Video Blog #2

Here is my second attempt at a video blog. Its probably a tad long at 7:20. And I haven’t figured out how to close yet. I did make notes so I wouldn’t ramble. Let’s go with 88% non-rambling.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for reading, watching, and Happy Rovering.

Happy Independence Day America, No Hard Feelings England

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Our countries have had a long history. It didn’t start out so wonderful. But I can assure you since 1914 we’ve been the best of friends. Everyone knows the United States and Great are two countries separated by a common language. With all that said, we all love and drive our Land Rovers with pride. Its not about country any more.

We didn’t get along so well until the last of the 19th century. Our two countries began to align their global interests during the Great Rapprochement. In my opinion the last big dust up with Great Britain had to be the second war of independence also known as the War of 1812.

This year is the 200th anniversary (September 14th) of the poem that Frances Scott Key penned that became our National Anthem. Today is the day we celebrate our Independence from a tyrannical rule that undermined the liberty of men.

Many Americans don’t know there are two additional verses of the poem. This is the last…

“Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Brave and free.

Happy Independence Day Everyone.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

CV Joint and Front Axle Seal

Here is what will pass for a how-to video on the CV Joint and axle seal replacement. I had trouble videoing it with greasy hands. I also had trouble because the phone ran out of disk space.

That let to some choppy video and you didn’t get to see the assembly. What I do hope you get from this is that it is not as complicated or difficult as it may appear. Take it one step at a time and it will become really easy to understand.

On the Okierover Difficulty Scale this is a solid 3. You’ll need more than your average tool kit. You’ll need some help with the brake bleeding. It is a technical job but relatively straight forward.

I hope you can get something from the video. It was not what I wanted to present. But I also didn’t want to waste all the video and effort.

Thanks for watching and thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Working on a new How-to Video

I worked on a new video today. I swapped a CV joint and some seals. I’ll get it up as soon as I have it done.

Here’s a teaser.

Otherwise not much is going on. I have the gas mileage up to 13.5 mpg on average. I did learn today from the manager of the AutoZone store that Castrol 20w50 is being discontinued. I’m not sure if this is true or not true, but he had the 5 quart jugs on sale for 8$(US). That’s really cheap. I bought a jug in addition to some new 80w90 for my differentials.

If it is indeed true I’ll have to swap back to 10w40. No harm in that. I wonder if it will affect my gas mileage?

Well that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Back to the Future

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.

My son, Diet Mountain Drew, works at the OnCue on Flood in Norman. When he was leaving the other day a special treat rolled up.

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Yes, that is a replica Delorean outfitted like the famous auto from the Back to the Future franchise.

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An obvious crowd pleaser.

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Mr. Fusion

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Rich Corinthian Leather, its not really Corinthian.

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Fuel tank up front? Safety first.

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Diet Mountain Drew said the guy hung out and let people take pictures for almost an hour. That’s great. Sharing your toys with others.

I am a little surprised he stopped for petrol when he clearly has a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor installed. Hmmmmm…..

Thanks for reading and Happy Time Travel.

Looking Good from the 6th Floor

 

 

 

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I snapped a couple of pictures from my new office. In the picture from left to right on the horizon…

The Capitol, Downtown OKC, right next to the “Eye of Sauron” is the steeple of the church we laid my friend Whit Edwards to rest in, Crown Heights neighborhood in the forested area with Bishop Guinness High School on the far right with I-44 in the foreground.

Its a great view. My Range Rover Classic is just below us. It’s the only Land Rover in the entire parking lot. The building houses nearly 500 people, only one Land Rover.

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I usually park in the open space directly behind me but someone snuck in it while I was out at lunch that day. Shade from the giant cottonwood tree is much appreciated as it starts to turn warmer.

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Zoom in…

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Video Blog #1, Humor me, wave why don’t ya?

This is my first attempt at a video blog. My friend Walt in PA video blogs all the time. I think his readers like it.

We shall see if my readers like it.

Caveats /kavēˌät,ˈkäv-/,

  • This video will not change your life.
  • This video was filmed in a controlled environment by a professional Land Rover Driver. (Don’t try this at home kids.)
  • The thoughts within are random, and mine, and hopefully entertaining. (I will not refund the four minutes you are sure to waste watching it.)
  • It was awesome.
  • The city was “The Village”.

Thanks for watching and Happy Rovering.

Working Out the Springs

With my new job providing a minor amount disposable income once again, I was able to do a small landscaping project this weekend. I took Mr. Fisher with me on Saturday to Lowe’s to pick up some pavers, gravel, and a flower requested by Mrs. Okierover.

