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


Into the hills…..

Two weeks ago we set off for a drive into the hills. Down the river bed…and…er…well, we got no further. As you can see from the previous post.

Anyway this weekend, we avoided that particular river bed and went across a proper one. Totally dry though. When the snows melt this is not just a rio, it is a rio and a half. Impassable. But there is no snow at the moment. And there is no agua, tanpoco.

Rio Velez

Some years ago a Landy mate who owns a SIII came to visit us. We took him on the same route (in the Santana). He liked the tracks and the river beds. He didn’t seem keen on our isolated destination in the hills. Hell, he is a city boy after all.

Anyway, we drove up to the same cool village. The Santana is great up hills. I am not.

Anyone who has read my other blog will realise I get vertigo. Especially when going up steep hills quickly – eg the Rock of Gibraltar – in a small nippy car.

The mirador – a viewpoint across the hills

But going up steep hills, in a solid Santana, in second gear and just climbing, climbing, and climbing, with that safe solid burble is no problem.

No gratuitous shots of stuck vehicle this time.

Not even we would get stuck here and NO that is not our 4×4 going up the road. Obviously

Some more scenery. 4×4 advisable in winter though. Especially if you want to go down a track.

Houses situated in totally inaccessible spots

The barren hillside

Village photos on Itchyfeetatforty. This is a Land Rover blog after all.

For those of you who can’t be bothered to click on Itchyfeet…
Canillas is 649m above sea level.
21 or so km from the coast.
And Maroma behind is the highest mountain in Málaga at 2,065m.
These are not small hills.

Santana (1)

The amount of information about Santanas on the Internet is tiny compared to the info about Land Rovers.

Having a vested interest in this, I thought I would start to write something based on everything I have found so far in Spanish and English – with links.

In my reading about Santana I have found a lot of inconsistencies – so I am trying to put them all together. If I have mistranslated anything please let me know. Also if you have anything to add or find any errors please comment and I will update it (with a reference back to any other sources or websites, and acknowledgement to the sender).

So…Santana…The history. Part 1

Land Rover and Santa Ana struck the deal in 1956, for the Spanish company to build Land Rovers under licence in Spain. santanauk (Image courtesy of the same website).

But how and why did Santa Ana start up? For the following history I am grateful to AutoAventura 4×4 for the excellent and very interesting story of the origins of Santa Ana.

The Jaen Plan

In the early 1950s the province of Jaen in Andalucia was in a poor economic position. Many people could only get work for a few weeks in the olive-picking season. Only 20% of the population had running water. After some lobbying of the Franco government of Spain, a development plan for Jaen was approved in July 1953.

There were four aspects to the plan: improving the water supply with new reservoirs, regenerating the countryside, extending electrification and the railway connections, and finally – industrialisation.

The last one of these, industrialisation, included the establishment of an agricultural machinery factory. There were two key contenders for the location of this new factory, Martos and Linares. The efforts of the Civil Governor of the Province and the Mayor of Linares ensured that the site of the new factory was to be Linares.

Linares was a city with an impressive and long history, and from the sixteenth century onwards, it had become an important centre for agriculture and stock-breeding. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the lead-mining industry developed in the area – many exploited by British companies – with the lead exported not just to Spain but also to America. It’s slightly ironic that the location for the Land Rover deal was a place where the British had already made their mark.

The decline of the mines was one of the reasons why Linares was chosen for the new machinery factory. The approval for Linares as the site for the new workshop or factory for agricultural machinery was given in December 1953.

The bid for the right to go ahead with the factory was won by Don Antonio Saez de Montagut, Don Alfredo Jimenez Cassina, Vicente Izurquiza and other associates. They formally constituted themselves as a firm in February 1955 with initial capital of three million old pesetas.

Jimenez Cassina had found the right place to build the factory. It was on land owned by a family from Santander. They had come to Jaen to try and acclimatise dairy cows from Cantabria to the hotter climate of Jaen. It hadn’t worked, but the swimming pool they started was successful, attracting lots of swimmers. In a very short time the consortium acquired the finca for the grand sum of 650,000 pesetas – a fortune in those days.

They called the new finca Santa Ana – which quickly became contracted to Santana. They immediately built a warehouse of 4,000 square metres, and in December 1955 they had extended the property by buying another 90,000 square meters of neighbouring land. The new buildings were blessed in May 1956 – Santana was up and running.

Image from Club Land Rover Todo Terreno España