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Defender passes its MoT

Our Land Rover Defender passed its MoT late yesterday, so all the work I put in on it paid off, especially as the hourly rate at the garage is now £40 an hour. The mechanic who did the pre-MoT check tightened the lower nut on the left rear shocker, repacked the left front wheelbearing and […]

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Rusted bezels

Not what I wanted to see

At rugby on Sunday, I found myself changing the Land Rover Defender’s headlight bulbs in pouring rain after the high beam element failed on the left-hand side. As the original equipment H4 bulbs aren’t the brightest, I decided to replace both 55/60w bulbs with ultra-bright versions in the same power. I’m glad I did as […]

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Land Rover Defender with wheel off

Chilling with the Defender

The Other Half tends not to notice when things go wrong with our Land Rover Defender. Well, not unless the truck stops dead because a diesel feed pipe has failed. Instead, it’s up to me to spot things during the four or five times I get to drive the Defender each month. And so it […]

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AIDS/LifeCycle logo.

Cycling to support HIV/AIDS services

Neill Strickland, a friend and former work colleague from my days at  BBC Radio 5 Live, is taking part in the AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. The two agencies provide the […]

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Repairing a UJ on the Defender

I was well into my list of jobs for the day when the postman arrived with a parcel. It turned out to contain the parts for repairing the rear universal joint on our Land Rover Defender’s rear propshaft, so that meant a change of plans and another opportunity to “play” with the truck. The job […]

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