The Greenlaner Vol. 7 Issue 6
Newsletter of The Southern Land Rover Society, Inc. dec 2003
Make your Officer nominations for 2004
Tenth Annual Southern Appalachian Expedition—A Great success! This year’s SAE event was a great success due to the hard work of our events committee and all of the volunteers who stepped up and did their part to help out. We had somewhere around 105 vehicles attend from as far away as New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri and Florida and we have raised around $5,000 for charity (some checks are still coming in from the auction so the exact amount isn’t yet determined). The rain held off—the trails were good and we think everybody had a good time. The best part is that it looks like the Porters have agreed to let us do it again next year and that is some of the best news of all—the club can’t really thank the Porter family enough for all they have done for us over the years and it’s fair to say that SOLAROS would not exist without their support. I look at all of the great friends that I have made as a direct result of this club and their sponsorship and I would like to personally thank them for helping make all of this possible. Who would have thought that the original Rich Mountain Southern Appalachian Expedition ten years ago would grow to this great event? This year a great team led by David Russell, Ross Davidson, Jonathon Horrobin, Steve Herrod, Robb Sundmaker, Jeffrey Ferjak and many others worked very hard to get this all together on a very tight schedule. They really pulled off an amazing feat considering how late in the year this all got started. David Porter and Byron Knight spent untold hours preparing the camping site and Jeffrey Ferjak arranged access to the Spring Lake property as well as directing the efforts of a team of volunteers to help cut and prepare a network of trails. There are many more people and sponsors to thank for this event and to all of you the club extends a very hearty WELL DONE!
Page 2 Upcoming Land Rover Event Schedule Dec 13—Solaros Christmas Party — Saturday @ 3:00 PM at the Mike and Karen Pado’s in Woodstock Dec 17—Club Meeting @ Logan’s— Very Important!! Officer Nominations for 2004 will be discussed. 7:45—8:30 PM Dec 27—Annual GTA (Georgia Triumph Assoc.) Polar Bear Run—Roswell—Dahlonega-Road Atlanta
Dec 27—Annual Holiday Ride—Destination Unknown (Subject to change due to weather) See website Jan 21—Club Meeting @ Logan’s Officer Election Night—be there! Jan 24—Club Ride—
Club News Amy and David Porter had a healthy baby girl (Morgan) on Friday Oct 3—congratulations to the whole family. Byron and Michelle Knight are expecting a new addition sometime around March—thereby cleverly avoiding scheduling conflicts with any major Land Rover event— congratulations you two! David Russell and Ross Davidson came up with some great ideas for some fun awards at the SAE—they prepared some certificates for farthest traveled, most original truck, newest truck and one of the more hotly contested awards—most stickers—won by our own Will Roeder with 55 (I think) stickers on his Discovery. We got some great compliments from our guests from out of state on how well marked the trails at Spring Lake were and how efficiently the registration for the SAE was run. Its that time of year to nominate your favorite victim to be a club officer—we are looking for nominations for President, Vice President, Membership Chairman and Treasurer—don’t miss this golden opportunity to really stick it to a fellow club member who really ticked you off this year—or someone who has organizational and social skills one step up the evolutionary ladder from pond scum—the one necessary qualification for being an officer is that any candidate must have at least two witnesses who will testify that the candidate has at least once ridden in a Series truck …..
SOLAROS 2004 Solaros Club Dues are now due! by: Robb Sundmaker Dues are due for the calendar year 2004 no later than January 31, 2004. Dues are again $40. The first half of the Solaros dues goes to support the operating expenses of the club. This pays for printing and mailing the newsletter and other expenses such as buying the Solaros stickers. The other $20 goes to the Southern Four Wheel Drive Association (SFWDA) and the United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA). Our continued membership in SFWDA is critical to the sport’s lobbying power for off-road trails. They also provide inexpensive event insurance for our big spring and fall events. In addition membership in this organization is very beneficial in maintaining good relations with the US Forest Service. SFWDA is working very hard to keep access to Rich Mountain and Anderson Creek (two of our favorite trails) open to our membership. Dues can be paid at the December meeting, Holiday Party, January meeting or by mail. To pay your dues by mail simply mail a check for $40 made payable to Southern Land Rover Society to: Jack Walter 1325 North Point Way Roswell, GA 30075 If dues are not paid by January 31st, you will be removed from the email list, denied access to the member only sections of the website and bulletin board, removed from the mailing list for the Greenlaner and removed from the membership directory on the website. As you can see from all that can be lost by not paying your dues, $40 is a good deal for all the effort and money that go into making the club the success it has become in 2003.
Drew Hinkle, Robb Sundmaker and Christian Kuhtz have made quite a few improvements to the Solaros website. There are more additions on the way so be sure to check out the latest changes at:
www.solaros.com See page 5 for more details.
The registration tent at SAE T-shirts anyone? Jonathon still has a few left.
