- I am man! Defender! Provider! Mechanic!
Tiger – just had a quote from a local windscreen man to supply and fit a heated windscreen for £150. Which is a bargin so going for it. I wouldnt want to run the risk of breaking a £125 screen myself. And he’s providing the filler strip for my seal as well. All the screens on ebay for £105-165 are pick up only in Yorkshire too. So not really an option.Posted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
Firend of mine put a light sensing diode and timed relay in the remote line for his eberspacher. Then he taped the diode to an old indestructible pay as you go Nokia and hard wired a 12v charger to the phone.
He could text the camper van wherever he was it would pre heat the interior. Much cooler than the remote control…Posted 4 years ago
cunning plan, pictonroad. But I think for simplicity I can manage to nip outside and press the button.
Had a delivery of parts today (specifically the silly j-clips unique to landrover needed for the side lamps) so could crack on with the wings.
One done. Really pleased with it.
New paint job, new lamp bowls and reflectors. New vent covers. Repainted lamp surrounds and checker-plate, new indicator and sidelight units. Repainted the eyebrows, refitted with new clips. Starting on a new, relayed, lighting loom.
Now for the n/s.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers guys.Posted 4 years ago
Matt, that’s pretty much how mine will look. Although Ive taken the snorkel off mine (it was rotten anyway) and I dont really have a need of it. It’s also worth noting that a landrover bow wave will trough right where the wing intake is 😉 Maybe the design wasnt all that haphazard…
And that’s the rear tub dismantled and n/s quarter removed.
I think the spark-monkey with the spot-welder got carried away when gluing my landy together. Took a lot of goes with the weld cutter to get the rear panel off in the end. It’s been backed into something and is all bent and holed – although you cant quite tell from this angle.
Now just to give them a clean, and get to work on them with the sander and grinder, with a little bit of panel beating (god bless landrover’s flat body panels 😉 ) and I might be able to get the last batch of bits to the painters by the end of next week (doors and rear tub lowers and uppers)
I love a productive day. Time for a sluice and then it’s beer o’clock.Posted 4 years ago
until the Nokia started getting lots of calls from the Payment Protection Insurance ambulance chasers
Seems like a job for a raspberry pi – send it an email and it will start the heater, or do it on a temperature sensor. Once driving you could use it as your car stereo, reversing sensors/camera and satnav 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Chappie from National Windscreens (Worcester depot) turned up and fitted the alpine lights to the roof. He had to sweat it a bit to get them in right, so Im very glad I didnt have to attempt it as he didnt make it look particularly easy and he’s obviously got aeons of experience. Last bit of filler lefft hanging out to allow the rubber to retract a bit before trimming and stuffing in.
He wasnt happy doing the heated windscreen into the frame with it off the body so he took them away to the depot to do it with some help from colleagues and the workshop. His colleague just dropped it off this evening and it looks brilliant.
Just need to check the wiring configuration for the 3-tab one as I was expecting a 2 tab. But since Im yet to fabricate the loom it doesnt matter.
Refitted the sunroof after refurbishing the sealing rubber with some wet & dry and some olive oil.Posted 4 years ago
I need to go and chase up Ashtree for my bulkhead. Im getting impatient now. Ive been working on the sliding side windows this week too.
Too tight, it shall be cuddled up in cotton wool every night 🙂
Quick vox pop question on colour:
The slam panel is a minor body panel that goes around the grill. You can see it on matt_outandabout’s landy above below the bonnet. But it doenst go out to eh sides. Its the strip with the landrover decal on it. It also includes the bit below the grill above the numberplate.
Now what would people think if it were black, instead of white? The wings are still white with black light surrounds remember?
Or should they be white so that there is that link across the grill between the two wing ends?Posted 4 years ago
Where’s the fun in that?
Anyway, you cant buy a 200tdi, galv chassis, galv bulkhead, galv sills station wagon. You have to make one yourself. And when it’s done it will outlive a factory new one born today despite being 25yrs old.
