The only place for a coil spring is up Zebedee's arse
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I know, I know, there's bits all over the internet, but I want to do it 100% right and that's how you guys work!

I have cut nylon rod calibration blocks to the standard lengths, I have Nanocom, so what's next?

Do I start at Access and work up, or Extended and work down?

Do I jack up front and back, insert the blocks, drop it and say to Nano, "Fill yer boots," or is there another stage I need to go through?

I set it up a while ago using the tape measure method, but finding a flat piece of road isn't easy here and recently, as I have to drop to Access every time I put her in the garage, she's been playing silly buggers. Nothing I can't sort, but she shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

When I swapped her back to air, after buying on coils, bags (Dunlop) were three months old, compressor was new, valve block was rebuilt, so I see no reason, apart from properly calibrating, why it all shouldn't be happy.

As I say, a simple idiot's guide would be brilliant. 'cos I'm an idiot!

Thank you.


Time to replace the discs. Wouldn't be surprised if they are original at just over 100,000k.

Pads are fairly new (in mileage terms, about 4 years old) but not averse to doing all in one go.

So, what are the recommendations for good quality replacement discs and (maybe) pads? There just seem to be a large choice, so looking for experience here.

Everything else on the braking system has been done.

Thank you.

A while ago, I was bemoaning the gradual loss of screen function on my Nanocom Evo. It seemed to coincide with firmware updates, but that could be coincidental.

Anyway, after a nice little exchange of mails with the very helpful Blackbox girls, just over a week ago I parcelled it up and sent it on holiday to Cyprus courtesy of DHL.

Despite not having needed to use it for a while, I feel completely naked now it's not sitting in my centre console!

New cam in forum Oily bits

So, this morning, I got my new work schedule and as of next year, I'm demobilised for two months a year, starting February.

Step one is probably a holiday (not had for three years) but my mind also turns to the V8, as it would.

Mileage is fairly low, 115,000ms, if memory serves, but with no history to go at and given the state of the first couple of oil changes, I have no idea how long it had been running with basically black water in it.

Now, don't get me wrong, the engine runs beautifully, idles evenly, revs happily, so I think the fundamentals are okay. I just feel there's something a bit lacking and, given the above, maybe the cam is due replacement. I'll also have time on my hands to do it.

Sooo, What to do? Whilst I'm in there, it would be a shame to just replace stock for stock, without going wild. Seems to me there's the choice between Piper and Kent and several suppliers offer kits-ish.

However, the kits don't seem to offer pushrods or cam bearings. Why wouldn't I change them whilst stuff is in bits? How easy are cam bearings with the engine in situ?

Any recommendations on cam and any, "do's and don'ts", any cam specific tools I'll need?

This is, obviously in the future but, having to get everything together can take time, so I'd just like to be ready to roll.

Nope, we don't meet in the wilds of Swindon, just here in Manila...

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Where their Land Rovers are upside down.

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Or small.

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Eight, not bad for a first meet.

One of the guys was getting a set of carpet runners delivered, so I had to ask

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Next meet, delivered.

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And fitted, Colour isn't as far away as the photo shows.

Next meet included Land Rover Club Philippines. One hundred and many vehicles. Someone should have told the restaurant!

These aren't my pics...

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Ooh, those ZUs look good there!

Then there was one I couldn't make...

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But i like the photo.

Great fun and the banter is typical, revolving around key-fobs, pros and cons of EAS, whose broke this week, the usual.

A pal of mine here, who runs a Eurocar centric garage and owns a '38 says, quite rightly, "There are some people who really shouldn't own a Range Rover." All the guys I know definitely should! Except those still on coils. :-)

There's another coming up later this month, I'll be making that one.

Coolant temperature sensor - falling temperature fault

It's intermittent, well it would be wouldn't it! When I've got all the kit ready, it wont replicate.

Sensor replacement or anywhere else to look?

Had a little get together...

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Eight fully functional '38s in the Philippines! Never thought I'd see the day.

One has a Toyota diesel fitted. All gauges and functions working. Just a little box between the engine and BECM and everything talks.

Oh, and happy Christmas all. :-)

Up until yesterday, all was well in Range Rover land. Then the rev counter decided it was hooked up to a screaming multi - cylinder Japanese two stroke.

