I've just finished working on Serenity for the day. I would have been
finished hours ago on a job that was supposed to be about 30 seconds
long. I was relocating the aux battery ground point to a seatbelt mount
to cut down on the amount of wiring running all over the place.
I was torquing the nut down to the post when suddenly it got very easy
to turn. Lifted the wrench off and saw that the post had sheared.
Of course, being a Land Rover, things are never that simple to fix. If
the post was in fact a bolt that could be removed, this 30 second job
would have turned into a mere 5 minute job. Sadly, the post is welded
Cue 20 minutes underneath faffing about with the socket set and a
spanner removing 2 nuts and bolts that have been covered up with the
general crud that accumulates under Land Rovers. Didn't help that I was
scraping my knuckles on the outrigger every 10 seconds.
Eventually the bolts came out and after a little prying the plate
dropped onto my gut, along with more built up crap from behind it. I
must have looked a right state getting out from under Serenity.
The next task was to grind off the remainder of the post and then drill
a new hole for a replacement bolt. Easy enough though my drill bits
leave a lot to be desired.
Screwfix is a great place to go to get replacement fixings and fittings.
Cheap and they do stainless steel nuts and bolts. However, I must have a
wee rant about something.
Bolts are sold in packs of 10. Washers in packs of 10. Nuts in packs of
What the hell am I gonna do with 100 nuts! I only needed 3! Come on
Screwfix, sell nuts in packs of 10! Make it easier for the DIY crowd to
get stuff done.
Anyway, I have the bits I need and the plate is drying after having rust
and crap ground off and a coat of hammerite. Need to do the other side
but that can wait till tomorrow.
Land Rover Defender ownership is never easy.