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Litch last won the day on February 20 2016

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  1. Litch

    Stainless Steel vs Catalytic Corrosion

    I rebuilt my 90 with a brand-new body back in 2001 and used SS fixings throughout however I always assemble fixings with either Waxoyl or Copperslip (depends on the location), one thing I NEVER do is assemble dry. My body is now showing signs of corrosion but this is NOT around the fixings but instead along normal locations like the door bottoms, wheel arches etc (only doors and rear tub however as the front wings & bonnet remain perfect) so I think it is safe to say that the use of SS fixings has had no effect over the past 18-years. Rear tub is coming off this summer and being stripped & re-painted whereas the doors are being replaced with galvanised ones.
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    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    I don't believe it is high pressure. If you look at my photo you can see the hose-clip jointing the (shortened) flexi to the coupling. The flexible hose & fixings supplied by Ashcroft were very high quality, I was surprised at the amount of refund I received when I took them back. The only other item I didn't use was the foot-rest, I decided that I liked the additional space to move my left foot on a long journey, I did however fit the larger brake-pedal, not because I really need it but because it just looks right (vanity I suppose).
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    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    If you mount the cooler where I have mounted mine then yes the standard Disco pipes are too long but I preferred to start with them as that way I know that fitting them into the autobox and running them forward was going to be exactly the same as on a Disco. The flexi pipes need to be shortened and one of the solid pipes "adjusted" under the cooler (if you look at my photo you can see where the NS solid pipe has been sleeved in two places).
  4. Litch

    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    As a matter of interest, what are you doing about the autobox oil-cooler? The Ashcroft kit comes with the standard oil-cooler but a length of flexible hose & fixings. I wasn't keen on this set-up so instead decided to use standard Disco pipes but modified where they cross the front crossmember, the end result being very acceptable to my eyes. I did briefly look at using a Wolf oil-cooler which is mounted on the slam-panel diagonal supports but didn't get any further than idle doodling some sketches, I still like the idea but have yet to look into suitability, pipe connections and whether mounting the cooler that bit higher will work.
  5. Litch

    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    Sorry, didn't realise I had posted a photo showing the lights! Yes, Le Perei LED, fitted them about 6-years ago to replace the full set of eight Le Perei filament NAS type lights that I fitted back in 2000. The LED's are very good, people can certainly see you and the power of the reversing lights on a dark wet night is to behold. Used to have the filament type the front as well and really liked the look (plus the lights are very effective) but had a makeover a couple of years ago and went to standard type LED's.
  6. Litch

    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    Turns out that I haven't any pictures of the kickdown cable (pump end) that I took at the time, found these photos though which some kind soul sent me showing how the brackets fit.
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    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

  8. Litch

    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    Now I have worked out where the sensor is located on the bellhousing I can confirm that mine is just fitted with a small blanking plate. Below are some photos showing how the kickdown cable connects to the pump.
  9. Litch

    Defender 300tdi auto conversion

    Have to pass on the electrical connection but the cable looks like the kickdown (however if memory serves me right it looks different to the Ashcroft Defender set-up). I used the Ashcroft kit on my 300TDi.
  10. Easiest way would be to use a meter and check which contacts connect to what at each of the positions on your existing switch and then check that the new switch operates the same way.The trouble is that different models use different switches and if your vehicle has had the switch changed at some point (to suit the different engine possibly) then how do you know you have bought the correct replacement?Although probably not relevant to this query, a perfect example of the differences in ignition switches is in the glow-plug operation.On early vehicles the glow-plugs were operated by manually holding the switch in the "heat" position for however long was required however on later models this was done automatically by the timer relay so there was no need to hold the switch in that position.
  11. Litch

    headlight bulb upgrade options

    Osram Nighbreaker are about as good as you can get but will only be as good as the quality of the wiring & reflector. Standard headlamps will fill with water when dunked, the only way to avoid this is to go for sealed beam (and accept the lower performance) or LED. Of course the question has to be, how often do you put the headlamps under water? 🤔
  12. Litch

    New steering wheel

    When you are looking at alternative steering wheels you have a very wide choice and it all depends on what you want. Deep dish, flat, small, very small, removable, leather, wood etc etc. A smaller wheel will give more elbow room while a deep-dish will bring the wheel closer to you (but further away from the stalks). I have had a few different ones on my 90 during the last 20-years and they all did what I wanted at the time. 14-inch leather & polished alloy Mountney (flat). 12-Inch leather & brushed alloy Raid (flat and fitted to Snap-Off adaptor). Currently I have a 14-inch leather & brushed alloy Momo (flat) which suits me perfectly.
  13. Litch

    Cooling fans

    Bottom hose. Coolant entering the top of the rad is hot (the thermostat has just opened to pass it for cooling) but just flowing through the rad will be all that is required 95% of the time. If the coolant leaving the bottom of the rad is STILL too hot then that is when you want the fan to cut in and pull additional air through. The X-Eng housing is very nice and you can sort out the best InterMotor switch to suit your engine.
  14. Litch

    Windscreen Woes

    Have used several BP seals in the past with no problems and no cutting either.
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    Going auto.... shifter location? ???...

    Used the Ashcroft console myself.

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