Jump to content


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 08/20/2018 in all areas

  1. 6 points
    Right now, somewhere in Solihull, somebody in a big flouncy shirt is going into meltdown and shouting "WHY DIDN'T WE THINK OF THAT!!!"
  2. 5 points
    Well it’s taken me a while but finally started putting it back together. No. 4 had a cracking bend in it so I’ve taken the chance to change them all as well as pretty much everything I can well I have access to it. Taking ages, but learning allot and enjoying the process. Thanks for all the help.
  3. 4 points
    Hi Everyone Time for a bunch of pics from my refurb and winch install onto my series 3. So i managed to bag a bargain off ebay, and this is how it arrived. So time for a strip down and see what it needed, as its had a hard life on the rear of a recovery truck from what i could find out. It was not in a such a bad shape, worn brushes, and lots of grime and neglect. I started off by ordering new brushes After some prep i had the whole thing painted in Grey, plus some new gaskets and plastic cover from the UK Got the commutator polished and started reassembly. Old VS New brushes. Fully assembled back to its glory Than it was time to start the Fabrication for a new bumper to accommodate the winch. I was lucky enough that the sale of winch had the winch plate included (had it blasted), so i incorporated that into my build. Now i wanted a specific style of bumper which was mounted higher than standard and looked more or less like what i had before ( standardish looking) . So went out and got some RHS........ and started mocking things up. To save on fab time i decided to use my old bumper as a doner for the chassis mounts (easier i thought at that time) and grafted them onto the RHS......... Next a quick check that it looked ok....... So i got some 3mm plate and doubled up the top and bottoms, tieing in the the old bumper mounts, its a lot of welding but the result was pretty pleasing. I then added some gussets at the old bumper mounts to make sure it will not go anywhere Than it was the light bars turn to be fitted, since i always liked the shape it was in, and its been on the vehicle trough the 3 bumpers i thought it was only appropriate that it gets reused. Its than off to the galvanizers for that series look............... So next was vehicle fitting............ i already had an extra X member right at the front at the dumb irons, so i added some more Gussets at the corners. And finally mounting the whole lot back onto the Landy.............. This is where i am the moment, next is wiring the winch up with an aftermarket winch control box. Than time for a new synth rope. Hope you all find it interesting, sorry for the long pic heavy post................ Regards Grem
  4. 4 points
    Well the transfer box replacement hasn't been entirely smooth, Smooth being the operative word. After I changed the box I noticed a vibration between 40 and 50 mph. At first I thought uj but on further investigation I spotted an oscillation on the hand brake drum. Tonight I stripped it out and put a clock on the rear out put flange, sure enough something isn't right. Turns out the output shaft is bent, Lord knows how . Yes you can get the shaft out with the box in the car and no I probably shouldn't of done what I have. I didn't have time to strip the other box and I don't really want to in case this one fails. So out with some vee blocks and the clock, yep it's definitely bent. Of coarse I didn't mark the high spot and put it in my press I wouldn't do that would I . Anyway it's back together now and I'll test drive it on my way to work in the morning. Mike
  5. 4 points
    Had a quick kite at it myself at Goodwood today , all the time listening to some sexy young beards getting horny over it , I think it was the same herd of pretty young things getting wet when it went up the hill , not sure if they appreciated my mumblings although to be fair I was also moaning about the price of the feckin beer at the same time . On a brighter note , the Twisted stand was impressive but not as impressive as the Army lads hoofing around the forest rally track in some standard 90s who took the time to have a natter to my young grandson , hats off to them .
