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  1. I have a 3 foot hydraulic folder and flypress and a few bits of tools etc and some imagination ! You are allowed out next week (French virus rules). Ring or sms and I will find some time in between hay making.
  2. My everyday RRC is a 1987 2 door 2.4td VM which I have been using since 2008 with about 400,000kms on the clock. I bought it with the usual head gasket/cylinder head problems.I also tow a 3.5t trailer often and I live in the Massif Central in France. Driven with care it is a good engine with performance as good ( or better) than a tdi. Don't exceed 3000rpm and don't drive foot to the floor for long periods because the rear cylinder head and gasket will go. I have a temperature gauge on the rear cylinder head and an exhaust gas temperature gauge. My engine runs at 80° and briefly touches 95° uphill with the trailer . Over 100° I think there is a big risk for the head and gasket ( my experience). I do not exceed 700° exhaust gas temperature. I have replaced the original radiator with one from a LR 2.5td (10% wider) fitted a larger intercooler and a separate oil cooler. I tried electric fans but a working viscous fan is adequate. I have a one owner 1991 2 door 2.5td VM tidy interior with a big end gone ( low oil) waiting for some welding. My other RRC tow car is a 1982 2 door with a 6 cyl VM. It needs to be treated as above and so far has proved reliable. The reputation started with the poorly designed cooling system in the 2.4 which was improved considerably with the 2.5. I think the problem is poor circulation in the block and head and a water pump that could be more efficient. My experience to date , hope that helps.
  3. 25 kVa sounds a bit optimistic for a SR3 , nearer to 18kVa I would have thought. Hand or electric start ? You can hear the injectors clack easily especially on excess fuel when cranked. Is the stop/start hand or solenoid operated? If hand operated can you feel the rod connecting the fuel pump racks moving. If the engine has stood the pumps may have seized with damp in the fuel. To stop the lever has to be held against a spring, when released it is in run against the stop, pull the lever out and turn further to the next stop is excess fuel for starting. First check that there is fuel out of the top of each fuel pump, you can see the difference in quantity of fuel between run and excess fuel. If you have fuel at the pump inlet but not when cranking the pistons in the pumps can be seized at the top of their stroke, likely if the engine has been stood with poor fuel. The pumps can easily be stripped out and cleaned . I have not got a manual but can scan pages from the parts list for the ST3 which is basically the same but 2-3hp more. PM if you want more...it was at least 25 years ago when I last worked on these engines.
  4. I put a 6 cyl VM with lt77 and lt230 into an '84 RRC. The advantage with the older model is the bolted front panel, saves having to drill out the spot welds. I had a telescopic and 4 post lift to help. A V8 should be easy it is shorter and a lot lighter. Don't do what I did ... bend the heater pipes in the bulkhead and have to take out the heater for repair!
  5. Tuesday morning -7°C no snow perfect blue sky Wednesday -15°C , the tractor just ran with the winter grade diesel . Thursday +4°C , afternoon +13°C
  6. My experience so far. 1987 RRC 2 door I bought it with 4HD springs (Boge strut dead) standard height 17mm dia wire.The ride was very harsh and noisy but it was the correct height front and back and it handled the trailer (3.5t) well with little sag. I put standard front springs on and the ride and handling improved. I then put what I believe were original rear springs off a 4dr (15mm wire) and the sag was at least 5cm at the rear wheel arch. The ride was much smoother but it needs the boge strut working to maintain the height and towing the trailer with these springs , never again. I have ordered some D2 rear springs (16mm wire progressive rate) to see if that will give a reasonable ride and handle the trailer correctly. 1982 RRC 2 door with 6cyl diesel and hd springs and dead boge strut . I have put D1 standard rate progressive springs on the rear . Height , ride and handling is probably as good as one can get without the boge strut. I will see if there is a difference with the D2 springs compared to D1. The D1 spring needs to be a slightly higher rate for towing but gives a reasonable ride solo.The real solution is a working boge strut for the self leveling and comfort, anything else is a compromise unfortunately. I used to drive a Citroen XM so miss the self leveling suspension. p.s. I have at least 4 boge struts awating a repair solution so that I can have my original ride quality back!
  7. I have bought Sikaflex at my local BigMat in the Creuse,so should be available in the Allier, or try Chausson , one of their competitors .
  8. I found this when sorting my '82 RRC http://www.rangerovertwodoorclub.co.uk/#!orignal_parts_book/c1dpt It is in 'more' on the opening page . HTH
  9. As above check, the earths, behind the headlamp and chassis body battery connections . Dirt accumulates in the front wing and damp gets into the side repeater which will cause problems. Are you sure you have a 2.5 td and not 2.4td? The performance difference is significant.. Is the inlet manifold connected to the boost diaphragm on the injection pump ( 6-8mm black hose) ? Has the diaphragm failed in the pump or perhaps seized? ...No extra fuel means no extra performance. The turbo on my 2.4 is silent so I think there must a leak somewhere making some noise. Has the injection pump been moved so the timing is out? a few degrees out will kill performance. My 2.4 has nearly 400,000km and will still cruise at 85-90kph on the motorway with 2 tons behind .
  10. I have a 1982 RRC in red and it has never been resprayed except one wing with some very poor quality paint which will not rub back. The roof needs respraying because the paint has worn through after many years under a sheet. I know I will not get a perfect match with new paint and old paint. Does anyone know which red , masai or venetian was used on the range rover in 1982 ?
  11. I live in the backwoods of La Creuse (23) and regularly buy from the UK. In nearly 15 years I have never had an order lost ( here's to tempting fate).In that time I think all the carriers out of the UK will have delivered to me. 24 hr delivery is the same speed as 3-5 day delivery. One item took 3 weeks because the sender had written the wrong postcode by mistake. My experience in France ....... good luck with your refund.
  12. Long stick RR ( '84 to '86) early lt77.
  13. Hi- vis is definitely one for each occupant of the vehicle.
  14. There are very few peages (tolls) where you can pay cash now. Credit card is used everywhere. The breathalyser is a joke but still legal. I do not know anyone here who has one that is not out of date , if they have one! If it is frozen ( left in the car overnight ) it is not reliable nor if subjected to over 50°C (left in the sun). It was a political thing by a minister to help one of his friends who had a near monopoly on the manufacture of the devices!! French driving has become much more restrained in the last 15 years and particularly speed limits are much more respected now ( the government needs money , speeding fines are an easy source). Mobile cameras are used often , hiding in the bushes with the hand- held camera , camera on a tripod and the car parked down the lane out of sight or parked on the side of the road something like a Ford Focus estate (black /blue/ white) with a 6in square lens in the bottom LH corner of the tailgate. Apart from the big cities and major routes driving is much more pleasant here , the roads are less crowded. Enjoy it , but do try to speak some french , the effort is usually appreciated.
  15. Have a look at www.leboncoin.fr. You will need some basic french. Everything from a good deal to wildly optimist and everything in between. My three 2 door RRC have all come from there. Happy looking.
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