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  1. Forum Logo - Show off your graphic design skills

    Just saw this, here's a logo submission [and a favicon so the tab stands out a little from the other forums]:
  2. Discovery 2 td5 "police" spec info

    Lovely bus, so clean!
  3. TD5 Cooling

    Thats odd, never heard that one before. Can't think of anything that would cause a hose to suck in other than a blockage, upstream of the affected area in the hose? Did you notice the level of the expansion tank before you released the cap? There is a valve in the cap btw.
  4. Return of Defender?

    It was always coming back, they had to make a point of killing it off so they could let the dust settle with the die hards, and generate a buzz before bringing back another badge engineered handbag. It's just marketing and PR. They need the Defender so that they can sell everything else. The Defender defines LR, without it it's a range of trinkets. There'd be no credibility if the linchpin of the whole deal was axed forever. The LR [we care about] can't meet the occupant or pedestrian tests. No you can't just move a few things around and sort it. You can't have proper crumple zones with a ladder chassis, and the only way you're going to meet pedestrian requirements is big flexible plastic bumpers and soft edges.... and without those things it just isn't Defender. The whole point was you could prang it off the field gatepost and it got better looking. The classic LR is dead. End of. How on Earth did the human race survive 20th century motoring!?
  5. New Series - RR Heavy

    Oh yeah another trip beckons but a total restoration first. I sold my LT95 but I loved it, rock solid. I'm running a Defender R380, and to be honest it feels quite like the LT but with the extra ratio. I'd love to put an overdrive on it too. Maybe I'll go that way, it'll probably cost about the same as if I want auto.
  6. New Series - RR Heavy

    Hi gents, well I've been offline for quite some time because I've been focussed on a new series I was hinting about on and off for ages. It's finally live after a year of earnest work. Hope it's appropriate to post it and hope you like it...\ George
  7. New Series - RR Heavy

    Thanks for sharing Davo, I didn't want to be banging on about it. RE the fabrication I'm just trying to figure things out. Been thinking about the two door RR more and more lately. It'll be a while yet before I can drag it in and get started but the thought crossed my mind that I could convert it to auto now that I'm a bit older and like my comforts. It'll have to do very little work, just mow a field a couple of times a month [my D2 auto is currently serving that purpose] or tow a trailer. But then I'd be moving totally away from the beauty of the original RR. What do you think?
  8. New Series - RR Heavy

    Hey Mike, I don't know how I ended up watching this but it's interesting and I thought you'd like to see it if you haven't already.
  9. Thanks a mill. You've dispelled two myths; I thought the short stick box wasn't as robust as the long stick, and that Birmabright wasn't weldable. Makes a huge difference. What filler wire should I use?
  10. This is deadly! When you say R380 are you talking about long stick version? Also would love to know, how are you repairing the alloy rot? My rear qtrs are dodgy too [not now Soren ]
  11. New Series - RR Heavy

    Know anyone with the Marcos OC Mike?
  12. New Series - RR Heavy

    10:4 Davo, that'll be fun! Mike that's deadly thanks, can never have too much help. There'll be a scarf joint I'm going to have to do on the Esprit but I won't give too much away yet. I lived at sea on an expedition yacht of sorts and got a lot of experience working with West 105/205, their associated fillers and Aerosil, in some diverse applications so I'm not a total novice but I also have a buddy very close by who's business is composite work so he's a great backup too. Bet the Marcos/Jem's are fun? That's some trick you pulled getting the Jem moulds. I presume they're not the Australian moulds? I had a fibreglass front end for a mini for years. It was in terrible shape and I'd been given it. In the end I gave it to a friend who I think sold it. Actually you can't see it in E.07 but it was sitting on the ground in the picture with the three minis in it. Shouldn't have gotten rid.
  13. New Series - RR Heavy

    You're going to tell me she's 4 or something. I'm being teased from across the planet by a little girl.
  14. New Series - RR Heavy

    Poke holes in this please!
  15. Autonomous Land Rovers by end of 2017

    Couple of awesome articles there (In the public interest I move that the tunnel painted truck "experiment" be carried out post haste)
  16. Comfort wise why would you choose anything else for 35k miles a year! It'd have to be auto and have cruise control for that much driving though no? As a guy who converted his RRC from 3.5 carb to 3.9 EFI and then to Td5 ordinarily I'd say leave it alone. But that mileage! LPG is fine n'all but a big enough tank to stop you going mad really soaks up so much space. I have the Td5 in mine and it feels quite like the original 3.5 in power delivery. It's also a lovely engine to maintain once some key boxes are ticked. I put it in because I knew I'd be covering big miles, so yeah 35k a year I'd say you need diesel. But now that I've a lot of that overland stuff out of my system I'd happily have the V8 back, just for that smooth burble and wafty nature. Whatever the price is I'd factor spending a bit on renewing some basic stuff. A 30 year old car pushed into that sort of service is a bit of a gamble if not given a once over first.
  17. Just seeing this now too Retro, deadly stuff. Made me wish I'd gone box section on my sills. And that I could have afforded the bulkhead prefab panels. And a 606. And a zinc spray job.
  18. New Series - RR Heavy

    Sounds deadly! I had to stop taking on other video work months back but really intrigued Steve. It's cool to know you shared too on many levels. One of the fun things is I can tell when it's been shared because there are bumps in numbers and I'm always wondering when and where and by who
  19. A couple of new moderators and cabinet reshuffle.