  6. 4 points
    Don't bring material specs & knowledge into this rose tinted bun fight 😂😂😂
  7. 4 points
    Thought this was an interesting article with some great photos, and a good take on why we love our LR's despite their flaws... https://jalopnik.com/land-rover-and-mercedes-the-king-and-queen-of-the-saha-1831555271
  8. 4 points
    In my experience most people who have a new vehicle take it back to the dealer for servicing, makes warranty claims easier and there is a perceived quality because of the flashy showroom and high price. My experience of a lot of the dealers across all makes I've owned is that they are swollen organisations with poor communication even between people in the same building, their customer service attitude tends to be to deflect the problem and convince the customer that it's because they're dumb and not mechanics rather than actually looking to investigate a fault. They train and employ parts fitters and will only do what the computer tells them and will not actually look for a fault because they only have one tech trained highly enough to do it who, even if he had the time to work on cars, neither they nor the customer would be willing to stand the exorbitant hourly rate they charge. Many are company cars or lease vehicles and the dealers well know that the lease companies are looking for minimum bills and don't care who long the car will last after they've sent it to auction. An example is VW who have a long and short service plan, if it's a private buyer the service interval might be set at 10,000 miles, if it's a company it might be set at 25,000 miles - for the same vehicle?! However the car usually survives the up to 5 years that that owner has it. The second owner takes it where ever is cheapest, doesn't research when things like the cambelt are due as they assume if they ask a back street garage that sees dozens of different makes to service it they will just know what needs doing. They don't realise that if you ask a back street garage to service it they will change the oil and filters, kick the brakes and give it back. These garages can be really good or really poor. I know one that won't take a shield off the bottom of an engine, they drill holes to get at what they need to, wipe spark plugs to make them look new etc etc and another that has fixed things for me that a main dealer couldn't. After a few years start getting a few problems that need money throwing at it so they just chop it in and slag it off to anyone that will listen. I've had a lot of fiats in the past which were always cheap cars compared to the competition, this tends to be the fault with them, people buy them because they're cheap, won't spend money on them because they're cheap and slag them off when they go wrong. I think another good example is air suspension, how many people say the pump burn't out so I put another one on and that burn't out so I converted it to coils. But never look for leaks etc The next owner tends to go one of two ways, they're either a bodger who buys it cheap, runs it into the ground or does home fixes with wood screws and tinfoil or they're an enthusiast who takes the time to understand it and maintain it above and beyond. I think this is where the land rovers have done well in the past as they have a huge following of enthusiasts who enjoy looking after them. Their current range are to help their margins on selling new vehicles which you can't blame them for as that's kind of important to them, but the question will be can the enthusiasts get what they want out of the current vehicle range and keep up with the technology requirements to keep them going? I read the land rover manual for the EFI on my old range rover and I understood what it did and why it did it so I was able to diagnose faults. I had to call VW assist to my Amarok a few weeks ago. It had gone into limp home mode. Basically when the soot in the DPF gets to a certain level it's supposed to go a regen, for which you have to have over 20l of fuel, the engine has to be upto a certain temperature and you have to drive over a certain speed for a certain amount of time. If these conditions haven't been met and the level of soot gets to a second trigger point it comes up with a warning on the dash telling you to go for a drive that does meet those conditions. However there is a fault in the software where that second warning doesn't always come on, then it goes to limp home and VW have to do it manually. VW (and probably the third party that write the code) know about the issue but haven't been able to find the fault and fix it yet. If they can't do it what hope would I have in 10 years time? I think when it comes to Jeep you have to give them a certain amount of credit. They make for their home market which is huge, and if you include south America enormous! OK Fiat / Chrysler are trading off the brand reputation with some of the softer models but what's different with America over the UK is that a lot of those vehicles will go off road regularly. Even if that's just unmade roads it's still a lot of vibration and dust that most Land Rovers will never see in their life. Well, apart from the potholes. That was my lunch break wasted...
  9. 3 points
    I feel it's one of my special skills, however I think this is cause by the vast amount of waiting we are doing in anticipation of the new defender. It's like an automotive brexit
  10. 3 points
    Stop running it on vegetable oil then it won't feel any different running on diesel 😆 Mo
  11. 3 points
    I've attached all that I have for 1991 to 1994 Defenders. Defender 1991 Wiring diagram.pdf
  12. 3 points
    I think you younger types will find that there's nothing wrong with a soft knob in an off road vehicle or maybe the home environment as larger harder knobs often lead to unfortunate and unforeseen accidents
  13. 3 points
    These days there's no such thing as a cheap Defender - an old Disco or RR is as capable and half the price, but you'd better own a set of spanners and a sense of humour. And probably a welder.
