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  1. True. When you do a little digging, the plug in hybrid Defender and the V8 produce quite similar economy, once that battery goes flat. That shouldn't be surprising.
  2. I had a clutch centre go on a Series 3 once - giving exactly the same symptoms - and it only made a quiet click when it let go too. Tricky to know if it's that or a broken input shaft. If the clutch, you MAY hear a small rattle with the pedal depressed? I'm trying to think what would be the easiest way to peer into the box but I'm having a brain fart and have to out shortly. It does look like an inspection is warranted.
  3. And then I read about it and don't want one anymore! Back to Defenders.
  4. I've never heard of a Citroen Ami but this one picture makes me want one... (Just looking at it, though, I can't imagine it would ever be legal in NZ.)
  5. Whoops, how did I miss that? No matter, I suppose. I helped a friend set up an SU on his Ariel Square Four motorcycle recently. Quite a different beast with problems of its very own!
  6. Those V8s can be quite forgiving to badly set carbs, in that they chug along smoothly, though possibly running a bit rich or lean. Before doing anything else, I'd check the diaphragms in the top of the carb bodies are in good condition. I know they are only four years old but a tiny crack or pinhole completely upsets the mixture control - in fact, they are quite cheap, so just replace them as a matter of course! Then there are some checks you can do without stripping and overhauling the carbs. The first is to check they're balanced. If you don't have access to vacuum gauges, it's easy enough to use feeler gauges to ensure the slides are at the same height at idle and then to make sure they lift exactly in synch. It's also easy to check the dashpots are full of the right viscosity oil (it won't be your problem but could have been compensated for with a poor mixture adjustment). The mixture setting is your next port of call. Plenty of information about how to do that and you do need a "special tool" as you are setting the height of the needle - I made a tool but cutting a groove in an appropriately sized bolt. No big deal. The idea here is to set each carb so that, with the engine warmed up (don't turn it off!), lifting the little pin momentarily causes revs to rise and then fall a bit. There must be Utube videos out there by now showing the process. Or get an old Haynes manual. If the mixture-setting procedure is going strangely, cackshifter's note about float valves and float adjustment becomes very relevant though, of course, you have to do a bit more disassembly to check that. I have found, over the decades, that the simplest way to tell if the valve is seating properly is to use my tongue and see if it holds a vacuum. If not, it will bleed fuel (often only noticeable after idling for a while). They really are simple carbs. Good luck.
  7. I couldn't agree more. LR are in business which, sadly, becomes all about making money. Their decision not to pursue the Land Rover tradition (which ended in 2016) is just fine for lots of people but inevitably led others to a feeling of betrayal, or just a loss of choice. Good on Ineos for recognising that, though only time will tell if they go the whole hog, with flat deck and cab and chassis variants for example. Anyway, if you understand who makes the comments and why, there are no double standards at all. As for using big screens - I hate them but understand they are cheap to produce and given designers lots of freedom.They're probably cheaper to replace than a mechanical speedo too! I also hate my modern auto gearbox. I save quite a bit of petrol using the one in my Freelander 2 manually but we are always arguing about who is in charge! Frassing thing. I was happier when I just drove a Series 3...
  8. Well said. The whole motivation behind the Grenadier project was always to build something along the lines of old-school Defenders but modernised in practical ways (space for the driver, sound proofing, reliability). They have stuck true to that. Well proven and high quality drivetrain components on a proper chassis with beam axles, a body designed to be practical in tough conditions rather than slick at racetrack speeds and a few clever design features of their own - it's all exactly what we expected and the price is exactly what anyone should have predicted. I doubt it's any more complicated than the big pickup trucks or its more direct competition (which really includes G-Wagens as well as Broncos and Defenders). I do wonder how it would compare to the Ford Everest though. If I was shelling out today, I'd look hard at that option.
  9. If you want a relatively cheap pick-up truck with lots of seats, go for it. Definitely more appealing than some other pickup trucks (depending on how awful those hybrid motors really are). It hardly competes with a station wagon/van though! You'd be nearer the mark with a Skoda Yeti... Oh yes, it takes a massive stretch of the imagination to see an Escort grill in there! What are they smoking?
  10. First thought looking underneath was "where's the chassis?!". Second thought was that they really are putting together very good parts and it completely justifies the projected pricing.
  11. I'm curious about your decision to remove the rear windows. I've driven vehicles with those windows missing and they are deadly to reverse out of an angle park. I like that colour choice!
  12. I wish we'd had that exchange rate last time I was in the UK! The NZ dollar has nearly doubled, relatively, in the last 18 years.
  13. I've been invited to send an $800 deposit on the 30th of September, in order to reserve one. Feels good that I can afford that much but it's as close as I'll get for a wee while (house shift is looming). It is a promising moment in the Grenadier journey, I think.
  14. My last 110 had a 2.5 naturally aspirated 18J diesel. It definitely had more grunt than the old two and a quarter but wasn't quite as good on fuel. 25-30 was the norm, which I found disappointing as I expected the slightly newer technology to do better, not worse (if anything, I drove it more slowly, generally around 55 m.p.h.). Maybe the 110 pushes more air than a 109, being higher off the deck?
