24th August 2004
Chris French came down for a days laning in the Peaks.
We did a couple of lanes around Baslow and found a pretty
unusual thing, a lane with a diversion! This is because a
quarry right at the side of the track is being excavated.
Onto Burbage moor, where theres a bit of water left over
from the rain.
On to Stannage Edge, where some showing off is in order!
Nice, Chris, but not quite there!
Off down the track
Next we decided to drive up the steps and down Chaplegate
Light work with my 4-1 rockcrawlers
Chris makes it as well
Next we did Tenterhill. Those gears really are exceltional,
no braking was needed going down Tenterhill.
Next we went on to do one last lane. Very easy track, I was
in 1st gear hi-box 4wd when there was a very loud BANG BANG
BANG and judders from somewhere underneath. I stopped, and
had a look expecting to see the transfer case hanging off
or a diff hanging out the axle. But no, no oil, nothing. I
managed to get onto some tarmac, where I could crawl underneath
and take the skid plate off and have a look. Every thing looked
fine, Tcase mounts were good, props fine, axles still there
A little drive down the road revealed a very rough and loose
noise coming from the Tcase, but everything seemed to be turning
again properly. I crept home at no more than 30mph.
Next day I took the Tcase out as this was definately the
cause of the problem. It sounded rough when turning it by
hand, and when draining the oil, several gear teeth came out!!
The specially made gears had broken.
I have sent the Tcase off to Rob Storr to be looked at, as
thats where it was made...