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  1. I think it must be me getting old, but I just think all of the LR products are overpriced and unappealing. I gave up buying them ages ago, so I’m not really qualified to judge, but I find they’re not much value compared to estates for a vehicle that for me spends practically all it’s time on road. For the last ten years my three new purchases have alternated between Skoda and Mercedes. Mainly because the Superb and E-class estates are the biggest on the market, so plenty of room for the two dogs. The first was 4x4 superb 2L diesel, then E-class 2L diesel RWD, then the latest, 18 mont
    3 points
  2. Just to let you all know replaced the master cylinder all is now well brakes have returned to normal, thank you all.
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  3. Maybe the moderators could open a ‘slag off Tata/JLR’ thread. Then elsewhere we could have sensible debate all the time and anyone who wants to moan, groan, gripe or slag them off can do so in the corner. They could even have as many likes available as they want. I know several ex colleagues and friends who are working their butts off at JLR to improve manufacturing and quality. They have been successful elsewhere and have a huge task now at JLR. They don’t do design, so can’t be blamed for the product. Even in the most senior positions it isn’t possible to steer the ship or change co
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  4. I tried most bushes and am now back to genuine rubber. Mo
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  5. To me, the thing that matters most is what taxation-class it falls into. 'Cars' worth over £40K get stung with swingeing VED for the first few years; they're also subject to CO2-emissions-based VED thereafter. Vans/Commercials don't get hit by the first-years luxury-tax and pay a fixed VED irrespective of the CO2 emissions. This can make a difference of at least £4K to the running-costs in the first four years!
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  6. Just been told about an 80" that is coming up for auction tomorrow here in Suffolk that is one owner and dry stored for 30 years note the brass gauze rear window panel on the hood . What a lovely find , don't think I'll be bidding though , probably going to be a lot more than I paid for my last 80".... Needless to say I have no connection with either the owners or the auction house . cheers Steve b
    1 point
  7. there are very few around that are original - it's the nature of the beast . When something like this comes along it is completely original with provenance , hard to ignore. Yours is completely lovely and done perfectly as a resto with very subtle modernisation , as you know I love it. Steve
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  9. yeah , you are not wrong there , I like a good resto , but I like a preservation even more . Let's hope JLR are not there for the Reborn flag . I know of someone only 15 miles from the auction venue that bought an Australian one owner ex sheep station 80" '49 (unrestored) back to the UK about 3 years ago and I suspect he will have paid less than this will make . Still nice to think that they are still about waiting to be set free Steve
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  10. But the alternator has its own positive and negative.... So, the FIA switch disconnects the alternator as well.
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  11. I have seen brackets to fit a 300 in a 200 chassis. You can probably do the same with the Cummins to one of those chassis. You’d need to take a close look at the Cummins to work out whether to use a 200 or 300 chassis. Obviously, it’d be cheaper and easier for installing the current engine if you use the 300 chassis, and I’d expect that to be the more viable option for the Cummins with some custom brackets if you really don’t want to alter the chassis, but that is entirely speculative on my part.
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  12. Yes - I have the legs & ladders for this one, too. However, as the OneTen now has the roll cage and the lifting roof it is going to be sold...
    1 point
  13. A small update for this week - finally managed to get the rear axle off the truck. What a nightmare it was. The castle nut on the rear a-frame ball joint was having none of it and after nearly 3 hours of trying i finally gave in and got the angle grinder out. Everything is booked in for blasting and painting now which will leave my garage clear for getting the chassis painted up. The next step after that is going to be putting my axles back on which means new bushes. I've read various opinions on here, but what would everyone recommend for every-day road use with a bit of gentle off-roading th
    1 point
  14. Commercial SW for me too, whatever wheelbase the 110 equivalent is (looks longer, with the wheels near the corners).
    1 point
  15. Perhaps. The proof of the pudding is in the orders ! Time will tell. Mo
    1 point
  16. Well the battery on my Defender has been dieing slowly. This week I decided to stop the charging by charger nd buy new. I ordered and collected, a nice Bosch, now my suprise was seeing that the old one was also a Bosch. Mind you they dont last long nowadays. The one I took off has only been on eight years
    1 point
  17. No, not old, you, like many others just appreciate that splurging close to 100K on a vehicle that will be worth 10% of that in 10 years time is nuts. I mean, who spends 10K p.a. on a vehicle, for what reason? Points scoring at the local sports club? I'm afraid I am over that... and realise there are far more important things to chase after.
    1 point
  18. I think they need to pitch the price a little below the Pretender to appear competitive. We know the vehicles are in principle for different markets, the LR competing with the Discovery and Jaguar (because the LR senior management and board are imbeciles), while the Grenadier is going to compete more with Toyota, Nissan and a few others of that type. There will be some overlap, so being cheaper will help there, but I think the psychology of marketing it as a no-frills working vehicle will demand that it is priced lower than the Gucci Pretender, or it won’t be seen as a genuine working vehicl
    1 point
  19. Parts of Africa like simple. Dar Es Salam has hundreds of Series LRs, far more than Defenders or Discovery’s, and a lot of them still work as recovery trucks. I have seen relatively few Defenders in Dar, Nairobbery, Luanda or Entebbe - the Japanese vehicles dominate there, with rich folk buying G-Wagens. SA has a bit higher Defender representation, but still not much.
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  20. Okay I need to put handles on, and the centre trim on the outside. But otherwise done It’s currently too full of mess to work in, got loads of spare insulation which I am going to relocate to the house loft for the time being. It will be handy when I come to build the compressor shed. That’ll free up the floor space again to get the 90 in and do a few jobs before the next trailer trip to pick up more bits.
    1 point
  21. When the switch is very close to the battery I don't think it's going to make a difference. I now disconnect negative first if I'm removing a battery, for some simple reason, if I hit the spanner against the bodywork / chassis when undoing the positive then it doesn't spark. Even more apt in a Defender battery tray where there's a tendency to hit the seat box with the spanner.
    1 point
  22. For me to be willing to buy the damn thing it needs to start at less than £40k including taxes. The last time I costed a LR110CSW with tow pack and some toys was £37k. I'd like it to be much less, but then I'd like castles in Spain too. I'm hoping the finished product will be more polished than a Defender from the off and I can add trim, luxury and accessories over time. I want a durable vehicle I can keep for decades, not PCP and replace at the end of every warranty! Ineos have consistently said it will be "competitive", so competitive with what? A new G wagen is £90k+, a Dacia Duster is
    1 point
  23. Ah, so the Pretender is now trying to emulate Series vehicles? 🤔
    1 point
  24. One is a happy chappy..... got both sides within 0.25 degrees of true, so that’ll be less than 3/16”. Without some pucks & an alignment I bar can’t really get any closer. Next to set the pinion angle, add the spring & other brackets whilst I ponder a truss for it.
    1 point
  25. CCA is a usefull way to compare batteries, but doesn't have much meaning in terms of 'real' amps unless your engine takes exactly 30 seconds to start. Can't put my hand on the 'on engine' measurements I have right now, is this 'non-rolling road' curve of any interest ? This is a typical 2.2kW tdi starter motor - data supplied by the motor rewinder. Maximum stalled current was 730A (but the wiring and battery should be sized to limit the current below this).
    1 point
  26. Braved the 30+ degrees heat & burned wire this week. Really happy how this centre section turned out. Only had a small area of porosity in one weld that needed to be ground out & redone. Few pictures of the assembly process & finished product before it gets a quick clean up with a flap wheel to smooth out the sharp edges.
    1 point


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