Fuel Relays (Post #584) 9/4/2019

Before I had the pad poured for the new shop, I was regularly starting the Big White Bus and letting her get up to temp. I even would take her out on short trips just to get the fluids circulating.

The Saturday before the crew was scheduled to come out, I went out to start the old girl and all I got was lots of turning but no starting. That’s right, she went from starting every time to not running at all. Being that we live in the “country” now my mind began to race. Parked vehicles are basically hotels for rodents of every size and shape.

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Blog Site is Backup (Post #582) 1/31/2019


Sorry for all the trouble this past week with my site. I’ve been trying to get my site updated and secured. This has taxed my abilities in the web hosting universe. This ain’t as simple as turning a wrench.

Anyway, you can feel all warm and fuzzy now that my site has an SSL certificate. I am trying to get redirects up to send you to the HTTPS site no matter how you’ve saved my shortcut. I may have to call back into tech support for that.

Thanks for your patience, thanks for reading, and Happy Rovering.

The Difficulty Scale (Post #580) 11/12/2018

The Difficulty Scale

This is a brief explanation of the Difficulty Scale. I am not the most mechanically inclined person on earth. I am not even in the top 20% of the population. Obvious questions come up when someone who owns a Rover makes that statement. A few of my favorites are,
“Why did you buy a Rover then?”
“You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?”
There are others I’m sure you’ve heard. This is my scale. I have some friends that my 5 is their 3, notably the Evil German Dude and Jag Guy. They can disassemble motors in the dark, asleep, and not lose any parts. So this is the scale that I use to gauge how hard a project might be. There are five levels one being the easiest, five being virtually impossible for me.

Level One


A talented 5 year old could do the work. If you can’t do this level, get a 5 year old they would love to help.

Level Two


You may have to read the instructions. Usually requires more than the Official Land Rover On-Board Tool Kit. You’ve heard “It ain’t rocket science.” That is a common term used for this level.

Level Three


You are gonna get dirty doing this level. Mistakes like taking it apart and putting it back together more than once are common. At this level after you render the vehicle undriveable you will find you may need a new or special tool you don’t own, and must reassemble the vehicle to go and purchase it because your wife has the minivan.

Level Four


Higher math skills desired. You will have the vehicle apart for more than a few hours. Pray for good weather or decent shop where the work can be done in a semi-climate controlled environment. Three-dimensional spacial skills are used at this level. A high degree of praying to the Rover gods wouldn’t hurt either.

Level Five


The ability to understand particle physics is good here. Find a mechanic or an automotive Superhero that will work for beer or who owes you money. Often this level has conversation like, “No, I don’t know what happened, send a tow truck.” or “I think I have a Visa card with that amount available on it.”

More Bears? (Post #578) 5/9/2018


When did bears become a thing in the first place?

Actually I’ve known the bears were back for a few years. We were down in southeast Oklahoma around 10 years ago and all the trails had bear warnings.

These aren’t grizzly bears, they aren’t even brown bears, they are black bears. Think of them as smaller man-sized bears that, like there ferocious cousins, will kill you if you are stupid. Imagine the scene from The Revenent but the bear is smaller.

When in bear country, read that as Oklahoma and Arkansas, you should always take bear precautions. As always keep your food up high, make plenty of noise when hiking trails.

Apparently there are many misconceptions about bears. Some people think taking a selfie is a great idea. There was a recent news story about a bear enthusiast who was killed along with his girlfriend while trying to take a selfie with a grizzly bear. I call that natural selection at work. It’s just dumb.

In the unlikely event a bear charges to attack, you should aggressively fight back against the bear, according to the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Do not attempt to “play dead” during a black bear attack, the agency says.

Good to know. I’m pretty sure after fighting a bear for 5 to 15 minutes I might appear to be “playing dead” but trust me I’m laying down because I’m out of shape and need a rest. I may have also run out of bullets. Maybe I will give a class on defending yourself from a bear attack by fighting like a rabid ninja turtle.

That quote from above is from KFOR who posted a news story about the increasing population of bears in Oklahoma. The heat map is a good start but be aware if you are on a river bed you can encounter bears.

Mountain Lions and Big Cats

I for one am much more afraid of our mountain lion population in Oklahoma. They have been seen all over the state, even in semi populous areas like the South Canadian River south of Norman and north of Newcastle Oklahoma. I recently saw the carcass of a small mountain lion in the median of highway 62 a mile and a half north of the river. I emailed the Oklahoma Wildlife Department and it was gone the next day. The OWD has had a stance in the recent past the denied the existence of big cats in Oklahoma. It’s hard to deny when you hear one at night.

So if the ice storms, tornados, earthquakes, prairie fires, bears, and mountain lions don’t get you, feral hogs just might.

Don’t even get me started on Bigfoot!

To wrap up,

  • bear selfies are a “hard no”
  • take bear precautions when camping east of I35 and up near Black Mesa
  • while less likely to be encountered, mountain lions are out there and they will mangle you too
  • feral pigs have a mean streak a mile wide and there is no daily limit

I feel better that I have provided this very valuable public service announcement.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering

Operational Pause (Post #577) 3/22/2018

I’m not dead.
I haven’t posted in a while mostly because I’ve been working on the new house. I haven’t planned any trips for this Spring either. This is also due to the house remodel but also the uncertainty surrounding my ignition module issues of late.

I’ve run the BWB and taken a few short trips in her. I replaced the alternator as a preventative measure. This is part of the thought that the alternator may be failing and cause an over voltage or spikes that cause damage to the ignition module.

As the remodel budget shrinks, summer will be upon us. And as you know, camping in 90-100°F heat is not terribly fun. Perhaps that is an excuse to travel to higher altitudes like New Mexico and Colorado.

Who knows?

Thanks for reading an happy Rovering.