  14. 3 points
  15. 3 points
    Totally agree, i was just looking at the body actually will makes some efforts to remove the layers of bronze green, then she'll get rubbed down and painted olive or olive and black there's a few dents here and there I'll be straightening out to square her up a bit but thats about it, the rear tub inside will need the most work. In other news i just got her running. New plugs leads and distributor and she fired up on the first turn, well chuffed, and coincidently I'm no longer a series truck driver virgin, took it for a spin to check the transmission, all good except stopping is interesting with only one wheel... great fun Now I get why peoples like series trucks 😁
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    Hang on, from the other thread... if the new Defender is anything but a 200TDi and costs more than a Ford Fiesta people are going to be outraged and deride it as a flimsy lifestyle bauble, , yet a 70k all-electric thing is now cool?
  18. 3 points
    Chuffed there's a Denbigh in the Brooklands museum, thanks man! They're not kidding around either because it's wired to the wall. Seems to be missing it's spindle front cover but otherwise really original. The wobbly wire cage dates it between '57 and '75 I think. So is @Escape 's JPS can the one standing on the foot? Giz a look! The welder thing ran up to the holidays but just before end of business I made contact with our ESAB agent here who was very helpful and has contacted ESAB HQ directly on my behalf. I haven't heard back yet. Tomorrow I'll be starting the chase again. The welder campaign climbed to $1600, which is amazing and thanks a million it's very exciting, and after Go Fund Me fees, money transfer and exchange rates that's roughly €900. I'll put in the ton to get it to €1k and hopefully that's enough to offer a company for a cost price machine that retails for a higher value sso I can get something really nice. The MIG & AC/DC TIG machines are at least twice that and I'd love one, but failing that maybe I can do a deal for a separate MIG and lesser TIG machine. I really want to start to learn to TIG weld, not least because I'd like to fab my own alu fuel tanks for the Esprit. I've also been in talks with a major car restoration hardware provider who asked me to make a wish list, on that list is a bead roller and panel pins and dimple dies and a decent hammer set. Here's hoping.
  19. 3 points
    All the time and effort (not to say Money) i`ve put in to the landy it would be a shame to give up. finding Another one for a good price is hard here in sweden Although this one was pretty annoying and frustrating at times. On top of that i Always find it rather annoying when you are searching on the forums for a solution t problem and you find something very simular but without a solution or instruction what has been done or resolved the problem. So decided to write a summery to help and make it easier for other enthusiast. Glad you guys like it
  20. 3 points
    A new tail gate made by my friendly fabricator... He said he surprised himself - I’m delighted ! The only bit re-used is the tilt hooks. Tub has gone to paint and I’ve made up the final list of parts I need to buy for it. Getting closer.
  21. 3 points
    Me too and like any sensible mortal will reserve judgement whether or not to buy if and when they eventually start rolling off the production line. Of course a big deciding factor will be whether fellow owners will wave at each other like the old days ...no really
  22. 3 points
    Traction control only goes so far. There are many situations where it can be beaten and mechanical locking and/or more even ground pressures are needed. It is very common to get the modern Land Rovers stuck or unable to proceed due to the reliance on TC where even unlocked traditional vehicle that have better wheel travel can get through.
  23. 3 points
    What to look for...? A Shogun Ah, is that my coat? Thank you
  24. 3 points
    While accepting that the most likely cause of 'slow to respond' is a worn out compressor (I agree they can be overhauled. Compared to most jobs you do on a Land Rover it's a bit fiddly, take a patience pill before you start). BUT, unless you do something about the suspension airbags the compressor will still struggle to respond, and will quickly wear out again. Look closely at the inflated airbags, both at standard height and at full height. You are looking for 'surface crazing', especially where they roll over. If you see it, even though you cannot detect any leaks through the crazed area, then start (more) reading, this time on replacing the suspension airbags. For obvious reasons, second hand units from a breaker are false economy. In my view, it's likely that the suspension problems have come to light because you have used the off-road settings. I suspect many users don't use the control. As for Scotland, if you can get one Schrader valve in the supply to the reservoir tank, then that is your 'get out of jail' card, although it will help to carry a decent tyre inflater pump as well. BTW, if you are using 'suspension on off-road setting' to enable access for working on the car, please do put a couple of chassis stands under the chassis rails before you start work. We don't want the next post from your account to be from your wife asking how can she raise the vehicle to extract your body!! Good Luck, and enjoy.