Not quite, but it overreads by almost 1000rpm. So on tickover it sits at 1750-1800. When driving, it pops up and down with the gearchanges but always +1000.

When I switch off, it drops to 1000, sits twitching for a few minutes, then drops to zero.

Left it overnight to see if it would just disappear, like you do, but no, same this morning.

Before I go wailing into things, any bright ideas, guys?

Okay, so way back when, I decided to replace the prop UJs as I was getting a bit of vibration on acceleration.

For some reason that escapes me now, I did 3 of the 4 before having to refit the shafts and use the vehicle. So the vibration, whilst better, was still there. This weekend, I dived underneath again to replace the last one, the back one on the rear prop.

It was pretty goosed, with plenty of slop, so in went the new one. Greased all the others and the prop slides whilst I was there. Job done.

Vibration still there. Damn!

It only happens under two circumstances, hard acceleration and on the overrun at anything above 80kph. It’ll run up steadily to speed without a murmur, it’s only when you boot it. The rest of the time, it’s a smooth as silk.

Any bright ideas?

The three UJs I replaced earlier will only have done a couple of thousand kms, if that and no, they aren’t Britpart!

Before you all rush out and update to the latest release, hang fire a moment.

I seem to remember writing on here that I'd found the touchscreen much more responsive after an earlier update, now I have the opposite problem.

Upgraded to release 1.34 (corrected from 1.35 - that's in the future!) and the bottom half of the screen was a pig to use, but the top was fine. The new update gives you the opportunity to rotate the screen 180 degrees, so the cables on the right side for LHD vehicles, I forgot to click this option initially.

Writing on the BB forum, I was advised to reload again, also clicking the kernal overwrite option, so I did that and the 180. I was also told that I'd need to input my activation codes again. It never asked for those afterwards.

Now only the bottom left of the screen accepts any inputs, which ain't a lot of use.

I'm guessing I'll be told it's a hardware fault, but it does seem coincidental...

But I'll wait for a response from BB and take it from there.

Hold off the upgrade until I get to the bottom of this.

Of course, the '38 has thrown an alarm fault that I now cannot clear!

Well, given that this won't polish out...

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And the back's been hit three times by sidecars, plus it's US$1,300 the pair for new, before shipping and duty, there's only one option. Make yer own!

Don't do fibreglass, so the plan is simple and can be read here...


Although I'll warn you there are 60-odd pages to plough, through and I can't really recommend it!

Edited version is buy some 2mm sheet steel, a welder, a grinder and get stuck in.

I want the result to look as close to existing (without the holes!) as possible, including using the spoiler and spots, and rear wing finishers.

Buying welder this week

Watch this space!

Okay, so having ordered, paid and never received a damn thing from the good Doctor, apart from a litany of useless excuses (of course, that could just be me, RRTH would probably say that his bestest mate pissing off with somebody's money is no harm), my interior still needs sorting out.

There's all sorts of bits I need, e.g., instrument binnacle, rear carpet finishers, transmission tunnel side trims, all sorts. More to the point, all sorts I simply cannot get here.

Anyone up for receiving a shopping list, sourcing and a courier? Ideally a job lot from a single breakers for ease.

Lots of places have got 'some' bits, but not all, so then it becomes an expensive mix 'n' match enterprise, shipping each part and, more to the point, paying whatever made up duty they feel like on each bit. A single ship would work out a lot cheaper. It's all plastic bits, no weight, just bulk.

Happy to pay all costs, plus a (good) few beers, by direct bank transfer before shipping.

Interior is G (Tan) as fitted to the early Epsom Green 4.6 HSE.

Ta ever, ever so.

Had a run up to Angeles last weekend.

Sunday morning, empty roads, windows down, sunroof open, V8 purring gently. Just pure pleasure.

Got 19 to the gallon as well, according to the computer. Happy with that, as it was her first long run in nearly two years.

Where to go tomorrow morning?

The '38 continues to happily undertake its daily school run duties and takes me for a morning blast most Sundays.

