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  1. Thank you. I still think there is more to be told. They collect Land Rovers then immediately break them or sell them on, but the motorhome was stolen in April 2017 and 'the GPS tracker activated in June'. It's not a consistent MO. Barrington wasn't convicted of stealing the vehicle, rather of handling stolen goods. Given the 3 month delay, was it bought for personal use, and therefore not subjected to the usual checks? It's good they have been taken out of circulation, for a while, but it seems they weren't 'caught', rather tripped over their own feet by moving away from what they were experienced at. Regards.
  2. I'm more intrigued that someone (the owner?) located their stolen motorhome to the premises. How did that happen? Was it someone with personal contacts, who by inference could be taking part in similar anti-social activities, but who had fallen out with this operator? Was it a tracking device? (If so you'd expect that retailer to be publicising the fact). There are different sorts of trackers, working on different principles and at different costs. Some more detail here would be welcome. Regards.
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    Overheating after top end rebuild

    Oh well, at least I passed the memory test. As you are grasping at straws, I assume the pipe has been proven clear anyway? Regards.
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    Overheating after top end rebuild

    My experience is more diesel than petrol, so I didn't think I could usefully contribute, but having now seen the diagram ... I'm pretty sure there was a Tech Bulletin about this, it concerns the thin green radiator bleed hose (16). After draining, if coolant remains in the lowest section, with air in the higher sections at either end, the pipe is too small a bore to self bleed. An air lock then develops in the top of the radiator, inhibiting flow. The expansion tank will get hot, via the purple expansion pipe (20), but there will still be no flow. The in service work round was to remove the cap from the expansion tank, remove the bleed hose from the radiator, then blow (lung power only) along the pipe towards the expansion tank. When you heard air issuing from the tank you knew the pipe was clear. The factory cure was to reroute the pipe along the top of the inner wing instead of dropping down to the 'chassis rail', thus eliminating the giant U bend. Regards.
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    Centre seat brackets

    No, because there is no need to support the drivers seat, that has it's sliding base so cannot be linked to the static centre seat. Regards.
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    Centre seat brackets

    In a Series 2 or 2A the brackets for the centre seat are exactly the same as the ones for the outer passenger seat. There is no fore and aft or back angle adjustment. Ahh, he says, thinking a bit harder. The bracket fitting between the side seat and the centre seat isa single br acket, mirrored down its centre line and so serving the two seats. The 88, as originally equipped, had three fixed seats and had the brackets listed here. Support for front seat cushion, outer, RH .. ..1 331007 Support for front seat cushion, outer, LH .. ..1 331008 Support for front seat, centre .. ..2 331006 (1 off on 109). 331006 is the 'double bracket' that fitted in the gaps between both outer seats and the centre seat. You will see that only one is specified with the 109, that was because the 109 drivers seat had sliders , as the one in your picture. So, to sum up, you will move the RH bracket for the outer seat over to support the RH side of the centre seat. You need to accquire a single 331006 dual bracket which will support the LH side of the outer seat, and the RH side of the centre seat. Some people will look at the brackets and decide, with a bit of fabrication skils, you can adapt any old seat bracket, but hopefully that won't be necessary. Struth, I just seen the prices asked for new, from John Richards Surplus and rusty / tatty from ebay. I Google searched for '331006 seat'. Good luck with your search.
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    Glue for holding on door seals

    http://uk.gorillaglue.com/products   It surely is!! Glad we got that cleared up 🙂
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    Glue for holding on door seals

    Notwithstanding Mike's 'nothing will stick' admonishment, has anyone tried Gorilla Glue? I have only limited experience, but after using it I mentioned the success and several others around the table had been similarly impressed with their experiences. I had been expecting something like a professional quality superglue, but it's several degrees away from what I had experienced. The instructions required the parts being held together, but adhesive tape will do, it doesn't need a G clamp. There is a warning that the glue will expand as it hardens, so I guess there is some sort of chemical reaction with the moisture content. Anyway, worth a try, I think. Regards.
  9. I'm responding to both my own thoughts and Gazzar's comment "One of the real joys of living in the UK is the access to clever people who just love to build once-off stuff, usually for small money". I recalled that Rakeway have a good reputation for, as they say "bespoke and production automotive and race engineering projects.". I suggest you talk with them to see what options they feel are open to you. My thought is that they can do any machining work you require, and will understand the product you are starting with, in a way a Swiss machine shop may not. Yes, I did notice there are no entries in the 'steering' section of their web site, but I still think you should contact them. BTW, I suggest that a lot of the background you have included is unnecessary; briefly, you 'want a Series Land Rover inner steering column modified, to replace the worm with a splined end, this to be done by machining not cutting and welding, because Swiss regulations prohibit welded steering components, unless done by the vehicle manufacturer'. OK? Regards
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    I can find no mention of figures for piston protrusion in the S2 or S3 Workshop Manuals, neither in the text or in the detailed Data tables. If you want a second opinion from a specialist I suggest you write to Turner Engineering. If it would me I would explain whatever the circumstances are that caused you to ask the question. It's highly likely that the pistons should not protrude at all, in which case you need to know the minimum height between the top of the piston and the top of the block. Regards.
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    Spring way round help please anyone

    If it's a game of 'guess the question' can anyone join in? Please! My guess was that the picture shows a normal and a 2" lift spring, the 2" lift version having some almost coil bound coils, with the question being does the coil bound section go against the axle or the chassis? Cheers.
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    What engine do I have?

    ABRO was the Army Base Repair Organisation. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Base_Repair_Organisation "The plate says the engine was rebuilt for ABRO, which means it was done by an outside contractor. There were a number of diverse companies doing this work as well as some ABRO workshops. ". Army service would also explain the date discrepancy; the earlier date is likely to be when Land Rover assembled it, the later date is when the Army disposed of it, and it first gained its civilian registration. If you want to know the type, 11J, 12J, etc, then the guys here will need some pictures to show timing chain / belt cover, overview of the cylinder head, and a view showing any diagonal stiffening ribs on the side of the block, or that there aren't any!! Regards
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    Throttle spindle leak on a 2.5 NAD CAV pump

    I think the correct answer is 'Yes and No'. The bearing bush in the top cover is not a saleable item, it needs some universal engineering skills to make one, after first assessing the state of the shaft (wear grooves etc). The actual seals may be available from diesel specialists. You will also need a cover gasket. You really do need the numbers off the pump before shopping with the diesel specialists, it's no good saying it's a '85 2.5 NAD ex MOD 110 '. You can remove and replace the top while the unit is in place, and end up with a working pump, but it is a fiddly job to do. Look at this thread from 2008, very much to my surprise the Photobucket picture links still work, as does the link to the DPA manual. Regards.
  14. I'm not sure this will EXACTLY suit, but the IDEA could perhaps be adapted. Steve Parker does a kit to go with fitting a 38A box to a Series. The essential element of this is that the drag link is connected to the track rod, which is naturally fitted closer to the passenger side swivel than the drag link normally is. This effectively quickens the steering, but adds a little weight to the feel at the steering wheel. SP counts this as a positive. The SP product page. The Forum topic that alerted me to the existance of the product. Regards
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    Mini Tech - Clutches & in particular "Dual Diaphram" - A Guide

    Yes, fine, I understood that. It was the friction plate that has replaced the paddle style plate I was asking about. It's not important to me at this time, I am just curious. Regards.

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