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I only did it with this one as it's all tax deductable as it is being used for Business ;)
 

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Get those labour hours in..😉
Yes, my local fleet owner mate does that, he is (several) big ltd companies though.
He Invoices his Workshop Labour for all the repairs to his Travel business, but all of his vehicles are used directly for "business sales use"`, i.e he has Wedding Cars, Mini Buses and 12 tonne Van Hool Buses, (hired out with Drivers for School Runs, Weddings, Parties, etc etc) ......................

My accountant reckons as I am a sole trader like most local Garages up here I could open up a can of worms as my Workshop Vehicle is used soley for transport purposes ...........
Picking stuff up, going out on the odd occasion to inspect a Vehicle, transporting a Car on Trailer etc ;)
So it does not directly earn a profit ;)

In his words, by not charging myself labour there can be no disagreement on hours worked, and should I ever get Audited I have a bargaining chip if they decided to disallow any other stuff ;)
Other Garages in the area do the same as me, parts only ;)

The Jobs on D15KOE are now getting smaller, mostly "Tidy stuff up small welding jobs".

I'm currently welding in Mudflap Brackets and a few other small bits now, a few small bits at a time, Schutzing the areas as I go, so I don't get bored / fed up ;)
Also there is the pee wee Oil Leak on the T/Fer box, hopefully the Gasket and Seal Kit will be here to do that one this w/e ;)

The only other big item I foresee is the small vibration from Torque Converter area, worse some days that others, I suspect the muppets that fitted that lot have cracked the Drive Plate, by not seating the Converter properly before yanking up the Bolts, so I need a long weekend for this job ;)

I've already bought a complete Flywheel and Drive Plate assy ....



I'm collecting a complete good used Transmission, probably next w/e now, so whatever parts I need I will have to hand when I do the Job, and if it's just a Drive Plate I then have a good spare Trans set up ;)

Now there is a twist to this Transmission story 😭 😭 😭 .......................

When I had my 110 TD5 Defender, (they never came as Auto Trans), I bought and rebuilt a complete Discovery TD5 Auto Trans, new Torque Converter, Flywheel and Flex Plate, the whole bloomin' lot !! Absolutely everything needed to convert the Defender to Auto, all Brackets, Bolts Oil Cooler & Pipes, Shifter, the whole chebang !! ..................

I did that because Mel can only drive an Auto, but never got round to fitting it before I sold that Defender ...................

Remember last Christmas I got brutal and skipped a load of parts I was never gonna need ......................
Yeah you guessed it, thinking I was never gonna get another Land Rover vehicle I chucked the whole lot in the Scrap Iron :( :( :(

L8r's
 

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my shop is stuffed full to the gills with old junk.
Mine still is, and I have a large storage shed racked out both sides, can barely walk from one end to the other without climbing over more stuff on the floor 🤣
 

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Discovery update, from close of play last night ....

So whilst waiting for the Watts Linkage, (on it's way now, hopefully be here by the w/e), I decide to do some small (ha ha) jobs on the D15KOE which involve a small amount of welding :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: ....................

It needs Mud-flap Bracket left rear, and Mud-flap Bracket right front, which I already bought.

The left rear looked to be easy, just weld on a 5" Long x 1.5" wide piece of steel with a 45 degree fold to the Rear inner arch lip and drill a couple of holes to bolt the new 'Fud-m'lap' bracket to, so I decide to tackle the front right first as the 3 studs holding it to the front floor pan are minging rotten and gonna snap, so my plan is remove a few bits of trim from the drivers footwell, fold back the carpet to prevent smoke / flames / fire :D , then grind the nuts off the 3 floor studs and spot weld the bracket onto these, plus also there is a small triangular plate to weld on the front inner Sill's Body Mount bracket .................

Therefore it seems the front will be harder than the rear and I always like to attack the hard bit of a few jobs first and finish with the easiest :D :D :D ...........................

So I did the front in around an hour and a half, just gotta buff and Schutz that area now :)

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Front Mudflap Bracket spot welded to the 3 studs on the floor pan ....



And the wee plate on the forward edge of the Body Mount ....



So that was easier than I thought, time to do the rear left :)

Workshop busy so it went on hold for a couple of days, and then I get to weld in my 45 degree mounting plate for the rear Flap Bracket ....
Also made a couple of aluminium repair plates as the lower rear (ally) 1/4 panel steady bolt has corroded through the inner section and that Panel needs attaching to the Mud-flap bracket ;)



So that was pretty easy, except, as I was welding that 45 degree mount plate in, the heat gets to what looks like a surface rusted inner arch, and it all falls to bits, meaning a bunch more plates and work to rebuild it :(

The issue here is parts of the area needing welding are directly under a load of Trim, Seat Belt and Insulation inside the Boot area, with one of the 2 third row Seats mounted here and I just know removing that lot will likely open a can of worms with snapped Seat Bolts etc etc, so I have to rethink this .......................