Now it looks like I'll have some financial stability again soon (not via book sales!), I'm making a to-do list, things that aren't urgent but need attention at some point:-

Bumpers. I’ve been hit so many times by sidecars, that front and back are both goosed. Brittle plastic and a halfwit rider isn’t a good mix. The plan is to make my own. I want to follow the existing lines as much as possible, cutting and refitting the front spoiler and spots. Nothing I’ve seen available does this (all roughy, toughy Defender types), so there's nothing that lights my candle, certainly not by the time you pay shipping and duty, so it’s time to buy the steel and a welder. But everything for them will be locally sourced. Quite looking forward to the challenge.

Suspension bushes. Nothing is really clapped out, and front Panhard along with ARB have already been done, but I'm assuming the rest are still the originals, so replacement won't go amiss. Means I’ll need to get a fitting tool, so I can take it down the local engineering shop to push new ones in. Either that, or go polybush, which I a bit loath to do.

Exhaust gaskets. I think there's a tiny blow on the driver’s side (LH) which only makes itself evident when you've been sitting in traffic for a while and it gets a tad warm under that there bonnet! May just do rocker gaskets as well

And the driver's window regulator has just decided to strip some teeth at the top of travel leaving a tiny gap at the top. Not a major problem as I have wind deflectors fitted so nothing is accessible and it doesn't let rain in. I'll either order another or, when I sort a welder out, build-up and file back the existing one.

Oh, and I really must get some o-rings for the new condenser and dryer I fitted (about two years ago!). That's all that's stopping a re-gas of the air-con. Another job to do whilst the bumper is off, I think.

So, as I say, nowt pressing, just bits and bobs that need looking at in the future.

If this is felt inappropriate, Gordon, then please feel free to delete but hey, they say God loves a trier......

Well, we're down the pub and someone says. "What you been up to?"

"Writing a book." you reply.

Guy wanders off to the loo.

Anyway, just in case you're stuck for a Crimbo present for someone you hate...


I wrote and posted this on another site some time ago, but thought it may amuse...

Friday’s a slow day in Manila. Well, it is where I’ve been...for two and a half hours.

And where I’ve been is the Neo-Classical gem that is the Manila Central Post Office.

Parcels. We all like parcels. Stuff winging its way across the globe to your front door, bringing surprise and joy. Even the most mundane can cause a frisson of excitement, but this was special.

I’d ordered two lots of parts from overseas, some interior bits from the US last April (!) and a brake modulator repair kit posted from Australia on December 11.

Thursday I was handed a card by apartment reception telling me a package was awaiting me at the post office and that I had 14 days to claim it before it became the property of the state.

Which would it be? And what would the Republic of the Philippines do with a 1995 Range Rover brake modulator repair kit anyway, if indeed that’s what it was?

I had bets laid in my head, but as I’ve just about given up on the States (along with much of the rest of the world) the hot favourite was Aus.

It’s a small parcel, maybe A5 envelope size, it necessitates no special lifting equipment, no-one needs to go on a manual handling course and zero Permits to Work are required.

So why one hundred and fifty minutes?

Let me take you through the steps.

You arrive at 8am, the normal opening time.

The reasons for this are twofold; 1) to be early in the queue and 2) to get back out before all the container trucks hit the road at 10am, adding a good half hour on the 3km journey home.

Disappointingly, you are not first there but you greet Mildred with a cheery, “Good morning, how are you?” all the same.

She takes your card.

There’s a Little Old Man and a Young Girl before me, both on the same mission.

Mildred wanders off into the depths of darkness that makes up her work place. She returns with your package. Lovely, you think. She puts it down.

A man arrives behind the screen with a carrier bag. That’ll be breakfast then.

Everything stops whilst Mildred and her mates eat. Come on, they’ve been at work for nearly twenty minutes now. You wait.

Around 8:45 another girl comes along, picks your envelope up. Your hopes rise. She puts it down again and wanders away. Dashed.

I start to wonder if the Little Old Man was actually considerably younger when he first arrived. He has the resigned air and pallid look of a long term inmate.

Five to nine and another girl, looking all efficient, and late, turns up. Ah, that’ll be the actual Customs Lady without which we cannot function. She sits down and fires up her computer. Having done that, so we can all see the screen scrolling through her wedding photographs, she picks the Little Old Man’s parcel up. You can almost see the adrenaline spike. She puts it down again and goes back to her computer. She then decides that some food is in order. She disappears.

