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    Battery / alternator

    If the small wire for the charge warning lamp isn't connected, the alternator will (usually) not charge. Do you have the warning light on the dash with engine running? If not, does it come on during the bulb check? A broken bulb is the same as no connection.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Anderzander, I have nothing against the Jimny, it's a cure little car and does look a bit like a Defender. Maybe even more so than the new Defender. There a bit small for my taste though, and when I got into one I was very disappointed by the interior. It makes the old Defender look like it's been well thought through and expertly put together. Switches were falling off of the demonstrator... More on topic, I don't see the Jimny doing anything in those videos we haven't seen the new Defender mules do. In fact, there's nothing any standard LR wouldn't easily tackle. That's with non-standard tires on and they even admit the electronics need an appropriate driving style to wok properly. So while I kinda like it, I don't see how it can be used as an argument against whatever LR is coming up with. Maybe it looks better, but that's a very personal opinion. As for EVs, there is a fundamental problem to fast recharging. If you want to charge a 50kWh battery (which is rather small) in say 10 minutes (which is a lot longer then filling up with petrol, diesel or even LPG), you need the charger to put out 300kW on average. Unless you're running on real high voltage (kV), that's a lot of amps going through a cable! And requires a big expensive charger, producing a lot of heat but sitting unused most of time. Filip
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    V8 problems

    Simon, (off topic) if you would happen to pass through Belgium on your trip, let me know! I owe you some beers for having a look at that P38 a year ago. 😉 Filip
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    TD5 ABS sensor replacement

    All the pin-outs should be in Rave. Even with just the diagrams and colors you should be able to get a long way. Filip
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    ABS retro fit

    D2 and late Defender (TD5 on) have 4 channel ETC, as does the P38 from '99 on. It works great but as said does sap some power.
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    P38 Diesel Separator/Breather

    As far as I know the later version of the BMW doesn't use a separator, but only a breather hose. No filters or such. Not a bad decision, as the separators are know to clog and usually leak where they connect to the airpipe. Only downside would be if the engine has too much pressure in the crank case, as it allows more oil into the intake so a higher risk of the engine running on oil and out of control.
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    New to LRs.

    As the standard tires are 29", you're looking at a 4" lift if you want to fit 37" tires and still have decent flex. Which is what I had on my Defender 90. Along with modified suspension arms and wheelspacers. And it will still involve some cutting, even more so and not easy on a Disco2. What are your plans with it? Why chose these tires? I've driven a Defender (not mine) on 37" Trepador, and wasn't impressed at all. They were all but impossible to balance and couldn't match my Mickey Thompsons off road. Filip
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    P38 Diesel Water Pump

    As said in the other thread, I don't think it matters. Just get one from a decent brand, so it doesn't start leaking after a couple of months. Filip
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I'm not saying you don't need articulation, but it's not like the old Defender is that stable, especially when adding weight to an already top-heavy vehicle. The Range Rover, sitting lower (and wider for later versions) feels better suited. I wouldn't be surprised if the new Defender actually has a lower centre of gravity, and almost certainly a wider track. The air suspension will handle the extra load and keep the vehicle level. And the standard traction control etc will probably do a better job preventing a slide than the average driver. So while I understand where you're coming from, I don't think stability when heavily loaded will be much of a problem for the new Defender. Watching the Tusk movies, the shape is actually growing on me. Particularly the rear. I hope the production version sticks to round headlamps, not an umptieth variation on the same front used all over the current range. Filip
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    P38a (re)build

    Paul, the gold roof (and sills) were standard on a special edition of the Elan +2 to commemorate the victories and championships of the John Player Special F1 cars at the time, specifically the 50th victory of a Lotus F1 car. It was a limited run of 50 cars initially, but due to popular demand a total of 115 were made. Mine is number 57. 😎 So if your cousin had one, chances are it was also a special edition. It came with a UK plate, but not sure if that was the original one. I'll look it up if you want. As for waterpumps, I've never seen a plastic one with a damaged impellor, usually they just start leaking, as do the metal ones. Metal may seem better, but I don't think it matters. Filip
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    Wolf wheels width

    Indeed, Wolf or XD wheels are 16X6.5 ET21. The obvious choice for wider heels would be modulars, not to far off the look of a Wolf wheel. Or 8-spokes if you want to keep things affordable. Plenty of choices in alloys. I have a similar problem, for my P38 that will also get 285/75R16s. My choices are limited, especially as I don't really like most of the stock alloys. Filip
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    P38a (re)build

    Paul, I got my first Esprit back in 2011. Unfortunately that one was lost in the fire in 2015. A month later I had bought another one to replace her, also a Turbo SE. She has been my daily driver ever since and will continue her duty for the foreseeable future. Early 2017 I swapped a Triumph Stag for an Eclat Excel and later that year I was offered the ELan JPS and just couldn't resist. Plan is to tidy up the Excel and sell her, as I prefer to drive the Elan which means she's just sitting there gathering dust. Bowie, yeah, I didn't spare expense, but all withing reason. I don't plan on building an engine every year, so this one should be a bit special and be good for many enjoyable miles on and off road. Sure, a standard 4.6 would have been fine as well, but now I know why I keep my office job. And there are far worse things to spend one's paycheck on. 😉 Filip
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    P38a (re)build

    Some of the engine build:
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    P38a (re)build

    Yeah, some progress, but not as much as expected... The body has been off for some months now, blocking the 2-poster. Pedalbox has been forced out, replacement manual one is on the bench but needs to be adjusted, as it's from a diesel and doesn't have the bracket for the throttle cable. I didn't see that coming, but should be easier to solve than all the bracketry needed to add a clutch pedal to the original pedal box. Axles have been rebuild. First attempt ended in a severly deformed 20ton press. Ben helped me adding some bracing and that was enough to get the bearings out. Only just though, and the parts that went flying when it finally gave made some serious dents in the steel frame. Ashcroft lockers are in, chassis has been cleaned, Arnott GenIII airbags finally arrived, so prettyg much everything is ready to build up the chassis again. We also made good progress on the engine, it's all but finished. But I kinda lost drive when I needed to helicoil some of the rocker bolts... And that was almost 2 months ago already. 😔 And then other things came up, like a 928S that needed quite a bit of work. Tomorrow I'm gonna conintue, promised. 😁 I'll see if I can dig up some photos. Filip
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Al, VW has gone the wrong way then. After seeing one on the Brussels motorshow earlier this year, I had a go at speccing an Arteon as a sensible car. It was basically either a poverty spec small engined one, or adding more useless gimmicks to an already overloaded and overpriced high end model with a decent engine (that was only available as an auto, so a definite no go). And yes, I know you're never the first and the guys that move the cars in yards, ports etc either don't care or don't have the time to care. I should have put it between brackets... It still felt nice to do the first proper driving myself. I didn't even give the seller a change to bring the car to a dealer closer by or give the car a pre-delivery detail session. As soon as I got word my Defender was off the truck, I rang a mate and we were off to collect her. 8-)

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