Friday, February 23, 2007

Electrical stuff

I did some more research and finally I solved the problem with the oil light.
I can't believe it, but it turned out to be a broken copper line in the instrument cluster PCB.
It is a tiny, invisible pretty much, crack. I found it with the tester because it didn't make sense I had the right stuff at the connectors but the light was not on *ever*.
Anyway, that is fixed.
The lights for the instrument cluster were all gone, all 6 of them!! talk about weird stuff.
Oh well, at least, now I have the oil light functional and it was easy enough.

More soon...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Electrical assorted work

this weekend was the turn of the assorted bulbs. Replaced some, although I cannot find the side markers on the rear ones (12V/4W) or the whole bulb/holder (12V/1.2W) for the warning lights on the instrument cluster.
Good thing I did, because I discovered cables that lost the isolation completely on the left side flasher/parking light, I replaced the whole set of cables, just in case.
I did the whole installation to the radio/cassette I got with the RRC, but it doesn't work at all, I think the radio is broken, it won't do anything. Oh, well, I guess I may try to repair or I'll just try to get a cheap replacement.
The oil warning light and the lights (6) for the instrument cluster, won't work. I do suspect the multi-function thingy in there, but I'll have to dig deeper.
I found out that some previous owner "bridged" a cheapo flasher (F550) on top of the original unit, it works, it's just, "lame".
I tried to check the oil level on the swivel pins. I'll try later, that is some serious stuck bolt, no way I can move the bolts for now.
I did close the sunroof manually, for the time being, I won't use it, although, I'll attempt some repair later on.
Other than that, It seems to be OK, as soon as I fix the oil light/instruments light issue I'll be on my way to the trails.

Monday, February 12, 2007

First weekend

it happened!
After the first weekend, I know this truck much better.

Miles on the clock 50,658 (not real, of course)

This is what I did:
- Whole inside out (well, mostly) deep cleaning including headliner, plugging back lose cables, *lots* of dirt, but *lots*, probably hadn't been cleaned since 89 :)
- Fixed the coolant level sensor (the cable inside was corroded)
- Fixed driver door lock mechanism.
- Fixed read tailgate lock mechanism.
- Check levels.
- Knock the roof back up, it was badly bump, probably dancing on the roof kind of action ;)
- Replaced clock
- Replaced driver side security belt.
- Replaced driver side rubber seal around the door

Standing issues:
-Rust on driver's door, big hole in the floor, oh well, nothing too bad, but a hole is a hole, I'll have to fix it one day
- Lights on instrument cluster won't work
- Some bulbs not working
- Sunroof stuck again.
- I'll check the swivel pin housing levels.
- Install radio-cassette
- Central locking mechanism.

Well, it could be worse for a 1989 RRC.


Friday, February 02, 2007

OK, so what have I driven before?

I thought I should post some pictures of my previous Land Rover, the amazing Discovery Tdi300 pretty much stock, back in Spain.

These pictures in the heart of Quijote's Land:

This one in Alcaraz:

And these pictures in Cuenca, one of my Disco and another one from my Disco:

I drove a Ford Explorer 4WD (hated it) and a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4, which was OK, but nothing like a Land Rover, the best 4x4 by Far.