Santana water pump / agua de bomba

wp1This post will be in English and Spanish.

Escribo este en español y inglés.

We booked the Santana in for MOT and the same day, after checking it over, there was suddenly water coming out of the front. Cancelled the MOT, and decided to investigate. It wasn’t going to pass.

Identified the water pump as the culprit, and a weekend or so later, with the help of good mate Sean, removed, front grill, housing and radiator, and then finally got to the water pump.

Tuvimos una cita par el ITV (MOT en inglés), y lo mismo día, después de mirar todo, hay agua saliendo desde el frente del coche. Cancelación del ITV, y decidimos a investigar. El coche no va a gañar el certificado.

El culpada era la agua de bomba. Un fin de semana luego, con ayuda de nuestro amigo Sean, quitamos el grille adelentera, cosas plasticas para guardar los manos atras del ventilador, y en fin, llegamos al agua de bomba.

Click any photo to magnify the image and start a slide show.

Haz ‘clic’ en algun foto para magnificar y commencar un ‘slideshow’.

Stripped the water pump from the engine block, and managed to snap a stud. That’s a separate issue.

Quitamos la bomba, y rompemos un tornillo largo. Hay otra cosa.

Here it is. But what is it? Where to buy??

Aquí esta la bomba. Pero, que es? A donde compra?

Water pump to engine block

Water pump to engine block

Water pump plus viscous fan

Water pump plus viscous fan


Fairey winches

We read recently on some Landy forums that people with Fairey winches have been unable to get the original documentation for them.

So, if anyone is stuck, please leave a comment on here and we will try to help.

We have info on the Fairey Series 5000 with mechanical power-take-off, fitting and operating instructions, and the Superwinch Series III Drum Winch kit 6920.

Superwinch sent the information to us some 20 or so years ago, so thanks to them for that.

Here is an interesting thread on winches from the Series2club.

And below, is (one of) ours on the Series III (south of Cadiz)

On the road to Mongolia

This is a travel post – maybe not in a Landy – but natch, there is a Landy link.

Not long after we had embarked on our own travels through France, Spain and Portugal (in the Landy), we received a letter from a friend in the UK.

Like us, he had a Series III 109 with a V8, so there was never a shortage of conversation. Might have been a shortage of different topics – but who needs more than one?

He worked within a radius of up to 100 or so miles from home. When he rewired our Series after the rebuild – there was no charge. A genuine Land Rover mate.

Anyway, his letter told us he was off to work for a private company which ran maintenance contracts on a British Army base in a previously war-torn country. As with most of these international interventions, the role had changed to peacekeeping and reconstruction.

The next time he got in touch, he was off south – to somewhere colder. This confused us both. South is invariably warmer. Unless it is Antarctica. On his way back home, via what seemed like half of South America, he called in to see us in Spain – as you do.

In fact, he flew into Malaga, found the bus to our village, and when we were still busy cleaning the place for his arrival there was a knock on the door. Were we ever impressed. ‘Hello,’ he said, and smiled.

A good week or so ago, we g0t an email announcing the next short journey he’s going on. Mongolia. In an ambulance.

So below are some links – ones for his team, and the official web site for The Adventurists.

I’d never heard of The Adventurists before, but it’s a fascinating site, if a bit of a pain to negotiate.

And the other relevant Landy comment is – you can’t take one on any of The Adventurist expeds 😦 Unless – it is a public service utility vehicle, eg ex-mil ambulance or fire engine, but you would have to check up on that. If I’m wrong, no doubt someone will correct me.

Nevertheless – well worth a read. Suggested page on the official site if you want detail is the handbook download. Most of the rest of the sections are pretty pix but don’t tell you much.

Teams participating in the rally raise fifty per cent of their money for a local specified charity in Mongolia, and the other fifty per cent is for a charity chosen by the team.

Each team needs to be self-supporting as there is no official back-up or support team. When they hit the road, they are on their own.

Good luck to our mate and his colleagues from work in the Antarctica – not long to go now to the start date, 23rd July from Goodwood UK. Hope to read about your all your adventures on the team blog. Have a great trip.

Main links posted on here will also be included on the sidebar for easy reference.

Adventurists’ home page

Mongol rally link on Adventurists’ site (download of handbook available on this link)

Mongols blog

The ambulance(s)

Ready to go

Here we are, not long before we set off on our travels.

