Go­ing the long way round

David gives the BRM a good run fol­low­ing a tricky sus­pen­sion joint swap

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - DAVID BROWN AS­SO­CIATE ED­I­TOR

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?

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