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Keep your chin up, Hopefully it will be your turn for some good luck soon.

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Well - thought an update might be in order after so long!!  Insurance paid out part of the money - I am still owed £400 from the excess but that won't come back until the claim is finally settled.  Right now the last I heard from my insurers was the Audi driver is lying his little arse off saying I drove onto the roundabaout and straight into him.  So this looks like it will be going to court.
Anyways - replaced the RangeRover with a Saab 9-5 as I needed something reliable with a big boot.  Cue cynical laughter as the throttle body on the Saab promptly started acting up meaning its prone to cutting out without warning.....  Gives an added spice to journeys...
On the plus side I've landed a part time job that pays some money working as an assistant armourer  for a firm that supplies weapons to re-enactor, film sets etc.  The money is useful but it means working weekends so I've not been able to get over to work on the Militant.  Right now the FFR Landrover is full of both the tools and equipment I was using plus the jerry can racks + related bits that need refitting so I think I need to go up to the old girl during the week - which I must be honest is a right PITA as no one else will be there and working at heights is a bit nervy alone.  Oh well - such is life.  I also need to get the A/A mount up there somehow - its a bit big for the Saab I think so perhaps emptying the FFR out might cope?  

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The daughter Mk1 is getting married in 2 years time and when she does we will be looking to move out of London.

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Good to see an update especially about some paid work. 

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Looks like I will be looking for alternative storage.  Went up to work on the old girl today and she's been moved off the hard standing and away from people out to the edge of the fields.  I had a text last weekend say the farmer wanted to move it "down the bottom" as part of a reshuffle - I assumed he meant the other end of the hard standing.   Wrong!!  Got enough issues with existing corrosion and this is not going to help.   (no idea who owns the Landie)

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Also found out that somehow the trailing edge of the front roof section had gotten torn - most of the way across.  Would have been nice to have been told this when it first happened - now I (a) have to get hold of a tarp & ropes to cover the damaged area and (b) find another MK/MJ roof canvas20180623_104853.thumb.jpg.32bfa841aad583638c2d44d58168ed79.jpg

Kind of worryingly is she seems to have been driven into position over this - some sort of chain rake with some of the tines pointing up?

20180623_104223.thumb.jpg.cf1b8f3b977dce7539bed0c6cbc1158a.jpgLooking on the tailgate a few more holes have appeared so some welding will be in order before winter returns I think.

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So - a two hour drive each way more or less wasted apart from finding out where the old girl is now and getting the oil can carrier on.  I really need somewhere closer to home.  Almost tempted to bring her home - but the "culturally enriching" neighbours are already on my back via the council about the UAZ and FFR Landie + Sankey.  If I put the AEC in the front garden things would go downhill fast - not least because the road is so narrow I'd be squashing the cars either side to get into the drive!!

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neil,just to clarify a couple of these, your vehicle was moved  my myself and dave,the rake was put there afterwards so not driven over!

the tilt has been ripped over the winter by the strong winds,snow etc if you'd been up once or twice in the time since october you would have seen this ,the cab cover blew off a number of times and was refitted.

the tyre has been reflated to keep it round and stop more cracking and the engine run on occasion,all this done by myself with no text or phone call from you!

it was moved because we need space to work on other vehicles ,may i suggest you find other storage if you feel its too far to travel.

i understand you've had problems with money and transport etc but a phone call or text just to checkin would of been easy, as for the rust its gonna get worse if you leave it!

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Reason I'm looking at moving is to get closer to home is simple Stu - it takes me 2 hours to get there, 2 hours to get back so if I get free time in the week its not a simple case of popping over.  Plus now I need to swap out the load in back of the car - normally its full of the camping kit for the armoury work, I need to yank all that out and reload with the tools which adds an hour approx to any planned journey at each end.  If I do it the night before - assuming I know I can get over the next day - the odds are now our migrant neigbours will wake me up in the early to hours to the send of a brick going through the rear screen of the car.  We buried Toby Dog in the pet plot in the front garden last Oct. - 2 nights later the little shites tried to dig him up thinking I'd buried something of tangible value.

