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  1. So here I find myself some 6 years down the road in the rebuild of my Land Rover 90. The Little Landy has been nick named by my misses as Billy. I'm putting the details of the rebuild on here as this forum has helped me considerably during the build especially on the megasquirt side of things but that comes later, much much later. Firstly Let me introduce you to a fantastic friend and mate Rob. We bought Billy together somewhere in 2007.. We both had nice Land Rovers and wanted something to thrash around. Ebay produced a 1985 2.5L N/A Diesel with monumental mileage and not a straight panel. We paid somewhere in the region of £800 It had no tax or Mot and was a shed. We off-roaded it on play days and I even got it though an MOT occasionally. Rob sadly passed away in 2009 with cancer and was only 31 years old. I kept the Landy going and was asked to look after it.... After a couple more years enough was enough and it was just too dangerous to keep on the road. Rob always wanted a Defender Soft top with a V8. So in 2012 I grabbed my spanners and decided to start a no rush rebuild. In my opinion the best of the bunch is the NAS 90 V8. So here follows my rebuild including problems, parts and issues when building your own V8 90 Auto. Just like Land Rover did but better............
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Windscreen next. I had to pop off the top of the dash to refit the screen washer jet. I ended up pulling the radio out and drilling an access hole so I could replace the washer jet through the radio aperture. Prior to the screen seal going in I ran a bead of wax oil in the top of the bulkhead. The panel is just two sheets folded over and spot welded together. My theory is the waxoil will seep/creep into the panels and prevent rust. The rest of the bulkhead got Dinitrol injected wherever I could get the lance. I’ll see how much oozes out during the summer and I’ll prob give it another dose.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Mounts perfectly no twists and using genuine parts.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Seatbelts I mentioned the problems I’d created myself. Without thinking I fitted the corner anker point at the bottom of the seat box then discovered. That the TD5 seatbelts fit slightly differently. They have the anker point and inertia all on the same bracket and mount on the two body studs behind the seats. I found some 110 front seat belts and got an early defender bracket and got it all to fit. The 110 reels just need flipping otherwise they prodrude into the back of the seat and you can’t move it back. By flipping it I mean unroll the belt hold the spindle and push the belt out twist it 180 and resit it. You can remove the peg but I feared my fat fingers would slip and the inertia would go bananas as it slipped out of my digits
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Cheers guys. I will for the time use the genuine loom and look to upgrade the loom when i settle on anything other than standard lights. i will for now fit LED sides and indicators and standard headlights with upgraded bulbs as suggested. So i got outside and managed the rear roll cage everything dropped into place and I am glad I test fitted before painting as it all fell into place. Rear wheel carrier on as well. Starting to come together quickly.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    This seems a good suggestion. As I have a few sets of genuine Land Rover headlights. just need a quick polish. I need new securing rings though.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F382423915673
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Rear stainless door strip in with back door and another badge from Ashcrofts Wax liberally coated between the rear tub mounts and the body. Once it sets I’ll polish it out
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Wiring has been the chore of this build...... So I started with the tub and after resitting the body mounts back on the rear chassis and screwing it all down the cage can finally be fitted in its permanent position. Third use for my right angles drill all the sealed rivets got dunked in wax oil before squeeze...
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    The 1999 version of the wiring diagram definitely shows the switch running through the relay E, Working in conjunction with the dim dip relay. Everything else ie side and tail lights run through the switch which is why the switches seem to suffer. Even worse if you have a trailer with extra load running off the rear lighting circuit.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Heated Screen in with the help of some paracord. Warm water and the kitchen table..
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    No it’s not a Defender it’s old enough to be a Land Rover 90
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    That’s an interesting recommendation. The TD5 loom is already set up with headlight relays so it would just be a bulb swap. I already have a pile of newish headlights. They just need a clean and a polish. hmmmm maybe I’ll wait and let LED technology improve a while longer. The problem for me is seller A sells their LED units for X amount. Seller B sells theirs for 3 x as much. Both units appear the same in style and manufacturing and are both DOT SAE stamped.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Anyone got any recommendations on LED headlights. I don’t want something that looks like a UFO more traditional but modern.?
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    I also fitted the levelling headlight bowls and motors. These just fit in place of the originals and the wiring on mine was already in situ.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Bolted the wings back together and bonded the roll cage bracket behind the wing with Sikaflex 221..
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    I have spent the cold evenings bolting bits back to the panels. Very satisfying after all the work. The little gaskets are from YRM
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Took 10 mins to get it off. The Genuine seal is much much harder than the seal I took out . Bit like the difference between rubber and plastic. We shall see what happens. it all went together easy enough even though ATF was running down to my armpit. I really must get the wheels aligned and tighten up the drag links. However I want to get the winch and bumper mounted and front end on to settle the suspension.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    So the steering box. thankfully I have a Sykes puller and it’s brilliant.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    We had a TD5 disco and defender for several years. He’s tuned into the 5cyl drum and whenever my old disco pulls up with its new owner the cat rushes out to say hello. Anyhow my dining room now looks like this
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Hmmm it looks close from this angle. Can you imagine the reaction from the painters...... It made its way home safely unscathed... lots of people rubbernecking and waving at me at me with thumbs up!!! Reversed it off the trailer to discover a suspicious line of oil. then noticed this yep that’s right the effort I made with the steering box was an utter waste of time. I checked my receipts and I had purchased a pattern seal kit. It has lasted erm 40 meters.. FFS the box when removed from the disco didn’t leak... Genuine parts seal kit on order. STC 2848
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    I needn’t have worried the team produced this. They also sprayed Raptor in the tub to tidy it up.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    Rob sent me some more pics of the body underway. My biggest concern with the tub was to keep the character of the spot welding and wavy panels and somehow deal with the dink’s and dents.
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    Robs 90 called Billy

    On arrival at the garage the team showed off their handy work on the panels. I will admit I was a little overwhelmed. After all this time of effort, money and dreaming. I was stood looking at the most immaculate painted and perfect panel work I have ever seen. I managed to squeeze some of the bits into the D3 and the dining room has been converted to a workshop.
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