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Jon W

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  1. Hi all I need to move a defender from near Exeter up to near Warrington. No MOT tax or insurance so it’s a trailer job. It drives so can be put onto a trailer easily. A long shot I know but Has anyone got any empty load coming up that way that I could pay to bring it up. or if I hire a trailer does anyone want anything taking down that way as will be empty on the way down so can split costs. Alternatively can anyone recommend car transport companies to save me the hassle. I don’t have a trailer licence so will either rope a friend or my wife into driving or being passenger with me on L plates, silly licence laws. Or anyone else up for s road trip Thanks Jon
  2. A friend of mine has just brought a bargain D4 with a knocking engine. Land Rover wanted 17k to fit a new engine without evening lifting the bonnet. Or 30k for a newer replacement vehicle. Chap brought the new vehicle and my mate went and collected this D4 for an unbelievably low price. He is very good mechanically and will happily take anything apart and have a go. He also has the benefit of a workshop and a 2post lift, so took the body off . Stripped engine and it had bent a con rod some how. However new crank, rods and bearing he has it all back together and working nicely! So so they are ok if you have the workshop to lift the body off, but a bit of a faff otherwise
  3. Depending which way you want to go it may be a bit far over but my local in Graigfechan, Bala is 35-40 mins Llangollen 20mins. http://threepigeonsinn.co.uk/ is nice good pub, beer food etc. Campsite situated just below the pub so far enough away that it’s quiet. Never stayed there as have always managed to stagger Home so not sure what it’s like. Or I know of a campsite near Harlech which is a great spot but not close to a pub
  4. Borris I really like that setup and would do exactly that in a 110 if I had one, or a Fox wing awning so that when getting in and out the back you can stay dry. Also Tuko that is a nice setup you have there. Definitely so ideas for me. It look like I maybe ending up with a 90 hard top in place of my series, so I may look at something more permanent for that.... watch this space
  5. Thank you for all the replies so far. Few ideas there. Blimey fridgefreezer and I thought the 130 was a barge, now that is something else! Has anyone tried the air beam tents at all? A friend has a swag which he got in Australia which I like the idea of for the odd night camped out by a vehicle but haven’t seen them available anywhere in the UK. So the carp bed or fishing gear maybe worth a look. Peaklander, that looks a good setup, and I am definitely going to get some stack and stow type strong boxes so I can keep all my gear in and then just chuck them in whichever vehicle I am away in. Also means things are stored tidier in the garage. Your platform looks great but would probably be a bit difficult for me to make something that suits different vehicles Thanks all so far and keep the ideas coming Jon
  6. Hi all This is probably mean to go in the out and about forum but thought I would try here, so feel free to move if you like. I am in the market for some new camping gear, as I previously got rid of a lot of my stuff or it was old and knackered. I have previously had a converted camper van and enjoyed the luxury of sleeping in the vehicle and not having to faff around setting up tents and folding them away etc. Plus a comfy bed However with land rovers this is not so possible. I could setup a bed system for in my discovery. However this isn’t going to be the vehicle I always use as will take my series on Laning weekends and my work car for other trips further away due to fuel efficiency. I like the idea of a roof tent, however the range of vehicles and faff or removing and storing is likely to rule this out along with the price. so most my camping will be out the back of a vehicle rather than hiking etc, so am looking for recommendations on: camping matt/camp bed tent etc. Needs to be comfy and easy and quick to setup and take down. so would be interested to see what other people’s setups Thanks Jon
  7. Would love to see more, as the big wedge most pop tops have just look wrong, whereas the standard look is so much better
  8. 235/85/16 on mine on 7 inch modular give it perfect fill of the wheel arches without sticking out. I think 265 would stick out on these rims
  9. Haha you will change your mind when you slide into something. Took my V8 auto disco out and that was nice if a little hairy at a few moments, as steering wasn’t that precise then took the V8 series out on insa Sahara’s and it was great. Then left it in 2wd for some bits to get nice power slides going
  10. My 51 plate V8 is £26ish a month so works out £315 a year
  11. If you are struggling to get the seal out, screw a self tapping screw into it and lever out with a claw hammer. Just make sure you have the right replacement seal 1st before making a mess
  12. When you talk of 24spline shafts. All apart from custom shafts are 10spline diff end but options of 10 or 24spline at drive flange end? Am I right? And is there any real benefit of 24spline flanges over 10? Thanks Jom
  13. I like the idea of this, but do you think it will fit behind a rover v8 without pushing the engine any further forward. Series gearbox currently sitting on standard mount and V8 mounts welded in to suit Thanks Jon
  14. Ah I see I will try and take a pic of it for you. Can't remember seeing it. Mine from memory splits into 2, 1 pipe to each bank. Then the 4 pipes of to each cylinder on the bank. Mounted on little plate on top of the manifold. I will try and get a picture for you but it won't be until Monday
  15. I have one of these but I'm afraid I don't know what a spyder is? 🤔
  16. I recommend rimmerbros for parts, really good website too. Choice of pattern, Oem or genuine i am currently having trouble identifying which stub axle I need, I have a series 2 with military axles (reinforced casings) of unknown age. inner bearing and outer bearing are different sizes. Only numbers I can find are on oil seal, In21631 Gaco 64 however these are seals I put on previously anyone help me to find out what stub axle I need. not sure what I have done to the font on this. thanks in advance Jon
