I am back in the UK with the family for a not so summery holiday. It’s easy to forget how changeable the weather is here!
I have been to check on the 109 and to give it a quick drive around the compound in all gear combinations to splash the oil about and prevent seizures. The news was good – it fired up instantly again despite standing so long and having fuel over a year old, though the battery is of course drained and needing a jump start. The fan belt squealed a bit at first, and I think the alternator bearings have been suspect for a while (since before I left for the Middle East), but everything worked exactly as it should, including the washer pumps, wipers, power steering and brakes. In fact, the only thing amiss was the stereo having lost its settings, its display flashing in rapidly changing colours (and lots of them) in its demonstration mode. It’s even still clean and shiny. So, I’m very pleased at paying that bit extra for indoor storage. It did seem a strange surprise at how cramped the driving position felt, though; after twenty three years of driving it, the last fifteen months were the only extended period of not driving a Land Rover, and getting used to a larger, more modern 4wd car has spoiled me.
I’m heading down to the Westcountry in a few days to see extended family, so will get a chance to see the Range Rover Classic spec Borg Warner transfer case and 200Tdi flex-plate/torque converter housing that were delivered to my brother’s house, and maybe go to collect the Discovery 200Tdi spec ZF22 automatic gear box that I have bought for the 109 if my brother has enough space with the other bits. I’d be glad to have it all stored together out of harms way if it can be arranged.
Well, there's no chance of me putting any of this into place for a very long time, but I have bought a Range Rover Classic Borg Warner transfer box and a Discovery 200Tdi ZF22 automatic gear box and associated parts for a retrofit to the 109. Both … [Continue reading]
I had a fleeting visit to the UK (I requested a specific flight pair that meant I flew my folks down to Dubai personally), and used the 24 hours in the UK for a few tasks, including checking on the house and the 109. The result is that both are … [Continue reading]
Well, it's now six months since I emigrated and I miss driving the 109. As good a car as the XC90 is, it doesn't have anywhere the character and enjoyment of a Series Land Rover or even a Defender. I write this sitting in a Bangkok restaurant; in … [Continue reading]
The 109 has a new mechanic: Helena. I moved out to Dubai two months ago, so Helena is the sole user of the 109 now. That also means that she has to deal with any problems that come up, like a recent issue with gear selection being very difficult. … [Continue reading]