Dripping and Ripping

Another attempt to find the mysterious source of the indoor lake, which laps contentedly round the vast and lonely shores of Herman’s bleak passenger side footwell.

Owing to the fact that LTs are notorious for leaking in at the corners of their windscreens, this looked the most likely candidate. However, unlike most LTs, Herman’s windscreen surround is pretty much rust free, which makes it difficult to spot anywhere that rain might be getting in.

I did a bit of home-made endoscopy, by sticking my camera in behind the fusebox in the passenger side footwell and taking a couple of pictures, pointing up the way. They showed the telltale rust trail left behind my the constant dripping, but no obvious point of origin. Nor did my groping round behind the bulkhead turn up anything, apart from a wet fingertip.

Hmmm… a bit disorientating, ain’t they? These photos are both taken with the camera in the footwell, looking up behind the dashboard. The curved box-sectioned bit is the bulkhead, which sits just beneath the windscreen. You can see where the water’s going to, but where it’s coming from is just too inaccessible to pin down.

Well, even tho’ I cannae find the exact source, it looks pretty nailed on that the drips are getting in round the bottom corner of the windscreen somewhere. I’ll have to give it a good dollop of silicone sealant and see if that cures it.

Next up today, some [not so] wanton vandalism:

The header material in Herman’s cab was pretty minging; really grubby and dusty and smelt like a sock full of old fag-butts. So I decided, in the interests of health and safety to rip it all out. I’ll find something else to cover the ceiling, when I’m panelling out the inside.

Ripping out the header material from the cab -a horrible, smelly, dusty job. You wouldnae believe how much cac and cobwebs had accumulated up there over the years

Afterwards. Not quite as stylish looking perhaps, but a lot cleaner and - as an added bonus - we seem to have acquired an extra inch or two of headroom

Those LT owners like myself who tend to throw about half a ton of assorted crap in the storage space above the cab may [depending on your optimism] be frightened or comforted to find that all that stuff above your head is suspended there by a nothing more than a large plywood board, supported on three small metal struts.

Ideally I’d have liked to have taken the ceiling board out and covered it with carpet or sommit, but I couldnae suss out how to get it out; the roof narrows in above it, so you cannae lift it up more than about an inch or two, before it wedges and you cannae slide it straight out backwards as the bulkhead gets in the way. Looks like you’d have to lift the whole roof off to get it out.

This means, when the time comes; I’m going to have to cover it ‘in-situ’, which will be fun!