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It had to be done. I wanted to get a video of it changing over but as I was approaching a roundabout at the time, missed it.

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congrats. i've got about 250k to go

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Brilliant. Congratulations Richard. An epic journey indeed.

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What ??? Amazing ! Send the pic. tho JLR and ask if is a record ?

Maybe you will get a better chance to video it again at 500K....

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Fantastic Richard!

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Nice one. How much is still original?

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How much is original? Most of the engine even though it went to V8 Dev to be rebuilt at 287,000, but the block, crank, rods, pistons and most other internal bits, although it got top hat liners, rings (4.0 litre pistons are about 4 times the price of 4.6 litre ones so the top hats were bored to standard and the original pistons just fitted with new rings) big ends and mains (although the crank didn't need grinding even at that mileage) and cam and followers. Gearbox and transfer case is original, as are 3 of the wheel bearings, the rear propshaft (but with new UJs), the front axle and diff while the rear has had a new diff. Obviously, things like brake discs, track rods.etc have been replaced, although the original steering box and drag link were only replaced a couple of weeks ago. Alternator died at about 260,000 and the starter not much longer afterwards. Airsprings were replaced when I first got it so have now done almost 200,000 in 10 years, both rear height sensors have been changed (but the fronts are original), the compressor has been rebuilt as has the valve block. Heater core O rings and 1 blend motor (the other two have been pulled apart, cleaned and greased), underbonnet fusebox and drivers door latch, while the sole keyfob is original except it's gone through about 3 sets of batteries. The drivers window regulator has been replaced but the others are all original too.

Most importantly, everything works and I do mean everything.

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davew wrote:

Maybe you will get a better chance to video it again at 500K....

If I carry on at the same rate as I have for the last 10 years, that should be in about 5 years time.

Although it's got over 6,000 miles to do in September alone. Trip to Latvia at the beginning of the month (1520 miles each way with a bit of running around while I'm there so that should be 4,000 or so) followed by a trip to France and back via Yorkshire so should be close on another 2,000 miles.

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Well done, and here's to the next 400k.

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Hat off to you, that is an impressive mileage! Bravo!

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Wow. Both of mine are barely run in at 116k!

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Yeah, but mine is 4 years older, you've still got time to catch up.......

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Mine did 700 miles in the last 12 months... can’t see that happening any time soon!

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Blimey, I've done more than that in the last week and got another 6,000 or so to do in the next month. Although I did have a head start as mine had 205,000 on it when I got it 10 years ago.

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I did 50% of it’s last annual mileage going to Newcastle and back with the trailer on Saturday. It does get used when I need it.

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Epic! Congratulations! Is that the white P38?

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Yes, the white ex-plod. Others have come and gone but my daughter reckons they're probably going to bury me in it, I'm never getting rid of that one.

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Next episode, set off from home about 16:30 yesterday, down to Dover, topped up the LPG tank so that was full as well as about 60 litres of Tesco best unleaded and got on the ferry. 1082 miles later, arrived in Warsaw about 2 hours ago. Cruised at 75-80 all the way and only one tiny problem. Looked at the HEVAC to see what the outside temperature was and had a blank screen looking at me. Figured the bulb behind the display had blown so ignored it but then, in a moment of optimism, tapped it and it came back. Not a blown bulb, just the bulb holder needs cleaning.

As France, Belgium and Holland are not on the Covid safe list, if I stopped in any of them, got out of the car and mixed with other people, then I would have to quarantine for 14 days when I get back. If I didn't stop at all, I wouldn't need to so figured not stopping was the best plan. Google maps told me it was 214 miles from the Calais ferry terminal to the first LPG station in Germany but Google maps tells fibs, it was actually 228 and I only managed 227 miles on my full LPG tank so had to run on petrol for that last mile. Maybe if I'd driven slightly slower I would have made it (but if I'd driven slightly slower I doubt my bladder would have done, I was busting by the time I got to that filling station).

Got another 480 miles to do tomorrow before I reach my destination followed a 300 mile round trip on Saturday......

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Travel safely!

So question, you arrive back in Dover and the border guys know you have been to France, but you say, yes but I didn't stop or get out of my car ..... do they just believe you???? I bet everyone will be using that line.

Do you have to provide proof of accommodation, fuel receipts etc. etc.?

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Yeah, I would be curious about that one as well ... here in the southern latitudes the tendency is to quarantine you regardless, unfortunately.