Meanwhile, the place is starting to fill with folk. Me, the Little Old Man and the Young Girl wait.

Card after card are passed through the window to Mildred. She, obviously, does nothing with them.

Eventually, a nameless lady, still chewing, takes the pile of Mildred’s collection and disappears.

Parcels are delivered from behind. They are piled on top of mine, the Young Girl’s and the Little Old Man’s.

A name is called. Is it mine? Not unless I’ve changed it to Jennilyn it’s not.

People come and go – with their parcels. The Little Old Man is now older. So am I, now I think on, and the Young Girl will soon be past marrying age.

Another name is called. It is that of the Young Girl. She bounds athletically to her feet and heads to the window where her parcel will be opened in front of her and assessed. It is and it is. The parcel is now passed over to Mildred’s window. Mildred is busy with her card collection. The Young Girl sits down again.

Someone at Mildred’s window asks if it’s possible if she could explain the theory behind splitting the atom. Mildred obliges.

Meantime, the Little Old Man’s name is called. He leaps (poetic license) to his feet. I don’t understand that much Tagalog but, upon opening his parcel, it’s discovered that he needs the attention of a more Senior Customs Person.

The Young Girl’s package is now ready for collection and she stands, but Mildred is now answering a question about solar flares. Young Girl sits down again.

I hear something that could, on a good day, sound like, “George”. Energised, I rush to the window. Customs Girl takes a sharp knife to my envelope. She removes a little bag containing some O-rings and another with two stainless washers to replace the original plastic ones which, by now, will have degraded and are about to cause catastrophic brake failure, scattering nuns and kittens in the wake. She looks at this and then at me. Maybe be some sort of pervert? A third bag contains a memory stick.
“What this?”
“A memory stick”
“Know that, what on it?
“Instructions about all the fun you can have with a bag of O-rings and two stainless washers...what are you doing tonight?”

Envelope is thrown towards Mildred’s window. Was that a look of disgust?

09:50, Mildred has now finished explaining about tectonic plates, continental drift and how this causes the Pacific Ring of Fire and calls the Young Girl over. Money changes hands, parcel received and the Young Girl dashes home before she is over child bearing age.

Meanwhile, the Little Old Man is still having his parcel examined. Not sure what was said but I got the impression that the Customs Lady was wondering why he was only now picking up some stuff he’d ordered on eBay in 1943. He was probably only notified of its existence on Wednesday.

Mildred picks up my envelope, looks and then starts to discuss Newton’s First Law of Motion with a lady with two young children.

Eventually, physics debate over, I am divested of 120 Peso (around two quid) and my envelope is passed to me.

I leave at 10:30, sadly leaving the Little Old Man to it. It takes an hour to get home, because the things you want to happen early never do, and those you want late never are.

So yes, a slow day and I’m guessing Monday to Thursday aren’t much quicker.

PCRV in forum Oily bits

Before I did anything to the brakes, the PCRV had a small weep. Nothing to shout about, but...

Now I've rebuilt the modulator and the ABS pump, the PCRV now become the weakest link and is fair pissing out. I have the plans for the PCRV mod off the other site but, as yet, have not found anywhere that gives me the confidence to make me one.

So, insurance and C&U regs issues aside, which don't come into play here, has any6ine tried a temporary delete?

I don't run loaded, neither do I tow, so it doesn't have too much thinking to do!

Driving down Leon Guinto Street in Malate, heading for Quirino around two hours ago in a red 4.6?

I was just walking over to 7-11 to get the wherewithal for a beer charge.

So today saw the long awaited second bleed of the brakes having finally snaffled 4 litres of DOT4.

Everything was going by the book until the second bleed of the fronts with ignition on when a growing pool of fluid was spotted underneath.

It appears to be coming from under the pump yet both high and low pressure lines seem fine. This is the one part of the brake system that has not been touched throughout the overhaul.

Before I rip into it anyone got any similar experience i.e., what the cause may be and is there a likely solution, rather than a new pump?

Thanks in advance.