Four Wheels Around - A Road Trip from the UK to South Africa

In February 2009 we are setting off on the trip of a lifetime from Brighton, E-Sussex, UK to South Africa. Furthermore, we are raising money for the British Red Cross along the way. This blog will cover our preparation until we leave and our adventures whilst we are on the road.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Preparing the Landy

The first steps in preparing the vehicle was to ensure it was mechanically sound for a long overland trip. A number of repairs and alterations were carried out before it was deemed ready for an overland trip of this nature. A list of these repairs is included below:

Above: Katie in the Land Rover

Firstly - for the MOT a service was carried out. Welding was done to the rear of the vehicles chassis. Brake lines were changed and new wipers were fitted.

At Deep South Land Rovers:

  1. Brakes: The front discs, pads and oil seals were replaced. The rear drums, shoes, wheel cylinders and two rear brake pipes were replaced.

  2. Cambelt: Cambelt and tensioner were replaced - this included gaskets and anti-freeze.

  3. Suspension: Front and rear shock absorbers, springs and retaining rings needed to be replaced.

  4. Cylinder Head: Cylinder head was removed, checked and valves were lapped in and valve seals replaced. (This included all gaskets).

  5. Exhaust: Entire exhaust system was replaced from front pipe, backwards.

  6. Radiator: Was replaced.

  7. Water pump: A new water pump was installed.

  8. Thermostat:

  9. Lift pump:

  10. Alternator: The alternator was replaced.

  11. Full Service was carried out.
Further repairs:

  • We bought a new battery from a scrapeyard to use to replace the fault leisure battery.

Above: The Landy

Before we leave there are still a number of things that need to be done to the Land Rover. For example it needs a new clutch!


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