Scenes from the SAE—who could believe that such an innocent looking little mud puddle could be so deep? - and so gooey? Photos courtesy of aardvark...who had the oldest truck there—a 1960 Series II 88” Land
SOLAROS Night run up the creek
Very nice One Ton 109â€? with cool hydraulic winch
Pado gases some yellow jackets
Dave Murrell meets tree the hard way
Rich Mountain update As you may have heard there is a lawsuit pending on the status of the Rich Mountain Road. Many of the charges are without merit and the SFWDA is keeping a close eye on the situation. Some of our members reported that Rangers were seen on several occasions checking that vehicles using the road were street legal and were staying on the trail in recent weeks. Here is an update from the SFWDA: Someone in the Bounty Runners reported new signs on the trail: There are new wildlife preservation area signs and restricted access signs all along the trail and there are a bunch of new gates blocking off a number of small trails that branch off from the main entrances. There are also new "ROAD CLOSED" gates over both main entrances, however, they are currently locked in the open position. I called Kerwin Dewberry today as there were rumors of a Dec 1 closure. Kerwin did not know about the new signs along the trail. He stated that no decision has been made about Rich Mountain and mentioned nothing about an imminent closure. He said the gates were there to protect the resources due to frost damage (I read this as possible temporary closure due to frost). He said the entrance bulletin boards had also been replaced or repaired. He does not know what will happen due to the lawsuit, but thinks it will be months. If you plan to ride at Rich Mountain in the winter, I suggest you call the Forest Service office at 706-632-3031 and ask them if the Rich Mountain Road is open that weekend. Or have someone take a look the evening before. The Forest Service is continuing work on the NEPA process. The Environmental Assessment is due to be published early next year. First he said January, then February. There should be another 30-day comment period at the time. Possibly the NEPA process could make the claims in the lawsuit moot. Plus, if you or your friends run the trail and see any changes, please let me know immediately. Thanks. Stefan Roth VP, SFWDA
Notice large stick protruding from turn signal lens—at least it didn’t take out the battery too—like Mike McCaig said he did once—the one he hit wasn’t nearly as rotten.
Mid Atlantic Rally—ROAV—Arvonia, Virginia The first weekend in October traditionally finds a group of Solaros members heading north to a remote middle-ofnowhere spot in central Virginia for the Rover Owners of Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Rally. This year was no exception as a large contingent of us including first timer attendees Ross Davidson and Mike Pado joined the pilgrimage to this hot bed of Rover nuts that gather annually on the banks of the James River. This year there were well over three hundred Land Rovers at the event from a very early Series 1 with the headlights behind the grill to a true military Wolf 110. Virtually every model and color combination of Land Rover can be seen at this event which really adds to the fun—it’s a great car show and is superbly run. We left late Thursday morning this time and arrived after dark at the MAR site. We had to reduce our pace because I was towing a trailer and Mike’s military tires on his 110 got a bit squirrelly above 65 mph. It got pretty cold Friday morning—mid 20’s with a heavy frost but the weather was beautiful throughout the weekend. Setting up in the dark was a snap for me—it took only five minutes to set up my borrowed South African camping trailer—Ross and Mike were still unpacking their tent poles as I finished up. I had grabbed the wrong sleeping bag on the way out of the house– a move I would regret soon. Mike had thought that putting some dry ice in his coolers might be a good idea but we learned that a little dry ice goes a long way—everything was frozen solid and a couple of coke cans cooked off in his cooler overnight (he’d left the lid open hoping things would thaw) decorating the inside of his 110’s canvas top.
Friday was devoted to watching all of the Land Rovers roll in and exploring the trails around the site. Mike promptly stuck the 110 in a deep mud hole which meant I had to hike back to the camp to get the Range Rover to winch him out. Ross and I rode around up in the swamp at the western end of the property and managed to get stuck three times in fifteen minutes so we decided to sit back and watch at some of the more interesting mud holes. We also got involved in a late night recovery of a stranded D-90 that was stuck on a steep hill with no brakes and two dead batteries. Saturday is the day that the Aluminum Man Triathlon is held. This year’s Aluminum Man threw in a few new twists—thank goodness no canoes were involved it was too darn cold—and once again Chris Brown and Jack Walter teamed up to represent Solaros. Our first challenge was to use something on your truck (other than the cigarette lighter) to ignite a candle and carry it across the dam about 200 yards. A set of jumper cables, two screwdrivers and we had fire now the challenge was to cross a large open space while shielding the flame in a flower pot. The Boggs’ candle blew out only yards from the finish line and they had to run back and start over. The next challenge involved getting the spare tire across a thirty foot wide “1000 foot deep” ravine. Chris made several trips across a rope “bridge” before we could slide the tire across on a winch cable that was anchored to a stake driven in the far bank.
1948-50 Series One Land Rover 80” - too cool!
The RTV started well but on the second section a protruding limb spiked right through the right turn signal of the Range Rover and it went down hill from there. We wound Orange 101 Forward Control camper w/ external cage up third by a single point which won us a new Garmin GPS3+ and a $100 gift certificate from DAP. Several Solaros members entered the RTV portion of the event and Robb Sundmaker’s brother and Gary Simpson’s son both won prizes in the Discovery division. ROAV member Quinton and his 80” Series One easily “cleaned” every section of the RTV and wound up with a score of “0” points— Series One Land Rovers are just too cool. Later that evening I enjoyed a ride in Chris Schramm’s Series truck as he demonstrated his gracefulness at a particularly slimy mud hole. A great time was had by all and we picked up a few more converts among the Solaros crowd that are already making plans to return next year. As we keep telling everyone—It’s worth the drive!
