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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:16 pm    Post subject: Masochistic Early Midlife Crisis - Old Land Rover Content  Reply with quote

The itch wouldn't go away, it seems.  I've always liked Land Rovers of all descriptions but have never owned one.

I remember driving a Discovery after having an old Fourtrak for a while and the level of comfort and space it offered was a revelation - even the driving experience was an improvement on what was available at the time in the sector (despite what Martin may think).  Sadly, it seems old Discoveries have mostly rotted away and the Discovery 2 became a very complicated, unreliable  car and also has a propensity to rot for fun.

The Defender is an iconic vehicle, IMHO, and it is a crime that I have only ever been a passenger in one once and have never driven one.  The market is starting to rise and I really don't want to miss the boat before values get silly.  They may not but they have ceased production and values are going up.

After serious amounts of research - I didn't have the first clue about the different models - I settled on looking for a 200 or 300tdi from the 1990s.  I have been passenger in a TD5 and while they do go well, they are not without their issues.  I could only afford an early one of these and they are best avoided if at all possible.  You are generally OK after about 2000/2001 - the early ones leaked oil back through the loom to the ECU which is not a good thing.  Not just TVRs that do this then.   The advantage of the 200 or 300tdi is that they are a completely mechanical engine.  No ECUs to worry about so are generally very easy and cheap to maintain.  I seem to remember this was the very ethos of the first Series Land Rover when it was launched.

I started looking at 110s as they offer the most space but the ones in my price bracket were very rough.  This has to be my daily car so it needs to be presentable so I started searching for a decent 90.  I would have a hardtop if a nice one came along as you can always put bench seats in the back fairly cheaply.

I've been on the lookout for a while and two caught my eye recently.  I have shied away from dealers as they don't seem to offer great value for money and their cars don't seem to be any better presented than private sales unless you pay top money which would be out of my budget.

There was a 90 advertised on Autotrader only 50 miles away which looked incredibly well cared for and very honest.  I called them and left messages but received no response. Shame but there are others out there.

I was impressed after the phone call - a guy was supposed to see it yesterday and didn't turn up so the seller called me back and I went to see it this morning.  It was a couple of hours drive away and I was worried about wasting my time but I needn't have worried.

The paintwork is immaculate.  I wasn't overly bothered about paint - it's a Defender and the odd knock is to be expected but it has has had a recent respray in its original black.  There is one bister the size of my little fingernail on the bulkhead, but that is the only bit I could find.  This is a 20 year old car.

The rear crossmember is new a year or so ago and has been powder coated then painted in stonechip.  The chassis has been regularly treated and all the outriggers are in prefect condition, as are the main chassis rails.

There are a few styling issues that I may put back to standard and you will see what I mean from the photos but they are simple cosmetic issues.

The current owner bought it from a person he knew who had had it for a very ling time and maintained it regardless of cost.  The sheaf of history is massive.

Just as well, as this is the most miles I have ever had on a car but there is a reconditioned gearbox and transfer (using OEM parts) and the clutch was renewed at the same time.  The timing belt was done a month ago with the uprated kit.

Creature comforts.  There isn't any.  The doors are manual locks, there is a heater and that is about it.  Being a factory County Station Wagon it has proper sliding windows and four proper side facing seats with belts in the back.

Legroom is better than I thought it would be and shoulder room - well, there isn't any but the seats are comfortable.

The driving position is interesting.  You are really high up and the bonnet seems very short.  The car itself doesn't seem that large, actually but you feel very high up.

The engine.  I love the way it sounds.  It is totally unrefined and like a David Brown tractor but it has character as I remember from the Disco.  It isn't quick by any stretch of the imagination but the turbo boosts well and it pulls strongly.  It feels "fast enough".

The steering is as John mentioned.  It isn't clunking but it is a steering box as opposed to rack and pinion so free play is par for the course.  It drives and stops straight so nothing wrong there.  It has had new brakes all round at the last service too.

Bad bits.  The rear wiper doesn't work and the LEDs he has used in the rear indicators make the bulb failure for the tow socket glow constantly.  I need to remove the sunstrip and I think the front side windows may have too much tint so this will need checking.  It is a 7 seater so the jump seat needs to be replaced with a cubby box.

Deposit has been left and when the private plate comes off and new logbook arrives I will go and get it.

Excited.  

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I genuinely hope that the itch scratching is an enjoyable experience!

My problem with the Discovery 1 was that it made me feel car sick even when I was driving.  It may well have been better than all the competition, but thankfully I never had to drive anything similar.  The ex-in laws are farmers, so it was exactly the right car for them.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You just like having chassis rebuilds don't you?    
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You just like having chassis rebuilds don't you?    


If this one rots then a galvanised one isn't that bad but there is plenty of life in this one yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
I genuinely hope that the itch scratching is an enjoyable experience!

My problem with the Discovery 1 was that it made me feel car sick even when I was driving.  It may well have been better than all the competition, but thankfully I never had to drive anything similar.  The ex-in laws are farmers, so it was exactly the right car for them.




