Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Deplorable Working Conditions at Beaterblog Ann Arbor Regional HQ

I'm not complaining but saying that my luck with cars this month has been bad is like saying that putting Ben-Gay on your inner thighs is uncomfortable. Automotive casualties this month have included major and unpredicatble Diesel fuel system maladies with the F-250 and profile gasket obliteration on the E30, causing coolant to spray out of the block in SuperSoaker 50-esque fashion. Both of these problems have left me with only one reliable car - Simca - which has no rear brakes and potato-skin-bald tires, therefore can't be driven in the snow.

So when it comes to fixing the cars, I figured I would have paid my dues and would have an easy time repairing them. Wrong, dead wrong.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beater Barn Find: A herd of grazing Series 1s

Seen here is a herd, pack, gaggle, or whatever they're called of Series 1 Land Rovers - each in a different configuration from pick-up to open top.

Just like barn cats, Australian farm-use vehicles constantly venture over the brink of death, returning once again after a goober of weldment or swath of bailing twine brings them back over the edge for another week or two.

Given this kind of quick and dirty fix history, a restoration would be challenging at best, given all the un-fixing that likely needs to be done.