This Series III 109” wagon has been all over Africa note the roof hatch and the South African Howling Wolf roof tent—the nicest roof tent I’ve seen.
Scenes from the Aluminum Man Triathalon at the Mid-Atlantic Rally in Virginia—Team SOLAROS won third place overall with great feats of daring, skill and courage (and won valuable prizes) - next year Chris drives— maybe that way we can finally beat Team Boggs—the local favorites—we need a Series One Land Rover badly….
Minutes - November Solaros meeting: 1.
Who to give our charitable donation to for our profit for SAE? Some suggestions for our charitable donations included US Forest Service, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.
Suggestions for 2004 SAE - We are going to start a thread in the bulletin board for suggestions for the 2004 SAE
2004 officer nominations at December meeting - Reminded everyone that the next meeting we will have officer nominations for the 2004 calendar year. If you cannot make the meeting but would like to nominate someone for an officer position either let me know via email or start a thread on the Solaros bulletin board. Make sure you start the thread in the General Discussion for member's only.
Meeting location - Asked everyone to seek out locations for our new meeting site. In order to be considered the establishment must have an enclosed room, not require charge for the room and not require everyone to eat and drink. For now the next meeting will be held at Logan's (same place as tonight).
Holiday Party - The preliminary schedule for the holiday party will again be at Mike and Karen Pado's in Canton, GA at 3 PM on December 13, 2003. Directions will be emailed and posted on the member's only section of the bulletin board.
Website/Bulletin Board development - So far we have 30 registered users (28 of which I know are members) for the bulletin board. The bulletin board and the "Member Resources" page of the website will serve as one of the main communication tools for the club in order to cut down on the number of emails members receive. There will always be the Greenlaner as well. Registering for the bulletin board and the Members Resources page are easy. Do it now! Don't know how call or email me. I will walk you through it. Methods to vote for officers - Last year we utilized email as our method for voting on 2003 officers and this significantly increased the number of votes we received over the old way of a mail-in insert via the Greenlaner. For 2004 we might utilize email again or a online vote that ensures only members vote and that members can vote only once. If we cannot ensure this we will again use email to collect our votes. 2004 Dues - Dues are due no later than January 31, 2004. It is not too early to send them in now. Dues are $40 and should be sent to Jack Walter, 1325 North
Point Way, Roswell, GA 30075. Make checks payable to Southern Land Rover Society. 9.
Greenlaner - Please send Jack Walter any items for the Greenlaner. It is going to the press soon and he needs stories. New members do not be afraid to write an article regarding your experiences at your first SAE.
Robb received this nice thank you note from the winners of our “Most Original Truck Award”- the Aycriggs and the 1965 88” Series IIA that they bought brand new. We just want to thank you all for the most fun we have had in a long time in our Land Rover. You all worked hard in every area to put on a fabulous three-day event. Our old Landie Rover even made over all those rocks with a few moans and groans at Nimblewill and Jack was a wonderful leader and kept us all safe. Also, please thank Jeff and company for clearing the trails at Spring Lake and for all the great signs to keep us on track. They did an incredible job. Please extend a hearty Thank You to the Porters for letting us use their property for some great fun and fellowship. And please thank Moose for making checking into the event fun. We really enjoyed him. Also, thank you so much for the Certificate of Award for having the most original truck even though it had a pink sticker. Landie Rover is very proud. Thanks again for a GREAT TIME!!! Terry & Gerry Aycrigg and Quonie (golden retriever) 1965 Series II A Land Rover (blue) Maitland, Florida
THE GREENLANER Vermont Trip reportâ€”Ron Ward Vermont. Wow, what a great place. Next time I'll be sure to bring hardcopies of my resume to leave just about anyplace. Manchester is a beautiful little town even with all the outlet and factory stores. We got some great Orvis deals. We drove up to Westford and checked on our friends at Rovers North on Friday. It was a long trip (almost 3 hours one way) and the place was really kind of sleepy. But the people were nice and the Rovers were plenty. We got some shots of the lot, the back lot, the container barn and a couple of the operation inside. Back in Manchester we spent lots of time eating and drinking the wide variety of micro-brews at the Marsh Tavern at the Equinox. We took in a one hour Land Rover Driving Course session and Melinda graduated with honors! She was impressive with her talk of diff locks, cross-axleing, and various forms of recovery. The senior off-road instructor was speechless. Made me proud. We also drove up to the oldest marble quarry in North America in Dorset. A short 15 minute drive from Manchester the quarry flooded in the early 1900's and is now a 200 foot deep swimming hole for locals. Really neat. Then we headed north up through a small pass which turned into an unpaved forest service road. Many such roads exist in these parts and are often closed in winter. No snow yet, so the roads were still open. Reminds me of the Amicalola and Suches area where the forest service roads have turnoffs intended for higher clearance vehicles. The 4x4 Ford Expedition we had performed well even with road tires!!! I think the most unusual thing about the whole trip was when we arrived on Tuesday. It was about 420pm and already pitch dark out (daylight savings time, northern latitudes and all) and about 58 degrees. We checked in and since this is the slowest week of the year, they said, they upgraded us to a suite. One of four two-bedroom, two story suites in the original part of the building, circa 1750's. Oh, and the name of the suite? The Ulysses S. Grant Suite. That's right, it was down the hall from the Mary Todd Lincoln Suite. President Grant slept in the same bed, in the same room that we had. No ghostly appearances though. The desk clerk looked at me funny when I requested they rename the room the Robert E. Lee Suite just for the week.... Food was great, lots of potatoes and meat. Oatmeal and eggs, not a glass of sweet tea for miles. We saw some 30 Land Rovers in Vermont alone. Within a mile of the VT/NY border, the first LR we saw was a Canadian spec 3-door 110 hardtop with a canoe on top by the side of the road on route 7A in VT. We saw a pastel green IIA 88 in Rutland, and of course all the great Rovers North trucks. Saw 3 Toyota LC FJ's in good shape as well as a couple G-wagons. By far the most popular vehicle in Vermont,
Page 9 we saw more than 100 Saabs. They were everywhere. Audi Quattro's and Subarus of all kinds were crawling the place. A car nut's paradise. Anyway, I'll get my pictures downloaded and/or developed and write an article for the Greenlaner.