AFAIK - as of Oct 15th that front tyre was the only issue - and I do thank you pumping it up for me and keeping the engine ran up from time to time.  Other than that I had no reason to think anything was wrong and thus no reason to plague you on the phone.  The accident, taken with Tobys unexpected death a week later left me in no fit state to be talking to anyone.  Couple that to the replacement vehicle going tits up a couple of weeks after I got it and you would not have wanted to talk to me. 

Since then we've had the council trying to sue our backsides off because said migrant families find the UAZ and FFR "offensive" and the asshole who wrote the RangeRover off for me is lying his little head off saying I hit him so we are also having to deal with all the crap that goes with a pending court case there.  The only plus point this entire damned year so far was landing the part time job with the armoury - but the downside is that while I get paid for the days worked, those days are invariably weekends.  When Stuart the farmer texted me to say you were moving it - that weekend I was down at Quex park, Ramsgate.  I can't be in two places at once and as much as I would love to be up there cracking on with the list of works the accident left us desperately short of money - still owed the £400 excess until this court case is decided.  Work-wise it looks like it takes me up to the end of August.
Right now, having seen the location a big issue is going to be being out of range to the power supply again - the extension leads I have aren't gonna be long enough to run down from that power point and I doubt Stuart the Farmer will want her parked up blocking that aisle down from the yard - nor does he want it in the yard itself if I understood him on Saturday.  And as I found to my cost on Saturday accidentally drop a nut or washer in those thistles and its hell to find plus if anything happens - no one hears you yell.

So yes - I do need to find a new location within a commutable distance of home and preferably undercover so I can work when its raining. - the store we had at Brentwood was an ideal location for me but thats never going to happen again - but I don't see that solving itself for some considerable time. 

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i suggest before you write an essay and bitching you get the facts straight first,a text or phone call wouldn't have gone a miss remember its your vehicle and not anyone elses responsibility,if its left outside things will deteriorate and the weather plays havoc as we all know.

how does it take 2 hours to get there?we go to leyton to see the inlaws and that only takes an hour?in the rush hour it only took me 1 1/4 hours when i worked in barking.

needless to say we have all got problems and dont need it strewn all over a military vehicle forum, the simple fact is you haven't been to the vehicle since october and  a move around was needed,you were informed by the farmer as a matter of good manners.

i would suggest if you go up again you text or phone and then you may get help or not

as for a store undercover good luck .

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Went to Wickes on Sunday and got hold of one of their "heavy duty" 8m x 5m tarp sheets - and then popped up to the Militant on Monday to get it lashedover the hole in the roof on the basis that if the weather changes  theres no point getting whats in the load bed damaged.  Theory was good - practice turned out to be rather different.  We lashed the sheet onto the tie-down rings one side temporarily then attached the rope to one of the corners, other end to an object of weight (I think it used to be a fuel tank bracket) and lobbed that over the roof, repeating for the other corner.  First thing we noticed was the speed at which the eyelets ripped out of the sheet  where it was lashed to the tie downs with only the weight of the sheet on them then as we went to tie the other side down the wind gusted a bit - which was accompanied by a loud ripping sound.  That marked the end of one tarp sheet!!  So we pulled the remains off , rolled them up and headed back home.  Wickes refunded the cost of the sheet today so not  unhappy other than the hole in the roof is still there but I've emailed Comptons to see if they can supply either a replacement MK/MJ top sheet or, better, a set of proper Militant ones. 
In the mean time the old, rotted hemp has been temporarily replaced by polypropylene along one side and the back - hopefully that might help stop the roof getting worse.
First time the wife had seen the old girl..  Interesting reactions - esp. when she had to climb up the ladder to see what the interior of the back was like. 🙂
Just for the record the time stamps on the dashcam files were:
REC_2018_07_02_13_39_51_F.mp4 when we left the Militant
REC_2018_07_02_15_28_28_F.mp4 when we got home - lapsed time of approx 1 hr 50 mins rounded to the nearest min.

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Not so amusing as how they established the £cost of a new Eastenders TV set  (a real and full exhibited MV museum would be far cheaper), I must add - I have never watched such productions , so must be totally uncultivated.

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