  25. 3 points
    Just thinking about the explosion, and if you are far enough away in Didcot? Please change it, carefully, as I'm visiting Oxfordshire next weekend. G.
  26. 2 points
    It's very unfortunate and misleading. The subtitles suggest the new car builds on the heritage of the others, when, in reality, it completely abandons every design feature of the old, bar the fact it has a four wheel drive system and possibly a Land Rover badge. I am generally positive about the new vehicle but hate bull droppings of this type! Not much ground clearance in this video either...
  27. 2 points
    Quite a while back on one of my mog axle posts somebody said the above title so here goes Started a project this weekend that I have been considering for a while elements of this are often carried by landrovers in the country ie game keepers but ultimately putting fabrication skills to the test Mods if you are not happy please remove and accept my apologies for posting So the project is to make a standard shotgun lamp Some of the bits cut pieces shaped shaping finished welding up and blending All put together and where I'm at now Going to fab a cartridge belt as part of the stand then buy a suitable lamp shade to finish hope to be complete by the end of next weekend Regards Stephen
  28. 2 points
    Sort of... There's plenty of "Ultra 4 vs Rock Bouncer videos" but they're all time-based competitions. I know the Ultra4 guys don't air down and run more "all-terrain" biased tyres due to the mixed racing they do and instead prefer to throw power and speed at the problem. What I'd be more curious is seeing them on, I suppose, would be more along the lines of what we might see in the UK - a mix of bogs, (thinking Highlands ), mud, rocks, grass etc. but rather than throw power into the equation follow the Green Lane Code and tread lightly so to speak. I.e. eliminate the huge (and admittedly fun) HP and speed figures and try and complete a course with minimal wheel spin and damage underneath. That should tell us a little more about the actual capabilities of the vehicle, momentum and speed can overcome a lot of shortcomings. I mean the Norwegian Army wanted to learn to fly and they didn't have any planes - so momentum and speed helped out here
  29. 2 points
    i just searched companies house for a landrover garage that had recently gone bust and errrm, invented a receipt from them
  30. 2 points
    You speak better English than most that live here. Mike
  31. 2 points
    I have already bought some paint to tidy it up
  32. 2 points
    Yeah, the pic with the Guinness shows it better
  33. 2 points
    Some of the engine build:
  34. 2 points
    Maybe it's time the owners caught up? Bring back night schools!
  35. 2 points
    New WB turned up today. It’s LSU 4.9 and is a direct replacement for the innovate supplied LC2 Bosch sensor. Here is the dud one. I don’t suppose there is any chance of revival. Managed to calibrate and then fit. Took it for a drive and let TunerStudio make some adjustments. No more bogging under load. Very impressed at the auto tune facility and how you can actually feel the differences..... So issues that need sorting. When engine is warm and restarts. The revs fluctuate all over the place by 2/300 rpm until the temp raises again. The cost of Unleaded..... Stumble off idle need to look at the enrichment settings. So what should I do next, and should I fix the above with the PWM removed?? oh and how does it drive... It's possibly the quietest and smoothest 90 I’ve been in. At 30mph it whispers along with only the tyre roar and a slightly more diff noise from the HD Crown wheel and Pinion than you normally get. The LSD’s make it straighten up quick out of a corner. There are no squeaks or bangs or worrying noises. If you boot it it drops down some gears and then roars off. The hood makes hood noises. The suspension is firm and typically 90, choppy... I think I will do a little vid and try and capture the V8 auto experience. It’s such a relaxed drive I’m chuffed..
  36. 2 points
    Quick update. Following a slightly more spirited drive to work this morning involving a few more hills the oil cooler does appear to be working as it should ( sigh of relief! ) Thank you everybody for the helpfull suggestions.
  37. 2 points
    The writer says "Weak product quality has long been a problem with JLR, dating to the time when the UK luxury automaker was still in the hands of Ford." Clearly not old enough to remember the cars built in the days of BL then ...
