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A productive day - delta_november

Apr. 18th, 2010

07:07 pm - A productive day

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It's been a good day.  The Land Rover has been sadly neglected for the past couple years, sitting half-way through a botched brake job with one wheel jacked off the ground.  Today I started to do something about that.  With the M38A1 schedule uncertain, I could really use a car to run errands in.  And to survive the Zombie Apocalypse with.

I have found a shop (pretty unique, check out their site) that is willing to finish the work that I have started.   I could just have the truck towed over there, but I have some pride so I figured I'd try to get it running under its own power.  With all of the brake components removed I replaced the right front tire.  The hydraulic flex-line is crimped with a set of vise grips, notionally allowing the other three brakes to keep working.  I need a couple pumps on the pedal to get enough pressure, but it seems to work.  Should this all go horribly wrong, I nominate leftofcool to deliver the funeral oration on how I'm not nearly as smart as I sometimes think I am.  [The transmission brake is also functional, and I intend to keep it in 4x4 for the short drive to the shop to balance the braking force and prevent snapping of axles.  Dual-circuit hydraulics were implemented a year or so after my truck was built.]

My second accomplishment today was replicating the Czehoski BLT.  It's not particularly profound, just an acknowledgement that the three elements of a BLT should each carry their own weight.  Using cruncy romaine lettuce hearts in place of the standard limp leafs makes all the difference.  Lunch today was tasty.

Tonight is more cooking, and dinner with the most recent Doctor Who episode.  And tomorrow is a brand new week.


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Date:April 18th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
I have heard from friends good things about that shop.
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Date:April 19th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Bet that was a fun drive. I've always had to double pump my brakes. I redid all the cylinders last week and now I have nice strong brakes. At least as far as I can tell still up on jacks anyway. Just watch for the sudden jump left when you get on the brake. You don't want to end up in a tree or something.

I hope the Zombie Apocalypse doesn't come until after our respective trucks are back on the road...
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