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  2. Now you have a mobile inspection pit, awesome!! I'd suggest to add a wee bit of triangulation there just to be safe.
  3. Jamie_grieve

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I think we all do and hopefully the engineers at JLR have been busy working on it as the memory of utility land rovers fades across multiple sectors. Modern compact engine mounted hydraulic pumps are easily fitted to any of the common pickups out there now so small hydraulic loads like winches and tippers for the likes of arborists can be easily catered for which used to be the sole domain of the defender. I'd love for the pto to be continued for heavy duty applications needing more than 20kw on the defender replacement but I think that really is wishful thinking as I guess the rear prop will be aligned with the mainshaft as on other JLR products and it would be unlikely they would have a pto equipped gearbox just for the tiny proportion of defender replacements that would order it. V8 land cruisers are awesome, especially the diesel ones. They have a sort of industrial charm about them regardless of how high spec you get and you can still get a brand new V8 common rail diesel without any emissions equipment at all for use in certain markets that still use high sulphur diesel.
  4. JohnnoK

    oil mingle with water

    That should work as a temporary fix, but watch your temperatures in the heat, you might find it starts running hot.
  5. JohnnoK

    Trailer Floor preservation

    What about the ally or steel faced foam sandwich panels they use for industrial cold rooms?
  6. Jamie_grieve

    90 overlander

    The picture with the roof tent is worth a thousand words and I fear anything I might say from here on would just be teaching you to suck eggs. Maybe having a packing checklist to go over might be of interest to some and having a contents list for your vehicle might go some ways towards how you fit it out. For example, do you store the high lift jack on the front, back or the inside? I'm sure we could generate some entertainment from that sort of discussion and maybe something useful could come of it? The only totally random comment I may have purely to further the discussion rather than serious intent might be that given you're going for a fairly radical plan for the roof, would you consider also losing the side panels and basing your build on a pickup instead? The side panels aren't really structural and would probably need modification anyway. You could build a demountable camper body that includes your design thus far but could be extended downwards, rearwards, sideways, etc that it unfolds into something larger than what a 90 is. Your landy is still a 'proper' one in that the windscreen folds down which could make for easier location when hooking the camper body on. Not to mention the opportunities to cruise about in Europe in your sporty convertible. You could keep your current roof and side panels safe in storage should you wish to return the vehicle to standard and possibly the only part you might need for aesthetics might be a tailgate. The picture I enclose is to show some really light jack legs which can also come in handy to level you up or lift you up if you're stuck on the beach. Alternatively some arrangement with a high lift could be employed. My jack legs are made from 50mm box section and were sufficient to lift my demount which weighs about a ton. for a light demount based on a 90, some really light aluminium legs would be sufficient.
  7. lo-fi

    Breakdown Cover

    RAC got me home with a dead 109 and sankey. A trailer with a normal hitch, they'd tow apparently. In my case with the nato hitch they sent a truck big enough to put landy and trailer on. No fuss, just a bit of a wait while they found a contractor with a large enough truck. Fair enough really.
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  9. Scotts90

    Chinese diesel Heater under seat on a 110.

    My D2 airtronic in my Transit just died on Monday, blower failure. Not bad after 3854hrs in a very poor environment! This is its first hiccup in 6yrs so I'd class that as reliable. Being refurbed overnight and will be refitted in the morning...just in time for the snow and ice to hit. I'd have no qualms in sticking one in the 90, although it's blessed with a pretty good heater oddly enough.
  10. Tom17

    Bulk head removal kit

    Spot on cheers for the help!
  11. Bowie69

    Earth help.

    Squirt it with a load of contact cleaner and work it, it will most likely start working again, they are pretty robust.
  12. Bowie69

    headlight bulb upgrade options

    I think that is how the minis got cheated out of one of their wins at the Monte...
  13. Bowie69

    td5 defender big turbo

    Prices?
  14. all done, just to bolt them to the bed of the lorry
  15. defendertune

    td5 defender big turbo

    hi toby will be putting a step by step on next week with pics and figures and prices ect…..
  16. daveturnbull

    90 overlander

    You'll need to swap the gearbox input shaft and bellhousing too.
  17. Blanco

    Not tools as such

    Hmmm, £35 quid for a T-shirt?...........I'm not there yet,.. I'll wait, ....good idea to tweak for the next forum one though??
  18. Tanuki

    headlight bulb upgrade options

    I've run H4 bulbs on Mk.2 Escort rally-cars in the old Cibie "Dipping Oscars" with both filaments normally lit and the dip-switch switching-out the 60-Watt element. RAC scrutineers never noticed, and the lights gave 'plenty' of forward-illumination. Bulb-life never seemed to be an issue. These days I'd do it with LEDs. To be honest, in the last few years LEDs have made all previous lighting-technologies look rather sad!
  19. qwakers

