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It has been a long week. I have been covering 12 hour night shifts at work to grab the night drivers for training and I have to say I tip my hat to those of you that work nights on a permanent basis because every fibre of my being screamed against it. I wanted to sleep at work but no matter how tired I was during the night I could not sleep when I got home. No no I could not I have had literally had ten hours sleep over five days which has proven to me that I can function without killing anybody on very little sleep.

The plus side to this shift pattern which is now thankfully over is that I now have a three day weekend! Today being Friday I had the house to myself with no chores so I set to getting on with Brian the Discovery as all of those little jobs are now adding up that need sorting.
Today’s challenge then was to fit the actual snorkel to the body work but it was a second hand snorkel that came with no template…

Added to this it’s a snorkel off of a 200tdi and I have a 300tdi so there will end up being some changes under the bonnet to make it work. Still the air box issue is for later first I had to fit the actual snorkel so out came a large piece of cardboard that I used as a template drawing the holes I needed onto it then measuring up against Brian I taped it into place…


Then I measured it all again felt a bit sick measured again and took the drill to the wing cutting out the holes needed…

I filed off the off the rough edges knocked out the inner wing as well in the premarked hole…


So with all that done as well as the holes drilled for the bolts to come through to hold the snorkel in place I offered it up to see if it would fit…I was very nervous at this point but hey I had already made the holes so it was all or bust.
It fit into place nicely!!…


I quick tip for those of you about to have a stab at this put a lot of electrical tape around your drill head to protect it from the sharp body work…

I have thought ahead about what to do with the air box issue and bought a 200tdi box along with the snorkel. So I took that apart cleaned it up and resealed it all together again to make it water tight…

so that will be fitted into place at some point over this weekend because today was my youngest’s birthday and my parents were on their way up to come out for a nice birthday meal which wasn’t that nice, the meal that is not my parents, and what made it worse was when the waitress poured a scolding cup of hot chocolate down my back but hey better me than one of the kids I suppose.
So the sun was out all day and I am glad to see Brian heading the right way ready for whatever off roading can throw his way but he still stinks of wet dog so a replacement interior is next on the list to buy!

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