  38. 2 points
    Apart from doing the rear wiper mod covered in another thread, I also sorted out the wiring for the intermittent front wipers. This information is all already in the tech archive but it's a bit spread out and so I've created this diagram which will hopefully allow anyone with an ounce of electrical knowledge to put the wiring together quickly and easily. This diagram shows the wiring which can be used to replace the intermittent wiper wiring loom, PRC8295. The original Land Rover part number for the delay relay is AMR2341 which gives a fixed delay of about 5 seconds between wipes and 4 wipes when the wash button is pressed. A Volkswagen 99 relay is a direct drop-in replacement for the AMR2341 and this gives a fully programmable delay between 2 and 40 secs as well as the wash wipe facility. Here is it as a PDF file: Intermittent front wiper.pdf
  39. 2 points
    Personally having driven many examples of both my preference is for the Td5, I don’t like the later dash of the Tdci (though the heater is good!) and the gearchange is horrible. The higher gearing of the Tdci does make them faster and more comfortable on longer journeys though and there’s no doubt that the Tdci lumps are powerful and torquey. I’d still choose a good Td5 over a Tdci. Your budget is quite healthy so you may be able to get an earlier vehicle which has had a galvanised chassis/bulkhead swap, this would preempt the two biggest problems that occur as the vehicles age. As always with Defenders though they’re all much of a muchness, and a good one of any given variety will be better than a poor one of any other. General condition and evidence of good servicing/maintenance is far more important than age or mileage.
  40. 2 points
    We've been good at digging very big holes in the earth for a long time then leaving behind a right old mess. Just watch the scene at the end of Get Carter where Michael Caine kills that bloke after the chase and you'll be reminded that we used to dig up stuff out of a coal mine which was full of God know's what toxic materials then dump it straight into the sea and that was not that long ago in the UK! Everything has to be considered - Gathering the raw materials, processing them, production of the battery, transport (often right round the world, before use then again after use), recycling/disposal once their useful life is over. And not just the batteries but also other exotic materials for the motors for example. I found a paper published last year about the effects of recycling Li-ion batteries (not just cars but phones, laptops, tablets etc) and its not just the materials inside the battery; what about the plastics used for the casing, dump it in landfill, burn it? Somethings aren't as bad as you'd think, other's might be far worse. On balance we don't really know - for me, that is the scary part. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305693870_The_Environmental_Impacts_of_Recycling_Portable_Lithium-Ion_Batteries
  41. 2 points
    Maybe he should just buy a field, I don't know somewhere near, maybe, Guildford. He can then have a barn and store all his vehicles here for when he breaks them. I'd offer to look after it for him of course
  42. 2 points
    You know you are right. I was Land Rover through and through for decades but sadly the company has increasingly been putting it's eggs into the same overcrowded basket for a number of years. That's fine if you fit into their target market sector but not if your needs fall outside it.
  43. 2 points
    Appreciate that thanks i thought a bit steep, but I suppose they gotta make aswell. I have used the one shot. Not sure I could be arsed with the knuckle busting in this weather. And the wife bitching about me working on “that bloody thing” again altjough she’s first to love it when the snow comes 😂
  44. 2 points
    Wow it’s a real thing... I wonder if they have a Chinese diesel heater on there?
  45. 2 points
    MOT retest done at 4pm, Pass with no further issues. nice shiney new MOT cert in possesion may replace the left footwell after Xmas & cold weather has gone.
  46. 2 points
    Not tried it yet to be honest. I had driven it when just the front piece was in and it did feel quieter. As for warmth I can't really say just yet but as I've sorted the heater it warms up fairly quick now. It feels cosier and doesn't feel like you're sitting in an empty can now. Kit was from fleabay
  47. 2 points
    No is the short answer. My number of projects exceeds my budget and may well also exceed my lifespan ? Perhaps my daughter will finish them 😊
  48. 2 points
    Because pictures and sarcasm tell a better story: https://www.reddit.com/r/Justrolledintotheshop/search?q=filter&restrict_sr=1
  49. 2 points
    Isn't that because the axle swings backwards when the suspension is flexed due to leaf springs. Mike
  50. 2 points
    Of course there is another possibility. That this is a further model to be added to the Discovery range

  • Create New...

Important Information

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience. By using our website you agree to our Cookie Policy