We got to Lowe’s and loaded up two push carts. I got it all paid for and then we took it out to load. Mr. Fisher thought that if we loaded it all in the back that the front tires might not be touching the ground when we were done. I didn’t think it would be quite that bad, but why risk it.

15 Pavers, 1 Geranium, 15 bags of gravel

15 Pavers, 1 Geranium, 15 bags of gravel

So we loaded it all up. We put the gravel in the floor board between the seats. We put all the pavers in the back. My before and after pics of the load change on the springs don’t really show the inch it dropped. As I said to Mr. Fisher, Bill Burke said this is a 3/4 ton truck so we should be good.

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Mr. Fisher loads the Big White Bus.

I have medium duty springs and once you add a few hundred pounds the BWB really rides nice. We got home and we both shared stories about over loading pickup trucks we owned back in the day. His a Chevy S-10 with way too much gravel in the bed and my Ford Ranger with way too much lumber loaded in her. In both cases driving home at a crawl because every bump caused the front tires to leave the ground. Stupid is as stupid does.

We got the BWB home and began the project. The first task was to clear the material from the area. With this I uncovered one of the biggest “wolf spiders” I’ve ever seen. The website says up to 1.38 inches in body size. We were all of that if not more. That is a standard size spade shovel.

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Effin’ big spider.

 

A storm front was bearing down on us and we worked quickly to get the rock down and the border. I decided the western most portion of the bed had to be tiered. The water is carrying off the dirt at a high rate.

I didn’t take the recommended before picture but you can see the after…

Looks a lot better than the trench that was there before.

Looks a lot better than the trench that was there before.

Another great use of a luxury SUV. I often see Jeff Aronson load up his Series II with firewood and people with dirty boots. You have all seen the pictures of Land Rovers “working”. Just because I have carpet and leather does that make it any less of a workhorse? Who knows.

To me my Range Rover is a “truck”. I’ve said this many times,

“I’ve never owned a car I was afraid to drive through a barbed wire fence.”

I mean that. Scratches, eh, dents, eh, what ever, it ain’t a beauty contest. Well it’s not with me anyway.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Looking Good on The Curve

thecurveMy new job has me eating in some new places. I went to Tucker’s Onion Burgers on the “Classen Curve”. It’s basically a high-end strip mall west of Chesapeake City in Oklahoma City’s north side. I snapped the picture while waiting for my onion burger…mmmmmm, onion burgers.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

 

Slow Days of Summer

 

Coke and a Smile, well a Coke anyway.

Coke and a Smile, well a Coke anyway.

Sorry for the post drought lately. I finally have a new job and haven’t had much time to do much of anything Land Rover. I ordered a CV joint and some other bits to sort out the axle problem that I referred to in Front Half Shaft Oil-Seal Failure. I thought they’d be in this weekend. Rovers North told me the CV joint was on a container ship last week. I thought for sure I’d have it by this week. By Saturday morning it had not arrived.

So Saturday I took the long drive up to Jones, Oklahoma to help the Evil German Dude. The sunroof was open and the windows down and I had a Mexi-Coke. Life is good. EGD has had some trouble with his swimming pool of late. The original liner failed after a few years and a new liner that was installed a couple of weeks ago required yet another new liner. Many hands make light work. Porsche Mike and his sweet wife Mel came out to help as well. Mel is keen to do some “off-roading” with us and very much enjoyed the comfort of the Big White Bus when trying out the seats. I hope to see more of Porsche Mike in the future…like maybe at a Garage Day, hint, hint.

We were thinking of Paparazzi Ford who was unable to attend due to the loss of his father this past week. My buddy Mr. Fisher lost his sister this weekend too. She succumbed to a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with both of their families in this difficult time.

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We finished everything we could do and all that was left was to watch the water fill the pool at 6-8 gallons a minute. I drove home and stopped on the way home for some petrol and the BWB’s odometer was sitting on 209,000. The now twenty-one year old Range Rover has shown us some great miles. I managed to get 15 miles per gallon out of this last tank full. That really surprises me because my new commute has a lot more stop and go traffic due to the new hours I have at my new employment. I am stuck in “five o’clock traffic” on the way home and that is usually terrible for gas mileage ratings.

I guess I’ll schedule next Saturday for an axle tear down. I’m almost reluctant to swap the CV joint. The sound I’m hearing is not there very often. The  noise could also be explained by the wrong fluid being in the reservoir. If I do swap it, the old CV would be an excellent shelf spare if it should ever be needed.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll be videoing the axle tear down and will post it all up when I have the time.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.