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  1. Made a new bracket today and was quite relieved to see that it fitted through the roof channel. During a first attempt it rotated and almost got lodged in the curve. In the second attempt I used two pieces of string to guide it and it was in before I knew it. I'm quite relieved! Too much panic for what turned out to be a simple problem... Cheers, Joris
  2. I presume that the cause is the weight of the roof rack and vibrations. The sidewalls have caved in just a bit between the windows (the side windows nudge towards one another veeeerryyy slightly) and that probably pushes the corners upwards. A member of the belgian forum had an issue after his travels to Africa, probably it was just the screw that fell out (he gave no feedback) and it got worse, resulting in longitudinal cracks: I got the pieces of the broken bracket out today: After some delibration with a friend, I'll probably make a new bracket of some plain, thicker L-shaped aluminium. A block might be too strong and result in cracks elsewhere. Hopefully it will fit through the roof channel... Fingers crossed. As to what the bracket or screw actually hold: the whole construction in that corner seems a bit odd. I was amazed to see that the part in red is only fixed to the upper channel, and nowhere to the skin, the frame above the door or the broken bracket. Actually one can wiggle the curved part a bit. So it seems like the whole corner setup is made to move and flex. But it's no news that the defender roof is quite weak... Cheers, Joris
  3. Had the opportunity today to go look at an unmounted roof, which helped a lot. The solution looks to be a lot simpler that I anticipated. Clearly the broken bracket is captive in the roof arch, and rivetted to the gutter. I guess first step will be drilling the rivets and try to take out the bracket through the hole higher up in the arch. Given the fact that the bracket broke, I think it's a better idea to try and make a block and bolt it to the gutter and arch through the existing riv Greetings, Joris
  4. Thanks Gazzar, makes sense. I'll make an attempt to get more in an image tomorrow, but it's probably more interesting to know what's further up front, and behind the curved part of the windscreen, to see if there's access to slide in a backplate or a new part. With a bit of luck I'll be able to check an unmounted roof one of the following days, that will be even better than pics. Cheers, Joris
  5. Yes, that's it. It looks to me like that should be one piece and that it holds roof and frame together
  6. Haha! Thanks for taking interest in my post! I made some more after posting, and I've added some pointers to what one sees: They also show the crack a bit clearer. It looks like an angled connecting piece that is riveted to the frame, and is hidden inside a channel. The PZ3 headed screw that fixes it to the windscreen frame goes though the hole at the right. Any idea if this piece is boxed in during construction, or if it would be possible to fit a new piece or a connecting block when the roof is off? Cheers, Joris
  7. Hi all, The roof of our 110 creaked a bit the last few weeks, and tightening the screw in the front left corner didn't help this time. So removed the lining to take a look... The fixing point turns out to have cracked 😕 Presumably the permanent presence of a roof rack with RTT and a large awning attributed to the problem. I'm a bit at loss about how to solve this.... We'll be leaving for Iceland in a couple of weeks, so the 110 will have to cope with long stretches of bad roads an corrugations. Any ideas or suggestions? Greetings, Joris
  8. Ah, pitty. Did you see the other links further down in the topic too? Greetings, Joris (Sorry for the basic 'J' earlier today).
  9. Defender2 member PaulMC has an ebay shop with Land Rover connectors, but has a bit more in stock than he offers there. You might try and contact him?
  10. Our Td5 made a squealing noise at high revs when its outlet manifold was warped. That particular squeal was'caused by the metal plates of the manifold gasket vibrating. I know it's a different engine, but maybe it's worth checking if all connections with gaskets are tight. A warped manifold is a typical Td5 issue, and could be recognised by traces of soot where the block joins the manifold. Two nuts could be turned by hand.
  11. Actually I never thought of sending them the photos, I presumed that they have probably seen any possible way of destruction of their products. Greetings, Joris
  12. The seller gave me permission to open the other of the two ATB's to assess its condition and to see if it would be OK. In the end I did return both of them but at least it gave me the chance to see what's inside. I suspect others are keen to see it too, so here are some pics. The large cogs should be switched on the photo. This way they wouldn't fit. This is what you see once it's open. Underneath the cog one can see a broken belleville washer, which should be a bit deeper underneat a smaller cog, I probably made a mistake when I briefly put things back to make the photos. One should see a ring on top of it which is part of a smaller, sliding sprocket-like part that keeps the rings contained. They can be seen at the top of the exploded views. The large cog that receives the halfshaft. I now have a new ATB waiting for installation, and when comparing the splines were indeed worn, as Snagger mentioned. The worm wheels sit in the pockets without any bearings or alike. Actually I was surprised about how loosely it all fits. There were also very few unpainted machined surfaces on the inside, also on the outside 'lid' which the worm wheels push against. Here you can clearly see a crack in the spring. Two or three spring washers were broken. Drilling a bit deeper. The middle parts and upper worm wheels are out, and you can just discern the worm wheels of the other side. Some details of the worm wheels and sprockets. There's quite some wear and some chipping to be seen. If they were truly low mileage, than I have the impression that they have already suffered a lot Hope you enjoy it. Greetings, Joris
  13. Seller agreed to take the ATB's back, so I'll order a new one at Ashcroft shortly. Thanks to all for their valued input! Joris
  14. Great pointer Bowie69, I found the post, with a photo of a disassembled ATB ! Thanks!
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