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Time for a wee update, LH rear light got the same clean up although the bulb holder was still in one piece, for now I have glued a bit in at the top to re-inforce the cracked lens, but I will need a new main lens at some point, side piece is OK on the left.


The RH side will need both, .... I seem to have one side (RH) with a black edge and one without. Replacements will be whatever I can get at a sensible price.

There is some problem with the crossover section of the loom which I haven't got to the bottom of yet so the LH fog light still doesn't work, but everything else light wise is now shining brightly.

The shocks turned up this morning so I have been able to fit them,... I would have preferred something less gaudy but they only come in the one colour!


Tomorrow I'll drop it off the lift and check the wheel aligment again (having driven it up and down to settle the springs etc.) and have another go at the LH fog, re-test now booked for Monday afternoon.

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I think the lenses with the black borders are the earlier versions. I know nothing about hub lugs but the ones on those spacers seem light by comparison to the originals, are the wheels off a Freelander or something?

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14 hours ago, Shackleton said:

are the wheels off a Freelander or something?

No they came off my D2 although they might be the same as the Freelander I am not sure. When I bought it it had RR Sport wheels on it, D2 P38, RRS all run with the same PCD (120mm?) and the M14 studs, Defender D1 RRC etc. are M16 studs on the wider 6 inch PCD.

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Didn't realise, I'm used to seeing the comparatively large nuts on the D2, but now that I think about it the studs are small by comparison.

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Wheel alignment,.... tick 


no sense in spending money on it at this stage :D

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Time for an update,  .... passed the NCT/MOT yesterday at the 3rd attempt!. Apparently the list of stuff at the bottom which I took to be advisories were actually required, oh well.

As I had attended to the lights while waiting for Paddocks to deliver that just left the rusty bits to deal with.

Started on the rear LH corner light panel and quickly realised there was no easy fix, so it was time to find out how the rear wing comes off!


Not too difficult really, although I decided the job would be much easier if I took the tailgate off first as leaning in was killing my backIMG_20190129_110729.jpg.f62458a714ea1c411576d1460712be04.jpg

Once the wing comes off, there are 7 little nuts and bolts that join the wing to the rear corner box, and then I was  left with just the rear corner which was quite manageable to work on.IMG_20190129_110716.jpg.d7a0393da4971b44bc6e727a3657eb6f.jpg

So drilled out the spot welds and separated the two pieces


Sketched out the shape on new steel


And welded it in, there was some rust on the lip as well but it looked quite tidy when I had cut it out, so I just left it as smaller 'tabs'

There is a bit of lace work at the lower edge of the inner wing which revealed itself, but as the wing is easy to remove I thought that could wait until a warmer time of year.

So I got the rear quarter back together and set about the drivers door.IMG_20190130_095357.thumb.jpg.7112a8429afc8c2059363105a2602cf2.jpg

Water has got down between the main door shell and the re-inforcing panel inside, there  are some fairly impressive holes 'growing',

this is very difficult to repair properly and coupled with this mess from the previous owner at the hinge end


I think a second hand door would be a much easier solution ultimately, as it happens there is one on the forum which I hope will feature here soon ;)

So what it required for the moment is just to get it past the MOT inspectors, so making no effort to reconcile inner and outer, I just cut out the rust


as you can probably see here, there is trouble brewing down the whole side of the door.

Less well documented than some but made up cardboard templates and cut new bits to fill the holes,



This last one shows the extent of the problem in this door, it is going right across the middle as well, good job the MOT man didn't see that!

So I can get the tax today and then I finally get my ROI registration document, only 10 months after importing it, Result!






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Congrats on the NCT. Bit of a joke that the last fella decided the advisories were failures. That sounds like it was on a whim.

The doors are double skinned on the ends so when you see rust on the inside layer it's generally not a good sign. I suppose what rust is ;)

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