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Project "p38" diary of a 2001 Range Rover Vogue

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She is getting close to being my "daily", some shakedown runs have revealed two things. 

 

1) The steering dampener is worn out, every pothole can be felt through the wheel. 

2) Lower balljoints need doing.. 

 

Not too bad, handles really well.. 

Here she is as of now.. 

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15 minutes ago, Carlosfandango said:

Good man, you’re very kind. 

That is a very rusty RRC and a long term project but yeah I flippin love it. Believe me, I have lots of rusty heaps. Keep up the good work man, great progress on all your projects. 

 

CFD 

Cheers CFD! :)

Love an old RRC :food-smiley-015:

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"Idiot alert" 

 

AGAIN!! 

 

In my haste these past few weeks, i've had all 4 wheels off, and upon re fitment I put the front wheels on the wrong side! 🤔 

Spot the mistake!

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Easily rectified by swapping left to right! :food-smiley-015: 

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The direction of rotation was the wrong way round, live and learn LOL 

 

Next up was to get some petrol! 

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An average of town driving and some A road Hoofage!! ;) 

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Using my pen and paper, i have deduced the trip is "really" rather than "quite" accurate ;) :)

 

Also as you do, i bought some junk from the station! ;)

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Smells of Raspberries, really strong too! :happydance: 

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Smart!

"cough" ;)

 

 

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"project P38" 

 

Today was the day for the removal of the shin basher AKA the swan neck towbar.. 

The old bus doesn't do any towing, atleast not yet. :mrgreen: 

Oh and they have a habit of disappearing in the night, this is her 2nd towbar as the first one was stolen in a B&Q carpark!

 

removal is relatively easy and involves the removal of 2 27mm nuts.. 

 

Before. 

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During. 

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Handily the P38 has a stowage place for the towbar. ;) 

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After! 

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Next up was the resolution of the water ingress, above the windscreen there is a rubber seal/trim, in my case it was sitting proud thanks 

to the roof rail being fitted incorrectly, so i removed the rail and gave the seal a smack, the addition of the rail correctly has "fingers crossed" resolved the issue.. 

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After continuous rail it is still dry inside. :) 

 

I hope its fine!! 

 

Next up is to fix the sunroof, so i have one for the summer! 

 

C1

 

 

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Next up is some "bodging" erm i mean "painting".. :bouncesmile: 

This job required some masking, and to my surprise i had a set of cards lying round ;) 

It is hard to see but the wheel was dull in areas, thanks to the powdercoat that was used during its refub a few years ago being not so well applied.. 

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I lashed a coat of silver on and let it dry, 

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The same was done on the opposite rear wheel. 

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What you see on the wheel isn't dirt it is reaction and peeling paint/coat. 

The after shows a good improvement. 

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All that was used for this touch up was a can of silver VHT and a heatgun, it is rather important to make sure the wheel is warm when paint is applied, it is also improtant to heat and spray to avoid runs ;) 

 

Simoniz silver is a direct match for LR "silver sparkle" which is handy to know!

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It is required to also make sure the wheel is clean before doing this, I also rubbed the finish down with a scouring pad before painting.. 

 

This is a temporary finish, i hope to paint them properly in the future. 

 

c1

 

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Over the past few days she has had a few shakedown runs, she is getting better with each outing. :mrgreen:

Just to test fuel eatage, i threw in £22 at 1.22ppl and it lasted around 98mi which for a hatchback or diesel estate would be dreadful but for one of these up and around 2.5t with a V8 it isn't bad at all.. 

The noise is worth it! ;)

She had started to wander at over 50mph, the culprit turned out to be the tyre pressures were all over the shop, once corrected she handles a dream.. :) 

It is amazing to drive one of these around, you get the feeling you're driving a unique 4x4 I haven't seen another one in Hereford for months, 

Pictures as usual, ;) 

Odd to see her with "road dirt" on her flanks, ;) 

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I've since given her a wipe over ;)

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All in all I'm happy.. 

 

 

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Taken her out for the last time for a while today thanks to this Virus thingy.. 

LPG was fixed and was due to a poor ground to the ECU got that going and she was/is running LPG

Major Hoonage on LPG can ensue and 9mpg is manageable at 50ppl it is definitely lacking a bit of power in LPG over petrol.. 

However petrol is reserved for Economy runs ironically!! ;)

We are down to 1,04 ppl in Leominster put £50 in it.. 

I'm getting this on petrol at the moment. ;) 

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Which is pretty good for a 2.2 ton 4.6 V8 with the aerodynamics of a small house.. ;) 

I was joined by a "modern" RRS at the services today. 

