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  • Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    ^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.
    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

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    hah! proper grin in the water splash there. Nice.

    sharkbait
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    Matt, it looks awesome up there. Stoner I’m very jealous – maybe I ‘need’ a landy in my life!
    Shame I’m broke πŸ™

    Inbred456
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    That looks very nice, you’ll have a bonny car when you’re all done. Is it getting the TDi lump back in it or something a bit more fruity?

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Now I know this is sacrilege, however…and I know they cancelled the ‘new’ Defender….but
    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.
    etc etc.
    That new Nissan NV200 was meant to be a bit like that, as an example.

    Premier Icon righog
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    I was bored A black slam panel not too bad ( sorry for the low res, lots of scanning and saving…and colouring πŸ™‚ involved ) Thanks to this thread I think I will find it hard not to buy another landy πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    very good righog!
    Tempting but I think I’ll stick to the classic look.

    Premier Icon righog
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    Yes, it has the Movember look to it when black.

    Edit : What I was clumsily trying to say is, I agree Black does spoil the line.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    globalti
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    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:

    http://www.kankku.co.uk/safari.html

    Premier Icon righog
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    We miss our ex-MOD 90 but it was a money-pit. Kankku in Windermere have some you can hire for the day:

    I am missing mine as well.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    Yes, new plastic lamp bowls as well as lamp units with H7 bulbs.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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.

    taka
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    im in the process of building a 100″ disco/defender/series from my old 300 disco


    bulkhead outriggers on

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    excellent. is that then a disco chassis that you’re modifying to take series/defender body work? Is it a disco 200tdi engine too?

    EDIT: d’Oh. *reads “300”*

    taka
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    yeh the disco needed a gasket changing in the gearbox and i got abit carried away, the tub needs cutting down and a series rear crossmember fitting

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    I know how it starts. πŸ™‚

    I just couldnt get a hinge bolt out.
    Now it looks like this:

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    Progress, and a favour to ask.

    All the panels back from the painters now. Β£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.

    Now to phone the bulkhead people and find out where the hell my bulkhead is at Grrrrrrrr!.

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Put an original ‘Land Rover 110’ sticker on.

    You can get them as a part no.

    Everything else is coming along in a nice classic way, so you need a nice classic badge.

    Premier Icon parkesie
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    Really want a landrover coffee table πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    How I bought mine:


    photo by fantasticmrmatt, on Flickr

    Badge upgrade: 8)


    photo by fantasticmrmatt, on Flickr

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    seen this on ebay:

    I like the idea of a custom touch though…

    nice TD5 tiger. How’s it holding up?

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Too many Defenders going down the ‘Kahn’ ‘ BLR ‘ bling route.

    Get an Original 1983 “Land Rover 110” badge πŸ™‚

    TD5 has it’s personality traits but it’s okay. Loveable annoying brother type feelings.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    cant find a “land rover 110” yet, will keep looking…

    mcmoonter
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    Loving the land rover coffee table.

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    the boys are miffed at losing the “lego room” to my “landrover component storage facility”.

    But the good news is my bulkhead should be finished next week. I really think I can get this on the road within 4weeks of getting the bulkhead home. We’ll see.

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Type “muc2003” into eBay. And spend Β£12

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    top work tiger, thanks.
    Bought it.

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Land Rovers
    Bikes
    Bivvying, I’m alright at.

    Just don’t ask me any questions on Football

    Glad to see you out the heated screen in πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    as you say, in the end it cost no more than an un-heated one.
    Time to put the shopping away, then I get the morning off to finish wiring in the rear looms over a cup of coffee. v satisfying tinkering on it.

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    This is a pretty handy website http://www.landroverworkshop.com

    It’s fairly new and not quite finished but the guy building it has deconstructed the dealer parts catalogue so you can browse via the diagrams.

    It the pulls in prices from the usual suspects giving an option on Genuine, Aftermarket, OEM which is dead handy as with LR for certain parts anything other than Genuine is a false economy.

    It’s a bit flaky but still very usefull

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Also, while your at this crucial stage have you considered sound proofing?

    Especially the bulkhead, you’ll have a really good opportunity to add some dampening mass (Flashband) to it before you put it back together.

    Makes a big difference if added to

    Bulkhead
    Inside door skins
    Roof underside
    Seat box & floors
    Rear tub & floors (although it looks too nice now)

    Also, before you start bolting all the Ali and Steel back together get a good jointing compound

    http://www.intek-uk.com/duralac.htm

    For what it costs (although it’s horrible stuff to use) it will pay for itself a 1000 times over when you avoid classic LR bimetallic corrosion. (When the Ali goes a bit white powdery around steel contact points)

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    cheers for the link.

    Yes I had considered sound proofing, and will probably use some adhesive foil lined padding on the engine bay side of the bulkhead. The seat box and foot wells are going to be lined internally with rubber stable matting – it’s very dense and heavy so will damp sound well as well as insulate to some degree, but is also designed with channels to allow draining. I dont want to use any adhesive inside the cab though.

    Im toying with refurbing the headlining or making my own from some 1″ closed cell foam sheets. But I can do that right at the end.

    Houns
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    Don’t forget the “One Life, Live it” sticker

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    dead my body over

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    You’ve got a Land Rover now,

    That sticker is a must!

    To conform you’ll also have to:

    Wear ex mod combat trousers all the time, in fact you may never remove these
    Ensure your mobile phone is attached to your belt
    Be overweight
    Have a proper man beard
    Smoke
    Own a Frontier stove πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    Tiger – do you just dress the bolts with a dab of duralac, e.g. cab floor panels and bolting them to the seatbox/galv bulkhead. Or do you have to slather the nut/bolt/floor plate etc?

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    Reasonable covering on the bolts, wipe off with White spirit, like I say horrible stuff though have rags

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