    grammatically lazy I might ad you forgot... "Darling fascist bully boy" Well done mods & admin past and present! boom shanka
  20. Autonomous Land Rovers by end of 2017

    The BMW i3 REX has a clever ic charging plant to go with it. Speaking to your point though; I believe what the car companies are working towards is hydrogen powered electric vehicles. That idea stomps all over the argument about the coal burning stations - which it should be said is the chief poo poo made by the EV naysayers, along with some horse **** about hydrogen fuelling stations not being prevalent enough. There were 60 in California last I read, if wiki is to be believed there could be 25+ active hydrogen stations in the UK today, and you can bet your ass fossil fuel stations didn't spring up across the western world over night. The reality regarding coal burning is many humans' lives are being powered by those stations anyway and they don't feature in the ultimate iteration of the EV. If you've ever passed a full blown oil refinery you'll know they're massively polluting just the same. Battery tech is leaping all the time, but packs large enough to power an EV a workable distance are not small enough yet that your [great] idea about swapping out when needed would be feasible. Edit: I've picked up this knowledge from a pal who is very into it, and I can't remember who but there is someone on youtube converting a LR to an EV. More than one actually.
  21. Autonomous Land Rovers by end of 2017

    I'm doing my cars by hook or by crook now because I know it's over. These are the last years. No of course it won't happen overnight but it's already begun, and EV's (I'm not a fan at all) are already contributing to a better quality of life for many people. So not quite there for some but very practical for city living and short to mid commutes. I agree they haven't reached their optimum configuration (hydrogen powered/electric motored) neither for use nor the planet but literally every major manufacturer is throwing money at it and much of Europe is echoing Germany (as usual) in posturing to have fossil fuels phased out by 2030. That's only 10 years if you factor a few years for restoration RE autonomy in vehicles, I've no real interest in that either until I can tell my car to take me home from the local, but even then I'm not that lazy. The guy in the states who's Tesla ran into the truck was a great champion for autonomous vehicles, unfortunately his zeal was a little premature. Some of his videos of the car avoiding collisions were impressive.
  22. Remember that episode I had a while back with just brutal customer service from one of the independents... well I just found the yin to that guy's yang. Maybe 800 miles ago my D2 got new +2 Terrafirma shocks all round. If the H/G hadn't blown leaving the car sitting up for the few weeks it has been, I would have never have noticed the wet patch that had the chance to gather under the rear O/S wheel... one of the shocks was leaking. My D2 is a road car, and nothing untoward had happened to jeopardise the shock. Long story short I ended up calling AllMakes head office in the UK as my supplier is nearly 50 miles away and I wasn't happy to make numerous trips and wait three weeks in the interim while the part was shipped back to the UK for appraisal before I could be issued a new one. The fellow I was greeted by on the phone was not only professional and knowledgeable, but he was courteous and genuinely cared about my faith in both Terrafirma and AllMakes. That's just good business, but as we all experience more and more these days, many businesses are run by people who don't know/care/believe in those sorts of business concepts. So I figured I'd share. As I told the people at AllMakes this morning in an appreciative email, regardless of how the shocks fair in the longterm (I'm sure there'll be opinions here on that), my appreciation for the personal touch I've received from AllMakes will mean I'll be back to them whenever possible.
  23. New Series - RR Heavy

    I got back working on the RR again this week! We'll see how impressed you remain Davo lol. Not sure where episode 7 will land in terms of feature content but I'm looking forward to the next RR bit, another episode or two and it'll be caught up to present day. Not long after that it'll be out and I'll be able to drag in the '73. I asked the guy in Athens what his impressions of the 348TB were, he said it just wants to be driven fast. Then I asked the same about the Morgan, he said if the Ferrari wants to be driven fast, the Morgan wants to be driven even faster. I'm not fussed to be honest, it's just a hand crafted beautiful thing, it's a bonus that it's got guts.
  24. New Series - RR Heavy

    I think it's like Sid said in E.04: "You walk away when it tinkles you off". Difference is I just walk away to another car Daan I do get major dips in motivation though. Sometimes it's very difficult to keep working.
  25. New Series - RR Heavy

    Whats up guys. Bowie I only noticed after the fact, its not a big deal I don't get asked to protect the registrations, I just do it to cover myself. Thanks for keeping an eye out Interesting quirk I noticed though, the Morgan can reflect itself. Has to be pretty unique amongst modern cars. I have a Mini in the wings Daan, may well drag that in when one of the current projects finished, if things continue to gain momentum. It'd be a straight resto because its a limited edition but I've had an ultimate Mini spec in my mind going back to the late '90's Id love to build sometime. Stiffened body and subframes, evacu-sump system and supercharged. And I love my RR with more modern gear. Thats coming soon. Davo beat me to the link there Andy, once you're there click the subscribe and the little bell icon (on desktop youtube only) to get notifications. Deadly to know someone in WA is watching! (please do share with car buddies) Sid its really nice (and new) to have someone be complimentary about SOUP in the same sentence as Project Binky. Oh and the Irish accent may be a secret weapon in some places but when it comes to Irish girls all bets are off for any race, colour or creed You English bhoys are def cat nip for the USA ladies.