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  1. 17 hours ago, Red90 said:

    Adding a P38 axle will give you a weaker axle and cost you a LOT more money, no matter have much you hand over to Nigel.

    It's not the P38 axle as a whole, but rather the 110 axle with the P38 type diff. And yes, changing the axle and putting in an uprated centre will make for stronger axle than a salisbury with an uprated centre. The cross pin in the standard salisbury diff is the only part that's any better than the Wolf type axle. 

  2. 1 hour ago, secondjeremy said:

    I'd suggest that you make up a wooden corner jig - possibly with a 5/8 guide for welding up the corners.  You can use magnets - but I find them fiddly and awkward - hence slow - and everything moves when you clamp the earth on - which has by now fallen off and you've got to align it all again.  With the wooden jig - simply fit the rails,  butt them up and clamp in place.  Guide rails on the jig might help get everything flat.  Wood will do especially if you only use it for tacking up.

    Mag clamps are so much easier, but just put part of the job in the vice and put the Earth clamp on the mounting bolt. That, or the little mitre clamps. 

  3. On 1/17/2020 at 6:34 PM, mad_pete said:

    Can you cad up aluminium sheets and get someone to folder them up for you?

    Yup! All I do with my friendly laser cutter chap is send him a step file of the finished model. His software then sorts out the bend radii and flattens the model for cutting. Dimensions are then fed into the CNC press brake :D 

    This was a model on my PC and turned into some nice folded parts... Steel in this case but the same applies! 


  4. The extrusion stuff ends up very heavy very quickly if you're not careful.... the costs also spiral!

    It might be worthwhile looking at something out of sheet metal instead. JasonG4110's build was pretty neat and plenty strong enough with folds in it. It depends how proficient you are (or got access to) design software.

  5. 2 hours ago, Red90 said:

    Has anyone met a "normal" person (not a LR enthusiast) that even knows Land Rover released this vehicle?  I have not.  There is no buzz.  Nobody even knows it exists.

    There isn’t a buzz for any new car these days unless you’re some kind of enthusiast. That said, plenty of non car people have asked me what I think of the new defender. 

  6. I had a poke around one in the village the other week. Sadly didn’t get that much time as it was panto time!






    Its a lovely place to sit and a really nice car. I just can’t help but think it should have been the new discovery. I had a look under the back of it and at the exhaust, which actually is pretty well tucked in the gap. Take a late classic defender and the exhaust at the back also hangs pretty low!

    Overall, I think they’ve done a really nice job. I just feel that they could have done so much more with the styling. The front could have looked more defender, even if it’s just when the lights are on (like the transit custom, I’m sure their lights are the same spacing as a defender), and I have to say the rear is the biggest let down with the lighting and design cues.

    If I had the cash, I’d have one in a heartbeat. I’ll always wish that JLR had made the defender more in keeping with the design and use of the old one, much like the wrangler is to the old Willys. But sadly for the size of a manufacturer like JLR, for the given cost of building a car, going away from the utility market they can make so much more money on a car. 

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  7. 47 minutes ago, deep said:

    Is the bladder not extended by pumping more air into it?  How can it possibly become softer if you do that?  I'd love to know how it's done!

    It’s because the volume is also expanding as it’s pumped up. Unlike a balloon that stretches as you add air, an air spring of the likes used here rolls over itself so it just extends as it expands. 

  8. For a car like that you can't go wrong with the Wright Offroad matting. It's I think 3 part matting system, one for the seatbox, one for the tunnel and then the footwells. They actually fitted them on later military defenders I believe too. 

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  9. 17 minutes ago, Gazzar said:

    Plus the huge factor of surplus electric at night costs virtually nothing. This, alone, overcomes the inefficiencies of charging a battery to charge a battery. When renewables dominate the supply having batteries will really help moderate the grid.

    But that ‘surplus’ energy at night will no longer be surplus any more as the demand goes up? 

    My biggest gripe with the whole electric thing is access to charging... all of the new estates built round near me have loads of cars parked in the road, mostly nowhere near their house. So until a sensible home charging solution is found for that I can’t see how it’s going to work. 

  10. On 2/7/2020 at 10:42 AM, elbekko said:

    Yeah, light is a huge help. Although the location of the light is important, I've found if the lights get into your helmet it doesn't always shade properly (and that's with a proper ESAB one).

    Have thought about getting something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Steck-23240-Mig-light/dp/B002YKIM6S

    Check your battery! I thought it was the light in the back of mine that was stopping it (I've even got the lights above the bench so I can switch them individually). I swapped the battery out and realised it was the original 6yr old one! 

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