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  1. A mate has a large diesel stationary engine you hand crank to start. You use a decompressor, wind up the heavy flywheel till there's some impetus in the system, then flick the decompressor off and BANG, she's running! It works well but you'd struggle to fit a big enough flywheel to your Land Rover... Another mate has a single cylinder diesel bulldozer. You start that one with an explosive charge. He only has a handful of those left. Hmm.
  2. Those side-tracks can be a lot of fun! I recently bought a similar trolly from Mitre10. I just wanted wheels to mount on my petrol generator to save my back but a whole trolley was about half the cost of two wheels by themselves. My "modification" was much simpler than yours. After an hour of thinking and head-scratching, I just bungied the generator to the trolley - heck, why trash a perfectly serviceable trolley when you don't have to??
  3. Are you implying the car uses wheel rotation PLUS a second system like GPS to determine speed? This sounds more appalling every day!
  4. Good to know 33 inch tyres will fit easily and that they have "tested it extensively" with 35s.
  5. But but but ... it IS better because (insert appropriate laughter) it has bigger tyres! And is supposedly a bit tougher and has better departure angles and is absolutely being marketed as better, which, as we pretty much all agree, is the point of making it at all.
  6. I think this misses the point too. As I noted above, the whole reason this car exists is to have something with demonstrable off road ability that they can hang their whole image on. No more, no less. The comment about the tyre size is in response to the post before it, pointing out how far removed current designers are from their own history by bleating on about how their 32 inch tyres are the biggest they've ever fitted.
  7. You're so right. You have to wonder what they are drinking. Those tyres are the same diameter as the ones they used on 110s and long wheel base Series vehicles since before most of that bunch were born - and actually smaller than the 8.25 or 9.00x16s they put on One Tonners and 2a and 2b forward controls! They missed a trick here. The car could have come standard with actual big wheels, at least 33 inchers. Not so good on a racetrack, admittedly, but racing slicks aren't that good in a muddy field. I think the latter scenario would have been a better target...
  8. And yet I think of the Pumas in much the same way I think of the new Defender - horrendously and unnecessarily complicated! They just squeezed too much into the Puma and lost important features (like air vents, cab space and durability). But, as FridgeFreezer pointed out above, I'm far too soft to comment, since I sold my Series and now drive around in a poofy, coil-sprung, disc-braked 110... Are we seriously off topic? Maybe not.
  9. Exactly. I had one car which was very prone to it. I replaced the (slightly) oversize tyres with standard ones and the problem vanished. That shouldn't be surprising, as the problem arises from a resonance which changes in line with changes in mass of rotating parts and the location of that mass.
  10. Put slightly oversized tyres and/or offset rims or spacers on a coil-sprung Land Rover/Range Rover of beam axle vintage and then take the steering damper off and you could very easily discover how scary that wobble is and how suddenly it comes on (I've also had it on a leaf-sprung Series 3 but there is less "play" to amplify the effect with leaves). For me, that steering damper kills the handling so I have removed it on various vehicles, out of interest - and reinstalled it very soon afterwards! We used to call the phenomenon "tank-slapper" in motorbike days. In either case, it is both unnerving and potentially quite dangerous. The dynamics are well understood now and good design means it shouldn't happen on a properly maintained vehicle. We shouldn't forget all those huge trucks and trailers running round on beam axles and staying confined, for the most part, to a narrow part of the road. It's pretty much vital the Grenadier has beam axles, so it's a very good thing that the system is sorted!
  11. Well said. This is what really annoys me about the new Defender. If they had made it more of a truck, made it look more like a truck and deliberately hobbled the top speed (85 m.p.h. would have been heaps), there would be none of this business of trying to make a car capable of fast laps on a race track. That way, there'd be fewer compromises and we would have had a more defined vehicle in the range which could have been the Defender everyone wanted, at a competitive price too. As for the handling of beam-axled Land Rovers, my long impression is that Series vehicles are easier to hustle along at speed (on the rare ones with working brakes). I put that down to four things: lower centre of gravity; generally stiffer and less floaty suspension; no horribly intrusive steering damper (on most); and the lack of a Panhard rod. The slight left-right waltz as the suspension rises and sinks is something you can get used to and subconsciously anticipate but a journalist or other newcomer hopping in and punting it up the road at speed could be a bit unnerved, which might explain the reputation a bit. Either way, all that rubber means you can have fun at speed on a winding road and I love mine.
  12. Would you care to elaborate? The way this comes across is very offensive to those of us who keep our faces the way God intended...
  13. Because it's what their image hangs on: "We build the Defender, therefore all our cars are good off road." People who do serious off-roading as a hobby don't tend to buy new cars. They get older stuff and modify them way beyond what the factory produced. The next tier down of off-road/rough road drivers will be perfectly served by the Defender (if they don't want a pick-up or a van etc.!) so the image won't be misleading. They absolutely need that to differentiate from BMWs, Audis and the like.
  14. The DC100 was a lot better looking, in my eyes, than the actual Defender it became. The mockups ran on Range Rover Sport underpinnings. At the time, I thought that was just for convenience as it was a styling exercise but time has shown that was pretty much what they intended to make, even way back then. Meanwhile, we're still waiting for an effective replacement for the real Defender...
