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  1. I had another Covid swab at the local drive through today, standard procedure for anyone having hospital treatment - in my case chemo on Tuesday. As I kept the A&M team briefed throughout so will now let you all know that I was discharged from hospital a couple of weeks or so ago after being in for nearly a month. I self admitted suffering from severe stomach pains and unable to keep any food or drink down. The initial diagnosis was bleak, very bleak. However after more investigations, tests etc they came up with a treatment plan that if successful may, may provide a less bleak outlo
    9 points
  2. I couldn't figure out what to do about a sofa! I wanted something comfortable to sit on but it had to sit above the wheel-arch. In my old van, I had a couple of custom cushions made but they were not comfortable (wrong density of foam) and were eye-wateringly expensive. I had designed a sofa in Solidworks - and got the same company to quote to make the cushions. They wanted £1500 to make them! I used the van for a month, just using folding camping chairs - which worked OK. Then I came across a company on Etsy who were offering cushion sets for Wicker Chairs, made to my dimens
    8 points
  3. So some progress with motor cover made myself some billet aluminium out of some scrap I had it's not perfect a couple of air bubbles here and there but it will do the job Getting there new and old side by side fitted just got holes to drill and paint regards Stephen
    8 points
  4. Nice tidy install Ralph! Unfortunately, the 'sounds like Concorde taking off' is a 'feature'. However, once it's running, it will idle when it's close to temperature and is much less noisy. It will eventually shut down though - then re-start with a noise that will wake the dead! It sounds counter-intuitive, but the way I got around this was to open a window, just enough to keep it idling over night. Then at least you wake up to a warm truck. At idle it hardly uses any Diesel - maybe 1l over 8 hours. For EVERYTHING technical there is to know about Eberspachers, look here: https://
    7 points
  5. Some great stories, and some great cars some you have! Even if they're not running. 😉 Makes me want to chime in. My story is a bit different in 2 ways. First of, I can't imagine myself driving a normal, sensible car as a daily. Every time I do drive something modern(ish) that should be worry-free, I can't wait to get back into one of my old cars and I appreciate them all the more. So in a way that's good for motivation. I don't like the detached feeling anything remotely modern seems to offer. Even if I can't claim every journey is a nice experience, at least with my cars it's always
    7 points
  6. This is my 110 , MUD , it originally came into the workshop for a clutch change after it packed in on the way home from work so to keep me mobile I borrowed my old 200 disco back from a mate who I’d sold it to a year previous , ended up buying it back , then nicked the engine out of MUD when the 200 in the disco suffered terminal oil pressure loss (rod out ) , that disco died of terminal rot , bought a 300 auto disco , that went the same way , bought a Renault Clio diesel van , the rat van ,for £125 ( still got it and will never get rid of it )and used the wife’s Kia Sorento or the tractor
    7 points
  7. When I was going through the planning stages of rebuilding my injectors I was unable to find a good exploded diagram to assist reassembly. As I took the first one apart I drew a diagram as an aid. I thought it might be useful to redraw it in photoshop and share this with the forum. Hopefully this helps!
    6 points
  8. Hi I mentioned I was doing this on another post and was asked to put up a thread on my progress... I've been running a ZF 4HP22 converted 110 for a while now. The previous owner built a custom central box with a RRC auto shifter mounted on it. I've been looking to increase the storage space and do something a bit different - after looking at the price of the Ashcroft NAS console I decided to look at alternative ways of mounting the shifter, when I stumbled across a thread on a US defender forum where some people are using a Lokar floor mounted stick shifter: https://www.defender
    6 points
  9. While I know that Xbox and TOWIE weren't around in 1912, I am certain there wasn't much else to do? I find the idea of sitting in front of a screen at work, coming home to sit in front of another, bigger screen until it's time to read your phone screen in bed just too much, yet so many people do. At least wrenching on things taught me how stuff works that I've been able to use on other vehicles/around the house and save garage bills etc. I'm sure it's the same for you, even if you look on it differently now!
