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  1. Is that Craddock price VAT inclusive?
  2. The Puma type won’t fit the SIII column - the splines are different. The TD5, Puma and the pre-Defender 90s/110s share a spline set that differs from the Tdi era and the SIII. Only the type shown above fits. If you want a steering wheel of comparable appearance and size, you’ll need something from an Austin Metro, Montego or Maestro.
  3. Mid forties and 90%+ humidity here. We had several domestic AC units break down last week, which turned out to be filthy compressors and condensers on the roof. The maintenance guys sorted them out, and all of downstairs AC has gone this morning. Knowing how these guys work and think (well, they don’t tend to do the latter), they only cleaned the broken systems last week and ignored the others, even though they’d be equally clogged with sand and dust...🙄
  4. Mine is behind a Tdi. It did have bearing failure, but that was because of a huge transfer box oil leak. Any other type would have been destroyed, but this was repaired with new bearings and dressing of one surface. The bearings Roamerdrive use are low quality unbranded Chinese tat, but they do OK. That’s because epicyclic gears have low radial loads, so the bearings don’t carry as much force as in traditional gear sets. I had one bearing noisy and slight oval from new, the main bearing for the output shaft (the big one), but the rest were fine, even though they were cheap. It does run a little smoother with decent bearings in it, though. So, bearings aside, I’d say they’re well made and very robust. Overdrives are far better than changing transfer box or diff ratios, and this is the best on the market.
  5. That’s why they vent to the intake, rather than catch cans - the slight negative pressure (not a vacuum, and “slight vacuum” is an oxymoron) means small amounts of air will leak into the engine through any weak seals or gaskets, it out. Unless the engine is breathing heavily, you should lose much less oil through the breather system than you would through leaks. The Mann breathers seem to have a good reputation for good breathing and trapping all the oil, but for near £100 prices, they should be good!
  6. I bought mine second hand from the Protection and Performance owner at Billing, recently given a full service. I only used it on a winching course, so it has had an easy life since then. I’ll need to run it when I come home just to exercise the bearings and clean the commutator!
  7. I’ll be interested to see the second winch overhaul, as I have an XD9000i, basically the same except for the solenoid bridge.
  8. Snagger

    RAL 5228

    Powder coat is an awful thing for vehicles - it chips and the rust spreads underneath, but it’s a pig to sand back and repair. A decent rust preventative primer and decent quality paint are a much better solution.
  9. I don’t think there is any difference in bulkhead positions, only the depth of the foot wells (shorter on Defenders). Many people have managed to fit that engine into a Series engine bay with its associated radiator and not have too many problems, but electric fans seem to be part of the solution, like with many other engine retrofits. The wheels will be well out of position in the wheel arches, much too far back. The only way around that would be to mount the whole body further aft, removing the rear cross member and fitting extensions. That is IVA territory. Depending on where you are in the world, fitting an old body on a newer chassis could open up some legal issues. Your project would retain the Defender identity, so the Series body may cause Construction and Use regulation issues due to the headlight positions (not a problem on later SIIAs and SIIIs). That’d be worth checking with the relevant authorities before you even started the physical work. I’d agree with Bowie - not only is it a project fraught with problems and poor compromises, it you’d be destroying your cherished SII - it might wear most of the body, but everything else, especially the driving character, would have been scrapped. Far better to restore or sell that vehicle.
  10. I think it will be quite a popular view. I certainly share it.
  11. The diaphragm moves. I can hear it open on my 200Tdi as it is run to the intake of the air filter housing and echoes up the snorkel. It sounds like a muffled plastic drum being struck every so often.
  12. That green engine is almost certainly, but not quite definitely, a 2.5 of some description with a 12or 19J front cover but a 10J manifold. The injection pump lacks a boost diaphragm system, so it suggests the engine is a 12J with a few 10J parts. The Tdi uses much higher injection pressure than the older diesels, so I doubt the injectors would react well if you did make a hybrid system, and you’d have to significantly alter the impulse and metering of the injection. I’m sure it could be made to work, but with more than just a little adjustment - I think you’d need some expensive custom parts for both pump and injectors, and the pipes linking them would have to be custom, too. It would definitely not be worth the trouble or expense!
  13. That was one of the big attractions for me. Charge rate of relatively cheap and low rated units so that a short drive would be enough for full charge, near complete separation of the two systems and built in redundancy. At work, I have 10 generators, including backups, and the new model will have at least two more! 😄
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