I certainly can't do it with the Vehicle raised up on the lift, because if it does go up in flames it will have it's rear end well alight by the time I realise and get the lift down to extinguish it, I've seen that happen at other Garages, and it dun'arf make a mess of an Interior / Wiring etc etc.

Here's what I did, which I don't recommend, but I am "Dangerous Dave" and have been doing this kind stuff for donkeys years, elf and sayftee don't exist here at Croft Tek Engineerin' 🤣

So I don't have a second person here to even sit in the back on "fire watch" ..................
I settle on a low down working height (kneeling), so I can weld a little at a time and keep standing up to check for smoke etc .............
I fold the seat away from the Corner Trim Panel, I also connect up the Hose Pipe to water trigger Gun, and remove the rear corner Vent and the Seat Belt capping Trim so I can squirt water down inside the area if really necessary ....







The area I have to squeeze into is between the Lift Leg and the front edge of the rear Hub / Brakes / Axle, so I can lean over the Brakes and weld the bloody inner Arch without being directly under it ;) ....



Just like when I did the inner arches on the Silver SLK due to the complex array of double curves etc I have to do this section in several pieces. I can find replacement Panels for every other piece of the rear inner Arch but not this "outer rearward" inner section :(

Off I go, a few minor welding burns to myself plus some profuse workshop language later and it's now welded up and solid again, there was several nervous moments with a lot of smoke from inside the rear of the Truck, but no flames, no vehicles were set on fire during the making of this production :D :D :D ....





I just gotta mask it and Schutz this and the front bit and that's another 2 of the small welding jobs done :)

Not many jobs left to do now the biggest one will be pulling the Auto box out to sort that harmonic / vibration issue, which I suspect is a crack in either the Engine side Drive Plate or the Converter plate that bolts to it :)
I may leave that particular job until my Xmas shut down, or if it gets really bad / breaks beforehand.

I'll do the Watts Linkage if it's here for the weekend, if not I'll have a bash at the leak on the Diff Lock lever, might get time to do both if Watts arrives;)

I've arranged with the Gearbox seller to pick up that Auto Trans / Converter I bought on Sat 25th, might make him an offer for the rest of that Discovery, depending exactly what is left of it for spares and condition dependent not sure yet ;)

I'll go get the Schutz done after lunch :)
 

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Brings back memories of when I accidently set fire to my (genuine) Rolling Stones tour shirt, was more :censored: off about that than the fact that I was wearing it at the time - the singed skin has long since cleared up thank you for asking :D(y) - I did wonder where the extra light was coming from :unsure:

Been there, done that, have still got the T-Shirt (complete with very large hole) in the attic 🤷‍♂️

Be careful out there :cool:
 

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LOL, some moons ago now, when I used to smoke Hamlets, I was welding a car underneath, and thought the light sensitive Visor had gone wrong as I could see bright light, then I felt a warm feeling, so I stopped, looked down and my overalls top pocket was blazing ...............

Box of Swan Vestas had spontaneously combusted, much to the amusement of some of my employees, who were rolling around seeing me hopping up and down as I ripped the overalls off :ROFLMAO:
 

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All is schutzed, time to go pull the masking, refit the Mudflaps to the Brackets then get the D15KOE off the lift and do some paying work ;)

I've a Subaru which is up there with the worst Front Brake Judders I've ever experienced in any vehicle :ROFLMAO:

The Subaru Outback (2016) Front Discs and Pads alone are way more expensive than the entire all 4 Discs, Pads, Calipers, Sliders etc that I fitted on D15KOE recently, and we don't know yet if it's gonna need Caliper(s) ................. ooofff 🤣
 

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That's these 2 Discovery Mudflaps and associated welding bitties all final finished :)

Rear Left ....









Right Front ....







The right Rear has already had the Bracket done not too long ago, and the inner Wheel-arch looks a whole lot better than the left side did, it's all solid so I will just clean that lot up and Schutz it soon ....





So I got the Scooby Doo Outback on the lift and pulled the front Brakes apart, Calipers are good, Discs / Pads and bitties are on the Van for a morning delivery, Bolts and Carriers cleaned and lubed now so that'll be done by lunchtime tommoz ....



