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#61 OFFLINE   snagglepuss

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 07:48 AM

We saw a sacred Scottish monument yesterday

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:10 AM

PC now 3.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:24 PM

Definitely tomorrow. Stopping over tonight 90 minutes south of collection location which will hopefully be reached by mid-late morning.


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:44 PM

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 02:23 PM

Moog and NJGLeeds collected a vehicle.
They first had to repair it.
They were last seen resetting fault codes at the A90 junction near Lawrencekirk.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:14 PM

The vehicle in question had lots of mud on it. This is one of the rear silencers.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:20 PM

The vehicle in question has a very nice interior.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:30 PM

Said vehicle will also be taking some Aberdeenshire moss with it, south of the border.

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...or scattering it all over the A90.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:35 PM

Said vehicle has an engine from another manufacturer.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:55 PM

If you go off said vehicle I'm happy to swap it for a smoll Audi in the same colour. Just drop it off in Dunfermline on the way past...
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 04:09 PM

The fact that Neither Moog nor NGJL has responded likely means they’re on the move and not broken down.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 04:37 PM

The fact that Neither Moog nor NGJL has responded likely means they’re on the move and not broken down.


Or just busy resetting the error codes... again.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 04:56 PM

Or eating
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 05:03 PM

We worked out that the vehicle in question would get into Goodwood.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 05:05 PM

The fact that Neither Moog nor NGJL has responded likely means they’re on the move and not broken down.

 

Or all four of them are having 2 days worth of poos.


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:22 PM

Said vehicle has an engine from another manufacturer.

Have I sat in it?

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:27 PM

Are we still guessing? If we are then I’m assuming it’s a P38 with the BMW 2.5 diesel. Which would explain the need for fault code resetting breaks en route.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:29 PM

Have I sat in it?


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:33 PM

To all interested parties....

It is indeed the P38

Have reset the fault codes several times, dropped off some bits with 320touring and picked up some other bits.

Currently now at Gretna services queuing for some of the colonels finest fried cat.

Further updates to follow upon arrival back in Lancashire, hopefully still under our own steam.

PC remains at 3.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

Are we still guessing? If we are then I’m assuming it’s a P38 with the BMW 2.5 diesel. Which would explain the need for fault code resetting breaks en route.


YOU ARE WINNAR.

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This was the scene that greeted us on our arrival. NJGLeeds and Moog were replacing the rear shock absorbers, as both were snapped.


They then loaded up with some spares, and didn't even bother cleaning off any of the nature that had made the Range Rover its home.

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The right rear air suspension sensor was a bit... erm, fucked. It never sat quite right on the road.

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NJGLeeds had a code reader with him, and was using it rather frequently. He stopped twice between Saabnut's house and the A90. A distance of under 10 miles.

It has a very comfy interior though. I even sat in it and made brum brum noises.


I did have a giggle at NJGLeeds driving away with the window down, and I could hear the dashboard beeping frantically as he drove off. From what I can remember, it also thought the bonnet was open all the time and kept demanding that the driver selected neutral.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:41 PM

Full update when back but these pictures to tickle your fancy.

It certainly has been a long day and involved many shiters.

Still another couple of hours but will write it up properly (when waiting for the AA)

Are t shirts holding up the steering wheel an MOT fail?

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:43 PM

Are t shirts holding up the steering wheel an MOT fail?


Oh? What else has broken in the interim? :D
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 07:00 PM

What an adventure! We have a P38 at the moment. Black, P-reg, tidy and with the coil spring conversion, slightly lacking in electricity, but all will be well. Never had a 4x4 before it. After test driving an 04 Grand Cherokee before getting the P38 I must say sitting in the majestic P38 makes the Jeep feel pretty naff.
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:19 PM

Currently now at Gretna services queuing for some of the colonels finest fried cat.
 

 

Whoa! Hold on. Driving a slightly-broken P38 halfway across the UK, OK, I can live with that. But choosing Gretna over Tebay?!


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:46 PM

Yep, but it was a case of needs must. Tebay was my first choice, trust me, but it was another hour down the road and we’d have expired by then.

