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So recently I picked up a woodworking work bench from a clearance sale. This is set up basically how I wanted to get the bench I built here(Now I have a table) set up. However this bench ended up going for about what I was expecting to have to pay for the vice that is already mounted on it.

Unfortunately the handle on the vice was busted. No worries, I have a bench so I'll fix it.

This looks like a suitable piece of stock to start with.

A much better length. Now how to get the end attached? I could just drive a screw or nail all the way through the block. But that's likely to split the handle with my experience.

Perhaps I could chop a hole that's close enough with a chisel and glue it on. At this point I looked at the edge on that chisel and decided that there was no chance I was going to cut anything with that chisel. It ended up needing about half an hour on the stone to get it back to a usable state.

I ended up getting some spade bits for another project I was working on and used one of those to drill a hole that was a good fit on the existing handle.

There was a little hole from the centre spike on the drill going all the way through. I grabbed some of the quite fine sawdust from drilling the hole and packed it into the hole from the inside. Then I dropped a little glue into it to hold the dust in place. Probably not needed, but I feel good knowing it's done.

I took the corners off the block to make it a little nicer in the hand. Probably not really needed again, but I thought it would be a nice touch.

As I decided to glue the handle together I needed to make sure I didn't do that until it was mounted. Otherwise it would be a complete new handle.

And here is the finished product. It works quite well and I don't have any problems with the relatively hard edges on the new block. I'm planning to make a nicer handle once I have the time/skills to make a really nice one. But it's also true that there is nothing as permanent as a good temporary fix.

 

I've got another couple of things I've made on here to get up so keep an eye out for those soon.

 

Cheers,

Rex

 

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On the weekend we decided to go and have a look at the caves down at Jenolan. We took a tour through the Chifley cave. Here are some photos from that tour.

 

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Of all the work I've been doing on the Land Rover, this has probably been the most satisfying work I've done with it.

Starting from this. I ended up taking the floors out so I could replace the front output seal on the transfer case that I discovered here. With the seal replaced I decided it was a very opportune time to borrow a pressure washer and get some of the gunk off the gearbox and the top of the chassis.

Here we are after a little cleaning. The biggest, most obvious improvement is on the transmission housing which being aluminium there is no paint on it which means it looks nice and shiny after the gunk has been removed.

 

Cheers,

Rex

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Back here I realised that the transmission or hand brake needed some work. The rear oil seal of the transfer case had seemed to be leaking which has covered the whole transmission brake assembly with oil. This then picked up all sorts of grit and junk which has now become a greasy nasty mess. This clearly has not helped the effectiveness of the brake.

Here we can see a bit better. Here I have removed the output flange and the brake shoes have been exposed better.

Here is the backplate and associated parts ready for a run through the parts washer.

This is the output gear for the speedo. It is just a friction fit on the output shaft. But I guess there isn't much load on it so it seems to work well enough.

Here I am, putting oil back in. The backplate looks much nicer now. The adjuster had been loose. For so long in fact that the threads on the bolts for holding it on had been eroded. This will need to be replaced before the brakes can go back on. I can come back and put the parts on the backplate later so I'll wait up until I need to get some other parts to save on shipping.

Unfortunately it wasn't long before I spotted this. It seems that the seal on the front output shaft is failed as well. So that will have to be replaced also.

Well that's all I got to so keep an eye out for more work getting done here on the Land Rover.

 

Cheers,

Rex

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