• Whilst cleaning up after myself following the sedimenter bowl job I noticed the exhaust silencer moved a little when I used it as a shuffling-about-underneath prop.

    A quick inspection soon revealed the reason. The silencer is supported by a crescent shaped bracket, which is itself secured to the truck by doubling up the use of three bellhousing bolts.

    Long story short; two of the bolts had sheared and had left broken stubs nestled deep within the bellhousing. I have no idea why this should happen. The broken bolts are both M10 and should, intuitively, be well up to the task of dealing with the stresses involved. Clearly something wasn't right though and a hint from a couple of other LD owners that have had exhaust / exhaust bracket issues (though not the same as mine) may well point to the fact that there are stresses at work in the system that are less than obvious - one to watch out for.

    The fix was undertaken by a local specialist with access to a right-angled drill and some specialist bits. The stubs were drilled out / the bellhousing re-tapped, and I've now installed some BZP10.9 grade bolts instead of the original 8.8 grade.

    Hopefully that'll be that.

Tweaks and fixes are an ongoing part of the project. This series of pages form a blog - of sorts - and is intended to give a flavour of the day-to-day realities of living with the truck as issues crop up and tweaks and fixes progress. Many of the posts eventually end up getting written up properly and included in the main body of the Trip Truck site; so if you think you have read any of the older posts somewhere else, you almost certainly have.

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