Anyway, now home safe and sound....a massive thanks must go to Will (the Moog), Mrs Moog and M-I-L Moog along with Saabnut, Tayne and Supernaut...an absolute pleasure to meet you all...not forgetting 320touring and his bro for their words of encouragement*

Going to sit and calculate my average MPG now with the aid of my last 4 cans of Elvis juice.

Further details to follow tomorrow:-)
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:48 PM

Well done guys! What an epic rescue.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:49 PM

Whoo hoo! You made it, I can relax now. I knew* you would be fine!


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 09:55 PM

Today started slightly bright and early with a departure time from Kinross at 8 am.

A quick stop to avail us of breakfast goods then off to Saabnuts FOD.
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First challenge of the day was whether to believe Google maps (2 hrs 10) or applemaps (1hr 30). Assuming that the day would go swimingly we chose apple which seemed to work.

Once we were close a tractor towing a forklift passed us. Hmmmm I think we are close. Nick kindly came and found us at the top of the lane and we carefully scraped the exhaust all the way along the lane to this beauty
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apparently the brakes sort of worked :-)

We were definitely in the right place
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Behold a vision of njgleeds desire - 16de40572d7c3925ee855917a9a20cfe.jpg

It was missing magical dancing pixies so they were reinstated
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The flat tyres were giving the gift of air
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It was then started and driven into the garage for some remedial work.

A cold start video will be posted tomorrow once I sort my life out.

First up was the small matter of changing the rear shocks which had snapped. They had been carefully covered with a light* dusting of farm mud to make things interesting.

Initial steps
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As many swears and some percussive adjustment the old one was off. 07a4fafd39c80c09d7edd7df9012fdf1.jpg

The problem is quite clear
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A couple of hardy shiters came along to share in the joyous occasion - always good to meet new/catch up with old friends. 508b09f25790ab268bbc55c37851c53c.jpg
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First side took almost an hour but then we were cooking on gas. Side two

Problem
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Intervention
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Solution
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Rip shocks
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All back together on pumped up wheels it was time for the off.



Of course not. It's a P38.

First up the bonnet wouldn't close

Saabnut produced a tin of spray stuff that smelt vaguely like penetrating oil - that plus percussive adjustment was applied

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Success
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In the meantime someone was taking advantage of the vacant driver's seat to make Brum Brum noises
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So off we set....
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Posted 17 February 2019 - 10:06 PM

Looks like an epic day out to me. The photo of the battery was very useful, thanks. I now know what the battery clamp looks like, as mine is missing.


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Posted 17 February 2019 - 10:10 PM

Not really... It's a P38

Time to plug in the code reader and then reset the suspension
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Bets were taken on the number of faults. Saabnuts record was something around the 120. Sadly we could only muster about four.

One being right rear height adjuster, a bonnet open signal, error message asking for the gearlever to be put into neutral and something else.

All cleared we headed off.

For 5 mins before we pulled over to reset the suspension again. This was to become a theme.
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Luckily Mrs Njgleeds was enjoying the heated seats so much that she didn't mind too much.

Diesel procured
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On way back we collected missus Moog then hot footed it to 320tourings automotive grotto to do some swapsies. Handed over a GSA gearbox, driveshafts and clutch, mx5 bits for GM - received was an mx5 hardtop.
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This required brothers touring to employ their automotive Tetris skills to fit everything in bc250e383303eae3fd6a990c028ebfe3.jpg6984faa7f27197fb73468f292e22af21.jpg

Njgleeds tried to fix the adjustable steering wheel at this point. It had sort of broken and he had fixed* it with a t shirt. Taking the time of the stop he tried to fix it properly (spoiler alert- he didn't).

The bonus find was a chip, which looks like the RR has been fiddled with to be quicker and less thirsty.

Pointing south we set off on the trek back to god's glorious land of Accrington and Fence.

A mixup meant that we pulled into Gretna services both thinking the other had car issues when we were just bored and pushing different buttons!

Food consumed and off again only for the RR to have a reticent to proceed - resulting in an impromptu visit to the hard shoulder
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Applying years of wisdom - Njgleeds turned it off and on again, curing (sort of the issue). He thinks it was over boosting causing it to go into limp mode.

We took it carefully home
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Finally back to Accrington to drop off hard top and swap out jacks/wheels etc - a quick wollard before clattering off into the dark was.
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Long day but well worth it. Glad we didn't try to do it in a day there and back.
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