I'm probably completely mad but I suspect that probably helps.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need more lights. Enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm probably completely mad but I suspect that probably helps.


I think that's been clear for a while!  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
You need more lights. Enjoy it.


thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
I'm probably completely mad but I suspect that probably helps.


I think that's been clear for a while!  


I suspect the fact the TVR hasn't fallen out of favour in the last couple of years or so proves it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh god I hope this ends better than 90% of old Defender stories...

*Optimist mode to: ON*

Looks great, there's a touch of Lara Croft's Tomb Raider going on with it.
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It looks as though it was used for hunting rabbits at night. It also looks much tidier than I had expected.

Fingers crossed for lots and lots of snow and a large dose of reliability.

My uncle had 4 or 5 Defenders when I was a boy and I have fond memories of driving through Glencoe in deep snow at Christmas time and of a whole variety of offroad adventures including crossing rivers - they are very fit for purpose.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you sold the Benz, I'd have thought you'd have gone for a V8 to keep your cylinder count up. That does look quite tidy, though - are you going to keep the high mounted lights?
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I would only get a V8 if it ran on LPG and the practicalities mean most of the interior is taken up with LPG stuff.

I am unsure on the lights.  They aren't wired up at the moment.  If I do utilise them then I will probably swap the bulbs for LEDs to save the alternator and wire them up as an off road worklamp.  The main beam spots aren't wired either at the moment but I will be reconnecting them.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TreVoR wrote:
Martin wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
I'm probably completely mad but I suspect that probably helps.


I think that's been clear for a while!  


I suspect the fact the TVR hasn't fallen out of favour in the last couple of years or so proves it.


Exactly.

I can see the pictures now and the colour scheme does really suit it, I can see why a Defender fan would be very happy with that.
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Looking at the picture, I wouldn't be able to guess its age at all, I'd probably guess at least ten years too low! I'm not keen on some of the 'improvements' but like you say they're easily removed if you wish and underneath sounds like a cherished and clean vehicle.
Will you be keeping the corona ringed headlights?
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They are an acquired taste, aren't they?  I can't make my mind up.  I think I will wait until it goes in for MOT and see if passes with them on.

Original halogen units are peanuts in any case and easily swapped.

The car is a '95 N Reg with (gulp) 195k on the clock but you can't tell.  The interior is what I would describe as mint in Defender terms (most things are still attached).
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That looks cool
enjoy
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I didn't realise you are a short arse, you've not mentioned the need to get out in order to change gear!

Driving a Defender is like little else but I'm not sure I would want to do it on the road - still, if you 'get' them there's little like it and I have a friend whose owned his TD5 for about 12 years and it's been his proper car for most of it (he has a similar mileage) - he has recently bought a 23 year old MX5 with a leaking roof which he keeps on describing as 'luxurious' and 'comfortable' which probably says more about the Defender than the MX5!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Resident Spanner wrote:
You just like having chassis rebuilds don't you?    


The mention of outriggers made me chuckle a bit!

As an aside, my uncle and a uni mate of his drove from the UK to Cape Town in a LWB in the late 70s.  Then he decided to do it on a push bike.
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Frank Bullitt wrote:
I didn't realise you are a short arse, you've not mentioned the need to get out in order to change gear!

Driving a Defender is like little else but I'm not sure I would want to do it on the road - still, if you 'get' them there's little like it and I have a friend whose owned his TD5 for about 12 years and it's been his proper car for most of it (he has a similar mileage) - he has recently bought a 23 year old MX5 with a leaking roof which he keeps on describing as 'luxurious' and 'comfortable' which probably says more about the Defender than the MX5!


I'm 6ft and found the driving position OK.  There was more legroom than I was expecting having read all the complaints during the research although you do feel like you are sitting close to the wheel.

To be fair, the longest regular trip I actually do is once a week 30 miles each way to Darlington and back.  The X-Trail did 10k miles in the last year.  I wouldn't have considered it if I was doing 20k a year.
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Bob Sacamano wrote:


Looks great, there's a touch of Lara Croft's Tomb Raider going on with it.


I'm going to go out on a limb and say Mark won't look as good in the short shorts...

I love this. I'd keep the lights and also stick a snorkel on. And while it might have had a recent respray I'd get it very dirty and leave it that way.
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Can you see out OK through the sunshade band?
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No.  I think I mentioned above that the sunstrip is going.
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No.  I think I mentioned above that the sunstrip is going.


You should replace it with a period blue-green tint. Looks good for its age, hope you enjoy it.
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Well it's certainly interesting and looks a lot of fun.  Good on you for scratching the itch.
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TreVoR wrote:
No.  I think I mentioned above that the sunstrip is going.


So you did, just read it properly.
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Looks great, but then I do have history in this type of thing.
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I was telling one of my Project Managers about your purchase earlier, as I know he's a huge Defender fan.  He's had one for about 20 years, 6 in total.   He loves driving them and does quite a bit of off roading, he's ex Army and sometimes has access onto the tank ranges etc.

