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Happyoldgit last won the day on October 19

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  1. Happyoldgit

    We will remember them.

  2. Happyoldgit

    High SWR reading on CB

    Good, good. Best ditch that old antenna as it could potentially affect the SWR and performance of the new one.
  3. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Shamelessly pinched from another forum... https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/05/2020-land-rover-defender-short-wheelbase-spy-photos/
  4. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    May have been posted here before? https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/first-official-pictures/land-rover/defender/
  5. Happyoldgit

    High SWR reading on CB

    Hmmm. Folks tend to locate those mounts abobe the gutter on the rear panel to avoid the issue you have of the whip and coil being in close proximity to the gutter. You have the added complication of the roll cage being close to the whip as well which as previously said is an undesirable state. With that roll cage you have an issue. If the cage does not have an antenna mount tab welded to it [you could add one of course] I would either mount the antenna on the horizontal roof panel fairly close to the rear edge so as to be accessible or take a slight hit on performance and mount on top of the front wing on the opposite side to the standard radio antenna.
  6. Happyoldgit

    High SWR reading on CB

    You should get continuity from the centre of the PL 259 plug up [centre conductor of coax] to the antenna whip. Likewise continuity from the outside of the plug, through the coax shielding up to the plug or mount connection at the antenna. The mount, or parts of it, should generally be in good metal to metal contact with the body of the vehicle. What mount and antenna are you using and where do you have it located. An off the scale SWR sometimes indicates a short between the coax centre and shield or connected parts. Don't start chopping bits off the whip as you can't glue them back on! When I was installing this stuff many, many years ago I would carry lengths of cheap rod to use when working on those on tricky installations.
  7. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I hadn't thought of that....
  8. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I saw one of those mules t'other day. Funny looking thing, a sort of hybrid type affair, most odd with those long, long ears.
  9. Happyoldgit

    Converting 300tdi to TD5

    Posted 10 days ago and has yet to acknowledge reading any of the replies. One post wonder?
  10. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    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
  11. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Good thread, it's about time there was a decent conversation about the few hints and photos of the presumed old Defender replacement to blow the cobwebs out of the corners here. I still fail to see that there is much information to be gleaned from what snippets have come from JLR thus far plus masses of Chinese whispers, press and online blather with a few photos of a camouflaged mule which looks to have temporary bits added and taped over to confuse the final shape.
  12. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    But, but, but I knew all that. I was hoping for more hard facts not the same stuff I read about yonks ago.
  13. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I read a bit, noted use of words such as extreme, icon, adventurer etc., then watched watched 3/4 of the video where much of the usual guff is spouted about the Defender, then a cut to shots of Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu playing about in the woods before I got bored and went back to dealing with e-mail. Next?
  14. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I can't muse over something I know SFA about yet nor pass any sensible comment based on photos of a camouflaged something or other being driven somewhere or other. This thread like so many others on the subject on t'internet is mostly conjecture based on very little if anything at all. My last few Defenders were bought new, if they were still producing them would I buy new again - no. No matter how strong the rose tinted specs they were just not value for money and dealers increasingly unwilling to deal with an essentially hand-built vehicle of variable quality. Some enthusiasts put up with the low standards but your average motorist or commercial user will not. JLR are clean a lifestyle brand now, not a military, mucky construction, agricultural, utility company or jungle bashing any longer. Those days have gone. I well remember the shock horror among some quarters when Land Rover adopted coils over leaf springs.
  15. Happyoldgit

    Converting 300tdi to TD5

    Welcome to the forum. It would help if you stated what vehicle you are referring to.

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