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  1. Eightpot

    A BIG, BIG thank you !!!!!!

    You could use a simple folding leg arrangement - I'm thinking of the simple type of hinged folding struts you have to secure the legs on a camping table that locks under slight tension (can't think what the proper name is 🤔) , maybe with a sliding collar that slips over the joint. I'm sure a buddy of mine used that setup on a big 130 camper roof.
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Not half bad still means the other half is terrible though! 😄 Actually looking at those recent pics LR released from Kenya, they've removed the false sides and it's not actually showing much of an interesting line - unless its another bit of disguising..
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Followed one of the shorty test cars today. Having a closer look it seems the rear sides, roof and bonnet are heavily disguised with bolted on flat panels. I guess it may have the rounded defender style shoulder-line (hence the disguised door waistline) defendery bonnet and sloping roof under all that board. Might not be half bad underneath?
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    I reckon it would have got a bit further up if the traction control let it get a bit of a run up as well.. - don't think the driver was helping much either, probably had it on the wrong setting
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Just having a mooch at some Russian off road mucking about on youtube and came across this one with a RR SVX vs some soft roaders and an FSO - I think I'm still pretty happy with my beam axles and lack of traction aids! (Didnt show the defender which was there for some reason, would have been a good comparison) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ZPwm9vsGs
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    So I'm working my way down a rocky track with a bit of sideslope, I've got a full tank of fuel, a jerry can or two plus a couple with water, another 200kg of food, beer, camping gear, spares and tools and a roof tent up top, just normal top-heavy overland stuff - it's raining a bit and nice and slippy, and now I'm on 3 wheels - nah, not fancying that thanks 😐
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    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    The photo's on that link - looking at #7 with one wheel in the air, doesn't look like it's got much articulation or is it just me...🤔
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    Respray advice - Enamel single stage

    If you're using hi-build, no need to go down to 320 - just smooth the surface with 240 or 180 and get rid of scratches, rough edges etc. If you're filling, best to take the dent area back to bare metal, fill, smooth, prime- prevents sinkage which shows up as an outline in the finished paint. Use a normal hi-build primer, you won't get any benefit from an anti corrosion primer. 25-30 psi is at the air cap, use a gun mounted regulator/gauge to get it right. You will need at least a 1.8mm cap for hi-build, preferraby a bit bigger. Give the primer 24hrs to dry. Flat off with wet/dry, you can start with 120 to take the orange peel/chunks off then finish with 400. Wash residue with clean water and a sponge (if you hose it off you need to wait longer to dry out), degrease, apply top coat. 2 coats should be ample, allowing flash time in between - don't apply another coat after it's started to cure, say the next day. Enamel/1k polyeurethane is pretty stable and not so affected by traces of grease, chemicals, other paints etc.
  9. Could be theres some crud in there stopping it closing fully, worth taking it off for a look and clean at least.
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    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.
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