Thursday, 13 July 2017
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Jimnybits in the UK. This turned out to be a great choice. Our order was with us in a matter of days and when I called for some information the person on the phone was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
Here you can see the difference. The Raptors are not only longer, but bigger too.
The springs are much longer and a little thicker too.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Different sized tents were erected and everyone was dressed up to give the public an almost realistic view of the past.
Of course common footfolk were supposed to stay out of the way of the nobles on horseback eager to pose for a camera.
As did this "thief", looking for an opportunity to perform his art.
The Sheriff and his patrol on the lookout for mischief. Followed by some freelance Vikings looking for some entertainment.
Meanwhile some of the lesser knights were on foot, showing their longsword combat skills in a serious match.
Eager fans ask for a signature before heading home.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
It's a good thing I checked the roofrails on little Jimmny before fitting carriers on the rails and throwing the Oztent on top.
The rear fittings are metal, but the front bases of the rails are made of hard plastic.
Under these there are two little bolts sticking up from the roof on each corner, so that would be the obvious mounting for something a little stronger.
I had a set of very old roof carriers, so I decided to modify these to fit the mounting points by cutting them to size and bending the end to form a "foot".
Then the bent end was welded up for strength and two holes were drilled in each foot.
After all this I could mount the complete assembly on some rubber gasket on de studs on the roof.
The vacuum operated freewheeling hubs stopped working again. Clearly something caused by another leaking hose. And I'd recently sprayed the axles and underbody with a lot of sticky anti rust compound.
Disconnecting the various lines and blowing through them with another lenght of hose, I finally located a leak in the rusty pipe near the left front wheel.
Cut both "engage" and "disengage" pipes off and replaced the rusty ends and any other rusty bit of pipe I could find with new hoses and copper pipe.
Now we have a solid "thunk" when engaging 4wd and an unblinking 4wd light and some piecese of leftover rusty pipe.