Going the long way round
David gives the BRM a good run following a tricky suspension joint swap
1999 ROVER 200 BRM LE
The New Year was just a few days old when V844 RBK headed off to Autorama in Fengate, Peterborough, for its MoT. While it passed, there was an advisory concerning slight play in a lower suspension joint on the nearside front outer. Since this was causing the car to pull to the left slightly, I reckoned this needed to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Cue a cold winter morning with frozen fingers and fluent Anglo-Saxon curses as what should have been a straightforward swap proved to be anything but, with lots of loopy alignments to be taken into account. Getting the bolts lined up with the weight of the vehicle on them proved to be particularly tricky, so my thanks to Glenn Gibson of autotune.mobile.co.uk for his much appreciated help, patience and skill with this task.
After that, I felt a good run was needed to check that all was going well. I suppose I should have known better than to insert Graham Parker’s 1977 album Stick To Me in the cassette deck on a soggy Sunday morning. Track one, Thunder And Rain, seemed appropriate enough, because while there may not have been any thunder, there was certainly plenty of rain.
Undeterred, I went the long way round from my home to reach the Great North Road Vehicle Gathering at the Stibbington Diner, just off the A1 near Wansford.
The Rover joined the brave few that ventured out that wet Sunday morning at Stibbington – including Managing editor Sadlier (see last week’s issue) – but it was worth it for the chat, the breakfast and, most of all, a reminder of what great fun driving the Brooklands Green beast really is.
‘Cue a cold morning with frozen fingers and fluent Anglo Saxon curses’
Wild Rovers at Stibbington – the 1974 Land Rover had been driven down from Newark for the Great North Road Vehicle Gathering.
How difficult can it be to replace that old lower suspension joint with a nice shiny new one?