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Jon W

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  1. Well I have fitted the lowest temperature intermotor stat for the bottom hose, I am trying to sort the bottom rad hose there is less of a kink in it. Also having the extra port from the top by the carbs to the top of the rad fitted. Which apparently speaking to a few people makes a big difference, but can really work out why. Also having a better core put into my rad for better cooling which if calculated correctly will give 25% more capacity. Will let you know how it goes when it's all back together
  2. Engine stat is a low temp 74c, fan switch is now lower coming in at 84 and off at 79. So that the engine stat stays open, the other option is 82 and off at 68 but this would mean the fan would run and the engine stat would close. have taken the rad out and will get an addditional port fitted. Then try it with the new fan switch, and also test the gauge and things . When the fan dose come on it does cycle on and off so fan is moving the heat Thanks
  3. I already have the standard expansion bottle setup from the series 3 which when pressure builds lets waters into the expansion bottle. so I don't see how the pipe indicated would work by putting that into the overflow pipe, as it will constantly overflow from the system surely as there will be a constant flow as the system is no longer sealed/pressurised.Or have I got the wrong idea about the pipe indicated. i have thought about moving the stat for the fan but have read into it and there is always a mixed opinion about its position. Bottom hose at least shows rad is working and will kick in with a lower temp stat when radiator cooling isn't sufficiently. Top hose is likely to cause the fan to run constantly with hot water running out the top of the engine Thanks Jon
  4. I haven't let it get as far as boiling over, just gets hot on the gauge
  5. Ok will do that then. Have put a lower temp stat in for the fan. Would the system be better with a header tank to increased capacity? Other option is to add a oil cooler to increase the cooling capacity, in theory cooler oil so less pressure on the cooling system? Jon
  6. Just to bring this topic back up again, I have had the engine in and running for the last 9 months, not been too far in it as still sorting bits out as I go as it was a rush to get it road worthy for my Wedding. Now I am sorting through my snag list as I have free weekends. cooling is my main thing. I brought a series heavy duty 4 core rad and fitted that. With a temperature sender in the top hose with matched gauge. Bottom hose I have a x eng fan switch with a 14inch fan on the front of the rad. Now the engine runs fine above 30mph and stays at a good temp, but at slow speed temp soon gets up about 100c with the fan not cutting in until over 100c (fan switch is in the bottom hose on an 88c stat. I have just swapped this to try and get the fan to come in earlier. whilst I am about it I am wondering if I need to get another port soldered onto my rad, as it currently only has top hose and bottom hose. Expansion into overflow from the top rad cap. Should I add a port from the top of the intake manifold by the carbs? Pictures say a 1000 words so I have attached a picture. It is the pipe which is currently close off in the picture that i am concerned about and wondering if this will aid the cooling etc. Also the engine is running rich at the moment which won't help I know but get the cooling sorted before taking it to be tuned up properlY. any thoughts would be appreciated as I don't want to mess up a new rad when I don't need to. Thanks
  7. Looks fantastic I would love to finally get a Land Rover fit enough to do a long trip somewhere that far a field from the uk and enjoy tracks like that. One day, one day....
  8. Yer I know the chassis problems from my last one and this was about the 7th one I viewed, so it will be getting the full treatment when I get chance to clean it all up. I like and have used the built hamber product before. But may try some of the buzz weld external coating
  9. How is it? I love it! My wife loves it which is a blessing and a curse as she keeps pinching it. But so far it seems a good weekend car for us, good for taking the dog out, bikes. Horse box once she buys one. need to fix the drivers window as that doesn't work and the rear wiper but I can pull parts off my old one. Fitted a tow bar at the weekend which involved dropping the rear gas tanks to get the bolts in through the chassis legs. but it wasn't too bad a job, there way enough slack to drop the tank onto the ground. Chassis seems quite solid which is good but I will be giving it a good rub down and coating this summer. V8 and auto is a great combo and can't seem to feel a difference on gas in terms of power. Darth dicky drove it and it wasn't as fast as he thought it would be so maybe the cams are a bit worn but it does what I want and I'm not too fussed about speed as I have a car for that. so this far I am happy with it but have only done about 300miles in it. Want to check a few more things over like gearbox oil condition, I have already changed the diff oil, and the engine oil is like new. probably won't be off roading this one like the last one, maybe a few lanes but I'm conscious of the gas tanks underneath and want to keep its road manners towing, so the lift kit and off road bits have been sold off my old one.So my series might get used for more off road duties, but that needs diffs putting in 1st It's a never ending cycle with land rovers
  10. I would also be careful in Ireland as a friend who lives out there has said they have clamped down on commercial vehicles massively, and he is registered as working in agriculture, but if caught towing his boat (for leisure purposes), he would be fined and made to pay the normal vehicle tax rate apparently, so be careful with what you register as working as
