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Transmission oil temperature sender.

Written by ralph on December 8th, 2009. Posted in Repairs and ongoing maintenance

On our way back from a trip to Lakeside the transmission high oil temp warning light came on.  At the time the car was cruising along on the flat so I was pretty certain that the gearbox wasn’t going to melt.

A bit more fettling

Written by ralph on December 8th, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Tuesday, 8th December 2009.

Days to go : 298

CompassNot much to report today although I did spend a bit of time ‘playing’ with the Silva compass.  I mounted it in the centre of the dashboard using two windscreen mirror ‘stickies’

It does come with 4 fixing screws which I may fit later for added security.

I will write an equipment review later and add a link here.

The other day I replaced the Transmission oil temp sender as I had a permanent warning light on.

This is an easy job and I have provided details here.


Small progress with roofrack

Written by ralph on December 4th, 2009. Posted in Ralph's blog

Friday, 04 December 2009

Days to go : 302

I hope to keep this blog going to keep you informed of the progress of the preparation for our upcoming Sahara trip and provide links to the general running, modifications and other articles added to the site.

Elsewhere I have outlined the modifications already in place on the disco.  3 days ago I acquired a Howling Moon 1.4m Tourer Rooftent off ebay. For this to fit I have to modify the roof rack.

I have already removed the waffles boards and holders off the sides and today I removed the mesh ‘flooring’ in readiness for cutting the sides down (more later)

The deposit has now been paid to Atlas Overland so we now feel that the trip is a bit more of a certainty.

I am driving around using the small (22l) auxiliary fuel tank at the moment as I am trying to keep the main tank empty.  Next week I am expecting a 115 litre replacement main tank which I will fit with a 35 litre wing tank from Safari equip.   I hadn’t intended to replace the main tank but, after a mix up by the company I was offered a really good price and decided to go for it.

I will provide details of the roofrack mods and tent fitting as well as how I got on with the tanks in later articles.

Engine replacement

Written by ralph on November 10th, 2009. Posted in Repairs and ongoing maintenance

In April 2009 on a trip to the Moroccan Sahara the engine overheated badly.  At the time I put it down to the higher ambient temperature, loading of the vehicle and constant ups and downs of the terrain.  However further investigation now leads me to another cause.

The old wish list

Written by ralph on October 12th, 2009. Posted in Future plans

The disco is a never ending project and every time I add something or make a mod, something else is added to the shopping list or another idea crops up.  here is the list of desires in no particular order:

Disco 300 Tdi full Modification list

Written by ralph on October 12th, 2009. Posted in Vehicle modifications

It is only when I list eveything that I realise just how much has been done to change the disco to suit what I want (and how much has been spent Surprised).  I have tried to list eveything here.  Many of these mods are detailed elsewhere on the site.