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Old July 20th, 2013, 04:56 PM
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Very Important Lessons!

1st Tighten your lugnuts IMMEDIATELY after doing bulkhead work if you are going away from the Rover for nearly a year and thus forget that you needed to tighten them! probably goes for brake work too!

2nd lesson - It is more important to tighten the lugnuts on the lefthand side of the vehicle than on the right . . .

3rd lesson - A Land Rover remains very controllable after losing the left front wheel.

4th lesson - As long as the chainlink fence wasn't put together to tightly you can pop the top rails back into their 'sockets' so that no one has to know what transpired.

5th lesson - it is harder to fix half of a shrubbery.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 05:13 PM
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Worthless without pics. Glad you are ok!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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Wow. Had loose nuts but never that bad.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 05:18 PM
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I do wish that I had taken pics!

As the truck had just failed inspection (rusty rear spring) I was more worried about getting it off the road and thought about pics later . . .

Also had to leave the truck running the whole time as the battery wasn't holding a charge

Found the last 2 lugnuts to fall off about 2 hours later when I drove back through . . .
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Old July 20th, 2013, 09:32 PM
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What damage to your LR?
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Old July 21st, 2013, 10:21 AM
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What damage to your LR?
I can't find three of the lugnuts . . .

Other than that there seems to be no damage at all.

------ Follow up post added July 21st, 2013 06:23 AM ------

I did recall a story I had heard of the British troops bemoaning the fact that though Rolls Royce had gotten it right with their cars Rover didn't get it right with Land Rovers, that Land Rovers tended to shed wheels on the left side on bumpy tracks. I guess that the Rolls had counterclockwise threads on the left hand side of the vehicles.

Driving down bumpy tracks the lugnuts on the left side would tend to loosen and fall off . . .

The troops would go fetch the wheel and then see how many lugnuts they could find and then put the wheel back on . . .
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Old July 21st, 2013, 10:58 AM
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Brent glad you are ok... Florida requires inspection of antique vehicles?
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Old July 21st, 2013, 01:02 PM
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Brent glad you are ok... Florida requires inspection of antique vehicles?
No but as you know Maine requires inspection on a vehicle without antique plates . . . I was up in Maine at the time. Hence why it had been about a year . . .
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Old July 21st, 2013, 01:11 PM
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Cool story and even more cool you are sell deprecating enough to post it, great sense of humor. Glad it worked out.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 02:00 PM
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No but as you know Maine requires inspection on a vehicle without antique plates . . . I was up in Maine at the time. Hence why it had been about a year . . .
Ah yes... I learned that lesson the hard way not long after moving to Maine.. Practically gave away my 66 Exmod 109 when I couldnt get it inspected...only to find out later if i registered it as an antique it didnt need to be inspected.. Ive been trying to buy it back ever since!

Down in Ponte vedra now.. sent you a pm.
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