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  1. There's a bit more info here: Basically the Planar pump is specifically stated as not being suitable for Chinese heaters (as it pumps more per stroke than the pumps supplied). But by changing the pulse frequency, you can tune the dosage to suit. It's not cheap, but if you look at the heater and pump as a package, it's still good value IMO. I've also tweaked the maximum fan speed down to around 3k rpm. Reason being that after it had turned off and the temperature dropped, it would restart at full rpm and wake us up! Having a slow start means slower temperature swings, quieter startin
  2. I'm well happy with my 2kw Chinese heater in a bigger van, so yours must get toasty! I've gone down the route of an Afterburner controller, which allows the heater to turn off and restart when the temperature climbs too high. It also makes it easier to change pump settings, which in my case was handy as I've used a Planar silent pump, to avoid the ticking!
  3. I did once stop at the nearest restaurant (Frankie & Bennys) and asked whether I could purchase a single potato, for the very same reason. To be fair, they didn't charge us extra! (But I wonder what the waitress told people afterwards...) Have you ever been asked "So, how many cars *do* you own?", and then had to mentally add them up?
  4. That's what I thought, based on Google images, but this uses M10 for all four, albeit with a hefty spreader plate at the rear. I'll have to make up an M16 plate I think, or probably just take a slice of the current drop plate. This time of year, just about every journey I'll have to turn around in the dark so it's a bit of a pain without!
  5. That was my logic too, and at the price they are it's not the end of the world if I have to replace every so often. I've now removed the floorpans to gain access to the gearbox - surprisingly easy bit I guess seized fixings aren't unheard of. The hole at the lower right of the gear lever support I will fit the switch to, and then I can fix a tab to the reverse gate which will move the switch plunger. I temporarily connected up the lights to check all was working, and they look like they'll do the job. No sign of burning with 21w anyway! I've also fitted a rear
  6. Now that winter is here, I've taken this off the road for now, and time for a bit of tinkering. Main job is the gearbox leak, but I also need to replace the fuel hoses! That's after 18 months of use I've gone for Gates Barricade hose this time as, like the name suggests, it has a liner which is resistant to the ethanol content in modern petrol. I also needed to replace the fuel filter, but instead of replacing with the same straight through type, I reckoned a right angled filter would look neater, as well as routing the outlet hose slightly further away from the exhaust manifo
  7. I've got these in the Stellar: https://www.ringautomotive.com/en/product/R796 Which sound similar although halogen versions. I'm a little worried about heat build up, so will stick to the standard 21w bulbs I think.
  8. The plating process was a nightmare - I think the chemicals have deteriorated in storage! So I just gave the tow hitch a coat of paint for now. I've also fitted my reversing lights but not wired them up yet as I'm waiting for the gearbox switch to arrive. The 12N socket hadn't been fitted when I bought it, so I installed one that I'd previously removed from another vehicle. I mounted it to a neat little plate which fits in the PTO recess, which I'm hardly likely to use! The socket is appropriately marked, which pleases me In doing this I've noticed that the drop plat
  9. I never realised Komatsu did smaller stuff like that - looks a handy bit of kit! We hired a bigger one a few years back to level some land and dig out stumps, it was on something like 20,000 hours but did the job despite being well worn in... Wish I could justify one but we just hire one when needed - fortunately delivery is not too far for us, unlike you!
  10. Does that meet with your approval now? Another little job was replacing the fuel hose, as although it looked recent there is a lot of dodgy stuff out there which has a short lifespan, especially with ethanol in fuel now. Plus I'd bought a few metres of Gates Barricade hose to do the same job on the Stellar. Then onto the less important stuff! The heater controls after 40 years of use were a little worn, and difficult to make out. Not a problem really, as I'm not sure I'm confident enough to take my eyes off the road and actually look at the sliders! But it's the first thin
  11. Minor, enjoyable tinkering to be done. I've found a working voltmeter, so installed that. Replaced the battery clamps, which were a little too small. And made a start on tidying up a tow hitch. I've dipped it to remove and corrosion. So the next job is to zinc plate it. My last attempt gave rather a dull finish, which is likely down to the current setting being too high. This being a bigger surface area should be hopefully less sensitive and fingers crossed will look better.
