I’ve spent so much time with this budget adventure wagon over the past couple of years at LRO – using it for work and play, driving it at BAMA navigation challenges (RAF Lyneham in the dark a few months ago was a big highlight) and speccing it for an eventual overland trip – that I really didn’t want to see it go. So after ransacking my overdraft, selling a few organs on the black market - not mine, I should point out - and tightening my belt, I’m proud to call ‘Werny’ (W834 RNE) mine.
Some Peugeot-driving friends of mine can’t understand why I need two Land Rovers but, to be honest, I don’t actually need either. I just love them – is that really so bad? They both share all the qualities that make a Land Rover a Land Rover, and they both get under the skin.
There’s a worrying difference, though. Unlike my 48-yearold 109 (which has a restored chassis and a galvanised Ashtree bulkhead) the 16-year-old Disco is becoming a bit crispy. He’s not a rustbucket yet but, as with any old Disco, it’s a matter of time.
Britpart welded up the sills and rear wheelarches recently, and a bit of work is still needed to the rear of the boot floor. I’ll need to save up before that can be done, so in the meantime I’m rustproofing as much of the interior as I can reach, using Eastwood’s Flexible Sealer.
If the blurb on the can is to be believed, it’ll keep moisture away and provide sound-deadening. Confident about the first bit; the second would be a miracle...
Now that the summer is well and truly here, I’ll try to smarten up a few spots of external body corrosion, and cram some squeezy silicone around the rear sunroof seal, which is pouring water (don’t they all!). A few bits and bobs then, but Werny is basically good to go, drives well, and spends his weekends lugging mountain bikes while waiting for a proper overland trip.
I just hope I can continue the high standard of maintenance that he’s enjoyed on the LRO fleet. It’s going to be tough, but I think he’ll repay me. He’d better!