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Um I can’t quite believe I am about to say this after 8 months or so of hard work but I think the Land Rover is ready for its MOT.

Remember when it looked like this…

Doesn’t seem very long ago and in the grand scheme of things I suppose it is not and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself on the rebuild so much in fact I think another one will have to be done at some point but I best not get ahead of myself just yet seeing as I still need that all important MOT and registration plates. I have just surprised myself that I managed to do it all without killing myself or at the very least losing a limb or two. I suppose I have missed something and they will point it out and laugh at me while printing off the MOT failure sheet but I think I have covered all the bases.

The last few bits of pottering around on it today have been fun and had a kind of a feeling of finality about them as they were the odd’s and sods I had either put off or forgot about repeatedly. I started by rebolting (is that a word?) the oil cooler exchange back onto the inner wing…

And then I bolted the Artic heater feeder pipe back into place below the oil cooler…


With those done I pumped up all of the tyres to the correct pressures and set to cleaning the dash and cab out it was nice to see the plastics all shiny and black again! I used good old WD40 to bring back the shine….


Then it was the turn of all the junk out of the back along with a sweep and it came up quite nicely…


I bolted the batteries into place with the newly threaded bars I did yesterday and then wondered what else I had to do. I remembered a mechanic friend had told me I needed to move the ladder on the back to the offside so it didn’t block the view of the numberplate when it is fitted but quite frankly after grinding off old bolts and fitting the ladder into place with new ones it seems to be more of a pain seeing the lights now on the offside but hell I will just let the MOT chap tell me when I am there and remove it if I need to…


By now I was really scratching about wondering if I had missed anything else and I decided to fit the new CB into place that I got for Christmas. The Ariel wiring has been run along the old radio wiring route using existing clamps to hold it into place which saved a lot of buggering about! Seeing as the mounting holes were on the wings for the old radio kit I decided to use one of those on the nearside wing to mount the new black ariel into place…


I think it looks quite good there just like it belongs. But where to mount the CB radio itself? I held it in place on the top of the dash but didn’t like it there. Under teh dash then that would look ok wouldn’t it? Nope didn’t like it there either. Was I being too picky at this point? I don’t know but every spot in the front of the cab just felt wrong. I turned around to look out of the back door when an idea I liked hit me.

It’s my Landy right so I thought yea that could be just the spot lets go all Smoky and the Bandit with it. I mounted the radio between the seats…

Then I mounted the mike above my head on the tubing that houses the heater pipes up high so I can just reach up and “Ten Four good buddy!”…


I still need to fit a 24v-12v dropper before I wire it into the electrics but that can be done once the MOT is sorted best save all my pennies until then in case I have missed something.

So that’s it until I get it in and that depends on what the tax an says but I will call a couple of insurance companies tomorrow to see what can be sorted if I exceed there 30 day limit on taking the policy out to getting the registration plates from the DVLA.

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