At some point in the past, LGL had the top of the drivers side wing cut away, most likely to access the clutch master cylinder.

Step 1 in the Workshop Manual regarding remove of the clutch master reads…

LH drive steering models:

a) Remove the left-hand front wing as described in Section R

Cutting away the top of the wing is a lot quicker then executing the instructions in “Section R”. The area of the butchered wing top can’t actually be seen with the bonnet closed, but… when it rains, water doesn’t run off correctly.

Instead it drips onto the clutch master cylinder, runs down the pedal shaft and leaves a puddle in the drivers footwell.

Readers who have owned Series Land Rovers will acknowledge, a puddle of fluid under the clutch pedal is quite disconcerting…. “could it be clutch fluid”?… which was exactly my reaction the first time it happened. Fortunately, DOT4 is easily identifiable as it’s somewhat more viscous than rain water. (Tastes funny too).

So how to eliminate the water drip.

  1. Move to a country where it doesn’t rain
  2. Never use the vehicle in the rain
  3. Replace the wing top (as costly as option 1)
  4. Repair wing top with something random

Lets go with option 4… (and I use the word “repair” loosely)

I had been thinking the best way to do this was to use a thin piece of plastic… A 4 pint plastic milk carton would be perfect but then remembered you can’t buy a 4 pint plastic milk carton here.

Whilst making lunch today, I came across the perfect solution. A “Rubber Maid” chopping board (not as kinky as it sounds) and at a little less that 1mm thick, it would be perfect for the job…

The original wing top would have been long enough to reach the 3rd bolt hole on the galvanised bracket on the bulkhead. The cut line can clearly be seen.


Chopping board offered up and the edge of the cut is sketched on.


The cut line is about 30mm back from the finished edge


Rivet holes are marked out…


… and drilled (been a while since I’d used the pillar drill).


Wing top was then marked out and drilled. To hold everything square, the bolt on the bulkhead bracket was fitted first.


4 pop rivets later and the need to move to a country where it doesn’t rain is eliminated

No more puddles in the drivers footwell 🙂