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  1. Tales of the unexpected - Part Twenty-Five: Belt-n-Braces part one

    Today, I replaced the serpentine belt on my 300Tdi which drives the fan, alternator, water pump, etc.

    As you can see it was ready for a change:

    Cracking belt, Grommet!

    When ordering a new one, it is important to note there are two types, an early and a later, which are different lengths.

    This is because the earlier 300Tdi Discoveries were fitted with a smaller ...
  2. Tales of the unexpected - Part Twenty-Five: Belt-n-Braces part two

    Serpentine Belt Replacement, continued.

    So far we have removed the fan shroud, the viscous fan, the radiator top hose and the radiator cowling, to leave us with access to the serpentine belt and pulleys, and the belt tensioner.

    reasonable access to everything, now

    To remove the belt, you need to relax the tension on it. You do this by getting a 15mm ring spanner or socket with a ...
  3. Seven Engines That Killed The Company Part 2

    #4 Triumph V8

    We're a bit Stag-heavy on the blog at the moment, but the monumental failure that is the Triumph V8 can never be explored in too much detail.

    In the mid 1960s Triumph was on a bit of a roll and very close to becoming the British BMW. With the Spitfire and TR it had strong contenders in the roadster/sports car market. Triumph had invented the idea of the mass-market sports ...
  4. Seven Engines That Killed The Company Part 3

    #2 Rover K-Series

    By the end of the 1980s the British motor industry had been very thoroughly shaken up. With the Austin brand ditched Rover was pinning its hopes on the 'R8', a range of small family cars that would be the first product to be released by the new, privatised Rover and the smallest Rover in many decades.

    The centrepiece of the new range was a new engine lineup called ...

    Updated 13th Jul 2012 at 18:52 by jozg44

  5. The Beginning of the End for the Defender?

    The Land Rover Defender is 29 years old. It was way back in 1983, when the Falklands War had only just stopped being a current event, the Austin Maestro was cutting edge, Miami Vice set fashion trends and KC and the Sunshine Band were in the charts that Land Rover launched the One Ten (as the first model was called) and the vehicle sitting in Land Rover showrooms is pretty much the same vehicle. Actually, sod pedantry, it bloody well is the same vehicle. The Defender and its associates havenít ...