I took the Disco out for a run to stock up on Bear Snax....



I just love driving this old girl now, aside from that slight harmonic vibe and the Watts Linkage play it is driving perfectly now, it is kinda rewarding for all the hours of work that have gone into it :)

It's a love hate relationship this one, Love driving the old beastie, hate some of the work I've had to do to it, pees me off that someone can let a Vehicle get into that state, but on the other hand that's how I got it for bugger all ;)

Here's hoping the Watts gets here for the w/e ;)
I'll stick D15KOE on the lift as soon as Scooby comes off and make a start on the T/Fer Box Oil Leak, as I do have the parts, (Gasket and Seal Kit) here for that job now ;)

Chow for now it's 🍺 time :)
 

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Watts Linkage hasn't arrived yet :( Dispute and refund time if it isn't here tomorrow :( Which then leaves me all the naffin' hassle of sorting out another :mad:

I cracked on with the last remaining Oil Leak, which was Transfer Gearbox pouring out from somewhere above the Centre diff ;) I suspected the Diff Lock Selector, but when I had the Front Prop off and outta the way, and had the wee Diff Lock selector in my hand, although the O rings weren't the best they didn't look that bad either :(
I changed them anyway ;)

What I did see, now I had the front Propshaft off was that there was a very clean oily area around the (higher up) Hi / Low Gear selector so I removed that .......................

Yeah, you guessed, some "A-N-Other moron" had been here before, no Silicone Sealer, no Gasket no SFA :(

So I cleaned it all up and carefully reassembled it this morning and used a Gasket from the Kit plus a smear of Silicone on the Bolt Threads ....

I then went for a good long road test for approx 120 miles round trip, and just got back ..........................

Pleased to report I now own a unique Discovery :ROFLMAO:

Not a trace of any Oil leaks :)

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Transfer Box....





Front Axle ....









Rear Axle ....







Engine ....





Not a solitary drip !! Nadah !! Zip !! ..............................

One happy bunny here :)

Of course, after me keep pulling into lay by's to check for leaks and found none, this did result in a quick visit to the local hostelry just around the corner from our hoose, so I apologise for any typo's etc etc :D :D :D

By the way, did ya'll here about the Leak in the Dartford Tunnel .......................................

It fell off the back of a Farmers Truck :ROFLMAO:
 

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you should feel bad.
I do feel bad, had a few Jars in the hostelry then adjourned to the Hot Tub after my post above, hangover this morning 🙃🙃🙃🙃🙃
 

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A little more Disco'ing in between jobs ;)
Watts has not turned up so more hassle / waiting around etc etc etc :(

So the stage I have been at for a while now is going around and fixing a very big bunch of muppets bodges, but slowly slowly I'm getting there :(
It's stupid unseen stuff I keep finding, here's a good one ...................

When I was doing the welding front drivers side Mudflap Bracket / Body Mount area I had to pull the Drivers Foot-well Carpet up, I found that the floor / carpet was wet, but I couldn't find where it was coming in, then Sunday it rained a bit so I got under the dash with torch, drips directly from above the Brake Pedal area, couldn't see exactly where :(

So yesterday pm I pulled off the Trims around the Windscreen, partially removed the Bonnet, as l I'm on my own here I masking taped the corners and un bolted it from the Hinges then slid it forwards so I could get the Scuttle / HVAC Air Intake Trim out ;) Wipers off, Scuttle / HVAC Air intake Trim off now I was expecting to find a rust hole and guess what I find, the muppets I keep mentioning have fitted a Wiper Motor .................

But get this, the Motor is mounted on a plate so the Motor itself is inside the Cars bulkhead, right above the Brake Pedal, linkage is external ........... Pics ....





See the 3 bolts by the Motor Crank in above pic, these hold the Motor, only guess what, the muppets must have snapped the old ones in the old Motor, and the 3 bolts they used here were slightly too long, meaning they tightened up the bolts but the Motor was still loose in the plate and therefore not sealed from rainwater :ROFLMAO: .............

I stuck me hand inside the cavity and the sound deadning below thje Wiper Motor was damp :rolleyes:

As ya can see, I trimmed the bolts, fitted 3 washers, and refitted / re- sealered / waxoyled / copper-slipped everything ;)

I'm firing it back together later as shortly I'm gonna mask it all and give it a coat of Schutz under there too ;)

I always thought the Wipers were a touch clunky / jerky at the end of their sweep but put it down to 20 years of wear and tear as I didn't know this bit had been "professionally replaced" too :ROFLMAO:
 
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