October 2015 – missing the 109

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]

New Mechanic

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]

Road Legal Again

Having finished the last details on the PAS conversion, the 109 was booked in for MoT test (annual safety check, for non-UK readers).  The old check expired at the end of December, but UK rules allow the vehicle to be driven to a testing station as … [Continue reading]

PAS finishing jobs

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The PAS is up and running.  The last few tidying up jobs are nearly done. … [Continue reading]

PAS installation completed

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Well, it's in and working.  I got the hydraulic lines back and installed them to make sure that no dirt could enter the steering box.  With them in place, I cleaned up the P38 lower steering column and remove the three pinch bolts from the splined … [Continue reading]