    Breakdown Cover

    britannia every time. bearing collapsed on my trailer. recovered the trailer to their depot (and then home)and the load home separately, held on to both until i could be available for delivery and didn't quibble at all. only slight downer is they took a couple of hours to get to me.
  20. neil110

    Land Rover series 3 starring weal

    The wheel from a 300Tdi will fit a series 3 steering column, a friend had one fitted to his for years
  21. Tanuki

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Yesterday, I had the arboriculturalists [tree-surgeons] contracted by Scottish&Southern Energy come to do do the five-yearly growing-Ash-tree-clearance of the 33Kv powerlines that run over my land. In the past they had Defender-110s as their standard transport, and a 6-wheeled (6x4) Defender-130 carried their cherry-picker for extended access. And a Defender 130 HCPU with built-up sides to haul away logs/wood-chips. They still have the cherry-picker D130. They own it outright. You can't get a 3-year lease on Defenders any more so the 110s have been replaced by top-of-the-range 3.2 auto "Wildtrak" Ford Rangers and the replacement for the HCPU is a Mitsubishi "FUSO" tipper-truck. Later in the day their boss came by and I had a chat with me over a couple of cups of coffee [he saw my 90TD5, and got on well with my dog]. He says that the Rangers are faster, more crew-friendly and more economical than the 110s, automatics don't suffer clutch-burnout issues when shunting trailers in the yard, and that the replacement for the cherry-picker will probably be UNIMOG-based. He said that the biggest 'traction' challenges his guys have were when contour-following over the downs on early-morning-dew-wet spring grass while towing a loaded trailer. Tail-wagging-the-dog, the tow-vehicle tends to end up having its back-end dragged through-90-degrees and pointing straight-up the incline, which is not-easy to recover from. The boss drives a V8 LandCruiser which he says is better than any Range-Rover. I wonder how any "Defender 4.0" will address these sorts of considerations? [Me? Well, I've gained a couple of tons of logs and a bit of enlightenment from the chat].
  22. Tomwykes

    Earth help.

    Thanks Western. Turns out to be the military, rotary light switch. Ignition goes through it too, time to replace the switch.
  23. Tanuki

    Breakdown Cover

    I was originally with Green Flag: over the years [with 100% no claims] they ramped the annual cost up as my Defender got older. When it got to £125-a-year for 'basic' cover on a ten-year-old vehicle I phoned them and asked to be put through to their 'retentions' team. They refused to budge [I'd have expected them to come down at least 50% because of my no-claims history] so I told them to stuff it. Now with RAC at around £45/year. I think most of the cheap deals are really aimed at covering the easy-to-fix callouts to people who don't know how to change a flat tyre, need a jump-start because they've left their lights on overnight, or have run out of fuel/put-petrol-in-a-Diesel-at-the-filling-station. How they'd deal with a dead Defender with a 3.5-ton trailer in-tow is a different matter.
  24. crwoody

    Bulk head removal kit

    As I remember it they screw into tapped holes in the upright ends of the square section bar but didn't quite line up with the rivet holes, it was easy enough to drill the extra holes to suit with careful measuring, then once the top plate was lined up and screwed down, the holes for the rivets can be drilled.
  25. supaimpy

    Chinese diesel Heater under seat on a 110.

    Hmmm not sure you've seen the new TP7.1 range of controllers then,🙁 In the UK probably 20000 heaters PA sold and most go to commercial users such as utilities or into minibuses,that market in general wants just an on off, occasionally they want frost stats or a timer, the major factor is simple to use, able to hit a button with a gloved hand , that's why the rheostat has survived so long. The major market is not after market its OEM where manufacturers will integrate controls into the OEM loom and controls However the research and testing needed to get approvals for genuine controllers means there has to be big demand, and its just not there. Pleasure/leisure users who want the refinements even the marine market is tiny by comparison.
  26. Tom17

    Bulk head removal kit

    Thanks for the reply! So the two bolts that hold the bar in place that go in from the top into the bars cross section... do they require holes drilling or do they go into existing rivet holes?
  27. WillFind

    90 overlander

    Mechanically fit is my first port of call and is not too far away!! I probably should have mentioned that I had already built myself a fold out roof tent and have used it on trips to the west of ireland on numerous occasions and it was brilliant especally seeing as it cost less than £200 to build!! I sold it as i was offered almost twice what it cost me and the landy was going to mechanically give up at some point so i decided it was time to rebuild this winter I also enjoy a designing and fabricating things so building the pop top will be half the fun!! I also hope to build it onto an old roof a friend has sitting in his yard so that i can still take the landy on adventures while pop top is being built!! All things ill need to think about at some point!! the 90 does fill up rather fast but i suppose we shall see how it goes Im going to try and get up a bit of the wild atlantic way in august when im off work so might have it done by then or i might be using a normal ground tent who knows!!
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