  11. I believe the d1 chassis all lines up except 2 of the body mounts, but then engine mounts etc would need sorting
  12. Welll have sent a deposit to get it taken off eBay, picking it up tomorrow, hopefully it's the right decision!
  13. Water is fine, oil had a tiny bit of white around the oil cap but I think that is a result of not being used much recently and didn't get any worse after a run
  14. I am looking at a 2001 V8 discovery 2 4.0L with 125k miles on it. Not much history but seems to run well. Have head all about gaskets and slipped liners. So without knowing if the gaskets have been done or any other engine work is it likely to be on borrowed time? Or if it hasn't happen yet is it unlikely to happen if it hasn't happened already? Can anything be done to prolong its life? Or is it best to do preventative maintenance and get them change or is it opening a can of worms? Also is on lpg at the end of the day it's a £1600 motor do I just run it until I have problems with it and am I working unesscessarily? vehicle will be doing a bit of towing if this makes many odds? Thanks
  15. Yer the Kia had been looked at as a possibility but I'm not over keen on them but granted it would do the job. jeep Cherokee and grand Cherokee seem cheap but is there a reason to avoid these? Apart from it's a jeep
  16. Sound nice but £2k budget! Outdoor stop most of that. I know a horse box is £4K+ but buying that new, the ifor wiiliams don't really loose any money over a few years really, and most sell for what people originally paid for them 10 years ago
  17. I'm in the market for a 4x4 tow barge. For my wife towing her horse about, so I'm open to suggestions. i currently have a Td5 disco which has terminal rot so will be sold or broken for parts as it has some good off road goodies on. No it was going to be an off road toy and tow vehicle, but I think it will be predominately used to tow and I will use my series for greenlaning etc. I would like another discovery but the all seem to be in a similar state especially in my price range. This will be a 4th vehicle as we both have company cars and I have a series to play on, so it is only going to do low mileage so fuel economy isn't a big issue and will sit on the drive most of the week. So have thought about Range Rover p38. But are they as bad as everyone makes out? I can spanner but not so keen on electrics. freelander? This will be capable of towing the 1 horse in the box, if she needs to take 2 horses she can borrow her dads disco 3. So a freelander could most of what we want it too. Not too keen on using the series for towing as it a bit more difficult for her to drive etc. open to ideas of other makes, please discuss Thanks Jon
  18. Yes the 110 canvas was just a temporary measure for my wedding transport and did look a little high thinking about it. I only use it as truck cab at the moment but want to go full soft top but needed to make sure it could get in and out of its house Thanks
  19. I currently have a truck cab on my series 2/3 and have about an inch of clearance when getting in and out of the garage. Putting the 3/4 canvas on the back from a defender 110 it will not fit and I have to remove the hood sticks. so my question is is a full soft top as tall? Or taller than the truck cab due to the slope of the roof? Would I need a canvas truck cab in order to keep the height down? Thanks Jon
  20. In reply to the 1st post, Built hammer products are fantastic and very easy to use. I used them on the 90 and that has lasted well. Also on my camper and I may do the discovery if it doesn't rot off before I get chance to do it. The guy I brought the discovery from had applied hammerite spray on coating badly and it had locked moisture to it and is coming off in flakes so the chassis looks awful. Want to knock all the old coating off before re treating it.
  21. 2016 Started with selling my VW T4 converted camper, in a bid to help fund my wedding. Then finished my V8 Series rebuild, well I had it road worthy and MOT'ed 2 weeks before it was due to be the wedding car. It has been apart for 5 years before this. Now have a few bits still left to sort, such as tuning, getting hot, and getting 4wd working as front diff is blown. 2016 also saw me buy a Td5 discovery with remaining cash after the wedding, to use as a more useable toy for off road and now pulling the horse box around. Plans for 2017 Finish bits on the series and decided what to do with it now. Keep it? Sell it? Change anything on it? Lots of Off roading and Laning as I haven't had a working land rover for 6years Maintain the Td5 already has a long list of maintenance jobs to do, front brakes and some annoying niggles, decide if chassis will last a year or whether it is best to break it come MOT time. Use these vehicles to go to some amazing places! Jon
  22. I'm in Ruthin north wales and would like to get out laning or a site somewher on 2nd Jan as bit tied up for the rest of the dates. Let me know if you find anything or want to meet up somewhere cheers Jon
  23. I think it is Muddy millers which run the site you are thinking of. Never been there myself but would be interested to know what it is like as it is only down the road from me now
  24. But is running it at 100C going to damage it? As I have hear that 85-90C is what they are meant to run at but it doesnt state where the temperature is taken. Thanks Jon
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