  17. Looks great but hope your nephew had some safety specs 😉
  18. All back together and working again. It was the cause of the problem as it is fine now. Just got to find out which hose is dripping intermittently probably just a clip not seated properly. Here is the idler, previous owner must have used a cheap part as it was plastic whereas the genuine one I replaced it with was metal
  19. Well we had a development today. Drove to work today 12 miles fine. Then drove e slower twisty way home with hills to work the engine at low speeds. The results were a bit of loss of power them the battery light came on! Pulled over quick and switched off. Result being a collapsed idler bearing had thrown the belt off. Took belt off and nursed it home stopping a lot. Then battery went flat so had to get a jump start and got home. Only got into the red once so hopefully all ok. So this could have been my problem maybe if the idler was stiff maybe the fan wasn't being turned as it should be? I am going to replace both idlers and the tensioner while it's apart. The other idler maybe newer anyway as it has had the ace removal tensioner put on. Shall I replace the water pump? Do they wear out? It's not leaking or anything. Just while it is apart I would rather do everything but it is another £65quid. Rad had been getting hot so water was circulating. Aircon rad doesn't look in great health and I have found the electric helper fan is seized so I will change that as well i have found the source of my small water leak, just under the air intake there is 2 small hoses which attach to a plate, this is leaking when hot under high pressure, so need a new gasket or tightening up Just hope all gaskets and heads are ok. Should have stuck with the Td5
  20. Ok I can swap the tank with a spare from a Td5 I have easy enough. Taking the thermostat out isn't possible as they have it in the radiator hose like the Td5 as opposed to in a housing like normal V8s have.
  21. I have had my Thor V8 discovery for a while now and had my 1st problem with it last weekend. Let me set the scene: 2001 127kmiles lpg al l running really nicely. Temp gauge always reads normal ( but have read the normal range is 78-107c so not very helpful) however I have always thought it seem really hot when you open the bonnet after being driven, but have put it down to it being a V8 as they seem to hold a lot more heat in the engine bay than the diesels. Rad is nice and clean, and I have checked the viscous fan previously and it seems to shift a lot of air and will snap a pencil when tested. I was away for the weekend so before I left I checked the oil and coolant on the discovery. Water topped up but only fractionally it seems to use a little to be fair but nothing excessive. Oil topped up too. My wife took her horse out to a competition about 40-50 miles away, got there no problems, on the way home she got about 2 miles into the journey temp gauge into the red and light on. She pulled over as soon as she could where it was safe with the horsebox (I had prewarned her of what to do if such a situation should arise), she hear it bubbling when she turned it off. Opened the bonnet and steam coming from the expansion tank and a lot of water lost. She couldn't tell whether it was a split hose or what so got it recovered to be safe. Since then i have had a good look over it and nothing obvious, I have refilled it with water and bled it through. Taken it out for a good run and given it some work to do. And all seems fine. No oil in the water No water in the oil so could I have not tightened the cap properly? Leading to the water gradually boiling out could the thermostat be faulty and have got stuck closed? Is the water pump failing? When I took it out for a run I was giving it a good hard drive to try and get it really hot but in hindsight it was quite fast road work so good air flow. My thoughts are change the thermostat as it's cheap and easy and possibly the water pump which is a bit more expensive and a bit more work. What are your thoughts? Or should I be looking at a sniff test or compression test? I would have to find someone with the right tools for this. whatever is to be done needs to be done right as it spends the majority of its time towing the donkey around Your thoughts are much appreciated! Thanks
  22. Hi Bish Still a few of us around from when you had the bobtail, I have been dipping into and out of Land Rovers the past few years. Darth Dicky is still about as well and threatening to rebuild the original 90. Although it does seem a lot quieter on here now days.... Rangie looks lovely, now for a set of MTR on it Jon
  23. I know what you mean Cornish rattler, I want some for mine as I haven't got the original ally side sills and want a little bit of protection for the doors and tub, but if the stick out too far it will look silly, as my tyre are just inline with the body work and no extended arches like on a 90. My series isn't a serious off roader so don't need tree bars. To be fair we have had box section type on our 90 for years without the tree bars and with careful driving they have been fine. Take a picture of what you end up with as I will be in the market for some soon thanks jon
  24. Well I have fitted the rad and lower thermostat, runs at about 85c when moving, then 90-95 when slow or stopped. Need to do some slow lanes to see if it really heats up or see if the fan cools it enough. But so far things are looking a lot better/safer thanks Jon
  25. I have put an isolator switch on my series for ease of isolation and also to help with security. Due to lazyness and save having to crimp terminals on or solder etc. I have a correct length lead off a discovery with the following terminal on it. Can anyone tell me why I should use this. It is running all vehicle electrics, starter etc. If a winch was added it would have its own isolator on it
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