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The "evolution" is amazing.. 

Owner liked my P38 too!! ;)

At home my last project has been finished for a customer, hydraulic rams were leaking fluid, i believe it was overloaded and popped the seals.. 

Here it is before departing, next to the P38 of course!! ;)

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I wish you all the very best of health!

stay safe all.. 

 

c1. 

 

 

 

 

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Little update regarding the accelerator pedal.. 

This thing is really quite heavy and notchy, it is a right pain in the ass when town driving or cruising. 

Instead of a smooth action it is more of a "ratchet" and its jerky and annoying.. :help: 

 

Being that all i had to hand was WD40 i decided to spunk some of that on the pivot and throttle body, where the cable starts and finishes, no fly by wire here!! ;) 

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The pivot is hard to picture, as my phone is cheap shit!! :( 

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cover it liberally!

Under the bonnet there is also these places to look at... 

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After giving them a clean and spray, the pedal is much lighter, and smoother! 

I'm happy with that!! ;)

The longterm average MPG is also very good, even better than before!! ;) 

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And finally some pics from a few days ago! ;) 

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When this Covid issue is over, she'll be getting a service.. 

 

C1

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Looking good dude. Yup, I’ve done that WD40 on the throttle on my ‘01 daily auto and it made a great difference. It’s nice when the easy jobs make a physical difference. 

 

I dragged this one out of my Dad’s driveway at the weekend - he’s been ‘looking after’ it for me for nearly a year! Looked like a sad bag of shit in his drive so I thought I’d worn out my welcome. 

Got it to the workshop and plan doing a few upgrades over the next few weeks while in ‘lockdown’

 

 

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(Don’t worry, that grille is going in the bin pronto) 

CFD

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34 minutes ago, Carlosfandango said:

Looking good dude. Yup, I’ve done that WD40 on the throttle on my ‘01 daily auto and it made a great difference. It’s nice when the easy jobs make a physical difference. 

 

I dragged this one out of my Dad’s driveway at the weekend - he’s been ‘looking after’ it for me for nearly a year! Looked like a sad bag of shit in his drive so I thought I’d worn out my welcome. 

Got it to the workshop and plan doing a few upgrades over the next few weeks while in ‘lockdown’

 

 

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(Don’t worry, that grille is going in the bin pronto) 

CFD

Java Black! ;)

A very good looking motor that, apart from that grille!!! lol ;) 

 

The simple jobs that make a difference are the most satisfying imo :)

What you gonna be doing to her? I too am in lock down, i've bought myself some HP sauce and plenty of bread rolls to tide me over!! 

 

I hope to finish the interior off in the next few weeks ;)

 

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Day 2 of Covid lockdown was used well doing things i seldom have the time to do.. 

A full detail on the old bus is due.. 

On the surface she looks pretty good, however in places she was showing signs of surface tarnishing.. 🤔

Now she's a daily it usually gets a wipe over when i have time. 

Now though i have loads of time, as my work involves people LOL and i can't fix tractors with a computer! 

 

One sure fire way of making a car shiny is to polish it, something i have done with some success on this car, however there is a step that should be done prior to waxing.. 

This is her normally. ;)

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She was washed off like normal, the next steps are a bit odd ;) 

"claybarring" is a process that involves rubbing a sticky'ish clay over the paintwork to pull of contaminates. out the paint pors.. 

Weird as it sounds, paint is like skin, the issue is over time contaminates embed themselves in the paint and cause it to dull, it also makes the paint feel rough... 

This Clay is black after passing it over a "clean" door. :food-smiley-015: 

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Bonnet ;) 

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front wings. 

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This is the finish after claying it, no polishing yet.. ;) 

The Bumpers and trims were treated to some Autofinesse satin :food-smiley-015: 

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A coat of meguires was used to help the clay glide over the paint... 

It now feels like glass, the paintwork is flawless now, i used to see what i thought were imperfections, turns out it was surface contaminates.. ;) 

 

Love it... 

 

C1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Old mini.. 

Since buying this thing it has been used, and a bit abused.. 

Seldom ever cleaned and used in all weathers, since buying it, nothing has been replaced or repaired.. 

These OLD R50s are a tough little car... 

I decided today to treat it to a clean.. 

 

And to show how sacked out it is... 🙃 

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needs a service!! ;) 

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A very good model, dare i say it better than its predecessor ;) :food-smiley-015: 

And here it is with the old Bus,, 

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