Anderson Creek Trail closed for remodeling: As you may have heard one of our favorite (and most scenic) trails was closed the day before the SAE event began. It has been gated off to prevent vehicular traffic while the Forest Service develops a plan to stabilize the trail and eventually reopen it. The SFWDA is keeping a close eye on the plans for this trail. There is some question as to whether the entrance off HWY 52 will be reopened but plans are currently in place to close the trail for two years while the USFS develops and implements its decisions. Here is a n update from SFWDA: Even though it's closed, you can walk in on foot. Apparently they do not want you to ride in on a mountain bike though. Forest Service Road 28 is open. Forest Service Road 46 is open. I did not have the FS quad map, so I could not get info from Kerwin about exactly which quads were closed. The next planning meeting for Anderson Creek trails will most likely be in January. They tried for December, but there are too many scheduling conflicts. People from the district office and the supervisor office will be in attendance. Kerwin is working on the agenda and it will be a "tight meeting" (whatever that means). We will need to attend any meetings to which we are invited. It will be on a working day during working hours. Probably not on a Monday though. I did not mention the Hwy 52 entrance. This will be a tough issue and I did not want to discuss it on the phone with him. You are still urged to compile good reasons why the entrance should be left open! David Russell and Robb Sundmaker will try to keep us informed on this situation so that we can send representatives to any planning meetings that we can attend.
Page 10 SAE Trail building day, OCT 18, 2003 It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been off-road and wanting a break from a remodeling project I was glad to hear about the need for SAE cleanup-day volunteers. Saturday, October 18, I met Jeffery Ferjak and Stefan Kraemer at some property the SAE will have an opportunity to use this November. The day was perfect, if a little warm, but the property was the real treat. Ralph, the owner, was there too. Ralph has a history of windsurfing and now water skiing and trail bike riding. Water skiiing actually is the purpose of this 200 acre property. The creek has been dammed and the lake formed there is a water skiing school for Ralph’s students. After crossing the dam, Jeffery in his Discovery, Stefan in the International Scout, and me in a D90, keeping close to the tree line, took a steep right hand turn down the earthen embankment and were quickly engulfed by the woods. Careful through here it has only recently been cut in with a bobcat.. In fact, this is all virgin wood to vehicular traffic. A quarter of a mile into the woods and already we have to start cutting trees to widen the path. This first stop is actually where we met Ralph. Our goal for the day is to create a trail to the top of the bluff and, if possible, to meet up with the trail on the back side of the summit. Before starting Ralph wanted to show Jeffery the new trail through to the creek crossing. In order to build this trail Ralph had to bridge a swamp. The bridge was made by building up the area with felled trees and covering this new “road” with fresh dirt. Even while walking this bridge you could feel it bouncing under foot. This section should prove interesting to those brave enough to drive over. But enough of this get together. The time is already after 10 o’clock and we have a lot of work to do. Jeffery showed us the entrance to the hill-climb. No way are we taking the trucks up there without first bringing in the chainsaws. And before the chainsaws we need to scout out a decent approach. Unfortunately, there isn’t a decent approach so we just picked a line that would at least provide a winch point. After walking the area and looking for an ascent that would require cutting the least amount of trees we decided the best shot was relatively straight up the slope.
