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  1. I was wondering what the fitting technique was!
  2. This. Security on these things is comical. I accidentally picked up my mini keys instead of the land rover keys but was still able to unlock the door! I've got various security items fitted to it but I'm not discussing them on here or YouTube just in case. On one of the land rover FB groups someone called out a post asking for people to "show us pics of your defender". Apparently thieves have been known to ask this, spotted what they like then looked at the user profile to see where the owner lives. It makes you think.
  3. Then Landy came with a canvas back and hoops when I acquired it. However it had never been fitted. As I'm a bit tired of the pick up bed filling up with water in the rain I decided to have a go fitting it. After looking at youtube, photos and parts diagrams I have concluded that the cannvas back that I have isn't for a Defender! Its likely a Series 3 88" one. Confusingly I have three hoops but there only holes in the body for two hoops. So I think that the hoops are from a LWB series model too! I'm also missing the clamps which hold the hoops in position but I reckon that I can bodge this with some 25mm U bolts/exhaust clamps. Not sure about the massive gap at the front. There should be a frame which fits around the cab rear window and acts as a rain channel. If I had this (which I don't) then it wouldn't fit anyway as the canvas is too short. It should do as a short term fix, the first drive wil be fun!
  4. Yesterday I picked up this retro Lumen Tune Up analyser for the princely sum of £5. It looks like it has never been used. It is essentially an old school multimeter but includes and inductive pick up lead for measuring RPM based upon the current in the HT leads. I like the way that it works for 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engines and 2, 3 or 4 rotor engines! I haven't tested it yet but I will do a video of it.
  5. One of the first jobs that I wanted to do was to intsall a CTEK battery charger. I've had one on my Mini Cooper MPI for over 10 years at it has been faultless. Sure the CTEK chargers are not cheap but in my opinion they are well worth the money. I seem to be attracted to cars with batteries in unusual places. In the Mini it is in the boot, in the Defender it is under the passenger seat. This makes it difficult to run the charging lead to the outside. However Land Rover has saved the day by installing terrible weather seals around the doors. This makes the Defender draughty but it does allow the cable to pass without snagging. I've ordered a service kit so hopefully I'll get the oil and filters changed before it gets too cold / wet / dark.
  6. Thanks. Yes, I've known James for years. He is a really popular guy!
  7. Hello all No real progress to report on the Designer unfortunately, I've been distracted by other projects. I need to get my finger out! But I have had fun* playing with my other mini, a 1997 Cooper MPI (multi-point injection for those not in the know). It developed a random starting problem where it would occassionally fail to crank, usually at the most inconvenient time. I did some fault finding on the ECU and immobiliser and then found out that the wire to the starter solenoid had failed. Here is the full fault finding video if anyone is interested:
  8. Those were the days! I remember seeing the crime stoppers video of that. Remember one with a range rover too
  9. I've got a mk1 Santa Fe 2.7 V6 and it is surprisingly good. AWD and a rear LSD. I've got a thread on here about it (somewhere)
  10. Very nice! It looks to be fairly unmolested too, magic wand gear change and original interior. You won't lose any money buying that.
  11. I've been chasing an intermittent starting problem on my Mini MPI. Sure enough, when I turn the key to start it fires up first time 🤦‍♂️. Now I have to remove the dashboard to get to the immobiliser. Normally this isn't and issue but I'm really struggling with back pain and Mini's are not known for being the most comfortable of vehciles to start off with.
  12. Well, the Santa Fe is still running and serving me well. One of the jobs that I had to do before putting it back on the road was to replace the fuel line from the fuel pump. To do this I used some 'petrol resistant' fuel line from a populare internet auction site. Fast forward 18 months to last week when I started to get a strong smell of petrol when the car was running. After reversing back and seeing a fluid patch on the floor I decided that further investigation was necessary. It turns out that the petrol resistant fuel line had rotted out. My guess is that it wasn't ethanol resistant. It has been on E5 since I got it back on the road and its only had half a tank of E10 so I can't blame that! Anyway, I've replaced it with a length of Halfords finest 7mm fuel line (courtesy of my trade card), hopefully this will do the job. No appologies for the click bait video title, I'm trying to jump on the 'E10 is bad' band waggon!