When I told him it would be your main car, he asked me to pass on his admiration and sympathy!  
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Come on, you know you want to combine the two...TVR engined Defender time!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10208025429816172
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That sounds awesome and terrifying at the same time.
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I'm catching up after being away for a few days. And my guess in the other thread was incorrect. Not a RR Classic, but a Defender.

For a 1996 that does look very well cared for. I think the rabbit shooter lights are a bit OTT, but it's a sign of its classlessness, that of all vehicles, a Defender seems to take being modded very well. Kahn excepted perhaps.....

Having  owned a 1996 300 Tdi, I think that within a few months you might be thinking "what else can I change". And the god news there is that there is an almost unlimited number of companies that offer Defender stuff. My recommended further mods would be extra soundproofing (numerous kits are available); better shocks and springs (plus maybe anti-roll bars) which transforms the on road handling at little cost to the off road ability; steering damper (same) and you can easily uprate the power on a 300Tdi as it's just a fuel pump tweak. Oh, and see if the EGR (or whatever the mechanical 300 Tdi equivalent is) has been disabled (ie the pipe removed) and blocked off. This was highly recommended by the specialist we used as it can lengthen engine life and we had no smoke out the back at all either.

Enjoy it. Ours broke down twice in 13 years. Both times at home. One seized brake caliper and one clutch failure. So, if properly maintained, they are a lot more reliable than people perceive them to be.
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Thanks PG, I will bear all of that in mind.  
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Is TreVoR Mr Sniff Petrol?!...
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I'm @MrTreVoR450.  I don't tweet but I do follow.
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I used to work in a Land Rover dealership and I love Defenders, so much fun off road.

Not sure I could live with one everyday however. I'm way too soft.
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It seems a TVR/Defender garage isn't a unique combination:
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Saw that, thanks.  

Another TVR owner has just gone from a Navara to a 25 year old Defender too in the LR section.  There must be something in the DNA.
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TreVoR wrote:
There must be something in the DNA.


I think you said it in the title: masochism!
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Looks great - I love to see nice Land Rovers, but like others, not sure I could live with one unless I had a specific use. Many years ago I used to drive a Land Rover Ice Cream Van - it had 'beach tyres' (that's where the trade was plied) which made it very interesting on the road!
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I think, as long as you approach a Defender from the point of view that it is an agricultural vehicle that can also be used on the road you'll not be disappointed.
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I'm back!  

The car was great.  It sat quite happily at 70mph.  I need to remove the illegal tints from the front side windows, the stupid sun strip and it either needs the mirrors tightening or some new ones as they move about.

It is reasonably comfortable and the ride isn't bad.  It is probably the most mechanical thing I have driven this side of a Bedford TK and I loved it.
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I'm back!  

and I loved it.


That's all that matters.

It sounds as though you are going to have a bit of fun sorting all the fairly inconsequential problems and feel thoroughly satisfied when you've finished.
Bring on the snow!
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JohnC wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
I'm back!  

and I loved it.


That's all that matters.



Exactly!
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Have fun!  

There is an inherent coolness to a Defender.
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I nearly forgot.  I got waved at three times on the way home by other Defender drivers.  
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They were trying to draw your attention to all the parts falling off underneath...
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I nearly forgot.  I got waved at three times on the way home by other Defender drivers.  


United by a common bond. Glad you're smitten.

As long as not totally chavved, they are utterly classless vehicles, rather like the RR Classics were. You can take one anywhere, smart or muddy.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've removed the tints from the front door windows and the ridiculous sunstrip and it looks much better.



Current list of things to sort not in order of priority: -

The cigarette lighter was wired up the wrong way so blew a fuse when I plugged in my compressor.  Needs a new one because it wont stay tight in any case.

I've fixed the permanently illuminated trailer warning lamp by adjusting the electronic flasher relay.  That saves having to convert the car back to bulbs.

I am thinking of removing the roof bar with lights as I think they are a bit much.  I may put it back on with some more discreet lights.  Will have to see.

It could really do with a new set of tyres.

The transfer box must have sprung a leak on the drive home which is marginally annoying.  There was a puddle under the car this morning.  Not a massive one but I think one of the seals has gone or they haven't sealed the sump plate properly.  It's hard to tell exactly where it is coming from.  I've topped it up and luckily access is easy under the car without even having to jack it up.

It isn't a massively difficult job (nor expensive) for a specialist to replace all the seals but something I could have done without.

I expect an odd drip from a 20 year old Land Rover but I dried the casing off and went for a drive to get some EP80/90 and the casing was pretty wet when I got back.
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Supercharged

My Car: It's an Astra. Zzz...

Joined: 28 Aug 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks much better without the tints and sun strip and in its natural habitat!
I'd vote remove the roof bar and lighting (not that you were asking!).
It also needs a git plate and it will instantly become ageless,as I said earlier, if pressed to guess its age I'd be at least ten years out.

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