Category Archives: 6-wheeler

More Land Rover work: the tandem wheelarches

With a bit of subcontracting (for TIG-welding of aluminium, as well as the folding of it in a brake press), I’ve got Marmalade’s treadplate wheelarches built, and a lot of treadplate rivetted onto the sides of the vehicle and welded to the arches to stabilize them. With a bit of brachiation, it’s now possible to […]

EMFcamp (and some geek clothing)

I attended my first geek festival earlier this year: EMFcamp. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely go again. As I was travelling, and camping, in Marmalade, my six-wheeled Land Rover, I helped Makespace (the hackerspace of which I am a member) by transporting several people and lots of stuff there, including a marquee. Only […]

High-current wiring to the rear

I’ve now connected the long battery cable that runs to an Anderson connector near the back door, with a couple of tap points on it. As I didn’t want to cut and join the cable (there’ll be enough drop anyway at that length), I tapped it with blocks of brass drilled to fit and clamp […]

Billing: first camping with as a six-wheeler

I got Marmalade just ready enough to drive to Billing on Friday a week ago. I fitted the side steps, put the winch into place (but it needs more work, including fitting the drive shaft and the fairleads), and just about got the rewiring done, but it didn’t quite all work (I had to remember […]

Some busy weeekends and evenings in the run-up to Billing

I’ve been doing some more work in preparation for going to the Land Rover Fest at Billing — it’s good to have a deadline to work to, although it can be a bit stressful at times. With the help of some expert metalworkers, I got the remaining metalwork fabricated, and took it to Acrow in […]

More laning, and more work coming up

Over the last few weeks, I’ve done a little green laning, and a lot of normal everyday use, and a bit of preparing for the next round of work. Although obviously not completed, I think Marmalade is looking quite fine in this photo (on Porters Way, near Longstowe, Cambridgeshire): I’m looking forward to having the […]

More metalwork

I’ve spent a couple of Saturdays helping two expert metalworkers prepare some of the steelwork that bolts onto the main part of the vehicle, and this time I’ve remembered to photograph it for the blog. Some of this I mentioned in my previous post; this time I’ve added pictures. First, we removed the interim bumper […]

In regular use again

Now Marmalade is back in regular use in his new configuration, and I’m getting used to the handling. For everything except tight manouevering, there’s not a lot of difference; getting into narrow spaces without much room to swing in is of course a bit harder, and the steering takes more effort, but the overall difference […]

MOT and relicencing!

Yesterday morning, I completed preparation for the MOT test (UK compulsory annual vehicle test), fitted the new rear roofrack that had arrived, and set out for the MOT garage. Handling as a six-wheeler was easier than I had expected; I was anticipating him handling more like a large ocean-going vessel (which reminds me that I […]

More recognizable now: roofrack and painting

Once I got the distinctive roofrack back on, everything really clicked into place for me. I got the forward extension to the roofrack made over a decade ago, when I got the rooftent, as the tent didn’t leave so much room for carrying things. Now I’ll have plenty of room, but I like the roofrack […]