SOLAROS would have made but I forgot the camera. The slope there must be 35% or better. Next was the Scout. The Scout has lockers and Stefan took the slope from a left hand turn with little problem. But then we didn’t think his truck would have much of a problem anyway. Last was my D90 and I thought I’d give Stefan’s line a try but to no avail. Perhaps if I hadn’t cut it so sharp but I decided to approach it from the right taking Jeffery’s line instead. I’m always amazed at what a Rover can do. This was no exception and even on what Jeffery called “street tires” the Defender scooted right up. Actually, the tires are General Grabbers and I’ve been extremely happy with their performance on rock and in the mud. While I had lost sight of Jeffery I could see the Scout just below the summit. Did I mention the rocks? No. Well we didn’t think they were that bad when we were on foot but looks can be deceiving. Jeffery had a bit of trouble through the area but Stefan’s attempt required winching and a major trail repair. That rocky area has now been christened “The Shackles” after Stefan’s labors. The Scout is suspended by springs like the series vehicles. Somehow Stefan sheared the spring locator bolt and the right side of his front axle wound up about 10 inches in front of the left side. The dislocation also caused the front drive shaft to separate. This didn’t look good at all but Stefan was confident that he could effect a trail repair. After looking over the situation and since we knew Jeffery had to leave early we winched the Scout to a more secure area and sent Jeffery on his way to forage a trail out of the woods. While Stefan’s truck is well equipped for emergency’s after 2 hours we decided that the locator bolt would not come out of it’s casting. The only option was to secure the leaf springs with a separate bolt and lash the axle to the frame using cinch straps front and rear. Maybe it wasn’t pretty but it worked like a charm. Stefan winched the remainder of the way to the top of the hill and the straps seemed to hold quite well. I was the last one through The Shackles and didn’t have any problems at all but after spending 2 hours laying on the ground, under the Scout, I knew those rocks quite well.
Jeffery and Stefan were each working with a chainsaw and I was clearing the small stuff with a machete. A team of three seemed to work well as we were also cutting the larger trees into fence post length for Ralph.
There you have it. Mere minutes from camping at the Porter’s are fresh trails, creeks, rocks, swamps, hill climbs and more. We made it through but it was dry and there were only three of us. Enjoy those trails and when you crest the summit remember that you’ve conquered The Shackles.
By 12:45 we had cleared enough trail that we thought we could make it to the top and decided to give it a try. Once on the top we would decide where the trail would go. Jeffery approached the first section with a right hand turn and the Discovery, true to form, handled the obstacle with aplomb. What a picture that
Also, not too many mile from the Porter’s property is the largest collection of Kangaroo’s outside of Australia. You must make reservations before you visit - information can be found at : www.kangaroocenter.com John Casteel
THE GREENLANER Website Developments By: Robb Sundmaker
Drew and I are making strides in developing a more interactive, informative and up-to-date website for SOLAROS. On the home page we have removed the “news applet” that took a long time to run and replaced it with a box that states what’s new, upcoming events, and items coming soon to the website. If you do not have a long time to peruse the site and just want to see if there is anything new or updated on the website just take a quick peak under the “What’s New” section.
Page 11 To enter this area of the website you need a username and password. To obtain a username, email Drew Hinkle at email@example.com and tell him a password that you want to use. He will email you back your user name. When you click on MEMBER RESOURCES on the top of the home page it will ask you for your user name and password. Enter your username and password and press Enter. Click on Member Directory on the left and a listing of the members will appear. Check the website often as there are other efforts we are making to improve the website. If you have any suggestions or comments on the website let us know. Forwarding Email Lists
To make the website more interactive we have installed a bulletin board where members and non-members can post questions, suggestions, pictures or just some good Land Rover talk. There are a total of five forums on the bulletin board with two of them being open to the public and three of them only available to members.
With our new web host, we have the ability to create a number of forwarding email lists. For those not familiar with forwarding email lists, firstname.lastname@example.org is an example of one. Basically it allows a member to type in one email address and an email is sent to all email addresses listed under this email address.
Public forums: 1. General Discussion 2. Technical Discussion Private “Member only” forums: 1. General Discussion 2. Trail Discussion 3. Vendor Reviews So far there are 30 registered participants and about 135 posts on the bulletin board!
We are in the process of setting up more forwarding email lists. Some we have setup (or are considering setting up) are: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org During the months leading up to 2003 SAE we setup a forwarding email address for all the volunteers for the event to receive updates on the progress of all the aspects of planning for SAE.
To register for the bulletin board: 1. Go to the SOLAROS home page and click on Bulletin Board under the “What’s New” section. This will open a new window for the bulletin board. 2. Click Register on the top of the page and fill out the appropriate information. 3. Once registered email Drew at email@example.com and let him know you are a member of Solaros and he will give you access to the forums accessible only to members. There is also a member’s only section of the website that lists members’ names, email addresses, phone numbers and either a picture of the member’s truck or a listing of the truck(s).
If you have any suggestions on a forwarding email list that is not listed above please email me your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other planned additions are a history of the club and a featured members truck of the month—should be fun!
Conqueror Off-Road Camping Trailer I was asked to try out this Conqueror camping trailer from South Africa at the Mid Atlantic Rally in Virginia. It has a roof top type tent that folds out to the left side of the trailer and it provides an enclosed “veranda” at ground level and a queen sized bed that is accessed with a ladder. There are on board water tanks, an electrical system to run a 12V refrigerator and it comes fully equipped with awnings, poles, and even tableware. It literally sets up in five minutes—I was set up before Ross and Mike could get their tent out of the bag—in the dark! For more info go by Saturn of Alpharetta and take a look they have two sizes of demo models set up. It’s a pretty neat rig that has true off road capabilities.
