Better too long than too short !
#stoneyracing #overlandbirds #bfgoodrich #goodproject #driverenough
Look what turned up from Stoney Racing, a full set of Silicon Hoses and i mean a FULL set. Wow! They are even Green to match Henrietta's magnificence. Thanks to them for sending me them. They look like really good quality all i need to do now is fit them. #stoneyracing #overlandbirds #bfgoodrich #goodproject #driverenough
On the way back from Adventure Overland in Stratford this weekend we did something we don't do very often.
We broke down !
To be accurate we ran out of diesel so it turns out my fuel gauge is wrong and has become progressively more inaccurate since Morocco. It was just above the Orange area and we ran out. Now initially I panicked a bit as we were on a main 60MPH single road but only 3 miles from home. Cars were whizzing by us and I was flapping a bit. I took a breath and thought what stops a 300Tdi and applied rule #1 of you've broken down in a 300Tdi....its got to be fuel. I mean what stops a 300Tdi other than no fuel getting to the engine. The cause could be a few things but I switched over to the new reserve tank and after 3 mins she started with a cough and splutter. For those that don't know. Fuel Pump, Stop Solenoid, Timing Belt are common and all do the same. No Fuel.
The main tank is out and the wiring checked. I did spill enough diesel on the drive to enable drilling to start in a few years and I drained out 45 litres and that's the entire reserve tank give or take. The fuel sender is 206 Ohms and should be 270 Ohms on empty or thereabouts. So its a faulty sender. The gauge is good. It also turns out my tank is bashed to hell under the guard so i'm changing the lot. Its well dented. Presumably by squaddies.
So here I am fitting a Tank only a few weeks after the reserve went in.
Approximately for a Land Rover Fuel Sender the Resistance is as follows.
Full ~ 19 OHMS
3/4 ~ 38 OHMS
1/2 ~ 67 OHMS
1/4 ~ 116 OHMS
Empty ~ 270 OHMS
It just had to be done. Question is, have i done it correctly? My welding isn't up to much and hand tools are not really my thing. I can operate machine tools and make stuff but using a welder, mitre saw, hand drill and an angle grinder i made something made from pigeon poop (as welders call it). I'm probably going to add another bolt. Its removable so my Landy will pass its vehicle test (MOT) as it obscures the number plate.
Henrietta has an auxiliary tank. Custom made and exact fit in the space we had. Took a lot of measuring and even a cardboard mockup to make sure it fitted. The professional that made it added a single (unwanted) item which meant it didn't fit so that was quickly rectified in his workshop and the offending drain welded over. It would have been nice to have a drain from the splash bowl but i didn't specify one. Its a proper job and at £200 was a good price. Double baffled even.
You may be wondering how it's plumbed in....maybe not. It's a gravity feed into the main tank breather. The drain is T'd into the breather as close to the main tank as possible and the auxiliary tanks breather is connected to the main tank breather a bit higher up. Gravity and levels does the rest. The flow rate from this tank to the main isn't super fast but in 10 or so minutes the ~45 litres is down across into the main tank. We think it will hold nearer 49 litres with extremely careful filling.
New range is now 670 Miles or 1080 Km @ our shakedown average of 25.5 MPG (UK Gallons). We will also carry 40 litres of backup in 2 standard underslung Jerry Cans.
Just discovered this new overlanding site filled with reviews and stuff we all dream of getting for Xmas. I mean there's even an article on tent heaters. I didn't know they even did things like that ! I've got a heater in Henrietta but she's a BIG truck. Tent Heaters,,,what will they think of next.
So check out overlandsite.com and take a nosey as some of the stuff. A note to my relatives.....if you buy me anything based on the reviews please make sure its not meant for a tent....we sleep in a car !
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