Cheers sharkbait. Yep, I shall prep the slam panel to go with the others to the painters then. Need to find some nice decals for it too 🙂Posted 4 years agomarcusMember
Yeah – but finding warm E90 running down your arm, rust in your eyes and skinned knuckles ‘fun’ must make you question your sanity. I know it does me ! Looks a nice build by the way and you’re almost certainly right about the new ones not lasting as well. The steel sections of my 3 year old defender are about half the thickness of my ‘fun’ 40 year old project 2a.Posted 4 years ago
^wot Stoner said about doing them up. Lix Toll here are buying up old 110 station wagons as fast as they can – literally bought a HGV car transporter full from a main dealer in Devon area and shipped up to Scotland.Posted 4 years ago
They will do a every last nut, bolt, wire, full galv, interior, paint the works on an old machine. They ‘improve’ a couple of things that they know are issues while at it.
It still works out cheaper than a new one by quite a margin.
It has far less to go wrong, is built better and is just like driving a new one out the factory, except with more space inside and some character going on.
I was a real Landy sceptic, and would still not own one day to day doing what I do. But I do think they are amazing as a tool for a job, and would much rather have an older one re-built than a new one or any other 4×4, if I needed one. One of the few vehicles that put a smile on my face…
And if you use them properly…
IMGP6197 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
Landrover 110 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
Ben by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
Im sticking to the tdi, mainly because there’s no electrics in there (save for a oil temp/pressure and the glow plugs). It’s a v basic engine that I can look after mostly – esp all service parts and lubes. If something big goes bangwallop though (or it’s up for a timing change), then it will be down the local Landy specialist.Posted 4 years ago
Now I know this is sacrilege, however…and I know they cancelled the ‘new’ Defender….butPosted 4 years ago
I do wish that some clever boffin would ‘rethink’ a Defender-esque, simple to maintain, reuse and re-build car.
A car that is efficient through engine build and lightness, not fancy pants electrics and mechanical uber-complication.
One where you can fix everything easily, and is designed to be fixed simply.
One that sorts some of the Landy issues. One that is a practical, slightly utilitarian vehicle.
That new Nissan NV200 was meant to be a bit like that, as an example.
maybe JCB will go big with their WORKMAX range one day…
Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Stoner, did you fit the replacement plastic headlamps from Lucas? They don’t rust out in a couple of years like the old metal ones do.
It’s amazing that Defender is still in production; it must be massively loss-making in comparison to robot-assembled monocoque cars as it’s still assembled by hand. When my brother was on chassis and powertrain at Solihull he took me round the line one Friday; he warned me that the most frequently-employed tools were the big mallet and the pry bar and sure enough, blokes were beating and bending the vehicles together, so big were the tolerances.
We miss our ex-MOD 90 but it was a money-pit. Kankku in Windermere have some you can hire for the day:Posted 4 years ago
Mrs Stoner lived in Moscow for 7 yrs before she had misfortune to meet me. She used to own a Lada Niva which was morth more than a brand new one – simply because it had already had key parts replaced/repaired since it was new. Mainly a new clutch and gearbox I believe. Once the “factory fitted” crap had been removed, it became quite a sought after car.
There’s something a little of that in what Im trying to do with mine. Not really for value terms but to minimise the effort of looking after one by galving as much of the steel as possible and reducing switch loads with relays and minimising earth faults with wired earths.Posted 4 years ago
Progress, and a favour to ask.
All the panels back from the painters now. £600 for the lot. I think that’s OK. And it’s come out well.
I’ve been working on the rear tub out in the garage – rebuilding it on the chassis as opposed to building it on a jig and fitting it later. New n/s rear quarter fitted, cappings refurbished and refitted. New lamps etc and the looms all in place ready for connecting one evening. That’s the floor I salvaged from the crashed donor – all hammerited and tidied-up. It should last another 20+ years now.
and refurb’d eyebrows fitted as well as some rear corner protector chequer plate, again salvaged form the donor tub.
Sliding side windows out and refurbished and refitted with some nice little stainless steel socket caps.
Now for the tricky bit, I need to replace the decal on the slam panel. It’s come back from the painters in white, as approved by the design committee. Here’s the original decal:
And here’s some mock ups Ive done already.
Any comments? Is the font (Britannic Bold FYI) OK? Should the lines be fatter/thinner? Any other ideas? Im free to do as I please here. I have a friend who can print cut some vinyl for me.
I will test print an STW committee approved decal and stick it on here for judging later.Posted 4 years ago
Now to phone the bulkhead people and find out where the hell my bulkhead is at Grrrrrrrr!.
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