Land Rover Discovery—Series III Land Rover's sensational plans for the Discovery - an unstoppable machine that will have its off-road opposition dancing to an all-new tune reveal a top-of-the-range flagship. Land Rover is no longer playing safe with its legendary off-roader and is set to introduce a controversial new look, along with a revised seven-seat interior and fresh engine range. Pencilled in for launch in November 2004, the car will rival machines such as the VW Touareg and new Volvo XC90. The front features the bold twin-headlamp look first seen on the latest Range Rover, but has a more utilitarian appearance than its luxury big brother. At the rear, the spare wheel has moved from its position on the back door and been located underneath the rear of the boot floor. This allows a Range Rover-style split tailgate, rather than a heavy door. One concession made to Discovery tradition is the rearmost side windows, which stretch into the roof. But even more dramatic changes have been made under the skin. One Land Rover insider told us: "On or off road, this car will outperform all of its rivals and any of our current products." Entry-level cars will offer a choice between 3.5-Liter V8 petrol and 2.7-liter diesel V6 units. Flagship cars will be powered by a Jaguar-sourced 4.2liter V8 tuned to deliver greater torque. All three engines will be mated to a six-speed gearbox. While the entry-level machines will have coil-sprung suspension, the range-topper features air-suspension, plus an advanced stability control system called e-traction. The chassis will also form the basis of a smaller, sportier model aimed at the BMW X5. Known as the Range Sport, this is due for launch in 2005.
Light problems. Diagnosis & repair. As the winter evenings are getting shorter and the darkness earlier in its arrival, many of us are using our lights more than in previous months. The other evening, in one of our many rainstorms we’ve been having of late, I turned on my headlights for the drive home from work. Something didn’t appear to be right. Although it wasn’t entirely dark out, the dashboard illumination didn’t seem to be doing its job. I could see my headlights reflecting back from the vehicles in front of me, so maybe it was just a blown fuse or bulb or bulbs? As the daylight finely did start to deteriorate it was evident that the dashboard lights weren’t in fact working. Almost home I continued to the house to find that only the headlights were working, no taillights or sidelights. Luckily the brake lights, indicators and rear fog lights were still okay. Upon noticing that the taillights were also on the blink the first check was the bulbs, all okay. I check the fuses, all okay. Although three separate fuses would have had to have blown to result in the current scenario. Then the twist, one time the lights ALL worked again without any action from me. But only once! Stories of British auto-electrics started springing to mind, with the word Lucas becoming audible with every beat of my now racing pulse. I consulted a few friends who have dealt with autoelectrics, and the common consensus seemed to be “Start at the beginning (the switch) and work your way along the circuit, checking or replacing each component as you go. Or put it in the shop!” Well, I might not have known electrics but there is one characteristic I have which overpowers the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing, I’m cheap! I went out and bought a cheap volt meter/circuit tester and a generic auto-electric manual from Haynes, total cost about $32. Neither of which were used in the resultant repair, but if I hadn’t got them I would have been stuck halfway through needing a volt meter and electrical manual. Sods law! Anyway, the cause was corrosion on the contacts in the switch. Luckily it was the first thing I checked, and I didn’t start at the lights and work back to the switch. The actual repair took only about half an hour. Following is the procedure for this repair.
Tools required Small Philips head screwdriver Emery cloth (sand paper) Procedure 1. On the underside of the plastic cowling which surrounds the steering column are three screws in recessed holes, undo these screws. 2. Firmly, but cautiously pull apart the top and bottom of the cowling, It snaps together, but do not force it. 3. Turn the steering wheel to the left so that the top of the center body of the wheel is aligned vertically rather than horizontally, which it would be if the driving wheels were straight ahead. It is easier if the engine is running when doing this so that the Power Assisted Steering is working. 4. Before continuing, turn OFF the ignition and remove the key for safety. 5. Access to two small screws used to secure the switch housing to the steering column assembly is now
Page 14 gained. See picture. Remove these two screws. 6. There are two connecter blocks on the back of the switch, disconnect these. 7. Firmly, but again cautiously, pull the switch from the column. It has probably not been removed since vehicle assembly so will undoubtedly be stiff. This took me a little time to work out, but the switch will ONLY come out if pulled straight out through the direction of the drivers door. There are two tracks on the top and two on the bottom of the switch holding its position so it must slide in and out along these tracks. 8. Once the switch is out, remove the two screws on the back and separate the covers from the switch body, there are two one on top of the other, both held in by the two screws. Be careful when separating the switch as there are moving parts inside which will come out and need to go back in, in the same location. 9. Clean any residue or corrosion from the contacts within the switch using the emery cloth. A light sanding is all that should be necessary, try not to touch the contacts again with dirty fingers. 10. Reassemble the two covers on the back of the switch and plug in the two connecter blocks. 11. Turn on the ignition and try to turn on the lights, if all lights work as they should turn off lights and ignition then reassemble following these instructions backwards. As the old saying goes, “A woman that changes a light bulb is happy that she can see again. A man that changes a light bulb is now an electrician.” Congratulations, you can now add to your resume Auto-Electrician!
