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  1. I'd be worried about airflow and possible mud etc getting in the diffusor when used in deep mud. To keep steam away from the windscreen you'll have to seal the bonnet pretty good. In Mouse there was no lack of steam when the water reached the hot headers, and it will go up rather than to the rear if it can find any way at all. On the other hand, if you close off the intake too much, you'll be limited to hot air from the engine bay in slow moving conditions. When looking at flow and cooling, it's usally better to focus on getting air and heat out rather than getting cool air in. If there's a good draft behind the radiator, air will always find a way in. Maybe from the sides? Testarossa-style intakes between the doors and rear axle maybe. Ideally with an opening beginnen in the doors, like a NACA duct. I could see this work on something like a 110. As an aside, a lot of mid- or rearengined cars actually have the radiators at the front. Possibly because the better airflow and easier packaging offsets the added weight and complexity. Those who don't often have a roof scope to get air into the engine bay. Filip
  2. @monkie I too had been looking up some European mortality rates after seeing the latest numbers on last nights panic report news. As bad as it is for those involved, the numbers today are no where near significant. One Italian expert went against the mainstream and stated that he thought the current death toll was mostly an 'advance' of this years expected mortality and the end result would not be significantly higher. Again, this is not to say it's not a tragedy on a personal level. But so are all the traffic accidents every weekend. Furthermore, I don't believe China had a succesfull lockdown. They let it get out, tried to cover it up an then spun some excellent PR on it. No way they tested their huge population, so the virus is definitely still out there. I'm also reminded of a quote from Assassin's Creed: "we don't need to invest to control the population, we won ... people no longer care about their civil liberties ... they're content to follow" A bit dystopian, but it hs me more worried than the virus itself... Filip
  3. A bit more info please. What car? I guess Disco2, as the Defender TD5 didn't have a rev counter as standard. If it's for an aftermarket rev counter in a Defender, just use a wire directly from the W-post to the gauge. That's what we did on my TD5 90, because the ECU rev signal would sometimes drop while winching. And what engine/ECU? GEMS/MS? There's a good chance you'll be able to use an output from the ECU to drive the gauge. Filip
  4. I'm not sure that's accurate. If the idea of the lockdown is to flatten the curve, a less strict lockdown (either by design or because people don't follow the rules) will mean less flattering so actually a shorter time before numbers drop. The problem is the peak needs to be manageable. Apart from Spain and Italy (despite their lockdown), I haven't seen any indications of the medical services being overwhelmed. It is claimed to be so in Bhellgium, but numbers say otherwise with only about 30 to 40% of reserved hospitals beds being used. To be clear, I'm not questioning the need to take measures (and will follow them within reason), just not convinced it's the right kind of measures and not buying into the panic. Filip
  5. I think the blowers are even worse to access than the heater matrix! I have a removed dash from a parts car, and even then the blowers seem well buried. Best of luck, as you say, now is the time for those fiddly jobs. 😉 I plan to reassemble the R380 for my project P38 next week. Filip
  6. Because it's human nature. A lot of us don't want to just sit idle and try to make some use of the time we now get. Such as cleaning or tidying the house/garage/workshop, doing garden work or getting on with long standing projects. And while we will take all possible safety measures, chances are you'll run in to something that is easier and/or safer with a mate. Not intentionally looking for risk, far from it, but there's always the possibility and in the current situation I think it's more likely than under normal circumstances. Filip
  7. Too bad, usually it's the O-rings. Something I need to tackle as well... There is a way of getting the matrix out with the dash in place. You need to cut a support I believe, several topics on RangeRovers.net giving the details. Filip
  8. An unfortunate side effect of the social distancing is that it actually increases risk, as you're more likely to be working alone. Risk will increase, as there's no one around to warn or caution you and you're bound to tackle stuff on your own instead of waiting for a mate. And if something does go wrong, there's no one close by to help you out straight away or to convince/force you to go to A&E. I'd never do that on my own accord until it was already too late... A couple of years ago, I was almost knocked unconscious when a propshaft slid of a temporary stay while I was working under the car. I got away without needing stitches, but since then I do make sure the key isn't in the inside lock etc, so people are able to enter in an emergency. Keep busy, but stay safe and take care! Filip
  9. I should be able to dig one out, but need to check if it survived the fire... Willing to send for postage, but not sure how easy that will be from a locked down Bhellgium. So maybe better to check for a local offer first? Filip