  12. They've been replaced by (presumably) halogen versions, and a new alternator too - I was pleasantly surprised seeing as I wasn't expecting much!
  13. Best complaint I ever had after selling a car was that the 13 months MOT it was advertised was not the case. Well yes, after the eBay auction running for a week and another week waiting for collection, don't be surprised that it now only has 12.5 months MOT! They also complained that an indicator bulb had blown and there was less fuel than shown on the dashboard photos. Is it any wonder why folks don't like selling cars? Anyway, glad to see you have upgraded from a Cortina to a much superior vehicle!
  14. I probably don't have a typical Series experience with this one - new shoes/wheel cylinders/master cylinder/hoses/brake lines/servo means it's likely reasonably close to as good as it gets! Certainly it's not a patch on a modern vehicle, but the brakes haven't worried me travelling at comfortable speeds. It is uncomfortably noisy at speed, so I'll probably wear ear protection on longer trips - I know from motorcycling that you feel a lot more refreshed afterwards if you wear ear plugs. But no significant water leaks - certainly not enough to get me wet although there's the odd drip visibl
  15. If I was going down that route, I could just swap them with the log collector Discovery, which would give epic amounts of wheel torque. But not high up on the priority list really. Wouldn't mind a Series 2A wire grille (have you seen the price they fetch?!), but can't think of any Disco parts I'm after thanks!
  16. That was something I wondered about - kept meaning to do a Google image search as I wasn't sure it looked right! I need to delve into the wiring anyway to fit a trailer socket, so will sort out then. It's a real pain manoeuvring at night without a reversing light, so I'm considering what to fit. I think a set of front sidelights with brighter bulbs would look better than aftermarket fittings - any other ideas? A V8 conversion has been suggested, but I quite like the original engine - it suits the vehicle I think.
  17. I've been doing a few bits and pieces on this over the last weeks, so will update the thread and maybe one of the mods can move it into the main section? You can maybe make out in this photo a map light (not functional) on the underside of the dash, and a universal choke cable. The light is stopping the steering column cowl from seating correctly, and also stops me from fitting a choke cable in the usual place. I've since fitted a Metro/Rover 100 cable, since it has an integral switch - and I had one spare! This illuminates the original 'cold start' lamp, albeit in
  18. What's wrong with the cable? You should be able to make your own using standard cable fittings: https://www.venhill.co.uk/cables-and-components/fittings-amp-components/nipples.html Or even if you didn't fancy it yourself, getting one made up for you.
  19. That may be all it is, but the radiator looks a bit crusty. Not so much that I think it'd affect cooling, but maybe if it's marginal anyway... It seemed to creep a bit higher at 50mph on the flat too, so inclined to think all is not 100%. Looking around the £120 mark for a standard 3 row radiator, or £175 for an updated 4 row version. Not planning to tow, so the standard one will probably suffice. I have to say that the engine has more 'go' than I'd expected for only 70bhp. It'll climb surprisingly well still in 4th, so have to resort to the somewhat vague gearshift less often.
  20. I know he's fitted new headlights, so would assume halogen bulbs. New alternator too, so voltage should be fine. I was pleasantly surprised at their effectiveness too! Back home now, and just waiting for my ears to stop ringing... Point taken about previous fleet desirability, but at least now my wife is working from home so it's rare it'll be left unguarded. I think I'll need to look at the cooling system, as the gauge was creeping up on the climbs. But apart from that it was a decent drive back.
  21. *ponders availability of D1 donor vehicle* That may well work well, thanks to LR parts compatibility! Nearly back now anyway, and predictably starting to rain. Time to test the wipers!
  22. Now collected, and on the way home via some hills. Second impressions are still that it's noisy and bumpy, but the heater is good, lights are decent, and steering not as wayward feeling as the test drive. Could really do with a 5th gear or overdrive, as 4th feels quite high revving at 50mph. And the all-important shot!
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