  13. Great news on passing your test 😀. As my dad said to me, now you learn how to drive! The oddest thing that I remember after passing my test was driving the car with nobody else in it. You look over to the passenger side and there is no instructor, it felt so odd at first.
  14. Thanks. Yes, I have considered security. I didn't want to show it on the video for obvious reasons. I've learnt from experience, pretty much any key will unlock the doors! And yes, definitely no chequer plate or 'One life, live it' stickers 😁
  15. Thanks I just about fit. The engineer's at LR clearly had no understanding or ergnomocis when they designed it back in the day.
  16. Is that at one of those pay and play off road places? Was that an ex rescue and recovery vehcile? Just thinking why anyone would buy a new one in bright yellow!
  17. Its time to introduce you to my new project – Land Rover Defender 90 300 TDI in farmer spec. I’ve been working on this off and on (mainly off) for the last 10 months or so. It was bought new in 1996 by my wife’s grand father and it is about as basic as Land Rover’s get. The only option ticked was a step on the drivers side, there is no step on the rear or the passengers side. No radio, no central locking, no airbag, no aircon (or heating at the moment), it is very basic motoring. It’s the 300 TDI engine which I understand are fairly reliable. It needs a good service which is one of the first things on the list to do. It has plenty of oil leaks as standard so they need to be looked at too. My plan is to keep it standard – no big suspension lifts or big tyres. It has been a working vehicle and it is going to stay as a working vehicle. Its going to need a new rear cross member very soon as it is more plate and weld than original. Being a pick up (or truck cab) it should be a fairly easy job to fit one with chassis leg extensions. I’ve got a feeling that this one is going to keep me very busy! I’ve always wanted a Land Rover so this one is defiantly a keeper. I should hopefully be posting some regular video updates on my youtube channel. Oh and thanks to @Minimad5 for the bumper 😀
  18. My mate had a couple of P4's, 80 and 110. Both conpletely rotten! The 80 was bought by a chap who turned it into a wedding car. The 110 was scrapped I think. They are good looking cars though. The header photo in my YouTube page is the 110 during a late night fettling session. https://youtube.com/c/blakesden Good luck with the repairs, you've got a job on there 🙂
  19. That was a big bus dump! Good to see a Leyland National at the Metrocentre bus station. That brings back memories of the 1990's. True strory - I once attended a 'bus rally' at the Metrocentre coach park. I was disappointed to find that they were static displays and not sliding around like mk2 Escorts!! To be fair, I was only 6. I remember buying a big Leyland 'plug hole of doom' badge, I've still got it up in my garage.
  20. I remember going to Allendale over 20 years ago now and seeing the American cars. I want to say that the guy had a yellow school bus and a fire chief's car at the time.
  21. Lobley Hill Road, Gateshead, July 1990. I vaguely remember the Team Valley Yugo centre.
  22. I used to have a regular Mégane and the wheel bolts were shocking quality. I had several of them snap without even being under load! When to the scrappy, grabbed a load more and half of those failed too.
  23. Well done on spotting the continuity error! I started off in the overall but got too hot, hence the costume change 😅
  24. Evening all I finally made some more progress at the weekend. I've been quite busy the past few weekends so haven't really been able to get into the garage much. I decided to strip down the rear subframe. As you can see in the video, it was well rotten! It actually didn't look too bad on the Mini but it definitely failed the old screwdriver test. I'm probably going to buy a refurbished one from ADO Equipment and drop that in. My radius arms are both OK and I'll rebuild the brakes before re-assembly. I’m looking forward to doing the mechanical bits more than I was for the bodywork. I've still got a few little bits of welding to do on the body but I've definitely broken the back of it.
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