Saturday, April 15, 2017

Welcome to the Land Roamer's blog!

I created this blog to keep my family and friends informed about the Land Roamer’s 
preparation, planning for the trip and later to keep in touch during my overland adventures.

You all know of "Land Rovers" and of "Land Cruisers", but who has heard of a "Land Roamer"?
Having had both a Land Rover and a Land Cruiser, I decided that I would call my 
Brimont Brutt 4x4 camper-truck "Land Roamer".  

To roam: "To travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area. It suggests wandering freely
 and often far afield."  Etymology: Middle English, 14th century, Merriam-Webster.  

"Live for the JOURNEY, not the Destination!"
Join this adventure by following my experiences on this blog 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Aluminium storage boxes

I drove to Bern to pick up 2 custom made aluminium storage boxes.
        I had a little bit of luck today... They barely fitted inside my wife's car!

Curious to know where they will go? - Patience, wait and see...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Emergency SOS !

As I intend to drive (sometime solo) to remote places, way out of reach of mobile telephone networks, I thought that it would be wise to invest in a nifty piece of modern technology. I received today...

The DELORME inReach, a 2-Way Messaging | SOS | Tracking | GPS | Weather Forecasts

This device is an essential two-way messaging device that works in the backcountry, or anywhere cell phones don’t. Whether by land, sea or air, you’ll have a reliable connection to friends – or help – when and where you need it. Use inReach SE to send and receive messages, trigger an SOS, get weather forecasts or share your journey with others. inReach can can used on its own or paired with a smartphone, and it’s rugged, waterproof and ready for anything!

Operating on Iridium, the world’s most reliable satellite network with 100% global coverage, you can go anywhere with confidence that you’ll never be lost or out of reach.

More info here!

A global two-way connection offers true peace of mind:
Pairs with Smartphones

Monday, August 8, 2016

Constructing a new spare-tire carrier on back door

As I had removed the spare tire from its original position behind the driver's cab (see here a blogpost about this), I used part of the original support frame and modified it to go on the left back door of the Land Roamer. As the original back door was not designed to carry a heavy load I:
- Added more hinges to spread the load.
- Added a "sub-frame" that would go all the way to the bottom of the cabin and carry the load onto that strong "chassis".

1/ Initial sketch of the idea!
2/ Cutting-off some of the metal from original support frame
3/ Presenting the subframe onto rear door, which has been removed
4/ Modyfing the position of the studs that hold the tire (because I now have rims with a wider offset).
- Cutting (grinding off) studs
 - Welding studs sub-assembly (from another subframe)

5/ Inserting screw-in fasteners on back steel frame of cabin. I have to put additional "back-up" metal behind the sheet metal to reinforce it.
- Steel flat stock will be inserted in the opening I made on side of cabin
- Screw-in fasteners are inserted and seared
- The flat steel stock will be cut flush with the side of cabin.
6/ On back door, lining up where additional hinges will be fitted
7/ Making sure door is properly flat on garage floor
8/ Welding is finished...
NB - On above picture, the bottom part of the subframe will "encase" the chassis of cabin and will be locked in place by 2 Anti-Luce drop pins that can be seen on picture below. ALL the weight of the spare tire will be transferred there. The side hinges are only to hold the carrier in position.
9/ It fits (... and should work)!
- A new handwinch will be fitted to lift effortlessly the spare tire (via the steel cable).

NB - The spare tire had to be fitted a bit high in order to preserve the excellent departure angle of the Land-Roamer!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Constructing a new battery rack

As I had removed the 2 batteries from their original position behind the driver's cab (see here a blogpost about this), I prepared a rack that would fit alongside and under one chassis rail.

There was just enough room to shoehorn the batteries between the chassis and the front drive shaft.
Because I bought 2 Optima (maintenance free) batteries, I could position them in this "hard to get" position. An added benefit is to lower the center of gravity by having them so low.

The rack is bolted on one side to the frame and suspended on the other side by a long 10 mm threaded bar.

When constructed and before the final coat of paint, I fitted the rack to the truck to make sure all is well!
=> Perfect fit ! GREAT !

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Back in London, bought more maps...

Being in the UK for work and in London for pleasure, I had to stop at "Waterstones" (206 Piccadilly) to buy more maps...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Testing my lifting air-cushion

Some time ago, I had bought a second hand lifting air-cushion to use with my Land Roamer as a "high-lift" jack is not really suitable for this size of truck.

The particular cushion I bought measures 60x60 cm and can lift 30 tons up to 40 centimeters!

I must have in truck a few wooden blocks. However, if truck is stuck in mud/sand the beam axle will be close to ground and I dont need wooden blocs in this case. Good part of using a lift cushion is that weight to be lifted is spread over a large ground area.

Wanted to do a quick test  => 100% positive!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bloc for cooking with ceramic top (diesel powered)

Next job was to build the cabinet for the cooking top. I had bought a Webasto X100 diesel cooker with ceramic top. It has an air tight box under the ceramic top, with air inlets for a fan; two concentric pipes will take out exhaust gases from the combustion chamber within an air cooling tube.

The cooker top will be in the front right corner of the truck, next to the door.
The bloc will have 2 low drawers for cutlery and 1 deep drawer for pots and pans.

Drilling a hole in the floor for the 2 concentric pipes
Above - Below, floor of cabin
Each millimiter counts: here, I need to remove the extra thickness for ends of drawer slides
Glueing first "spacer" to side of cabin
 Glueing another spacer to left side
 Testing assembled bloc (boards are not yet glued): looking good
 One of the drawer's face has been removed to show drawer
Drawers need to have a cut-out for exhaust pipe

Winter is coming... That's it for 2015!