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  1. Ooh yeah, I know all about motivation, or the lack of it. After some decades, now I usually treat what I'm doing as a job to get on with, not a hobby. I also don't really enjoy this sort of work, so the actual driving of the car is the carrot on the stick to keep me crawling along. I think for you, your excellent videos should have a similar effect because you know that lots of people are going to enjoy the result of the work you've done. I am in awe of your Range Rover repair work, where you seem to be making stranger and more difficult parts using not much more than a tin opener and a smooth rock. I live in dread of having to make the same repairs on mine. Once again, a very enjoyable episode packed full of an interesting assortment of places, people, and of course, cars.
  2. Those elbows added a couple of horsepower as well.
  3. Yes, K&Ns would be my bet as well. Stupid things.
  4. Thanks for the update. That type of carburettor works really well but once they're worn or dirty then nothing short of a rebuild will help. I live in a very dusty place as well, but don't have a problem with the carbies. How is the filtration on your engine?
  5. This has been going on for years, but this is a bit much. I was just reading about this: http://robisonservice.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/the-future-of-collectible-land-rovers.html and thought the prices were pretty funny. Stupid Americanos will spend anything to get a Defender and various companies have been taking advantage of this. Any American could just take a buying holiday in Europe and import their own car, but from what I've come across over the years the outside world is too scary and so they'd rather pay stupid amounts for something available domestically. When I lived in Canada for a bit, I was very close to starting a Land Rover business shamelessly exploiting catering for this lucrative market. I've always wondered just how many British stolen cars and parts have wound up over there.
  6. Ahem . . . ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtXwKk4Qx8k
  7. So there's no number on the outside front of the RH chassis rail? It sounds very odd. What's the radiator plate look like? Can you post a photo?
  8. I'll assume "IAM" is the ignition module? They are the cause of many a frustration, so try changing it again. Also, don't change more than one thing at at time as it makes it much harder to work out which new part is bad. (And yes, I know this because I've done it a few times.)
  9. The valve lifters are hydraulic, so no clearance checks are needed unless something has magically gone wrong. With these engines it's almost always ignition first, then fuel. Have all the basic ignition checks been done? Have the carbies been rebuilt?
  10. Police spec are NRC4304. I had them and they were too soft! It takes some experimentation to find the right spring. http://www.wwshockabsorbers.com/ have rebuilt Boges for many years, and are worth asking if you're overseas.
  11. I'm in the same boat, not even considering a new or newish Land Rover of any sort, and probably never will. If this is a phase, it seems to have started in the '90s and will sadly keep going for some time.
  12. True, though I suppose they also liked . . . what was that popular car? You know, that one everyone seemed to have and then . . . ah well.
  13. Ah, self-flagellation at JLR; what could be better? It's not just the sheer shopping centre banality of what they make that gets me, it's the way I can't tell what is a Land Rover, or which one is which. Perhaps there is a market for a WWII-style recognition charts?
  14. Wow, that is superb work, and very nice to see.
  15. Thanks for that. The weather looks glorious!
  16. I don't know anything about this model, I just did a search and looks like your problem is very common, so you should be able to find a company to help: My Quick Google Search
  17. After various failures, I don't use their stuff, however they do buy things in and so if you're lucky you might get something decent. But you have to be lucky.
  18. Galvanisers are infamous for losing things, damaging things, not galvanising things completely, and completely destroying things. I know this because all of that has happened to various jobs of mine. You have to be really sharp with these places, taking photos and giving them a list and anything else you can think of. I've never worked out why such a simple process could be so hard to do correctly - maybe it's the fumes?
  19. Have you done a search for a repaired part? It seems there are a few options from around the world.
  20. Yes, I can just imagine your promise to yourself: "No-one must ever see this footage." But it's too good not to share. The way it's going, I predict the next big thing will be to collect non-running classics that are too bad to restore and will be simply propped up somewhere to look nostalgic, like those rusted-out petrol station pumps people collect. That way, you can simply hoist out that old VW, plonk it on some concrete blocks, and job done! And it would be worth at least several thousand pounds. (Okay, that's written tongue-in-cheek, but it wouldn't surprise me.)
  21. I know what you mean; I get the same need if I'm doing some major work on my older car and have to drive the newer one. There's just not any enjoyment in it. This is why I don't think many modern cars will ever be classics. Anyway, I was wondering where your next episode was and then it popped up on Youtube and I realised I'd missed it. I have to admit that while I can appreciate fully the seriousness of your close call with the VW body I was giggling during the whole sequence. And I think most of us have done something similar. Funnily enough, just a few weeks ago I heard a story about a split-screen being saved. Some tourist was up here and found one that had been sitting in a river for many years. So he came back up with a trailer and some gear and spent a couple of days digging and pulling this thing out. I knew they were valuable, but wow . . . You've done a wonderful job once again and I'm really enjoying the amount of information and the pace. Thanks for going to the trouble.
  22. Just a note: aircon parts actually have a vacuum inside them, in order to keep them dry. Apparently you have about fifteen minutes to leave a new drier open until it's no good, so yes, it's the last thing you put on. You should then pull down the system with a vacuum pump as soon as possible to get any moisture out. You're also supposed to remove the compressor, dump the oil out, (because it can absorb water), and replace the oil. What a headache! I know what you mean about the time and expense. I built an entirely new system and it was a huge job. Good on you for sticking with it!
  23. I feel for you, since one year ago about the same thing happened to me. Bloody hell, those drugs they give you! It took me a couple of days to work out that the insides of my eyelids weren't supposed to have bizarre movies playing on them!
  24. Forgotten something? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFoAETEb0QI I was wondering where the next episode was!
  25. Snort snort!