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Everything posted by Davo

  1. Or in other words, "it's not just what happens, it's what you do about it that counts," something many companies have trouble understanding.
  2. Been there, done all that, and an 8-blade fan is too much. I've got one and it doesn't help with the power from that poor little motor. A good quality electric fan would be far better. I've had plenty of trouble with fuel vapourising. It shouldn't happen in a mild climate. In a hot climate like where I live, I would be inclined to put in a return system like the V8 has with an electric pump, but that's extreme for anywhere else. (Of course I haven't actually managed to get around to doing it yet!)
  3. Ha ha, yup, it's the same every year.
  4. I might be wrong, but from the satellite shots right now I do believe it's raining out there at the moment.
  5. Ah, that special time of year up here when all the crazy people arrive. I mean the tourists, of course. Just you watch: what your mate is planning is quite sensible compared to what too many of these people get up to!
  6. Well then, it's time to sell your body because fluxcore is really best avoided for most car work. I know this, because due to similar circumstances to yours, (funny that), I did some Rangie bodywork with fluxcore and let's just say that seam sealer certainly helped to cover those welds. Fluxcore can be used with various tricks, but ugh, what a hard way to do things. Pardon the sermonising tone, but I'd like to help you to avoid the uphill slog in this respect. I'm onto disposable CO2/argon bottles now, hoarded for when I really need them.
  7. Chequer plate reasoning: "Izza Land-Rover, innit."
  8. They rust out from the inside, so get that seen to with Waxoyl or whatever is best and it will buy you quite a bit of time. Glad to hear you're happy with it!
  9. http://forums.lr4x4.com/topic/100646-new-series-rr-heavy/ This will get you started.
  10. I kid you not, that's what the Rangie is doing all of a sudden. There is a "hissing" sound, like a slight compressed air leak, only when the power steering is being used, and the sound is obvious when in the driver's seat, but not with my head under the bonnet with someone else moving the steering back and forth. (I would have thought the box or pump would have been noisier, if that's what I could hear from inside the car.) I have just replaced the shaft with a UJ on either end between the steering column and the steering box. Though I don't see how that would change anything.
  11. All their products do lend themselves very nicely to this market now . . .
  12. I think that is the main reason so many old ones have been rebuilt!
  13. I forgot about the swear filter! Just put the usual crude word for "poo" which starts with "sh" where the asterisks are and that should do it. Since they all run a huge variety of old and unloved cars, there is an amazing amount of knowledge there. Mind you, I should actually join it! Have you contacted any car clubs to see what they've had to do?
  14. I was reading on Auto****e.com about this Irish insurance headache, which is a big headache for those guys since old cars is what that forum is for. It may be worth looking at what some of them came up with, (sorry, I can't remember). It sounds like the industry there is just refusing to deal with older cars because only dealing with newer cars is easier, from what they were saying.
  15. Same here - I've stripped a couple of axles where the CVs turned out to be ruined because one-shot had been used, water had gotten in, and the grease hadn't been changed. (Because it's not meant to be?) At least with oil you can drain it out.
  16. Ooooh, East Africa, I follow you now. These carburettors are easy to rebuild, especially if you've got the internet. There's not much to them at all, kits are easy to get, and you just have to be methodical. If the throttle spindles are really loose in the bodies then you would need someone to help with that.
  17. Oh dear God . . .
  18. I do believe JLR have a mannequin which is a perfect copy of Victoria Beckham and is used to model the interior sizing of all their new vehicles.
  19. Good man! Looking forward to seeing what you wind up with.
  20. Overheating is the enemy of the V8, so if you can avoid that by changing all the hoses and so on, that would be the first thing to do. Slipped liners make tapping sounds and if coolant is getting out it will "steam clean" the piston and spark plug, so that is generally the easy way to check. Of course a compression test would be a good idea, too.
  21. It should have Strombergs, not SUs, but they could have been changed. In any case, unless you actually know the carburettors have been rebuilt, then you should do that, because once they age the engine will never run right. Other than that, you have to go through the usual service items as mentioned above, and definitely include the ignition system as well. Once everything is up to standard, then either you won't have any more problems or, if you do, then you can start troubleshooting in a methodical way instead of just poking away at the thing and hoping for the best.
  22. Well, they're in good company then!
  23. Quoted from an email I just received from Britcar: "Land Rover will be making sweeping changes to the prices of a huge range of their products as of 1st April as part of their annual price review, including a lot of fast-moving and service related parts. The new prices will come into effect on all orders placed with us after 2pm BST (GMT +1) on Friday the 31st March 2017. If you're waiting to place an order, we would recommend submitting it before midday on Friday. This will give us enough time to get your parts ordered with Land Rover before the 2pm cut-off. We have been warned by Land Rover that the price change will be striking, with parts generally being between 3% and 5% more expensive; a few parts will be up to twice their current price. This price increase only affects Genuine Land Rover parts, not any of our vast catalogue of aftermarket and OEM parts. If you are concerned that these new prices will make it impossible to justify the cost of Genuine parts, we also stock an OEM version of almost every Land Rover part - these offer Genuine quality without the Genuine cost." I'm sure Britcar would like some extra sales from this, (by this I mean: they are a business, so I can understand it.) As for JLR, I've always wondered about their woeful pricing.
  24. True, and Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, etc., but still I've had some weird Genuine experiences, buying really expensive Genuine Parts that were just aftermarket with the factory sticker on them. I've waited some decades for JLR to catch up with the normal retail world . . . I don't think it's going to happen after all.
  25. Dead right. I don't really understand it, but if you try and be helpful with civil servants you'll find yourself suddenly doing the paperwork equivalent of cleaning their staff toilets with your toothbrush. I have dealt with some great government types, too, but that's like finding a parking spot right next to the shops on the day before Christmas. You can't expect it! As for the sink mentioned above, could you just hide it to avoid these hassles?