Off road racing in North Wales, Princess’s and power.

a peak into this country pastime of ours..

thanks to NWLRC North Wales Land Rover Club.

I don’t think I will give up my day job for film making just yet.

Nice WRC Hairpin Turn from Kevin in his monster racer and Disney princess’s in a Land Rover brings all the fun to Welsh off road racing scene.

Welsh winf causes major prncess wardrobe fail for the actors  in Snowdonia
Wardrobe fail for the princess

How do you hold your tool.,,

be prepared !, as the Scouts say. Well in the race cars we carry a Leatherman charge TTI and need it in a handy place, I have always hated the method of using a zip tie on a  standard sheath idea onto the roll cage like this.

Letherman in a holder on arace car for off road

so another quick 5 minutes on the CAD ( days ?? ), 

I had a prototype , then I had a 3D print version , then I tried again, and again.

Letherman plastic mounting that clips in and holds secure, easy removal by squeezing the two tabs

After four attempts, I found the winner.

leatherman charge holders for roll cage in race car
fourth time is a good one

testing on a real roll cage.

leatherman roll cage bracket, storage holder device
prototype #4 testing

Now to get a proper 3D print version in a nice colour.

I will add an update and then add it to the shop on so you can buy it in any colour you fancy.

3D Printed Titanium tools… drool

The McLaren boat tail sorry SpeedTail has had the American tool manufacturer Snap-On  3D print a tool kit in titanium

super light and super strong, 

maybe next for the desert warrior 4 ?

Titanium tool kit for race car Dakar
I bet they even make standard Snap-on tools look good value.
Titanium car tool kit hidden under carbon cover

What are the chances of someone who owns a McLaren that they will be  fixing it themselves!!, so they will just be a teasing bit of eye candy

Adventure overland show Spring 2019

Some things at the Adventure show that was very windy and cold, but the company was great and the band and the beer were fantastic..

The  Normal…

The Old…

A couple of old girls , this is a Volvo from the 60’s
and an old Bedford

The New…

plastic bolt on goodies for the boy overlander

The Small…

every 4×4 is welcome
TUK TUK, you may as well ride a bike, this is just torture for the sake of it.

The Big..

this was brand new, it had a garage at the rear the same as our old RB merlin, the wheelbase was ridiculous, it will get stuck very easy, really the 4×4 was just for flat fields.

I am sure someone will be happy with it but it lacked imagination or effort in its thinking.
not sure on the fuel consumption of this Defender camper but I am sure a good head wind would stop it dead/
Shiny Gold
Lots of Leylands, just like the one we cut up for the SKY carnage show
you wouldn’t want to buy the tyres for this baby, and it was the Hi Motability  version on coil springs. nice

The MOGs…

The Iveco’s

I remember the 40-10 WM, it was called MAVIS want it?

The trailers…

yes it is a trailer, and came in behind a beetle
£37k for this, well made, but what a price
now white wasn’t far away 🙂 

The unusual….

choose an unreliable car for overlanding…OK, a TVR will do ? he ,must have been rich to afford the garage bills.
these girls had a great setup and made nice coffee.

Even expedition Freelanders are here
Giant Hi Lift Jacks..
Cab D1 3 door !!
Edmondson old support truck, this truck came with us on Dakar 2005

Sealing spare equipment for overland travel.

If you have done any sort of off roading then you have broken things. yes even Toyota’s break,

So you happily go into the back of your vehicle to get out the small item you stowed a couple of years back,  knowing one day you will smile with the knowledge that you always carried that widget you may need.

but horror … that trip a few years back in heavy rain when everything got soaked but dried out the next day in the sun  must have got all the spares get just a little damp and that brand new widget now looks like an ancient relic. 🤦‍♂️

Think spare keys , where do you hide them? will you be able to identify them a keys when you finally need them five years from now?

We have this problem on the Dakar  cars, we fit a huge amount of expensive parts to the car and after the race has beaten the car to submission it  then sits on a ship across the ocean for 3 weeks, all the parts look like scrap.

So what do we do?

how do we seal spare electronics , ball joints  etc?

well old school aerospace/military that’s how.

we coat the parts in hot dip gloop

How to seal stuff for expedition , military style
Looks like a bar of soap , but has a slightly oily feel to it, and a certain smell

but there are a few tricks to it,

First: what is it and where can I get it?

you can buy it from here, Kennedy hot dip coating

hot dip rust restistant peal off coating

Second : Not breaking the bank

So how do you apply it, well industrial hot melting tanks will set you back a few hundred quid ( dollars , euros etc)

we use a slow melting cooker available for tens of pounds.

you can get one here from amazon

How to seal stuff for expedition , military
Dont use the wifes slow cooker 😉

any large domestic type with two temperature settings is good.

Use the low setting which is touch too hot, the workshops will leave it on all day, at this temperature it would probably damage the gloop  but for short runs it works fine, usually takes all night to melt the entire pot to a useable temperature. If you are going to do a lot use the lower temp overnight to melt it and put it on the higher temp when using it

How to seal stuff for expedition , military amber
Looks like this when it cools
How to seal stuff for expedition , military easy peel covering
It Peels off very easily and leaves a slightly oily surface behind

Third: can I reuse it?

Yes. you can reuse it, so if you do it wrong just peel it off and throw it back into the pan . When you peel it off on a trip keep it in a bag and reuse it.

How to seal stuff for expedition , military
resistance is futile, we will assimilate you 🙂

Fourth: fiddly small bits

If you have things with connectors and fiddly items we cover them in cling film then use the dip to make a seal around it all . Anything loose like keys needs a zip tie to gather them together or it will turn out  a messy big lump, you can practise again and again , just peel it off and throw it back in.

How to seal stuff for expedition , military style
This is a Sealed engine ECU, wrapped in cling film first.

Five: it has zero strength

One problem is the gloop is not strong and will not take abuse when stowed away , so we always protect and seal in a plastic back with maybe bubble wrap around it, this ECU is our backup in the camper and if the whole car is flooded this may just save us one day.

How to seal stuff for expedition , military

enjoy 🙂 

Never a dull day