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  1. #331
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    Rain!!!

    Damn rain!!

    Its been pouring on and off for two weeks now, too wet to paint when I get a chance!!

    So, will post an update on the snorkel install instead.

    As some of you might remember, I purchased a snorkel kit off eBay which was intended for the Series III. I knew that there were to be some alterations to the snorkel itself to make a S3 snorkel fit the S2 or S2A vehicle . Undeterred, we went ahead with it anyway as Plugger really liked the look of the snorkel and I must admit they give the Landies that tough, die-hard look!

    First order of business was to cut-out the template from the A4 sheet and locate the template on the drivers side guard to cut the penetration for the snorkel outlet and mounting bolts. While the template gives a perfect location of holes, horizontal alignment and cut-out it gives you no indication of vertical alignment whatsoever! So I guessed, and got it terribly wrong!!!! I aligned a line on the template with the seam on the top of the guard thinking (wrongly) that this is what the line is meant for, but it wasn't. Here you can see the orientation of it - it is in fact around 30mm to high!!
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    I cut the holes and test fit - twice more in fact - to get it to sit at the right position. OnceI had it bolted to the guard I found that the snorkel body was tilted to far forward (to the front) and too far away from the body to allow it to mount as per intended to the windscreen frame. I am not sure whether this is a S2A versus S3 thing or just that the snorkel was rubbish - I voted on the latter and got out the heat gun!

    With repeated applications of the heat gun I gradually softened the injected-molded plastic enough the manipulate it into the the correct position. This is a shot of the slight bulge on the backside of the snorkel after the heating and bending process. Luckily you don't see this unless you really look hard for it. It is hidden by the S3 mirrors to a certain extent.
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    And here is a shot of it from the front. Looks OK in my book. At the moment of taking the shot it was just held on with clamps, but the position and fitment was pretty damn good.
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    The bracket that came supplied to tie the snorkel to the windscreen was in the least - pathetic! It was too short to reach the windscreen for a start (S3 versus S2A thing again or just rubbish - I voted rubbish!!) so I made my own. The mounting kit came with self-tapping screws to affix the bracket to the windscreen frame and some brass inserts molded into the plastic on the snorkel side. Loathing self-tapping anything I decided to use some M6 nutserts into the frame to give a more permanent and sturdy solution. The windscreen channel was deep enough to do this so drill and squeeze it was....
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    Next stop was to make up the mounting bracket! Luckily no bends or kinks just a straight bracket with a corner cut off to miss the windscreen pivot bracket. Cut and drill some holes...
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    And test fit - lovely! Take it off again and paint it gloss black along with every other bracket!
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    And here is a pic of the cock-up - notice the oversized outlet hole and elongated mounting-bolt holes in the drivers side guard! I was kicking myself for doing this as I hate making mistakes. Luckily for us the body of the snorkel covers it all up - just!! With the use of some black sika-flex at the time of mounting it will all be sealed and no-one will really notice the error - unless they look up under the guard - and even then it won't be that apparent. Phew - lucky!!
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    Anyway, that's about it for this week. More soon. Go away rain!

    Cheers and thanks,
    Tricky and Plugger

  2. #332
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    Fantastic work as always! Thanks for the update :-)
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    Good work fellas!
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    Nice save
    I thought a bloke of your caliber would be a stickler for measure twice cut once
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    Tricky Your a Knob!!

    Quote Originally Posted by rangieman View Post
    Nice save
    I thought a bloke of your caliber would be a stickler for measure twice cut once
    You know what Chris you're absolutely right!!

    I got fooled into thinking that whomever had drawn up the template knew what they were doing and it was pure common sense to assume that the top dashed line was to align with the fender seam (as it was on the left side dashed line)!! What a knob I was to assume this!!

    Definitely a trap for young players right there!

    Note to Self - In future, trust your instincts, experience, training and the tape measure!!!
    I got lucky on this one, phew!!

    Cheers (a very relieved),
    Tricky

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    Land Rover 70th Anniversary, Cooma

    Hi Gang,

    Is anyone going to the Land Rover 70th Anniversary get-together at Cooma???

    Here: https://www.landrover70thcooma.com/

    Plugger, The Camel and I will be there and I sure would like to meet some of you and say thanks for all your support personally and in the flesh.

    Looking forward to this.

    Cheers,
    Tricky

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    Lots of us will be there, look forward to catching up.


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  8. #338
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    Iím trying hard to get there - not with B4rney though, not likely to be anywhere near complete by then
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  9. #339
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    Unrelated Topic - Sort of...

    Totally off topic, but....

    Plugger has picked up his next project, but its not a Landie!

    Its a 1987 Kawasaki KLR250 which he bought for $300 (he is always scouring the classifieds and auction sites for a bargain)! Means he can go out trail riding with Dad (Dad has a Kawasaki Tengai!!)

    Needs work, probably a total rebuild, but hey, at least it keeps a spanner in his hand.

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    I think he can go solo on this one!

    Just thought I'd share.

    Cheers,
    Tricky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Archangel007 View Post
    Hi Gang,

    Is anyone going to the Land Rover 70th Anniversary get-together at Cooma???

    Here: https://www.landrover70thcooma.com/

    Plugger, The Camel and I will be there and I sure would like to meet some of you and say thanks for all your support personally and in the flesh.

    Looking forward to this.

    Cheers,
    Tricky
    I'll be there with Jade

    Cheers Paul

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