  15. I'd second that. My first Land Rover was a 1977 LWB station wagon with its original 2 1/4 diesel and 7.50x16 tyres. Before I put an overdrive in, I drove it foot hard down and let the governor/road conditions set the speed, which maxed close to 60 m.p.h. quite easily. Once I put the overdrive in, it would sometimes creep up to 65 but died in a headwind. Economy with the overdrive was typically 30m.p.g. but it actually had been a little better without the overdrive.
  16. The new Defender at its absolute ugliest! That frame grab is very strange. Like an old shopping car masquerading as a rally car but done badly. Not that I want to be critical...
  17. Oh dear, that sounds like it was written by a twelve year old! Chuggy old diesel Land Rovers have a lot of charm, are great fun to drive and are far less prone to worries about brakes and steering. If you are pottering around your village/farm/forestry block, wasting thousands of dollars/pounds on pointless power (and losing the originality of a rapidly-appreciating vehicle) doesn't make any sense at all. If you want a sports car, get a sports car. If you want a sports car/Land Rover combination package, get a 3.2 Freelander/LR2. Either way, a Series Land Rover will never be that, no matter what motor you inflict on it.
  18. First thing I would do is check the air and fuel supply. Those 2286 diesels had an air valve in the inlet manifold (a feeble attempt at providing vacuum for the brakes). It might not be opening? If it's struggling to get enough air, it will be underpowered. Obviously check for other obstructions to the air supply. Then I'd check fuel supply. Best way is to start by disconnecting the pipe from the fuel pump to the injector and pumping the primer lever (or get someone to turn the starter for a second or two. If that is flowing well, crack open an injector hose (with the engine not running!). Then start the motor and rev it for a second - it should obviously spray diesel out. I'd suggest wearing eye protection for that one. If that's looking good, I'd remove the injectors and get them tested. It's not too hard nor expensive. If those tests are all good, next check is injector timing, as the other two have noted. I think if it was a compression issue, it would hard to start but you could get that tested for peace of mind? These are simple motors. They're not renowned for power but you should be capable of near enough 60 m.p.h., provided the gearing/brakes/bodywork/tyres are as they should be.
  19. The Grenadier rear axle is clearly further back than the Toymota's one. Further, the way a cart horse suspension is attached to the chassis is completely different to a modern coil setup - either way, the designers have to concentrate the load from a certain chassis length to the suspension mount(s) and it's been done successfully for many years. The chassis won't bend because of some rear overhang. Finally, don't forget there is a heck of a lot of weight ahead of that axle! People are looking for problems that don't exist. I'm very sure Ineos will bring a well-sorted arrangement to market...
  20. Hmm, if you used sandpaper to remove discolouration on the block face, you've essentially made the surface not flat. Odds are the block will need a light skim. Then there's all the other obvious stuff - is the head gasket good quality; are you torquing the bolts in stages and in the correct sequence; is everything scrupulously clean? The spigot bearing is strange. It looks like it could have been damaged on assembly, which shouldn't be possible if it's the correct part. Did it fit the shaft properly before assembly?
  21. I see very few (if any) new Defenders in my area. Last week, though, I had to work in an area well south of here which is popular with skiers and tourists (well, was popular before pandemics etc.) and which has become a trendy place for internet-connected city escapees. My goodness, there are heaps of those Defenders down there! The well-heeled pseudo-adventurers are gobbling them up - and no Disco 5s anywhere. Round here, the latter are quite common. I guess people paying that sort of money are frequently motivated by image, something that clearly fuelled those annoying design decisions. I did see a lifted and well-modified Disco 3 yesterday. It looked genuinely usable. It's only a matter of time before people squeeze their new Defenders through the legal process and we start seeing some of those similarly modified. That could be a good thing.
  22. Um, if I had to regularly do 1,200 mile journeys I'm not sure I'd want the lottery of driving a new Defender and hoping it doesn't have electronic gremlins. Assuming the Bronco is big, fat and comfy in the (non-Jeep) American tradition, I'm sure it would be just as good on a long trip. Neither of us have any idea of how the rear seat passengers would find the Bronco. The Defender is far from the obvious choice in that scenario! Second um ... the 18 inch tyre has less sidewall than the old Defender. Same outside diameter minus bigger inside diameter = thinner sidewalls. Simple arithmetic!
  23. This is a great video, because they took the cars as they came out of the factory and weren't scared to use them on a testing track. For me, it summarises 149 pages of this thread. As we know, Land Rover "replaced" the Defender with quite a comfortable car. To give it some credibility in the rough, they gave the driver the ability to lift it and threw complicated electronics at it (to maximise the limited amount of traction available from a heavy car with relatively small, low profile tyres). This caused a split amongst us Land Rover fans: those of us who appreciate the comfort and marvel at how well those electronics work, on the rare occasions you need them; and those of us who like practical cars, aren't remotely surprised at the outcome of this video and consider the decision-makers at JLR to be a pack of muppets! We see both aspects in the video. Personally, I think you'd either have to have massive brand loyalty or no intention of ever driving any sort of rough track to pick the Defender over that Bronco...
  24. They regularly put out very helpful "how to" videos on a range of Land Rover (and other) products, including the new Defender. They do a good job of showing the details without being boring. They've definitely helped me in my (so far futile) quest to find where naughty rodents have chewed some wires in my Freelander 2.
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