For the Duchess? :)
Seized VCU which means the front half of the drivetrain is under a lot of stress. I don't know how long it has been knackered but the front diff popped a couple of years ago and maybe the VCU was seized then. The current front diff is whining despite being only about 12k old.
Anyway, the VC needs to be changed before it undoes all the good work from this weekend. We replaced the UJs in the front prop-shaft, Marty donated the rear flange from a spare prop which meant she was up and running again. Then we changed the front radius arm bushes which went incredibly smoothly. That was all done by 1730 so we had dinner at the hotel :)
This morning Marty was going to replace my door latch but it quickly became obvious that the drivers door latch was actually fine, it was the Door Ajar wire that had corroded through and snapped. Marty did a repair there and then discovered a similar wiring/connector issue at the door outstation end of the loom which he fixed as well.
The door now works properly too!
Then we spent some time swapping Marty's brakes over for new calipers all round and I had a leg workout during the bleed procedure. After looking through Marty's impressive pile of transfer cases it became obvious that all the VCs were toast so his generous offer of a good second hand unit didn't work out.
I was back home by 1930 :)
So, I need to replace the Viscous asap but Marty gave me one of his knackered ones so I can get a replacement from Ashcroft before taking The Duchess apart again which should make things easier. I'm not sure if I fancy doing that in the driveway so I might let the garage have a go at that one!
I'll have a close look at the rear prop and maybe swap those UJs too now that I know how to do it. They'll get greased at the very least! I'll also be greasing the UJs on my Jeep which uses UJs instead of CV joints at the front wheels as well as the UJs in the prop shaft.
Once again - HUGE THANKS to Marty for sharing his knowledge, workshop, tools and generally being a very generous chap. Without you, The Duchess would be a wreck by now and I'd be sad.