  10. Hello guys, A bit of an odd question. I'm rebuilding the brake system on an '83 Lotus Excel and found the brake servo is broken internally. Not just the diaphragm, but the actual plate pushing against the diaphragm. I suspect someone stepped on the brakes while the master was disconnected and forced the plate beyond the normal travel thus causing it to break. New parts are unavailable from Lotus specialists, and rebuilding is only possible if all parts are intact. However, the Girling Supervac was also used by Land Rover on the Series 3 and early 90/110 I believe. Problem is, there are several variants out there... The manual states the Excel used a Supervac 50. However, looking at pictures, the servor looks more like the Supervac 38, with 90mm square mounting pattern. Does anyone have a spare servo he could look ar and measure? It could be an NRCSTC1816 or NRC4775/STC2878. I'm not too worried about the dimensions of the vacuum pot, as long as we get some brake assist. But the 90mm mounting pattern has to be the same, as well as the length and type of the input rod (with a fork, not an eye), unless that's easily changeable. I've found the servo from a Triumph TR6 would also fit, but I can't get the input rod connected to the pedal properly... Any info welcome! Thanks, Filip
  11. I have to agree with all the above, ideally you want same size tyres, and even same brand/type/wear, to limit the difference in rolling radius. However, if you consider your spare for emergency use only, much like the space savers found in a some cars, it will be OK for a short distance. If you're on a longer trip, the correct size will give you piece of mind and allow you to continue your trip after a puncture. Me and Ben had to abort a greenlane about a year ago, after he got a flat and had the use the smaller spare. With the P38 having a viscous coupling in the center diff, we decided not to take any risks and drove to the neares tyre shop to get a replacement, and then home. Which meant we missed out on some fun in the mud further up the trail... Since then, we carry a full size spare. 😉 Filip
  12. I prefer these 🙂 Actually I still have a 5 year old pair of safety boots from LandRover (somehow the company seems totally unrelated to JLR but can use the same name?), cheap as chips and despite the leather being all worn they're still very much useable, just not waterproof anymore...
  13. I guess we'll be bringing out the welder soon. I've got got some other jobs lined up as well. And yes, @elbekko is pretty good with a welder, so seems an easier solution than a Dremel. 😉 Filip
  14. Most 4x4s sold, including the Wrangler and Jimny in your example, are seldom used offroad. Unlike the Elise and Caterhams, most of those are regularly used for spirited driving and certainly the latter are often found on racetracks. Because they are racecars. The Defender had already become mainly a lifestyle product, rather than being used for offroading or even as a workhorse. Calm, winding roads are a lot easier to find than challenging offroad, so there's more market share for those kinds of cars than for a hardcore offroader. LR continued in the direction already chosen, creating a capable but comfortable vehicle, no doubt because that's were they think most sales are. We don't have to like it, but we can't blame LR for trying to make money. I don't get all the negativity... Filip
  15. Tanuki, your last post highlights why many here, including myself, are not a big fan of the new Defender. It's (well) designed to get you from A to B, overcoming most obstacles, but you'll not get the driving experience or adaptability that got most of us to buy a Land Rover. In that way, there's not enough difference, apart from some styling cues, with the Discovery to warrant the name Defender. Unless you're after bragging rights. And rightfully so, but a Land Rover was never like an Elise. It was never designed to impress the driver, just to get him (almost) anywhere with whatever he needed to bring. The iconic status only came much later, I'd say LR only started to exploit it with the Puma (which got a lot of stick for using Transit components) and now with the new Defender. I do want to take the opportunity to point out the advantages of independent suspension. Yesterday we went greenlaning with a Defender 130 (on 255/85R16 MTs), a P38 (on 265/75R16 Simex copies), an L322 (on 255/60R18 ATs) and my own P38 (on 245/70R16 ATs). The L322 had no difficulty keeping up, even with an unexperienced driver. On the contrary, I got stuck twice in deep ruts and even the Defender bottomed out on the axles, while the L322 made it through. I'm sure we could find terrain where a solid axle would have some advantage, but it's simply not correct to claim independent suspension wont work offroad. These kind of tractor tracks are what you'd likely encounter while working the field (literaly), or when travelling. And even a large part of most pay & play sites. And if an almost 20 year old L322 can cope, I have no doubt the new Defender will make light work of it. Which brings us back to the original idea behind the Land Rover: to get people and equipment to where they need or want to go. With the added factor that most people, apart from a few diehards on forums like this, want to do this in comfort, without having to think of anything apart from which music to select on the touchscreen. Did I mention I hate touchscreens? I still have a cassete player in the Range, but I certainly don't expect any manufacturer to offer one in a new car. Likewise, the new Defender will not be built to the desires of some of us, but it will likely appeal to a much larger market. People who will actually spend a considerable amount of money on a lifestyle or luxury working vehicle, instead of keeping old barges running. Filip
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