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Blanco last won the day on November 3 2018

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  1. Blanco

    Landcruiser 105 Series

    Nothing ' direct' as you put it, but when we Iived in France, our local LR dealer, in Perigueux, used to have a sideline in prepping vehicles for North African rallies, most of those vehicles were base model 105's. In fact I suspect that the distraction from the core business was one of the main reasons the franchise moved on.
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    The Curse of Blondie

    Isn't that what they call 'off-white'
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    The Curse of Blondie

    The axles on it at present are D1, with anti-roll bars, it actually drives fine on them, but the alloys end up quite inset, if you don't put the spacers on, even if the arches were unmodified. D2 axles would help address that and enable me to get rid of the spacers. Plus If I find a late D2 with some damage or other I might get my interior and a more modern loom into the bargain.
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    The Curse of Blondie

    Time for an assessment. What have I bought and what am I to do?? (Apart from the obvious hang head in hands and sob gently!) Underneath, chassis etc. it is pretty sound, except that it won't stay that way for long because it has not been painted, has some awful 'underseal' which it is beginning to shed. also it I think the tunnel and front floor comes from the D1 and you can see here the standard of installation which is a widespread problem....... It is very wet inside when left out and this is just one of many causes. There are also a couple of bad oil leaks to fix, one at the filter mounting and one the other side from I think the sump pan, apart from its scruffy install, the engine starts well and seems to run pretty smoothly. Under the bonnet, the inner wings and slam panel etc. are all I think replacements which were never painted, all seems pretty sound but will need adjusting and painting. Moving round the vehicle there is some corrosion to sort, principally these rear corners, .... ..... the drivers door... . And the inner scuttle top has a couple of big holes as well...... Around the outside the wings are annoyingly in great shape except tha some vandal has hacked lumps out of the arches to fit big tyres, .... The biggest bodywork headache is going to be seals for the side windows and doors.... Well, it's a start! Immediate plan is to attend to the immediate needs of the shell and running gear. I want the lose the spacer things and go to the D2 axles, for the time being just clean and tidy the engine installation. (Eventually planning M52 and auto box, but I'll wait for that). Interior wise, I'll be updating the dash to a D2, the seats are currently D1 3 door folding seats which don't quite work, I need to work out what the spatial differences are between the seating and steering position relative to a D2 which I find near perfect for me. Visually I think I'll ditch the EFI front spoiler and I need to repair or replace the wheelarches/wings, I think that upsets me more than anything else. Plenty to think about and I'll welcome any/all suggestions
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    The Curse of Blondie

    Thanks for the offer Simon, and although I had envisaged dismantling a whole car, I would be interested in loose axles. The obvious problem would be getting them from Ayr, unless we can arrange a forum relay to W. Sussex or south of Englandshire for next month.
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    The Curse of Blondie

    Not much to report, but I have been tinkering with the brakes, changed the fluid and things have improved quite a bit, things are pretty rusty under there though, new pads is about the only good thing about them! I think the front discs will just about pass muster with a bit more driving before the test (booked on Friday) but the rears are awfull. On the lookout for D2 axles though so I don't want to spend anything on these if I can help it. The photo was rotated but seems to have fallen over again, not sure what the fix for that is.
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    Look what I brought home last night ..

    Well jealous!, looking very good now..... isn't the driver's seat bit far back though?
  8. Cute, thanks FF.... I'll have a use for that
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    The EBay Christ I fancy that 4x4 + its cheap thread

    Wow, that is sobering..... trouble is even with all the accumulated knowledge I have, on the rare occasions I go vehicle(or anything) buying it is hard to apply it all at once, on some level you still need to trust the vendor..... or walk away. The real problem is that most of us trust our own character judgement and unless something is obviously dodgy we get drawn in. JB seems on the face of it to be the ideal long established family business, and we are genetically biased to trust Land Rover people aren't we?
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    The EBay Christ I fancy that 4x4 + its cheap thread

    I thought Anderzander's build was pretty unique, and so it is.... but somebody else had a similar idea..... https://www.johnbrown4x4.com/current-stock/land-rover-series-1-lights-behind-the-grill-with-power-steering-udd The value (albeit retail) is still well up there though.
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    New Series - RR Heavy

    Just wondering if there are any updates on the welder situation for us George?
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    The Curse of Blondie

    I have a memory of the BBC news item when they were launched which has stayed with me all my life...... I always promised myself one and when they started to get silly prices I thought 'now or never'. I accept they have flaws, but a bit like Debbie herself the exterior design is still pretty impressive after all these years and still has huge appeal. Mechanically and interior wise the majority of it is and will be much more modern Disco, creating a balance of kerb appeal and usability.
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    The Curse of Blondie

    Introducing 'Blondie' my 1980 RR 3 door project. Bought back in March 2018 whilst on a flying trip to the UK. She has already made a brief appearance here posted in a thread on 2 post and 4 post lifts and ought to have been featured a bit more before now except that life gets in the way and registering vehicles in different countries is never a straightforward as one supposes. So DVLA finally got the right detail in sufficient boxes for me to go back to the Vehicle registration tax office (VRT for short) and because it is more than 6 months since I was last there, my file has been erased and I need to start again, oh well............. which means (re)presenting the vehicle for an ID check,...... better check it over then. I go out and start up Blondie, check the lights, brake pedal nearly hits the floor not good! And I set about putting the back seat back in after it was used to ferry some big sheets of glass, when I went round to open the passenger door to deal with the LHS the bottom hinge pin promptly snapped! even less good! It is clear Blondie hasn't appreciated 6 months of inaction. Never had an early Range Rover before, so I set about looking at how the hinges are fixed and reckon its easier to take the wing off for access, before long I have the bonnet , scuttle panel and wing off (snapped a bolt in the bumper on the way) and finally see that the hinge bolts, on this one anyway have loose nuts at the back of the door post. Next nasty surprise is now obvious, the door post mounting plate for the wing is half rotted away and there are a couple of rusty holes in the post itself. Well lately I have been watching a lot of 'Binky' vids and of course George's 'SOUP' series, so I think I ought to see to the rust before I put the wing back with a proper patch. I should say that whilst I have been tinkering with cars since I was in short trousers I have never attempted any bodywork before. So out comes the grinder and the cardboard and this is what I have managed to do today. Damage cut out and patch in the making. Welded in. Finally added a piece for the wing fixing, old and new side by side, quite pleased with the result. All in all I am reasonably pleased with my efforts and glad that I wasn't trying to do a frame by frame sequence at the same time! It is obvious that the standard of most previous work carried out is poor and there will be a lot of re-doing of bodywork as I go. Tomorrow I need to get this back together and look at the brakes.
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    The EBay Christ I fancy that 4x4 + its cheap thread

    If I was still cutting timber I would be straight on the phone for this one! Military Mog
  15. Subscribed! I didn't know anything about them till I read your intro, looking forward to it.

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