Things are Happening!

A long time waiting for the mighty Rover to get going… the shop has started to work to get the motor back.  Here is the block getting the ‘royal’ treatment,

Image 2019-04-22 at 4.54 PMthis will be a 4.6 with tophat liners and fully rebuilt. Will be a great setup, with 1000’s of mile of adventuring…. 🙂 super excited to be getting the Rover back on the road.

Just in time for the 2019 Roaming Rally and perhaps a test run out with the Land Rover Adventure Association (LRAA).

More to come… stay tuned.

Rover DOWN! :(

So, sadly the Rover falls victim to a series of bad events… I know it will be back and running but seriously!  You work to ensure that you go to the right ppl pay the big bucks to get ‘good quality’ work, parts, etc so the Rover is treated right – all things we can do AND this happens.  I am sad that those I trusted didn’t provide the level of service I thought they were capable of… and that I recommended them to other Rover enthusiasts 😦

The Rover is in for the ‘TLC’ and I get the news… ‘sorry the motor is worn out…’ Well, here we go… I have that gut wrenching news – gonna have to rebuild the engine from the ground up.  It is never a good thing to hear, but I am hoping that I will be happy in the end with the outcome.

So the plan right now is to have the worn out 4.6 Bosch revitalized, yup – bring it back to life please.  Hopefully we’ll get lots more enjoyment from this Rover!!

I am putting my Rover into the capable hands of Adam Chappell of Diesel Rovers The engine will get:

As the process moves along I’ll put out updates on how the Rover is doing, right now ETA to be back on the road is looking like 6 wks, it will feel like FOREVER… but to get good quality work and have the piece of mind that the rover is in TOP shape I believe that it is just the price to pay.

Don’t worry, the Rover will be back up and running for the Summers plans… Roaming Rally … and all!  Next update won’t be for a while.

STAY TUNED

BEEN A While, so update…

I have had the typical rover issues… and they never really have gotten out of hand.  BUT over the last six or seven months, MAN the Rover gods must be mad at me.  The list:

  1. Ontario’s safety inspection
    • unecessary bushing replacement
    • unecessary tire replacement (x5)
  2. steering knuckle issues
  3. pinion seal on rear differential
  4. rear main seal
  5. water ingress driver side
  6. MULTIPLE bad experiences with local body shop / mechanics (sad about this, because it caused more issues than fixed and COST $$$)
    • if in Kingston DON’T EVER GO TO M.A.R.S. Autobody
  7. RECENTLY – significant oil leak

I have waffled on replacing my beloved Discovery for an upgrade to my ‘dream’ Land Rover – the Defender 110.  Actually found a really nice one in Germany.  BUT there are several factors that have come into play – first and most prohibitive is the cost.  To get a nice Defender here in Canada will cost at least $25 – 30 K and that is a 15 – 20 year old vehicle. Other things that were considered – I love my Discovery.  It is nice, clean and comfy.  Despite the recent issues, I still enjoy it A LOT!

So with some prodding from the boss (aka wife), The decision was made to keep the Disco.  Now this is not as simple as just continue to drive it till something goes wrong.  I REALLY want to have that unicorn – a nice clean Discovery 2 with no issues, oil leaks etc…

OFF i go, to See the guys at Diesel Rovers:  where it may cost some $$ but not the amount of the Defender and certainly not Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 08.20.03enough to discourage me from doing this.  I have had good experience with Adam and his shop. Hoping that this will launch my Discovery 2 into years of trouble (ish) free enjoyment 😀

The Disco was dropped off this weekend (21 Feb, 2019) and I look forward to letting everyone know how the process is going.  Stay tuned…

In the end, once the Rover is healthy again… it will be time to explore, on the books this summer are several adventures.

Plus whatever else I can find in the great Canadian Shield ;).

Water… water… everywhere :(

So, latest challenge for the Rover and I is a wet driver side floor pan. AND I’ll tell you this tracing water down is ‘fun’…

I first went with what had changed last – several months ago my windshield was replaced, and it has had some issues afterwards. SO went ahead with the assumption that the water was coming from there. Being new to a town and looking for a trust worthy service center added to my challenge. You never truly know if you are entrusting your rig with someone who will treat it right.

This time I think it was a good choice – Kingston Autoglass the owner – Leo spent some time to show me what could be the issue and ALSO was clear that the glass might not be my issue.

Sadly, two things happened 😦 first the water leak continued… not good.  Second the in windshield heater was damaged when they did the maintenance  OH and that is not covered by the work they did 😦 so now I have half a heated windshield.  BUMMED!

I continued the hunt… found where the water is coming out… it is the seam at the base of the A pillar – in the drivers foot well.  SO I went and bought seam sealer, and cleaned up the joints and sealed away…. only to have my dreams crushed as water continues to ingress 😦

Continue to watch here… I am still on the hunt for the leak.  Right now, next thing to check is the rain gutters – research has uncovered that the Safety Devices rack might be causing the seam to crack and leak.  More info to follow.

Fall in Ontario

So, been a busy few months, moving, school, new house… etc etc etc (lots of excuses to not get out) – but the stress builds up AND I just need to get out.  So this was adventure 2, we headed out to Effingham lake. A large lake only accessible form the North by snowmobile / ATV trails – right up the alley of the Rover.

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Have to say that the off-road adventures in Ontario are much different from Colorado 🙂 BUT still a great time none the less…  The trails are fun, lots to do and see.  AND man the colours and the lakes – wow!!

Today was a success….from the point of view that I got to get out enjoy the outdoors, time with my family 😀 and the Rover was it’s normal Rover self… 😀  Had the chance to stop by the lake short for lunch and just explore a bit, what a great area…  we also enjoyed a meal thanks to the Jetboil 😉

Amazing times!  Here is to future adventures….

 

Lost footage…

Came across this footage of Black Bear pass in Telluride, CO.  Totally forgot about it… but what an epic adventure that was!  Here is to finding amazing places here in Ontario.

I know the clip is long… but couldn’t resist.  It was much more intimidating in the truck 😀  Enjoy!

Ontario in the Fall

Weekend fun with Ryan, we got the Rover out to do Rover things… 😀  I have been yearning to get out and hit a trail, although at the same time, I know it won’t be what I enjoyed in Colorado (frankly nowhere else in the world measures up), BUT Ontario and its plethora of lakes and forests has lots to offer.

I took the opportunity to head out with my youngest (Ryan) to explore Puzzle Lake Provincial Park.  And I have to say we were not disappointed.

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The area is an outdoorsmen’s heaven… there is no shortage of small lakes, trails and fishing spots.  Oh and there are tons of primitive camping locations!!  Absolutely beautiful.  On our outing, we found an old farm-house to explore plus we made it to the lake – which had several campsites and a canoe launch.  AND the views were nice…

So the drive… as this is the start of fall the leaves were getting ready to turn and fall… which made for some nice scenery along the drive.  And along the trail too.

The trail.. .the Rovery bits… 😉  Well it was not as challenging as some of the other trails we’ve done, however it was not a fire road either.  I would rate it as a 2 out of 5 only because of the water.  There was a significant amount of water and this added some level of ‘stress’ as each spot had to be surveyed to ensure it was passable.  Some were considerably deep too…

Overall the road / drive and scenery added up to a great day!  If you are in the area of Kingston / Ottawa I would recommend taking a drive out this way.  Even bring your kayak or canoe and BBQ make a day or weekend of the trip.

I know we will be back here again!!