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  1. The other good thing about a bonnet mounted spare is the extra fuel economy - I got 34mpg average (up from 31) on a fast run down to the south of France in a well loaded 110 tdi - I think a steering guard helps a little too.
  2. Only wolf models used a taller frame.
  3. I use a bonnet mounted spare, a 7.50 16 which is close enough to a 235/85 for getting home on but sits lower. I've removed the rubber bonnet bushes which drops it another inch. No problem with visibility at all.
  4. So what are we supposed to be calling this then anyway? 🤔 They're calling it Defender, plus keeping 90, 110, 130. Do we call it a new Defender for ever, does the Defender sub forum change to Old Defender, or is the new one a Series 2 or are we calling proper ones Defender classics? 🤯
  5. I see design cues from Disco/RR aplenty, it even looks like a facelift Amorok or Ford Ranger - maybe from the rear & side it will start to feel a little more familiar, but the front end has no resemblance to anything Defender/Series to me, they could have been a lot more playful. There's still a glimmer of hope its a bluff in fake body panels - and a magnificent rivet clad iron beast truck with gas lamps, horsehair seats, cart springs and a merlin engine will be rolled out in a couple of weeks time 🤩
  6. There's nowhere to rest your sockets and mug of tea!!
  7. A section of exhaust pipe makes a goid extender for the top hose. For oil cooler pipes I always cut the hose, extend it with a piece of copper pipe and some quality hose clips, they aren't under much pressure. For the exhaust cut 6" out of the horizontal section of the downpipe and weld the end back on (not forgetting to slide the flange back on!). Helps to give a slight inboard bias on the end to keep it away from the chassis. The rest of the exhaust is then standard once you've figured some new hangers out.
  8. Will swerve into my local one on the way home and see if they're same price...
  9. The form you need is V55/5 - download it from the gov.uk website, return it to dvla with insurance cert, MoT (MoT it on the dutch number plate, DVLA will modify the record when they process), dutch logbook, cheque for registration & tax - do NOVA process online beforehand as dvla need will check that before they start.
  10. Not sure but I'd have thought they are still a main supplier. Britpart is just a brand name for the blue bag stuff, they operate under Border holdings for MoD supply, I used to buy lots of ex MoD vehicles and spares and a lot of the new genuine parts on the vehicles or bagged and boxed stuff had border holdings shipping labels. They will be able to negotiate better pricing from suppliers plus save the MoD a fortune on warehousing & transport. Some of this stuff obviously finds its way into the blue bags I guess which is why some of the stuff is decent if you know what to look for..
  11. They have been a primary supplier to the mod for many years. I'd imagine thats a different side of the business to selling cheap blue bag stuff through retailers though, more about central warehousing and logistics.
  12. Not likely - it would be a very brave finance director who signs a contract for an unlaunched, unknown, untested fleet without knowing the price - LR are just running through a ticklist of marketing friendly name associations to add perceived weight to the campaign and substance to the product.
  13. Even if the wastegate spring has gone soft, it just means the gate opens easier, you loose boost but also the extra fueling generated by the diaphragm being depressed - you just get reduced performance - maybe a little extra smoke but not pouring out. Anyway, if you were able to get 12psi on the turbo to pump pipe, thats over 0.8 bar which means it's working.
  14. If you're getting over 10psi on boost then the wastegate isn't opening prematurely, and if the arm moves freely then I would rule that out. If the boost pipe is attached and diaphragm is in good nick, I'd be checking the timing belt next.
  15. Try milner engineering, m&d, or just save a search on ebay, they come up from time to time.
  16. I've got a hand throttle bracket, plastic cover and cable - if you want it you can have it for £12 posted. The cable for a n/a setup is quite short though - not sure how much use it will be. if I were going to rig something up on my own vehicle I would just use a solid wire type choke cable (rather than twisted cable), fit it in the existing choke holder in your steering column cowling, and make up a simple retainer bracket on the pump end for the cable sheath, with a little hinged arm for the cable inner to attach to, with a bent metal arm attached which collects the throttle arm and draws it back. Should be pretty easy to knock up with basic tools.
  17. I've probably got some of the parts, knob/cable and bracket, probably not got any engine side bits but will check tomorrow.
  18. I can forgive the back door satchell way before the feature chassis mural, but only if it's got tools or a takeaway in it, not a merino scarf. The marshall amp cubby box made me wretch a bit.
  19. Last week I found a note written in felt pen on the back of 2 door range rover armrest reminding someone in colourful language to cut the blinking moulding knob off the foam before sending it down the line - and there's a load of blues/villa football banter inside the roof off my rangie ambulance 🙂
  20. Only South Africa and Namibia - they'd been galvanising the series vehicles there for a while as well.
  21. Missed goodwood out this year, love that show but at least I haven't got to walk past that cammo defender again - seriously LR, you can only keep a drum roll going so long before lifting the curtain, but maybe we'll all be amazed when it's a completely different shape at launch. And has a split screen, external hinges and a rusting rear crossmember 🤣 I wonder if it can match the last & arguably best Defender launch in the early 90s when LR sold 110 station wagons, with 200tdi engines, galvanised chassis & bulkheads, air con, long range fuel tank, rev counter and four speaker stereo, velour seats, soundproofing, luxury carpet, bull bars and cubby box. Unfortunately didn't sell them in the UK though, where it might have been useful 🙄 but I got one 😍
  22. Imagine classic car shows of the future - blokes stood round a rebuilt ecu with its cover propped up and displays in the main arena of eprom flash upgrades Noooooooooooo 😭
  23. If you get into a P38 now, all the hitech wizzy features, like an electric seat or a cd player with big speakers and maybe a heated walnut steering wheel, and a tiny lcd display showing mpg look positively antique. Thus it will be with the new car, feature and fashion led. Short lifespan thanks to outdated tech, miriad ecu's, servos, actuators, sensors, probably using compact engine and transmission design a la Disco 3,4,5 which makes simple maintenance a major problem (just changed an inlet manifold on a tdv6 - what were they smoking) and quick churn to new models. In a nutshell, the 'Defender' is finito, same as the Mini, Fiat 500, Beetle, but I don't mind the looks of the new thing, assuming it's the same as the 'spyshot' of the thing they accidentaly left the keys in the ignition of to light the dash up while the driver nipped off for a coffee.. might get one in ten years time when they've ironed all the faults out though 🙂
  24. Haven't used them but a guy from D&A Steering Ltd in Birmingham visited my workshop once a few years ago, pricelist looked good and they're still going which is usually a good sign..
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