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  1. Share your LR Plan(s) for 2017

    Having plans, schedules and targets are just programming ourself for failure. We need to accept that it'll take as long as it takes! SWMBO always disrupts plans with "Honey do's". This year I have been lucky, in that I have totally stripped my 110 CSW, all body parts separated, and chassis, bulkhead and many other parts exposed to road salt, have been sand blasted and delivered for hot dip galvanising. Should have 49 bright shiny bits back in a couple of weeks. Hoping to start body respray and mechanical rebuild over the winter. However, this was planned to be done in early 2017, and rebuild completed this year. Where did the summer go? Oh yes, we did build a 20 x 12 boat house, which needed a planning/building permit, complete with power supply, during the summer. Yes, that took some time! Let's face it, we are always optimistic in our project plans, but as long as we're enjoying our hobby, we are, in fact, always achieving our objectives. Mike
  2. Parts rant!!!

    The other trap is the selling on of brands and trade marks. When I needed a new CV joint the original GKN item was a very well machined and well finished item. I ordered the correct part number, GKN, from Paddockspares, but when it was delivered the finish was nothing like the old item. Relatively coarse machining marks were evident, and the overall finish was coarse. However, it has continued to perform for about 10,000km. I subsequently found out, through this forum, that the trade name/mark GKN had been sold to a Chinese manufacturer!!! Beware, all, CCC - cheap Chinese carp. (sorry, I'm dylsexic). Mike
  3. We will remember them.

    Yesterday, I attended a commemoration service and was very disappointed that it was very blatently Christian biased. The service totally ignored the many other ethnic groups of diverse religions that joined the Allies during WW1 and WW2. Millions from the Indian sub-continent, many of whom were Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus, served with the British army. There were also many aboriginal americans, First Nation members, as they are termed in Canada, who served with distinction. Their contribution seemed to be totally ignored. Our "todays" owe much to others than the "white faces" who gave their "tomorrows" for us. Let us not forget any who served and specially any who made the ultimate sacrifice. Mike
  4. exhaust flanges

    Never being shy to ask, what is a V-band ring, please? Mike
  5. My 24 year old 200tdi rebuild

    Congratulations! Obviously a job well done. Hope you have many years of use from your "new" landy. Mike
  6. Bent Door ?

    Scotts90, That picture of the panel fitting is pure gold, when you are doing a full rebuild. Where did it come from, please, and is it, and presumably the rest of body fitting tolerances, freely available? Perhaps the document could be put in the Tech Archive, assuming it is in electronic format. Mike
  7. My 24 year old 200tdi rebuild

    Brilliant write-up and great photos. This will be a sound tutorial for anybody else rebuilding their engine. Regarding magnetic drain plugs, I've used commercially available super magnets, round, about 2-3mm thick and 18mm diameter, on all my non-magnetic drain plugs, including on differentials. I just put the magnet on the plug before fitting the plug. Initially, I had difficulty getting the plug into the thread because the magnet would pull the plug out of alignment with the thread and onto the surrounding steel. I solved this by holding a short, ~20mm, section of plastic or aluminium pipe, that the plug would just fit inside, around the hole. This acts as a guide and maybe a magnetic shield and it's still fiddly but much less frustrating. Mike
  8. 110 CSW 300Tdi shock absorber advice needed.

    Thanks, Great Minds, for bringing me back to reality. I usually check across a number of suppliers to compare prices, and there's always a few percent variations, but at the price Paddockspares quoted I didn't bother looking further, assuming they would all be in the same ballpark. Is it correct that although the 3.5V8 and the 300Tdi had different spring specifications the shock absorbers are the same, since the LRDirect site states that their STC3769 replaces three other LR part numbers: https://www.lrdirect.com/STC3769-110-Front-Shock-Absorber/?keep_https=yes ? Dave88sw's link to Britcar pre-Td5 also gives part number STC3769, which looks like the right one for my vehicle. Also, Lightning, thanks for the tip. Yes, I did test them while they were horizontal, so I'll stand them up for an hour or so and retest them. Thanks again, guys, for the guiding hand. Mike
  9. 110 CSW 300Tdi shock absorber advice needed.

    Thanks for the explanation, deep. Yes, both sides are exactly the same, so perhaps they are still OK. Unless I get other views that significantly point me the other way, I think that I'll refit them and maybe replace them later, if they really fail to perform. Mike
  10. 110 CSW 300Tdi shock absorber advice needed.

