WE’RE BACK ON THE ROAD

Land Rover Monthly - - Lrm Technical -

Now that the car is ready, the mo­ment comes to fi­nally try it on the road. Fit­tingly, it was al­most ex­actly a year to the hour when James and I orig­i­nally res­cued the ve­hi­cle onto a trailer, that I pressed the starter but­ton and headed out of the farm.

What hap­pened? Well, al­most noth­ing. James is in the pas­sen­ger seat as we leave the work­shop in ner­vous si­lence, ex­pect­ing some­thing to mis­be­have. I’m gen­tly out of first gear, through se­cond okay, pulling well up­hill in third then, be­fore I know it, we’re half a mile down the road and cruis­ing at a com­fort­able 50 mph. The in­stant abil­ity of this ve­hi­cle is a def­i­nite tes­ta­ment to James’ work­man­ship and eye for de­tail. The car sim­ply per­forms ex­actly as it should, though we limit this first run to a mile be­fore we head back to the ramp for a thor­ough check over. Happy with our find­ings, I even­tu­ally go on to clock up 20 miles that day, with only a failed speedo ca­ble cur­tail­ing the fun. There’s a few fi­nal de­tails to fet­tle, but in terms of driv­ing, the old mo­tor is back on the road.

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