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  1. Could be theres some crud in there stopping it closing fully, worth taking it off for a look and clean at least.
  2. Eightpot

    Importing a non-registered defender

    Just search for freight forwarding or container shipping agents in Muscat. Get a couple of quotes. You will need someone local to arrange for a container, transport to docks, clearance and forwarding documents etc. They will usually have details for a clearing agent in the UK and just link up with them on your behalf, if not there are plenty to choose from, or drop me a line and I'll give you some contact details for one.
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    300Tdi Conversio Exhaust

    Yes you can cut near that weld. The joints do allow a bit of swivel, so the centre section will sit away from the chassis, or make the cut with a very slight angle - Cut it, join it with a couple of tacks and test fit it, there's a fair bit of wiggle room and movement on the rubbers even if its not quite right.
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    Import Help

    I import/export vehicles around the world. To import to the US, everything needs to correlate with the VIN - same body type, engine type, gearbox type, which side the steering wheel is on. It doesn't need to be the original engine, just the original type (12j), you will not be able to import it to the US with a 19j engine, they will check and will confiscate the car if there is an anomaly. US customs are well versed in Defenders and will look for and find discrepancies. Paperwork needs to be correct - VIN and engine number must match what is on the V5. If your engine number no longer matches what's on the V5, apply to DVLA to have it ammended. Make sure the VIN number actually matches what's on the V5 as well, I've found a surprising number of errors. Make sure the VIN is clearly stamped on the chassis - military vehicles often had chassis changes with unstamped chassis. You dont need a military export licence, dont present the heritage certificate and don't try and sneak a 300tdi engine in the back of the car..
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    Importing a non-registered defender

    DVLA only want a build date as last resort (which is where authorised clubs or organisations come in to verify, usually against archived records), and that's when they drop down into low gear to try to find a technicality to stitch you up on. Low grade admin assistants like to feel clever and important, and its always easier to reject an application than to actually process the job. They prefer date of first use as with home market cars, which of course comes with the issue of a registration certificate.
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    Importing a non-registered defender

    Couple of options You can bring the vehicle here no problem, no need to dismantle it. When it gets here you need to notify HMRC, apply for a NOVA certificate and pay duty and VAT - though even this may be difficult without an identity. NOVA cert is required before DVLA will register it. Registering it with DVLA will be a headache as it does not have an identity, VIN number, log book etc. They may not register it at all, which is very likely, they may issue you with a DVLA VIN number (which you will need to have stamped on the chassis) and issue a Q plate following an IVA test. I sincerely doubt they will ever offer you an age related plate. Or - just import it as a very unfinished project, don't apply for a NOVA certificate and if most of the parts were bought from the UK you may get away without paying duty and VAT. If you use an import agent they will guide you on this. You will not be able to register it with DVLA. Buy a project 90 in the UK and use it as a base to use your shiny parts on and have an identity. I would do the latter.
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    300Tdi Conversio Exhaust

    The downpipe goes down , then slightly diagonal, then horizontal towards the end - cut in this section so you dont affect the height when fitted. The bit you chop out, cut a slot along its length, then you slide this inside the two halves to give extra strength and support when you weld it up.
  8. If you have the concealed imobilised solenoid you should be able to check the solenoid just by turning the ignition on/off- or get an assistant to do it while you listen. If its an earlier simple solenoid with spade connector just unplug and reconnect a couple of times with ignition on. If it isnt clicking, it isnt moving.
  9. I've had similar caused by anything from a rusty porous pick up pipe, chaffed lines, leaking diaphragm in lift pump, leaking joints on filter housing, porous filter housing, bad leak off pipes.
  10. I built a really expensive in-car computer for my overland truck a few years ago (riiiiight before cheap tablets came on the market 😕) which ran windows, had a dash mounted touch screen display and had Garmin Maps For Mobile running on it, with a GPS dongle- was brilliant, faster, bigger and more info than a sat nav unit. They discontinued it for some reason and don't seem to sell a maps app either which seems odd, I'd happily pay for that again. Incidentally, the one cool thing about running a windows pc was running Google earth with the gps dongle activated so the map follows you, zoom down and pan to an angle and as you're driving along you get a birds eye 3D view of peoples back gardens and stuff hidden behind high walls
  11. Eightpot

    300Tdi Conversio Exhaust

    Yes, or make some, if you have a welder and some scraps of metal they arent difficult to knock up. You can buy ready made brackets, YRM sell them as well as craddocks etc - ESR3293/4 Easiest thing is to fit the exhaust, suspend it on cord or straps and you'll see where they need to go. Rear one is easy, middle one you may need to weld to chassis crossmember or may be able to bolt existing bracket, front one I've usually made a little bracket to hang off a transfer box PTO cover bolt
  12. Eightpot

    300Tdi Conversio Exhaust

    I always use a full 300tdi system, because the engine sits further back than a factory 300 you need to cut/shorten the length of the downpipe tail- from memory I think it was 17cm - then everything else going back is sitting in the right place. Not too difficult to make a couple of exhaust hangers, or Halfords sell universal flexible exhaust mounts which are a quick solution.
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    New springs ?

    Have you checked your ride height? Those springs look fine to me, just need a scrub with a wire brush and some paint - they don't seem to be sagging. As others have said, if you can get genuine take-off springs they are much better than britpart, terrafirma etc. Old man emu are very good but unless you need to go for a higher spring rate (standard will easily cope with what you want), I've found no difference in longevity or performance over genuine. Genuine shocks are also very good, not had any problems with the cheaper Armstrongs either. Gas shocks are a bit of a waste of money unless you're really pushing the car hard. I do like the Britpart cellular dynamic - very good for the price, seem to last well. I just paint them black so nobody knows I've got them on...
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    Tyre diametre question

    Circumference = Pi x D You would need to get the diameter of both tyres to compare Or put a string round the tyre and measure how long it is 🤓
  15. Eightpot

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    When the D3 first came out I took one out on one of the LRE courses and it made such easy work of it as to be boring - seemed to be lots of articulation and the traction control just took any skill out of negotiating the bits that would have needed an experienced hand in a coiler with diff lock. Any novice could have got round the course - and because I was an experienced driver we took the toughest lines. When I took my old 2a station wagon through Mozambique a few months ago though, I drove a heavy narrow sand track between some coastal towns, and had to mount a steep side slope sand bank to get round a new Range Rover which was floundering on its belly unable to move - suspension on full height, wheels spinning helplessly and only got out with a tow and a bunch of people shoving it. It had been there a considerable time with local 4x4 traffic backed up a long way. The 2a easily climbed up, round and past the lot of them. I'd driven the same section several times in the 2a without a problem so either it was a case of very poor driving of the RR, or the newer chassis config isnt as competant outside of a test track. Bit of both I think.

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