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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2021 19:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS. Thanks for the reminder, Ian. I bought a full Gates timing belt kit for mine a couple of months ago. Although it's not yet overdue on mileage, it is if you work by the 5 year rule.
PPS Today, I bought a 1986 Honda VT 500 in-line V twin, shaft drive. You only live once! Hopefully, it won't kill me!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice touring bike, not insanely powerful .
Who the hell in their right mind would replace an L300 with a rot box L400.
From what I see on the net they cause their owners a lot more grief.

On Mitzi the cam belt was starting to fray and I am sure Andypyg had new belts fitted on import.
She has only done 35,000 miles in the last 10 years, but it is time based as well.

The inlet manifold was carboned up as well as the EGR.
Luckily the turbo is in good condition.
One further thing was the water pump was leaking at the manifold so that is being replaced while the front end is off along with all the belts.
A full service will be done and underseal work carried out. May as well get it done and save me from crawling under her.

Actual cost per year of ownership is not that much so far.
My fingers are crossed that this will be everything.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 13:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember when Andy got his and asked about new belts, at a meeting in Mirfield. If I remember rightly rick V8 (RIP) fitted one for him.

NB: My L400 isn't a 'ROT BOX' and I bet yours has more rust on than mine.  Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2021 14:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lewis wrote:
NB: My L400 isn't a 'ROT BOX' and I bet yours has more rust on than mine.  Wink


Yours may not be but a lot of them are.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 19:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fostlongstrider, Lewis - behave  Wink

Us Delica owners should be grateful that these cars last so many years,
over other makes N models.

Not surprising they get the Red Disease. Many are "Off Roaded" drive thro water.
With no attention or care being paid to the chassis afterwards.

For a while I was doing some work for the owner in a car crushing facility -
To see "spotless" cars less than ten years old being crushed  Shocked

Unlike James Bond films, where a whole car, complete with body in the boot (trunk) is crushed.
Engine & transmission are literally torn out of the vehicle.
Batteries and fuel are removed, wheels off and tyres separated.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 20:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping that, having finally flooded the box sections with Lanogard, I will have protected the structure of my L300 from the Scottish and Cumbrian weather and winter salted roads that it has endured for 21 years. I assume it had a fairly cossetted life in Japan!
It may need coaxing for an early start tomorrow morning to transport the Mrs to work and a hospital appointment. Near 300bhp in her RWD German sports car is not really appropriate (or safe!) in the prevailing snow and ice! And then I may go and collect the m/cycle from Kendal in it.
We keep these amazing vehicles going while lesser vehicles go to the scrapyard because, since they stopped being made, no-one, - not even Mitsubishi, - have produced a true, modern alternative, so competent in so many roles.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2021 23:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said Andy.
Iím not having a go at any particular vehicle.
Just that more comes up about rust on the L400s

Each to his own preference.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 17:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't car about models, I just want to keep getting to remote places and camp, like I have this past week or two:-
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2021 0:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any nice piccies to show us - scenic scenes and starry, starry nights? I love remote/wild camping too, but for me, the nights are too long at this time of year for the confines of the Deli.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a few, reduced to 800px.

As for starry nights, Not a chance; it rained virtually nonstop for the whole trip. I got one clear night on the way home.

This is the furthest north I went, which is as far as you can get up the N.West coast, before meeting a locked gate to motorised transport in Sheigra, though you can go further on foot or by cycling there is no metalled road as shown on the maps.








Glencoe


Sgurr Mor


Near Lairg




North of Brother point, on Skye


South of Balmaqueen, on Skye




Glen Torridon




Try this link to an extrawide stitched image. Though I had to cut it down from 25,000 pixel (23MB) width to 10,000 (4.6MB), so I could upload it to Cubeupload, hence low resolution.
When it comes on screen I suggest putting the magnifying glass icon in the middle of the image before you click on it to zoom in.  Rolling Eyes

https://u.cubeupload.com/Lewis/RH22486stitchstitchC.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2021 19:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, Lewis. Despite the grey skies and wintry hills, it gives me the incentive to try again to explore north of the border, and even the far north wilderness places. But after the spring equinox!
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