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  1. On the same subject, I've got a very authentic looking disc on my RRC now that is a dead ringer for the one that would have been exhibited when the car was first registered. It's in keeping with my desire to keep the RR as original as possible & of course it's now totally legal.
  2. Another common one back in the 'sixties was a scruffy piece of paper with the words 'Tax in post' A mate who worked on a building site nicked the disc (which looked right from a distance) off a dumper & was unfortunate enough to be stopped by the plod for a rear-light no working - 'that's funny said the copper, it appears that this vehicle isn't a Ford at all but a Benford' ! nick-nick-nick.
  3. I'll have to tell this one to my neighbour - he's a patrolman for the RAC!
  4. Interesting to see what VOSA will make of it.
  5. Thank FF, good luck with your own project.
  6. Pardon my ignorance! I once spent so long studying oil specs. that my brain hurt. By the time I sussed product (local) availability, carriage in some cases & prices I've settled on Comma Classic 20w50 (which is, I believe, the same as Halfrauds) & change it every year, usually at less than 2000m.
  7. Can you still buy these heaters to run on petrol? I seem to remember petrol engine ambulances using them years ago.
  8. A good quality 20w50 mineral oil & change it (& the filter) every 3000m. My 3.5 gets done every year, despite only covering around 1500m. I wouldn't bother with expensive synthetics as the old RV8 oil pump needs something to get it's teeth into.
  9. NFU must have changed their tune over time then, I can remember trying them years ago (I was over 50 then with a full ncb) & they were happy to cover the LR, but NOT if it was used off-road!
  10. Thanks Bowie, all I need now is to locate a scrap bare block (no workshop facilities to strip) & say to her indoors 'when spring comes wouldn't you just love to plant something in this unusual garden ornament'
  11. Light enough (bare block) for an reasonably fit pensioner to shift then? I think the coffee table idea is a non-starter, but one converted to a garden ornament .......
  12. I like the amusing (if predictable) replies! Just out of curiosity, anyone ever weighed a bare RV8 block?
  13. I think the amount of research you have carried out is very impressive & it's a shame that it didn't result in a solution. My '87 Vogue has a very good heater (but then it's a V8) fine for the UK but I have to wonder how effective it would be in the temperatures you quote! Do normal car/truck heaters used in your region cope with such extremes? It's interesting that you got the best results from the 're-circulate' settings as I find 'fresh air' the best by far, probably because winter UK ambient temperatures are that much higher. Perhaps an independent heater is the answer.
  14. I too spent 10 years punching 'eighties artics, mostly with multi speed Fullers, up & down the UK. When it comes to auto's, of which I've owned several, a 2 speed (yes you read it right) powerglide coupled to a torquey 3.3 straight six always seemed enough. Why anyone needs so many ratios in today's autos is beyond me, especially when it goes wrong!
  15. As I trawl through the many posts regarding LR products, from P38A's to today's offerings from the company, the one phrase I have the most problem with is ''it's great when it's running'' or similar. I've owned various LR's over the years, through series 2A's & 3's (all petrol) to four RRC's (all V8's) & I've always expected them to start & run at any time in all weather conditions. Through my own efforts years ago & an indie's these days I've been very largely successful in that quest, with breakdowns or non-starts only a rare occurrence & certainly no more than any other vehicle. I still think it strange when reading someone's post that they are relieved to have completed a long trip, often in a vehicle a lot younger than my current 27 year old RRC, ''without any problem'' Anyway, having had my say I wish everyone on here a very merry Christmas & a happy motoring, in whatever you drive, New Year.
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