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PostSubject: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeWed Aug 24, 2011 2:39 pm

Hello, guten tag and bonjour! Well that's the languages exhausted. My name is Steve Lane (aka Laner), Iím 21 years old and currently finishing a degree in primary education. At the age of 19 I owned my first Land rover, a winterised ex-military 110. After arm twisting and bullying from friends and family; saying it was impractical costing £80 a week in fuel to get to university, It had to go (I know I need better friends). Pining for a Land Rover since this point, I came across Landy rally on the internet earlier in the year. Managed to convince the fiancť (Hayley, an events and hospitality management student) that landy rally meets our desire to travel around Europe. I asked my brother (Rich aka Ginge, an Engineer), who incidentally flooded my 110 driving through a ford (don't say I haven't warned you), and his wife (Sabrina, a paediatric nurse ) to join us to share the costs. Sabrina chose our charity, cystic fibrosis trust, as she sees many children with cf in her work. We chose a Discovery 300tdi as a compromise between comfort and off road ability. We had a cambelt change and CVU joints replaced at a local garage, the next few days the engine overheated causing the head gasket and gasket between the block and cambelt to blow. We are now at the end of our budget and tether with it. Nevertheless I havenít given up yet and looking at all avenues to be there with you at the event. Remind me how long we have? pale
Hoping to see everyone soon, even if it is in a Vauxhall Corsa at the start point as ferry is booked.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeWed Aug 24, 2011 3:15 pm

Hi Steve,

I see your troubles, unfortunsally I can't do much from the mainland for you, but if you need some parts ( even as reserve during the rally) just say so. I'm surprised how many things are stocked here. I can have them for you at the startline Really like to meet you all.
Even in a Vauxhall
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeWed Aug 24, 2011 4:54 pm

Steve - Welcome to the forum. cheers

Last minute hiccups happen every year, join the club mate! If I can help ...

Sent you a PM.
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeThu Aug 25, 2011 2:18 am

Hi Steve and team Lanes clapping
Hope you get it sorted, i think land rovers have some sort of hidden sense as mine has been fine for months but is now starting to play silly buggers. An engine oil change for it this week end and thats it i refuse to start pulling more bits apart. My local land rover dealership parts dept must have the td5 engine catalogue as a screen saver the amount of times i've been in recently Crying or Very sad
Hope you get yours fixed up and look forward to meeting you on the rally.
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeThu Aug 25, 2011 6:32 am

Every year it happens, just before the off something always goes wrong. And believe me, this phenomenon is not just reserved for Land Rovers. No matter if it's a Toyota, Suzuki, whatever, there are dramas across the board. That's life I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeMon Sep 05, 2011 2:38 pm

Every Landy Rally(and Mac 4x4 for that matter) we ever set off on always started with Lenny/Pinky being fine until the week before and then it was late nights etc etc ! Last year Lenny was only ready at 1.30am and then we had to pack and leave at 6am for Dover ! The good news was that all went well for the rest of the rally !
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeMon Sep 05, 2011 4:38 pm

Well another week gone and the the gaskets have been replaced at a good cost (thanks for contact tom) unfortunately there is still pressure building up in the engine so it wont be making the journey. the mechanic suggests scrapping the engine as it's too time consuming to go any deeper into rebuilding the engine and thinks we'll be better off picking up another cheap engine. With the total costs spiraling the landy trip doesn't look like it's going to happen (overdrafts stretched as is before we leave) nevertheless we will try to do the millage in a corsa so the charity gets the money. devastated with the outcome but thats what you get for picking up a dodgy vehicle. I guess luck wasn't with us.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeTue Sep 06, 2011 2:18 pm

That's devastating news, really rotten luck. Wish I could 'magic up' a vehicle, but that is wishful thinking.

Well, to look on the bright side, I guarantee that whatever vehicle you take - even a Corsa!!! - you'll have the time of your lives.

So, to practicalities. Amazingly you'll get around a good deal of the course, but where we have off-road sections (more gravel tracks than anything nasty), we will have to see you though. Providing it's not a new vehicle, which somehow I doubt, then if you don't mind possible stone chips and suchlike, then you'll be okay.

