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How to fix a starter of Land Rover Series 3

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Dear readers, I apologise for off-the-topic theme, but I assure you it’s not off the topic! It represents the phenomena of me being changed ever sinc I’ve started to do hand-made photography. You know, if you want to do wet plate collodion photography and other alternative processes, you will have a problem to buy all the tools you need. OK, there are few places that offer specialised tools, like silver-bath, camera bellows, etc. But you need awful lot of money to just buy all the stuff you need. But even if you do, sooner or later you will start making things, repairing small issues at first and the next moment you will be calculating atomic masses of molecules, while on your brand new circular saw cutting acrylic glass and fixing your car.

That’s what it happened to me. I used to do what I was told by TV, I used to be a very good consumer. But I got sick of it. I did not got any pleasures and as a photographer I’ve spent 95% behind computer. If I would love computer so much I would be hacker or even better an accountant hacking tax breakes.

After five years doing wet plate collodion photography, I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs, but most importantly my confidence of making things grew. In this video I’m fixing starter of my old-timer from 1972, Land Rover 109. Luckily the part on the starter that make the flywheel spinning it was only stuck due to dirt and minor rust. It haven’t seen the light for 44 years!

So for now, this is it. I have a workshop coming. The big one, seven day long workshop. Participants are from Israel, Sweden and Germany and of course Slovenia. After the workshop I have some excellent news. Stay tuned.

Written by Borut Peterlin

23 April, 2016 at 08:06

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  1. Well done! Just the obvious tip that it is better for all reasons to remove the earth-lead from the battery first, so that there is no possibility of a short-circuit anywhere with spanners etc – but I’m sure you know this and were just adding dramatic effect ;o)

    Martin P

    26 April, 2016 at 00:59

  2. Actually I did not know at the time, but I’m learning. I’m total beginner. A friend warned me immediately. I did wrote to remove minus clamp first.

    Borut Peterlin

    26 April, 2016 at 03:39

  3. Helpful post ! Just to add my thoughts if others are interested in a UK Skandia Disinvestment Request , my colleagues used a fillable document here https://goo.gl/dRooe5.

    Graciela Warren

    27 April, 2016 at 08:56

  4. In the holiday issue of Rovers North Magazine out of Vermont, a letter to the Editor was published from me stating this, ” As an avid photographer, I recently began researching wet plate photography and stumbled upon Borut Peterlin in Slovenia on YouTube.” I went on to talk about how you had added photography safaris to utilize your talents and your Land Rover. I have owned and adore a 1973 Series 3 LR and know so well the trials, tribulations and joy of ownership. Between fixing your own Landy and WPC, may your hands always be black😉

    Adair Wymore

    28 April, 2016 at 22:19

  5. Ha, that’s wonderful news Adair! Small world it is! Dirty hands & sound sleep.

    Borut Peterlin

    30 April, 2016 at 06:02

  6. Hello Borut: Good to hear from you. I enjoyed your video and essay. I am glad things are going well for you. I am waiting with baited breath to hear your news. Be well, Shel Still enjoying my Ambrotype!

    Sheldon Izen

    3 May, 2016 at 08:50


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