    6 points
  10. About the only practical use I've found is when you go round your mates houses and say “Alexa, wake me up at 3am with monster sounds” when they are out of earshot 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    6 points
  11. Hi Jeremy, you being one of a minority on here actually owning one of these vehicles, your feedback is of great interest, keep it coming, especially interested on how you get on fixing some of the niggles you're getting. Get some pictures of it uploaded Mav
    6 points
  12. Cardboard box fort kit?
    5 points
  13. Massively impressed with your persistence and achievements with this construction process, you should be very happy with yourself, pat on the back.
    5 points
  14. @FridgeFreezerI agree. With that look you are going to either... 1)dive round your local area which is filled with top spec expensive cars and look like a ****. 2)go camping amongst normal camper vans and look like a **** 3)go somewhere poor, potentially get robbed and look like a **** 4)go somewhere dangerous where you really shouldn't be going like a **** because of feelings of false security. So to conclude, only one type of person will drive this sort of thing. You may insert your own preference for 4 letter descriptive terminology for such personality type.
    5 points
  15. After the technical stuff was done, I assembled the furniture. I'd designed it all in Solidworks so it mostly slotted together. I say mostly as some of the slots I'd used were not quite wide enough (not enough clearance) for even a hammer-together fit. A bit of sanding & adjusting with a Jig-saw and it went together (finally). The cupboard door hinges came from CPC - and were only about £2 each. You can see part of my ventilation system (white pipe) which sucks in air close to the ground & blows it out at ceiling height. It was intended to go straight down, behind the
    5 points
  16. The Webasto seemed like a good option - initially! I found that it would heat up at full tilt, get to 80C then shut down - then short-cycle. The heating doesn't take enough energy out of the system for the Webasto to run continuously. When it's starting up or shutting down, the heater plug draws 20A. When it's short-cycling, the 20A is almost continuous. I wondered if I might be better off just heating the water electrically! My solution (would you believe it?) was to design & build a new controller for the Webasto! I designed a PCB which replaced the original and hack
    5 points
  17. So rarely in fact, that you may have forgotten it's been living in my shed for at least a year
    5 points
  18. I must be the odd one out here, only got one vehicle my 110, use it every day & for rally recovery work, I don't know how you all manage with more than one or two vehicles. I have enough to do with just the 110 & day job.
    5 points
  19. 1 common returning problem I see in this thread is people (including the original poster) having more than 1 project. This I reckon is bad for progress, as you end up with loads of cars, with none of them running. Not that I listen to my own advice...
    5 points
  20. Whilst the year has been horrible in some respects I count myself very lucky to still be in good health, along with the family. Add to that I've still got a job and haven't lost out financially and I've been very lucky. Lucky enough to be found by a lovely lady too . Someone looking down on me for once after the awful time that was the last 1/3 of 2019.
    5 points
  21. ..and clearly a fake as it should be either half or one pint for pos. earth ..
    5 points
  22. Very harsh on yourself there - every build thread adds something, honestly I think almost every build thread ever posted has contained at last one idea or tip or technique that I would not have thought of - and build threads help show others in similar positions that it IS possible, even if it's not easy.
    5 points
  23. 'yer tis. SE P300 on day 2 after a wash and polish. My first experience in LR ownership was a baby RRover in 2016. It was my first toe-in-the-water in the world of LR products purely due to the unreliability reputation. Before that I had driven a few Defenders of the 2010 to 2015 vintage on/of road. Great fun. I'd also driven Discos (ancient & modern) and been passengers in all sorts of 4x4s of all sorts of makes. I have to say that narrow Devon and Dorset country lanes are often more suited to a Jimny! I'm 90% A/B road driving with a few fields, muddy tracks and local (sometime
    5 points
  24. As a recently retired tester who asked dvsa about the led bulbs fitted into a headlamp designed for a halogen lamp and how they stated hid is an immediate fail, they also said an led light source is not compatible with a halogen lamp unit so is also a fail. ive tested a few with led headlight bulbs and the pattern is generally awful and incorrect anyway. they were marginally better with headlamps which had the pattern in the glass rather than reflector. retro fitted led bulbs or light units in indicators, brakes, sidelights are all ok for mot.