SOLAROS Defender Clutch repair A couple months ago the clutch on my D-90 (with R380 Gearbox) was cause for some concern. The clutch was not disengaging completely, causing lots of crunching noises during the morning rush hour trip to work. After I got it back home I checked the hydraulics and all seemed ok. Mysteriously it seemed to have fixed itself during the drive home. All was good for another 6 weeks or so when the usual LR-clunk (when taking up the slack in the driveline during shifting/starting from stop) turned into a double clunk. The first one was our familiar clunk, the second one sounded much more unhealthy. This time it did not fix itself on the way home. That night I started to take the gearbox out and investigate this issue. First I took all the carpet etc out of the car, and then I unbolted the floors on driver and passenger side plus the gearbox tunnel. Those 3 parts are held in place by over 30 screws of different types. Easy to take out, not so easy to put back correctly. The floorboards come out easy; the tunnel is a different story. The shifter unbolts nicely and separated right away from the transmission. After taking it out I read the manual and it told me to mark the shifter position. It is a splined system that can be mounted in lots of different ways. Well, too late now. I would have to deal with it later anyways. So now I got the rubber bellows out that seal the shifter to the floor, underneath it there was a very dense foam piece that keeps noise out. This turned out to be tricky; the manual says ‘remove foam’. I love those statements; it took me 20 minutes to get that stuff out. Finally the transmission tunnel was loose, but it kept on hitting the fuse box which is mounted on the inside of the bulkhead just below the dashboard, causing interference with the tunnel. Back to the repair manual, yup, it says to unbolt the fuse and relay panel. So I did that, it was pretty easy and gave more room for maneuvering that big piece. This transmission tunnel is not made from aluminum anymore, in my truck it is made out of fiberglass which is not very flexible. Now it was hitting my cubby box between the seats. I took the cubby box out (after cleaning it out-amazing what kind of stuff collects in there) and now I had a great view of the top of the gearbox. The next step was to undo all electrical connectors, back up lights, diff lock indicator, and the cable for the speedometer and the hoses for the gearbox breathers. After that the drive shafts came out. The book says that they do not
THE GREENLANER have to come out completely, but on my truck there is no other way. Both shafts had to be unbolted on the differentials so I could remove those bolts and drop those ends of the drive shafts. Only then was I able to pull the gear box ends off their respective bolts. These bolts are fixed (in one case to the handbrake drum, in the other case to the front output shaft of the transfer case). This turned out to be a good idea anyway; it gave more room since I was doing the whole thing on the garage floor. Next came the muffler, I took it out easily, after all, the truck has only 30,000 miles on it. At this stage the size of the gear box started to worry me, I could just picture myself underneath it when that monster came crashing down on me. I called it a night and consulted my Land Rover mechanic friend in Germany the next morning. He told me that he always takes the engine out because he thinks it is faster and easier. A little late for me now, so I decided to read the shop manual again. Rover has this nifty bracket that bolts to the gearbox and then it can be bolted to the transmission jack. I decided to build a similar bracket. This worked beautifully with my garage jack; the bracket gets mounted to the transmission with 3 screws. This location is the center of gravity for this whole big lump, so it was balanced perfectly on my jack. The big trick is to lower the whole transmission far enough so that the low range lever clears the seat-box cut-out. After supporting the engine with a bottle jack and removing the clutch slave cylinder I lowered the transmission. I had to put the low range lever in low range to give me more room for it to drop through this earlier described seat box opening. It was stuck somehow and I had the brilliant idea of pressing the clutch pedal to make it easier to move this lever. Well this sent my slave cylinder pieces flying though my garage since it had been unbolted from the transmission housing. This resulted in a different variation of an Easter egg hunt. I found all pieces again and I mopped up the brake fluid before going back under the car and taking the gear box out completely. It teeter-tottered perfectly on this home made mount on my wheeled garage jack. Now I took the clutch out. At first sight all seemed ok, but after closer inspection I found wear marks on the pressure plate and there was a rattle when the plate was turned. A piece of metal fell out of it. It turns out that the clutch disc had broken internally, not the pressure plate. The disc is designed with 4
Page 15 small coil springs that get compressed when the clutch disengages and loads up the gear box. The part that compresses the springs had broken, rendering these springs useless. This is what caused the clunk. The single piece of metal I found in the pressure plate must have been the cause for the dragging of the clutch and must have caused the wear marks. George from roversdownsouth.com sent me a new clutch to arrive the following Friday. It made it alright, except it was for a Series truck. I called him 5:30 pm Friday night and let him know. He overnighted me the correct one (OEM VALEO- this one had a better design-with 6 springs instead of the 4 in the faulty disc) and I had it by 10:00 am Saturday. I am sure this cost him an arm and a leg, but I was very happy to be able to continue the repair. Excellent service though, I really like to deal with him. I put everything back together that day. The clutch works just fine again and I bonded some more with my Landy. I want to mention that I was able to finagle the transmission back to the engine without help from anyone else. I can only recommend using such a transmission adapter; it makes the job so much easier. If anyone needs it, let me know and you can borrow it. Stefan (Editors note: you pansy boys with D-90’s have it easy with that new fangled removable cross member under the transmission—real men—RE: Series Drivers—have to remove the whole seat base and arm wrestle their gearboxes out over the fuel tank and frame rails and out the passenger side door !)