  15. That's interesting. I'm sure mine was a GM box. Wish I could remember the exact model but it was a while ago.
  16. I've been doing better than most. I have a acute attention deficit issues so having a bit of desk work to do at the start was a nightmare. I was quite lucky, though, as my boss tends to under-utilise me and didn't actually give me that much to do (he could have snowed me right under). Once the work got behind me and I could start chipping away at more interesting bits and pieces, it got much better, especially when I realised this wasn't the time to take on any major projects. Well, just one, I've cut and split around ten cords of firewood! I've seen this time as a test to see how retirement could work for me (still more than six years away, unless I find a pot of gold beforehand). If I keep my health, it will be great. Lockdown, otherwise, has not been bad at all. While I do live alone, the rules sort of maybe allowed a friend to visit every week with her dog and we've done some huge walks. It's a real blessing not being trapped in town at a time like this and I acknowledge that frequently. Also thankful that I shot a deer a week before lockdown, so the freezer is full. And got in plenty of whisky, chocolate and honey, so I can face the hard times in comfort...
  17. You should have read further, where the author elaborates on that very point: "That’s the idealised view, but still essentially correct. The Defender name wasn’t introduced until 1990 (the same year South West Africa became Namibia), to differentiate the model from the then-new Discovery. There were many reboots from 1948 until then, including Series I-III and the change to Ninety and One Ten models in 1983, when the chassis gained a lot more sophistication and comfort (thank you Range Rover)."
  18. All that aluminium makes it half a ton heavier than a basic, original 110! More mass than they lost moving the old Range Rover and Disco designs over to monocoque. Considering most of the extra on the new Defender is gimmicks, gadgets, big brother stuff and other excesses, it's a clear statement of how the market has changed since 1983. Personally, the only bit of that weight I'd consider genuinely useful are the weather sealing and soundproofing (which might actually add up to quite a lot of pounds). I've loved this particular thread but, over the many months it's been running, I've come to realise just how much I hate the mega-complexity and "big-brotherness" of modern car design and how much I value my scruffy old car. I just feel old and a bit sad now. Though grateful to have been around in the golden era of motoring, where things worked very well, while being so much simpler (which is how good design should be!).
  19. Fuel economy is a worry. Even the four cylinder cars they took to Namibia only got around 12 m.p.g. on one of their big days, according to the more open reviews. The six got under 10...
  20. You'd think they would have saved up some pennies and bought a set of decent tyres! I noticed some prolonged wheelspin earlier in the video. Maybe the computer wasn't plugged in properly?
  21. I used to work for a government department and can empathise with you! Oddly, the private company I work for now, which was so much better for many years, is rapidly heading that way as the company grows without a proper management structure. Sigh.
  22. Neither option has any appeal, though it's too late as wind turbines already dominate the skyline in this region. If the power generation companies had any morals, the wind turbines could be okay. They just need to leave them on farmland, stop bullying the locals and stop pretending there is no environmental cost! Too late for that too. The real solution is for people to understand the cost of our indulgence and just do less. The last few weeks of "lockdown" have produced cleaner air and vastly lower demand for fuel, which proves it is possible. Big four wheel drives, like the one being discussed here, don't obviously fit the picture of less indulgent vehicles but it's clear we are not looking at a fifty mile a day commuter - rather a working vehicle which, hopefully, transfers most of its fuel into something genuinely useful. What a shame if it turns into yet another big, comfortable, indulgent status symbol!
  23. That's what people just ignore when they worship the idea of electric vehicles. Putting in hydro-electric dams causes massive environmental damage. In one area where I work, I've wept to see thousands and thousands of native trees being cut down and massive earthworks done to put in wind turbines. That, plus construction and shipping of the gear uses a huge amount of carbon-derived energy. Sourcing and disposing of Lithium brings its own problems. Every form of electricity generation has consequences. When hydrogen technology is perfected and we can fuel our cars via solar panels on our roofs or something like that, then you might talk about the genuine benefits of electric vehicles. Currently there is a lot of smoke and more than a few mirrors being waved around. Bottom line is that ALL energy comes at a cost. I think the big push for electric vehicles comes from people who live in cities and want their air to be cleaner without caring where the real cost is transferred to. Come to think of it, that's long been the case with food and clothing too... So good on these people for designing a car for today. No doubt they have their eyes on the future though. Maybe eyeing the likes of Rivian?
  24. I used one for work, quite a few years ago. It was the six wheeled "Big Foot" version with larger tyres. That highly reduces the scuffing when turning, compared to the eight wheel versions and also gives usefully more ground clearance. I absolutely loved using it. It was just amazing what it could do and where it could go. We bought it for weed control in an estuary, at which it excelled. I frequently used it to cross short stretches of water, though the speed without an outboard wasn't much. When the ground got even softer, we fitted tracks. That meant taking the wheels with the big tyres off and fitting another set with "normal" sized tyres, not a quick operation. Less than a pound per square inch pressure - I was happy to have it run over my bare foot on concrete, to demonstrate. I remember getting out once in a particularly soft area and dropping up to my waist in mud, while the Argo just floated on top. I guess those plastic tracks must cost a fortune but so does a powered barrow, so worth looking that up? You definitely get more load in, even with a six wheeler. I think an eight-wheeler is too much for a tight location.
  25. Waaaay to late for this project (ref 7th March post above) but I came across a brilliant tip when rebuilding those old V8s - or even if they've stood for a long time. Whip out the distributor and make a simple tool that sits in a (preferably) cordless drill and engages into the dizzy drive, which is also the oil pump drive. Then simply spin it for a little while and it pushes the oil everywhere, with no need for other parts to move at all! I did that when I put the 3.9 into my Stage One and it worked perfectly.
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