    5 points
  25. Thanks Steve 🙂 Yeah, I'm a pretty pragmatic sort and live by the one day at a time/ what will be will be approach. I'll just have to come to terms with the new me much as I did after the accident I had 30 years ago. Not sure why I felt the need to spill it all last night, but a lot of us have been here a long time, and its good to share with friends right 🙂
    5 points
  26. Mrs Eightpot and I have an interesting little challenge to run over the next two days, passing various covid tests, dodging tier restrictions, national lockdowns, borders, getting through airports and trying to avoid the plague to get reunited with my S2a in South Africa and disappearing into the bush with a fridge full of steak & wine, hopefully popping our heads back out in a few weeks to find it's all over 😆 nerve racking watching the restrictions build up hour by hour 😬
    5 points
  27. As some of you know, I now work in Movie Special Effects which involved very long hours, a long way from home. On my first film, I got to a point where I was just too tired to drive home and after a few 'near death experiences' decided I needed a solution! Initially I just stayed in a Hotel - but at best part of £100 per night, it soon adds up. At the end of the film, I built my first Camper Van. It was based on a Vauxhall Movano MWB - and it was great! Over the next few years, I slept in it over 1000 Nights! It's main 'trick' (almost Special Effect) feature was the bed. It was winc
    4 points
  28. I have 6 teensy cameras and one chunky reversing camera to give pretty reasonable situational awareness outside the vehicle. What I'd really like to do is figure out how to stitch the images together such that I can look outside with VR Goggles. There's bound to be software for it somewhere! The old van had one window for which I made an insulated (foam board) insert to block it off. It still leaked a load of heat though and I only used it once with it unblocked. I put the window in, because Sarah wanted a window. This time round, she can look out of the 'Window' that looks remarkabl
    4 points
  29. Ah, I have fond memories of accidentally pressing that switch and then posting up a thread about how my gauges wouldn't light up. Not embarrassing at all.
    4 points
  30. Done: I have a full set of 4 "genuine" Bosch nozzles on order from ebay at £115 for the lot and also 1 nozzle at £71.22 guaranteed to be directly from Bosch via Eurocar parts. I am now just waiting for them to arrive. I will very closely inspect them under a magnifying glass, take detailed photos and post the findings on here for us all to see and discuss. I think its going to be very binary, either the ebay nozzles are fake and I have wasted £115 or maybe they are the real deal as brand new old stock and available at an absolute bargain? This is real lock down excitement.
    4 points
  31. At last! Got it running today. Started straight away. Took me by surprise, I was expecting a bit of cranking. Ran it at 2000rpm for 5 mins with the wife looking for any major leaks, then switched it off and had a proper look round for leaks. Fortunately there were none. Then ran it again at 2000rpm for another 15 mins to finish off bedding the cam in. Very happy with it, it's much smoother than before and the idle is much more stable. Must be the longest engine rebuild ever! Started looking at it in August, although didn't pull the engine out till November. I blame pai
    4 points
  32. That might have been one of mine! It was sliding on 'Oilon' (Oil filled Nylon) blocks which worked well on a factory floor. Stunts were not convinced they could get up enough speed to make it drift in such a confined space. That's typically where SFX get involved, to give a little, hidden, helping hand. It was made to bolt on - so it didn't have to be permanently fitted to the truck.
    4 points
  33. Special Effects https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8034188/ The crew, which I'm a part of specialises in motion control - and really pushes the boundaries of what's possible technically. Guess which bits I had a hand in! https://phantasm.studio/ So far, pretty much every rig I've designed has had at least one Land Rover part in it! I guess it's what I know best in off-the-shelf parts.