2003 SOLAROS Holiday Party Date: Saturday, December 13, 2003 Time: 3:00 PM Where: Home of Mike and Karen Pado 220 Sugar Mill Lane Canton, GA 30115 770-777-2781 Warning: Mapquest has this address about 1.5 miles from where it really is located. Use directions below. What to bring: Solaros supplies the main dish (honeybaked ham, turkey, etc.) and soft drinks, therefore, bring a side dish of your choice, desert or some other supplies. RSVP: Members that are planning to attend please reply by email Mike Pado at email@example.com or call Mike and Karen at 770-777-2781 as soon as possible to RSVP. We need you to do this to insure that we have enough food and drink on hand. Directions - If these directions don't make sense or you get lost please call. 770-777-2781 From Ga. 400 North: Exit at Mansell Rd. and turn left. Go straight on Mansell, past the Land Rover Center, cross Ga. 9, to the next intersection. Turn right on Ga. 140. Continue on Ga. 140 for APPROXIMATELY six miles and cross into Cherokee County . After about another two miles look for a Save Mart grocery on the right.
From I-75/I-575 North: Go north on I-575 to the "Town Lake Parkway" exit (exit 8). Turn right; continue straight through Woodstock, the road name will change to "Arnold Mill Rd." Go straight through one traffic light (Barnes Rd. to the right, Lower Arnold Mill to the left) At the first STOP sign turn left onto "Mountain Rd." Go to the traffic light and turn left onto "Ga. 140". After you turn onto "Ga. 140" you should look for the Citgo store (less than ¼ mile). You will turn right IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the store onto "Sugar Pike Rd." Continue on Sugar Pike Rd. until you come to the first stop sign, the landmarks will be a church on the left and a fire station across and to the right. Go straight through the intersection, and turn on the first road on the right (about ½ mile), this will be "Gantt Rd.". Turn left into the SECOND entrance for "Sugar Mill Farms". This is "Sugar Mill Lane". Go to the cul-de-sac and the driveway will be on the right. The house number is 220; you can't see the house from the street, so come up the driveway to park. For a map of the area go to page 5 of http://www.solaros.com/images/greenlaner/dec01.pdf
After you see the Save Mart grocery store on the right you should look for the Citgo store (less than ¼ mile). You will turn right IMMEDIATELY BEFORE the store onto "Sugar Pike Rd." Continue on Sugar Pike Rd. until you come to the first stop sign, the landmarks will be a church on the left and a fire station across and to the right. Go straight through the intersection, and turn on the first road on the right (about ½ mile), this will be "Gantt Rd.". Turn left into the SECOND entrance for "Sugar Mill Farms". This is "Sugar Mill Lane". Go to the cul-de-sac and the driveway will be on the right. The house number is 220, you can't see the house from the street, so come up the driveway to park.
Phil Brooks does some exploring out in New Mexico with his 110.
Land Rovers and Parts For Sale I have a set of 5 '03 Range Rover tires and wheel rims ( less than 200 miles on them ) Goodyear all terrain 255/60/19 including center caps . They came off my car when I had the 20'' wheels added at delivery. Perfect condition. Taking bids. Will be realistic on price Stephen.Turpin@cit.com
AD-VICE FROM A NO-VICE (THINGS I HAVE SEEN OR LEARNED IN MY SHORT TIME OF OFF ROADING)
WHEN GOING THROUGH MUD HOLES WITH WATER, BEST TO KEEP THE ENGINE SPEED UP AND GET THROUGH IT AS FAST AS YOU SAFELY CAN, GOING SLOW WITH LITTLE MOMENTUM WILL USUALLY GET YOU STUCK. TRY AND KEEP TWO WHEELS ON THE SIDE WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF WATER.
WHEN USING A 1500 PSI (OR OTHER) PRESSURE WASHER, BETTER WEAR LEATHER GLOVES ON YOUR HANDS WHILE HANDLING THE NOZZLE. IT IS EASY TO HAVE YOUR HAND SLIP AND “RE-ADJUST” THE NOZZLE FROM “WIDE SPRAY” TO “JET SPRAY”. THE HIGH PRESSURE “JET” SETTING CAN CUT THE SKIN OFF YOUR HANDS AS WELL AS DAMAGE PARTS OF YOUR VEHICLE.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A PRESSURE WASHER, DON’T GO BUY ONE. YOU CAN DO A BETTER JOB CLEANING THE MUD OFF YOU VEHICLE USING GOOD HAND ADJUSTING NOZZLE. THE HAND NOZZLE WILL FIT INTO PLACES YOU CAN’T GET THE PRESSURE WASHER WAND INTO.
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