We’d done a total rebuild and she was pretty fit at this point.

New chassis, new 1 ton springs, second hand bulkhead, second hand back body, ex-mil doors, a load of others I can’t even remember. We’d even sorted the brakes.

But first up, a few trial trips around the UK.

More later…..

What a pane – lessons and costs

Here is the much promised post about lessons learned and costs when replacing the glass/doors, based on our mistakes.

Short and sweet:

1) When you find a windscreen at the scrappy, take the frame as well. The glass is easy to get out of the frame of the donor vehicle, but it is a pain to put back in yours. And new windscreens are dear. As we know to our cost.

2) Don’t be in so much of a rush when you buy doors that you forget the striker plates. They do vary. Again .. as we know ….

3) With the rear sliding windows, make sure you line up the aluminium box sections correctly. At least we got that one right this time around.

4) Washing-up liquid helps to make working with the rubber seals easier.

5) Don’t rush. Sit down and think about what you need to do. We started off by pricing new glass from UK suppliers and the price was horrific. Don’t rush at the scrappies either. If you are reading this from Spain, the system is different – normally you have to wait for them to take off bits, but if you take your tools they will usually let you do it yourself. Use forums and ask for help. It doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t cost, and you may get some useful info. We did.


The first lot of glass we got was from El Inglés at the Poligono Industrial in Málaga. The cost was €25 for each piece of glass regardless, ie the back door, windscreen, two front doors and two pieces each for the two rear ones. Eight, if anyone is counting.

And at San Miguel in Arcos de la Frontera, €40 for each middle door.

So far so good, €280. Until the windscreen went and it was another €300+ to get it done professionally in La Linea. More than the cost of all the others put together.

What a pane (5) – Cracked it!

Last but not least, the windscreen.

This was the one we really lacked confidence for. Anyways, usual story, knock out all broken glass. Remove window seal and get rid of rest of glass.

Lubricate both faces of seal. Refit to glass. Start to insert glass and seal, slowly and carefully into frame.

Fuck it up at last corner. Oh well, it was worth a try.

Plan B

Undo all bolts from roof and jack up with hi-lift jack. Place bits of wood at each side and then remove HLJ.

Take out frame. Take to glass firm in La Linea (Carglass). Return on appointed day – come tomorrow, mañana of course – which was Fiesta! For ever! so shop was shut. Slouch home miserably.

Wait for them to ring – which they did a few days later, asking where we were?

Go to collect glass. Ouch!! Cost more than everything else put together.

Refit. In reverse order. Luckily it hadn’t rained.

And there we are. All sorted. Give or take striker plates, and a few other door problems. But hey, looks a hell of a sight better than it did.

Costs, and lessons learned on final post to follow.

[Check out the new music on the sidebar. It’s relevant.]

Had a bit of a musical fit with this one too – every caption sings a song.

Who shot the sheriff?

Heart of glass?

Broken down angel

Highway to hell

Spanners – from the album ‘A spanner in the works’

Broken down

Led Zep – The Rover

Jumping jack flash

The Jack

The very best – hit the road, Jack

Wild Rover

Breaking glass

Back on the road again

What a pane (2) – in the rear

We hadn’t been unlucky enough to have to do this one before. The hardest bit here was getting the small rubber back in – the equivalent of the one that covers the pop rivets on the side window.


Knock out as much broken glass as possible.
Take out the small rubber from the centre of the big rubber.
Remove big rubber from door and clean out all remaining glass.
Lubricate the face (that fits into the opening) of the big rubber with washing-up liquid and refit to door.
Then lubricate the other face that will take the glass.
Next, fit glass. Very carefully. In our case, using a blunt flat-head screwdriver (ie British rather than American) and a putty knife.
The final part of this is fitting the small rubber. It is a good idea to remove your spare wheel if it is on the back door. Sadly this wasn’t possible as one of our mates had borrowed the relevant socket.
Lubricate this as well, and with patience and the same screwdriver, it eventually fits in.

Back window before

Interior of rear door:

Glass out

Rubber seal in

Exterior of rear door:

Glass out

Rubber seal in

Pushing new glass gently into place

Getting distracted

And that last piece of rubber

Using the screwdriver carefully to push the rubber into place

New glass and rubbers finally in

And then, time to do a bit of cleaning out too.

Glass gets absolutely everywhere 😦