    4 points
  34. That Optima was measuring something like 16Ah before I even noticed a problem. I think that was what led to me writing that battery testbench code in the first place. Copying some published charging regimes for intelligent battery chargers, the testbench recovered the battery back to something like 35Ah. Still dismal for a 50Ah battery, but twice the initial state. I don't recall what the charging current was. I have seen AGM batteries that struggled to accept any charge - I recall having to put about 30V on one Optima to get it to accept 33A (the current limit of the power supply I was u
    4 points
  35. You have all convinced me, I have ordered the Makita one and @Stellaghosthas kindly sent me some carbide burrs to get me started Thanks all
    4 points
  36. Just to finish this thread. After consulting with a very wise and ancient mechanic who took one look at the OBD codes and said "Lambda probes" I gave in, and bought my son a set of 4 generics for Xmas. I also straightened out some tiddle-poor crimping of wires on his recently replaced fuel pump while I was at it. Had to cut one of the probes out, and make a new mount in the downstram pipe for the passenger (NAS spec) side. Car is runnng like a champ now. Idle is still a little too high, but the car has only been run at length for a couple of times. I assume it needs a few more before the
    4 points
  37. Hey I just wanted to take a minute to wish you all a happy year! These days people don't spend much time or thought on some personal words to their friends and family, they just copy and paste some random **** and send it on. So, after all we've been through together this year I want to thank you for your friendship and wish you a happy 2021! It’s going to be a great year and I can’t wait to spend the Easter holidays with you. You are the best gymnastics group anyone could ask for. Best wishes, Beverley x
    4 points
  38. Excellent news the only potential downside to that is lost time on your rebuild ( little head ruling big head ... rabbits..... you know what I mean ) enjoy it a good lady is worth her weight in gold ( ask me how I know) pleased for you regards Stephen
    4 points
  39. When I think back to the countless days, nights, weeks, months I spent fettling, fixing and generally messing about with daily driver and hobby Land Rovers from the 70's onwards I realise what a waste of time it was. I would have been far better off getting rid of the worry, the interminable time on the phone ordering bits only to find when they turned up the stores bloke had two glass eyes when it came to part numbers, for ever dealing with the dire build quality, bolts made of boiled pasta and the general physical effort and instead when young keeping my hands scrubbed and callous free and g
    4 points
  40. Sorry to hear that some of you are facing some serious issues, but it does highlight how trivial the Covid related restrictions and wearing a mask is by comparison. Not so easy for those losing work and facing financial issues as result, but health is the most important asset you can have.
    4 points
  41. Personally, I think it looks as ridiculous as an SAS bloke wearing a glass slipper.
    4 points
  42. Yesterday the club went to the dunes, one of the guys brought his ND. I was expecting it to get stuck often, but it ran rings around all of us. The only time he got stuck was when he tried deliberately to do so by doing a short run-up and to test extended mode + ATPC.
    4 points
  43. Scored a 2020 defender X on Friday! loving it so far. third Land Rover in 20 years....
    4 points
  44. Yes, but for anyone looking in to it this still comes up so I thought it may help someone.
    4 points
  45. Referring back to the original question I'll relate my own experience. My first foray into a brand new Land Rover product was 2015/2016 with a RR Evoque. I'd heard/seen many tales of doom and, in fact, had gone along to the LR Dealer to buy one of the last Defenders. In a moment of over-excitement I ordered an Evoque. Four near-faultless years later I ordered a Defender. After reading many tales of woe about the infotainment system in Velars I saw they had moved to the (allegedly) all-singing Pivi-Pro system. Oh dear. Many navigation-related faults have appeared from day 2 of owner
    4 points
  46. The nice thing about Covid is the extra time i get to spend in the garage... Engine fully mounted, new shocks, cab test fitting, brake line renewal started
    3 points
  47. In the pictures above, you can see I've fitted a shower / bog. The lining of that in plastic wall covering was the hardest bit of the job - and I'm not delighted with the fit & finish of it, though I did my best. It is waterproof though. I struggled to find a decent thermostatic mixer tap for the Shower. The ones made for Campers are made form the most horrible, cheap plastic and priced like they're made of Gold! I ended up with a mixer tap for a Bidet! It turned out the port size (hence the flow) is the same as most domestic taps - but the housing is tiny by comparison to
    3 points
  48. The single biggest thing to remember is. A fire extinguisher is purely designed to give you enough time to get out and put the fire out. It is NOT designed to save the vehicle. If it does you just happen to be lucky. Mike
    3 points
  49. I dont think anyone has mentioned it - Tidy the workshop!
    3 points
  50. Damn, this looks the part! https://www.instagram.com/p/CI8EkgrC2zJ/
    3 points


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