Wednesday, 23 November 2016

FHC resto; why I haven't done much this year

Those of you who follow my ramblings on here may have asked themselves what's happening with the restoration of the 1976 FHC. Well to be honest not much. Actually nothing has happened since my last report in May. And there is a rather simple reason for that, other priorities!
As mentioned earlier I bought a Defender 110 SW last year to replace my Defender pick up. And as this new car did lack some parts I thought it really needed, I have been rather busy upgrading it. With the biggest upgrade being caused by a promise I made myself when I bought my first Land Rover in the summer of 2000. What that promise was? If I would get stuck and would have been able to rescue myself with a winch, I'd fit one. Well earlier in the year this happened ...

All rather embarrassing especially as I forgot that this car is equipped with an electronic traction control, which probably would have saved me. But this traction control doesn't switch on automatically, it needs activating by flooring the throttle!
At least it gave me a good excuse to throw some money at the Defender. But as money can only be spent once, the work on the FHC was put on hold. As for the upgrades, the most important ones  being LED lights all round, long range fuel tank, some dent removal (or hiding) to rear door and bonnet, some repairs to the roof rack, and off course the winch plus a new bumper to fit it properly ...



Still a few jobs left to do on the Defender, but they'll have to wait till next year. As for the FHC restoration, hopefully I will be able to do some work on it during the coming festive period.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

28th LTV Nachtrit


Last Saturday, the 29th of October, saw another edition of our traditional night time touring assembly. This year's route again headed south east towards Adenau. It was actually the same route as last year but driven in the opposite direction, and with a few different road sections added here and there! As mentioned last year we had a good reason to return to the same area, because at the time some rather nice roads were closed due to road works. Added bonus was that, because we didn't have to get the long way 'round all the diversions, we were able to get the total mileage of the route below 300 kilometres. The best of these being ...

Near the Obersee

Detour through Simonskall

The long way 'round through Pomster, avoiding the B258

As has become customary over the years we did a last check of the route in the morning and early afternoon, to check for any last minute road closures or village fairs. There were none. I had anticipated on this and had one of the cameras with me to capture some of the stunning scenery in brilliant autumn colours. Sadly it was not to be. All day long it was foggy and wet or just grey and cloudy. So no need to get out the car for some pictures. At least the weather provided me with entertainment in the guise of some rather slippery and treacherous road sections! But despite that we were back in Rolduc well before the briefing and start of the event.



This year we were asked by the staff of Rolduc if we could start from the front of the main building, as it would be a much better back drop for pictures from the start. At least this gave me an opportunity to capture most of the Triumphs (of the 42 teams that took part) against this beautiful historic backdrop.












So for those who want to try it for themselves, next year's (and 29th) edition will be held on Saturday October the 28th. But this time we'll be staying closer to home with a road book that will have something to complement the tulip diagrams ...

Sunday, 9 October 2016

40 years of age last week ...


I have been rather busy with lots of things over the past 6 months or so. Sadly my TR7's haven't been much part of that. But time moves on, and last Thursday it was exactly 40 years ago that my current restoration project was first registered (and in the Netherlands). So time for a little bit of history, or how the car used to be in her previous life, and as I bought her ...






Looking back at some of the work already done, dismantling finished ...


Shotblasting finished ...


Metalwork in progress ...




Metalwork finished:


Paint preparations and painting:






Various ...







The initial plan had been to finish the restoration by the time she turned 40, and thus being tax exempt. But I abandoned that schedule well over a year ago. Initially caused by the paint preparations taking longer than planned. But also by work that had to be carried out (or actually is still in progress) on the Defender I bought well over a year ago as my daily driver. And there's my work of course which takes a lot of my spare time, together with my other hobbies, the trumpet(s) and my camera's :-). To be continued!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Back to work ...

With my holiday nearly over it is time to mentally prepare for the office again, but also time to look back at another great walking holiday in the village of Sankt Martin in Passeier, Süd Tirol. So again time for my annual photographic report;

In the forests above Sankt Martin in Passeier


The small pilgrimage church of Mörre, Passeier Tal

A fire salamander in the forest above Mörre, Passeier Tal

In the fields just outside Sankt Leonhard, Passeier Tal

Typical wooden roof tiles on a farm building near the Jaufenburg

Tea room in Sankt Leonhard, when you find the entrance that is ...

Faltschnal Alm Hütte, Pfelderer Tal

Guarding the entrance to the Faltschnal Tal

The Lazinser Hof, Pfelderer Tal

Small Field chapel outside the Ski resort of Zeppichl

Seeber Alm Hütte

The Seeber See

The Timmelsjoch seen from the Seeber Tal

Small farm seen through the low hanging clouds, Vellauer Felsenweg

Near the Römer Kehre, Urweg Jaufen Kamm

View from the Fleckner Spitze towards the Ratschings Tal, Urweg Jaufenkamm

On the flanks of the Saxner, Urweg Jaufenkamm

Fleckner Hütte, Urweg Jaufenkamm
(this used to be one of their tables ...)

View from the Timmels Alm on the Timmelsjoch and the Seeber Tal

Große Timmler Schwarzsee

The Timmels Alm with the Schneidlahngrat in the background

One of the many tributaries of the Passer River

On the Timmels Alm

Ancient iron clad door of the Schildhof Gereuth, Sankt Martin in Passeier

Doorstep, Gruber ...

Fiecht Jöchl, Falser Tal

The Fagls See


Typical farm buildings, Unterwald


Ultner Höfeweg, Ulten Tal

The little hamlet of Wanns, at the entrance of the Wannser Tal and the Sailer Tal

Sankt Johann Kirche, Wanns

Autumn colours, Sailer Tal

Typical "Forstweg", Seeberg Alm

Larch trees,Jägersteig Wannser Tal


Sadly getting there turned out to be a bit of an ordeal resulting in a very late crossing of the Timmelsjoch in dense fog