    They don't appear to have been leaking but ..... They are quite difficult to pull out to full extension, but once there it takes minimal force to compress them about 40% of their stroke, and then a steady significant force to fully close them. I'm assuming that the easy compression section shouldn't exist as I've never had it on new shocks, hence my thoughts to replace them. And have you seen the prices of Armstrong shocks on Paddocksales? I don't know what LR models they are for, and there are no photos, but you need to be sitting down and wearing a strong chin-strap when you look at them. They must be made of solid unbelievium. http://www.paddockspares.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Armstrong+stc209+shock+absorber Anyway, I'll be very happy if my current shocks are still worth re-installing. Mike
  11. 110 CSW 300Tdi shock absorber advice needed.

    I should have included that my vehicle is used mainly on tarmac or gravel roads, as my daily driver, with occasional mild off-road use. I do not do any competitive activity or extreme off-roading. Mike
  12. Can somebody with experience please advise me. My vehicle is as above with standard suspension. I'm looking for advice on what min and max length shocks I need. As far as I know the ones that I've taken off are standard Armstrong units with a string of meaningless numbers below the name: 65 0 09095 0908. The min and max lengths are 17.75" and 26.5". However, looking at details of Pro Comp ES9000 items on Paddocks site, listed for 110 CSW, none of the standard height, +2" and +4" shocks meet the minimum length or the maximum length. So, my questions are: What min and max length was standard or what should I be aiming for, and what make and model do members recommend, please? Many thanks, in advance, for all input. Mike
  13. Driver member upgrade to heavy-duty?

    When my drive member failed the internal splines were almost totally worn away. They were just slight ridges within the bore, but the axle half-shaft was virtually unworn. However, since drive members are relatively cheap it might be smart to take a couple with you on your planned trip. They only take a few minutes to replace if failure occurs on the road. When I had one rear member fail I didn't have a spare available and had to wait for delivery from UK, so I welded the end of the half-shaft to the old drive member, and drove several hundred kilometers like that. I fully endorse removing/destorying the oil seal to allow differential oil to lubricate the drive splines. Mike
  14. Removal of 1991 vintage CSW original LR paint

    More good tips and experience, thank you. I haven't started any bodywork yet, having just finished bukhead welding and fabbing a new front bumper from 3/16th plate. A pile of bits have gone to be galved, about 50 in total, including the new bumper, body cappings, bulkhead and a mass of brackets and smaller fittings that are exposed to the hostile winter conditions. Yes, they use copious amounts of salt on the highways here, and the tin worms thrive. So, in a couple of weeks I hope to be able to show a couple of pics of bright, shiny bits. Mike
  15. Buying advice from across the pond

    I bought my 1991 110 CSW in 1995 in Kuwait, when I worked there, so it was a LHD, but it had a 3.5 V8 engine, which was economically impractical, at between 8 and 13mpg, when I returned to UK. In 2005 I had the engine replaced with a 300Tdi and registered it in UK with no problem. In 2009 I exported it from UK to Canada. The local UK removal company I was using for shipment of personal effects from UK to Canada did all the arrangements for me. I believe it was shipped from Liverpool but am not sure, and I received it in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At both ends I had to pay for a high pressure under-body wash to avoid importing any invasive species. However, a quick visual inspection on arrival showed that I had been ripped off, at both ends, as nothing appeared to have been done. Customs clearance in Halifax took a whole week - nothing happening, just waiting! The actual paperwork only took about 15 minutes. Since my destination was going to be BC, some 5,200km away, I didn't want to import the vehicle into NS, register and insure it there, and then have the hassle of inter-province transfer. So, to get a 10-day transit insurance it I had to legally give the vehicle to my (new) wife, who already had vehicle insurance in BC. The total cost of shipping and import to Halifax was about GBP2,500, in a dedicated 20ft. container. From memory, I was only allowed to have in the container, apart from the vehicle itself, tools, spares and other equipment associated with the vehicle. They allowed our camping gear, but no compressed gases or liquid fuel, and the vehicle fuel tank was at a critically low level. I would expect that eight years of inflation and a much longer journey to Vancouver will cost quite a bit more, but I wish you the very best of luck. Mike
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