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  1. You can be pretty sure the Defenders, at the end of production, were not generating any sort of profit. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a major motivation for the complete re-design was to cut production costs (as well as allowing more consistent build and refinement).
  2. I rented one of those to do a little trip through Death Valley and around the Grand Canyon in the U.S.A., a few years back now. I was struck by how genuinely useful it was. Elsewhere, we are back to price discussions. I just don't understand how people think a specialised, almost bespoke vehicle like a Grenadier isn't going to be considerably more expensive than a stamped-out clone from a mega factory. That's not being realistic. And the boat-prow front end? A million times better than the bulbous, ultra-vulnerable monstrosity on the new Defender. It will certainly be easier to
  3. It would be nice if they made a pickup without back seats but maybe just a little room behind the seats for gear. A decent capacity wellside on a vehicle that size would be pretty useful!
  4. My neighbour gave me a Suzuki quad. I was alarmed to find the leaking fuel tap turned out to be a cracked, plastic fuel tank. Undaunted, I searched the internet for tips on how to weld plastic, got a blowtorch* and a big soldering iron, and went for it. The key is to match the plastic you fill with to the original (most plastic things have markings to help there - I used a damaged fuel container). Much to my surprise, welding plastic is very easy and the fixed tank hasn't leaked a drop yet. Definitely worth trying and seeing how you go. *For the boring types out there, of course I didn
  5. I do like the way they are chattering away while the car cruises up some gnarly sections. Something Land Rovers have been good at since the first Range Rover.
  6. Just connect something to each end first to see if power is getting down the wire. In fact, as the bulbs are good, you only have to connect a 12volt battery to earth and then to each wire one at a time. You'll quickly see which one isn't working. And yup, when it gets like that, tomorrow is a better day!
  7. I have to say, it sounds strange that the solution isn't obvious but wiring can hide its problems quite well! It does sound like your problems come from the connectors under the bonnet, as you do have feeds for both high and low beam. I suggest, first thing, is to take both headlights off and check the colours of the wires there, then find the same wires where they meet the connectors on the bulkhead. Then use a circuit tester (either the resistance setting on a multimeter or a battery/bulb setup) to make sure the wires all have continuity. The next thing is to work out which coloured wire
  8. I had a set of cheap Chinese Free Passer 215/85x16s on my old work car. They were brilliant, so much so that I got another set when they eventually wore out. You can get exactly the same tyre under the brand Comforcer (something like that). It's got a directional tread and was one of those rare tyres that works well in soft sand, deep mud and rocks, while having pretty good road manners (other than increased stopping distance in the rain if you hit paint or very smooth bits...). Also, while they are very cheap, they are well made and balance very easily, unlike some cheapies out there.
  9. That's the one. I just wasn't prepared for how horrible it is. I think it's because it's just two dimensional, like a gaudy picture instead of the real thing. It might be more fun when people start hacking them though! That's not to deny other people the right to like them, of course. Each to his own! 37 degrees Fahrenheit? Blow that for a joke! Allegedly mid-summer here.
  10. I saw one for only the second time yesterday. However, this time I got a close look and got to sit in it (the owner had just bought my lovely old 110 - buckets of tears - and he was feeling benevolent). After spending forever looking at pictures and reading about them, it did look and almost feel familiar, which was bizarre. The exterior is fatter than I expected, and "imbalanced" as the fat is mostly low down. The interior looked and felt neater than in the pictures but that television instrument panel looks like a joke. Yuk yuk. They say you can get used to anything (loss of job, kin,
  11. I can think of five different types of 255/85s. I own two of them. 33x10.5s come up frequently but randomly on bargain tyre sites here. When they do, they're usually quite cheap.
  12. That's roughly 11.5 inches wide and 33 inches tall. It will drastically reduce steering lock and also rub when the axles are articulating. You'd be better off with cheap 33x10.5s or 255/85x16s on 7 inch rims. Plenty of options available. Fat rubber isn't so good on Land Rovers - lots of drag, needing lots of power, causing half-shaft/diff failure. A tall, skinny, self-cleaning tyre and they chug through anything. Further, do you really want super aggressive, terrain damaging tyres for green laning? Sounds quite anti social.
  13. I'm at a stage where, having lost my job which provided a company car, I have been trying to press my 1987 110 into service as a "daily driver". It turns out that the constant niggle of ageing hoses and seals, plus the usual maintenance involved with using older vehicles in general (and Land Rovers in particular) is making that a tragic process. My dream car is showing its age. So ... the plan is to sell the 110 (and my gorgeous little SLK Merc) and buy something newer. Sounds very sensible but "something newer" is seething with horrible complications and full of things waiting to go wrong
  14. I know, that's crazy. I was contemplating replacing my old 110 with a Discovery 3, until I looked into that little problem. You'd have to be barking mad to attempt that on a budget! Still, people who can afford a new Bowler can probably live with that slight worry.
  15. As was mentioned above, this is an old Land Rover feature. My ex-military '87 goes a little further. It has a shaded map light which can't be seen from outside, hooded convoy lights up front and infrared tail and stop lights (only visible with night vision gear). That's proper stealth mode!
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