Yet another year has passed and its that time of year to entrust Kitty to an Mot centre, this is a process that makes me nervous as a fail always costs money but how much will it be.
I decided this year to spend a couple of weeks getting outstanding jobs done that could add to a possible fail, so a new Steering box with drop arm fitted was ordered from Paddocks mine had a slight leak, the bottom seal had gone and it had some play in it, also to complement the box I ordered some new steering column U/J’s this had been an advisory from last years MOT slight play.
Whilst carrying out this work I decided to give Kitty a cosmetic spring clean so she is ready for the summer Grand Tour of Europe Kind of Brexit farewell 🙂
Hitting the internet new standard bumper ordered ,front grill, Wipac led clear light pack, and various other badges etc.
The Wipac LED lights arrived and they were simple to fit, to the freshly Painted rear booty of Kitty I did find with the stop/tail that with my 1988 defender the wiring seems to be different , meaning that when I first wired them up side lights illuminated as brake and brake as side lights , sorted by swapping the feed wires, Indicators front and rear and front side lights were fitted with no problems and I have to say they look great.
Out came the old Steering Box in went the new which i have to say was a very simple job which surprised me but I ‘am not complaining ,steering U/J’s fitted the steering is 110% better no play at all and feels really tight.
With all the work done it was time to step into the MOT to ring and hope for the best……………the phone rings its a fail both rear tyres cracking up and brake lights not working , tyres I had believed they were bad so was expecting that, but brake lights my new LED lights 🙁 ,well after some fault finding the problem was found ,if you disconnect the battery earth lead to perform some wielding on the chassis make sure you tighten it up as it creates a bad earth and lights work very intermittent…….DOH.
New Tyres fitted battery lead tighten ,re-tested and time to relax for another year .