Obviously go as light as possible. Even if you're really crammed in up until the start line, it will get easier as you will be able to spread some of your kit amongst the teams. I can definitely tak some. It's happened before, there is always a way! I will also make sure I have a spare seat in my Rangie, so again during the off-road sections where you don't want to be weighed down, I can take one crew member in my vehicle. You never know, it may be possible for another crew to help out as well? We'll see.

The one big thing you still need to take is - a decent sleeping bag + maybe an small old summer sleeping bag that can be unzipped to become a duvet. The Pyrenees will be fine, but it can get pretty nippy at night in the Alps, so make sure you're warm. Take one sweat shirt and one jacket - any more would be deemed as 'non essential', and generally cut down on clothing wherever possible. Everybody always take too much kit, so my advice is don't bother. Also if you have a small stove, then great, but anything large then leave it behind. I have a stove so you can use mine. Basic pots/pans/plates/mugs/cutlery is all you require. Buy cheap grub in supermarkets en route, it will cost you very little to keep well fed. Even your bar bill will be low as there are 'ways and means'!

Don't concern yourselves, just get yourselves down to the start line no matter what and you'll see it will all come together.

You've said exactly what sort of characters you are simply by saying "we will try to do the millage in a corsa so the charity gets the money." That's exactly the spirit for it says you are up for a laugh and adventurous. Had you said otherwise to be honest I would be concered, but now I've got no worries you'll not only get though and complete Landy Rally, you'll walk it!

You will go to the ball Laners, just in a different outfit to the one you were planning on wearing! clapping
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeTue Sep 06, 2011 2:31 pm

I'll advise you to let your engine be checked by a specialist (dieselengine). I'am almost sure the overheating of the engine is caused by a bad timing of the fuelpump. Either to early or to late let's the engine overheat. Have had the same. Pressure build-up in worst case scenario is still a leaking gasket. They can easily test that for you. There are ways to messure gasses in the cooling fluid.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeTue Sep 06, 2011 4:39 pm

Oh dear your pre landy rally drama's are far worse than Pinky's wiring and Lenny's clutch/brake issues !

I wish you good luck on your trip. You are raising money for a very good cause. I share an office with someone who has CF and know quite a lot about this disease now.

If you are going to Peterborough stop by on Free Spirit 4 x 4 stand and say hello.

Like Tom says the Pyrenees are usually ok at night although we had a couple of cool nights last week, but the Alps can be a bit cooler. (we've had snow at Val d'isere before today.) apart from that its useful to have a waterproof jacket and a fleece or sweatshirt - one will be enough as its usually warm during the day so its only required if its cold at night. Ladies will not need dresses skirts etc as at the meals you tend to wear your orange t-shirt A pair of shorts might be useful. Also a popup tent is much better that a large palace as the last thing you'll want to do is spend an hour putting your tent up at night !

I have to say we learnt the hard way. We did two rallies with a ridge tent ! Then acquired our popup igloo. Its sooo much easier !

Onething you must remember to pack is your sense of humour ! It helps when you've driven 5 hundred miles and its getting rather late !

Have a great rally. I'll be watching your progress. Tom are you putting a tracker onto your rangie ?

Cheers



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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeTue Sep 06, 2011 6:01 pm

Yes and no - yes to the tracker, no to going on the RR. Better going on a team vehicle as they will be sticking to the route whereas I may well be shoot off here and there assisting teams - either that or it will be on a low loader bound for Calais! Embarassed

I will select a team vehicle over in Valkenburg.
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeWed Sep 07, 2011 11:09 am

Hi laner, have it checked, it might hopfully be some thing simble, if not then the corser it will be, as sugested just go and you will have fun. and enjoy

where thier is a will thier is a way.

teacups Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Team Lanes Through Europe   Team Lanes Through Europe Icon_minitimeWed Sep 07, 2011 2:10 pm

Well said that man, bulldog spirit an' all that. As you say, where there's a will ...
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