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  1. The genuine seals are made by DOWTY and it can be seen on the aluminium housing.
  2. I discovered that years ago. I bought 4 genuine Kolbenschmidt pistons for my 300tdi. They were in 'genuine' boxes. The Land Rover version had the same pistons but in a Land Rover box and one piston cost the same as all four from my independent parts supplier! At that time I stopped even checking on 'genuine' parts and their prices. This was ten or more years ago. When I worked at an independent LR garage the only thing we bought from LR was the top electrical harness for the injectors. Not the full harness, but the top bit. Then we would destroy the oil seal on the head so that any oil going down the wires would leak out down the front of the engine and not go further down the harness to the ECU.
  3. A little TD5 story.... We had a client come in with what turned out to be a seized camshaft. Terrible job on a TD5 as the head bolts etc have to be replaced. Anyway we got the head line bored to fit the camshaft which was not damaged. Then we started looking for what caused the camshaft to seize. The client said the oil light did not come on but we didn't believe him of course. Took the sump off to check the oil pump chain etc. We found the oil inlet gauze was full of little bits of rubber. Now we were wondering where this came from? I noticed that bits of the rubber were red and black and then we figured out that it was the fan belt which had somehow got into the engine and been chewed up by the dreaded oil pump pulley and chain. Less said about that the better. The fan belt had been replaced not long before. It seems that when the fan belt breaks it winds itself around the external pulley and pushes bits of the belt past the oil seal and into the engine. The oil seal was also damaged on this engine causing leakage. I have photos of this somewhere... Apparently the same thing can happen to Freelanders when the belt breaks. We had a theory that the chain-driven oil pump was caused by the committee that designed the engine forgot to have an oil pump. So they got the tea lady to design a little chain driven pump. In all my days as an engineer I have never come across anything so idiotic. All engines I have known have a direct drive oil pump not some sort of botched up addon. ... and the mains and big-end bearings are not indexed which is really wierd. Previous Rover engines were designed by engineers and not cost accountants.
  4. Which is why here in South Africa 300tdi's sell for a premium and Td5's at a huge discount if you can find a mug to buy one. The engine is a design disaster from top to bottom, costs a lot of money to keep going and is desperately unreliable. I can provide a list of what is wrong with the engine if anyone wants it! Many people here want to replace the TD5 with a 300Tdi but the problem is sourcing a Tdi bellhousing which is hard to find.
  5. Yes, the transfer box gears were the same as in the old 2.5 n/a diesel as the Beemer needed to rev. Apparently the 2.8 is worth money now - they are here as are all non-TD5 Defenders and Discos. Tdi's and others sell at a premium and Td5's at a discount. People always want to fit Tdi engines to TD5s but then they need the Tdi bellhousing which is like rocking horse poo! Tdi engines are easily available from a guy who imports used Tds's from the UK. Mostly out of MOT failed rusty Discos I think. I got one for a mate whose Tdi had a broken con-rod. I think the con-rod bolt failed first but it was hard to tell from the remains. There were a few usable bits - the front housing is now on my 1995 Tdi which had problems with a warped housing causing belt wear more than normal. Anyway he had lent his Defender to a friend when this happened. Personally I never let anyone else drive my Defender. I think it was overrevved badly which caused the failure.
  6. The 300Tdi clutch release fork is notoriously weak. Eventually the pushrod goes through it. However, it is an easy fix to weld a plate onto it to make it indestructible. Don't worry about the engine number prefix. My Defender was assembled in Cape Town and has a VIN no that starts AADD rather than the UK type. It has a galvanised chassis made locally I think but the mechanicals came from the UK. It has a perfectly normal 300Tdi engine with a Disco prefix. It has never had EGR which was a Disco thing and the air cleaner is held on by the cylinder head bolts so that makes it a Defender engine. LR in the UK may have made the engines specially for export to SA. I have just reconditioned the engine at 341000 kms so it is now a new Disco engine! Oh, and I remember in the early days there was a coolant leak from the bolts that hold the air cleaner on. I tightened them up and that fixed it. But why did they loosen when none of the others did? I think this WAS a Disco engine that they 'modified' to make it fit a Defender. They just didn't tighten those two bolts up properly!
  7. There was a test of a 2.8 110 in one of the UK LR mags. I have the mags still but finding the test will not be easy! They really rated it off-road. BTW that 2.8 motor is one of Beemers most reliable offerings so long as it is serviced regularly. I believe the bores are chrome plated etc.
  8. LRSA made a Defender with a 2.8 BMW six installed. To get the revs up it had the old diesel transfer box ratios fitted. 1.44 I think. Very fast and didn't use fuel like the V8s. Rare even here as they made only a few for a short period. Some were exported to the UK. According to NAAMSA only 1395 were made from 1997 to 2002 though only 76 in the last two years.
  9. The Italians bought many Defenders for the Carabineri police. They had the 2l petrol engine as petrol engines over 2l are not allowed there. They were all LHD. Here is a picture of one.
  10. Here in SA they made 2.8 BMW powered Defenders in 90 and 110 chassis. The 90 tended to be a bit of a handful as the steering and brakes were not up to the speeds it could get to. The 110 was more controllable. There was talk at one time that the insurance companies were not going to insure the 90s. Anyway it all ended when BMW sold LR to Ford.
  11. Yes mine is a Hi-Line. Although I have removed the stickers on the sides as I didn't like them much. They were a bugger to get off! As cars don't rust up here on the highveld anyway it should last a millenium or two with the galvanised chassis and the alloy body. It will outlast me anyway as I am coming up to 71 now.
  12. My 110 was also built in SA. It is better than the imported or locally assembled ones as it has a galvanised chassis, much much better soundproofing and it even had a rev counter as standard, not that one needs a rev counter with a 300tdi. And the rear seat is lowered and set back a bit which makes it more comfortable for rear seat passengers. An interesting point is that the made in UK 300tdi engine is a 'Defender' engine - the air filter bracket is Defender and it never had EGR. But it has a Disco engine number - 16L where a Defender should be 21L if I remember rightly. It has an AADD vin no and was made in the Cape. I haven't come across one with a later serial no so maybe it was the last one made. It was first registered in late 1995 and I bought it in Feb 1996. I have just overhauled the engine and there is 341k kilos on the clock. Most of the parts are original except two water pumps and a fuel pump. Plus the normal brake disks and pads etc.
  13. Hi Naks, I don't think there are any good independent LR servicing places in the Western Cape. My next door neighbour had a TD5 90 (shame) and had a problem with the gearbox when on holiday there. When she got back she complained of juddering when on lock. Guess what? Well, I did. The diff lock was on. The change mechanism had been assembled wrongly when the box was put back in. After that she had the normal TD5 problems with the injectors etc and flogged it. Oh, and she had the gearbox fixed here and the bill went to the original culprits. She did get paid after threatening court action.
  14. One at the back is just a blanking plug at the end of the camshaft so I don't have to worry about water leaks from there!
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