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Project Madonna. 1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE - Finishing touches.


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50 minutes ago, Landy Mann said:

On the two LPG RRC's I've been involved with the system never worked properly. I suspect lots of land rover owners with prefer to spend money on suspension lifts rather than getting the LPG set up properly. 

As I was one l once told, if you can't afford to run it on the correct fuel, you can't afford to run it ..

There's an element of tarring with the same brush here, as I alluded to in my earlier post about Rangeys and badly set up single point systems. 

I've had several LPG cars and they've all been maintained well with properly installed modern multipoint injection systems and they've all ran very well with no noticeable performance loss.

As Matt says, why not have half price fuel when the only inconvenience is planning fuel stops and having to find somewhere to put the fecking spare wheel because the wheel well is full of LPG tank🙈

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You’re quite right gentlemen, LPG does have its merits and in a car that I’d actually use for transport I would definitely consider it but in this instance I’m still glad it’s absent.  

Anyway, things progressed.  I’ve always been a fan of the twin side angled pipes that old Range Rovers had, they only came on the 3.5 though.  The 3.9 just had some boring downturned thing that was shared with the TDi.  F1DD953C-12D0-45B8-98B1-78429E86121B.thumb.jpeg.582e19257ef1a39e1d276181572c3d8f.jpeg

None of that, thank you very much.  

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On went the double bell end trumpet side master.  The only modification from factory that I have made.  Meanwhile I was getting filthy and sweaty underneath.  The result was nice clean looking axles.  216E9E9F-08E4-4905-918E-B7BFF6444C9E.thumb.jpeg.8ba71b131f4e6bd33ef57b4c6b074ad7.jpeg
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I had a problem with my balls.  They had gone a bit scabby.  New seals and a shot of asshole ball grease sorted them out.  

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12 hours ago, bezzabsa said:

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Yeah that’s right, the 3.5 discos with the Sherpa headlights!  Can’t remember the last time I saw one.  

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Nice to see another 1993 Classic being saved, IMHO the best year for the RRC, although I am a bit biased 😆. Enough mod cons under the skin to be very usable but just pre-dated the softdash which really doesn't belong in the classic, that view of the top of the dash running at the same height as the decker panel and then bonnet really is unrivaled.

Shame about the lack of EAS, any plans to re-instate it?

Funny story about LPG, I took a now sold 1991 2 door classic down to 2 Mai in Romania and back quite a few years ago, filled up at a dodgy petrol station on the journey that killed the fuel pump, managed to get the vehicle home running on LPG. Saved a fair bit on fuel for the 4000 mile trip too!

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I have most of the equipment to reinstall it and all of the wiring is still present but honestly I’d need to have some massive miracle of motivation to pull apart the completely working new correct weight coils that it’s on.  In terms of ride comfort there’s definitely improvement to be made . . 

20 hours ago, task said:

Nice to see another 1993 Classic being saved, IMHO the best year for the RRC, although I am a bit biased 😆. Enough mod cons under the skin to be very usable but just pre-dated the softdash which really doesn't belong in the classic, that view of the top of the dash running at the same height as the decker panel and then bonnet really is unrivaled.

I heard that the steel used in the soft dash faired poorly compared to the hard dash for corrosion.  Might be bollocks.  Sounds like bollocks now that I write it.  

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On 10/9/2021 at 12:58 PM, straightSix said:

 

Seems you have two of my dream cars, E31 8 series and Range Rover classic. Both look glorious, well played

 

Thanks,  bought that old thing when it was worthless.  Held onto it by the skin of my teeth as a student ten years ago.  Now it gets the love it deserves.  She looks like this underneath now. 42A7AE38-151B-417B-AAFE-D50847FD68D9.thumb.jpeg.84c778a9c0e82f3d35fd98f042dd7f60.jpeg993984F0-D014-44AA-9FFA-20B52163FAA4.thumb.jpeg.ffd8d9de7ab6c25ee9eaf4ef12bec4a4.jpeg 

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6 hours ago, Jack D said:

Thanks,  bought that old thing when it was worthless.  Held onto it by the skin of my teeth as a student ten years ago.  Now it gets the love it deserves.  She looks like this underneath now. 42A7AE38-151B-417B-AAFE-D50847FD68D9.thumb.jpeg.84c778a9c0e82f3d35fd98f042dd7f60.jpeg993984F0-D014-44AA-9FFA-20B52163FAA4.thumb.jpeg.ffd8d9de7ab6c25ee9eaf4ef12bec4a4.jpeg 

Looks minty. If you've not already, m539 on YouTube restores a lot of rare E31s and is worth a watch if you've time to spare

 

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I’ll give it a watch some day, thanks.  
 

Right, back on topic.  The Range Rover now had a clean MOT but was cosmetically untidy.  Aside from the lack of badging the faded pillar trims were really letting it down.  
 

They went from this nasty mess 

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To this 

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With the help of some satin black rattle can.  It made a massive difference to the overall appearance of the car.  
 

In the same week it received new front and rear steel bumpers.  When everything was coming together it made it glaringly obvious that it didn’t have any correct badging left on it.  The previous owner had stuck a P38 autobiography one on it, I removed that along with the perished coach line.  New correct vinyl badging and coach line were ordered.  Still with no exhaust in this shot.  

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The day had arrived.  I could take the car home with a fresh clean MOT, stick a tank of juice in her and hit the road.  Before this I applied the all important reproduction “Vogue SE” decal which had been decorating my piano for the last few months.  
 

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First impressions were that these things drive awfully.  Couldn’t keep it in a straight line.  Bouncing all over the show.  Pulled in for a pit stop alignment with the excellent chaps at Checkpoint in Devizes.  That mostly sorted things out, still a few issues.  
 

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On the ramp having its gusset tickled at checkpoint.  
 

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And finally, after ten years of lusting after a good one it rolled into its new home ready for some cosmetic finishing touches.  
 

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I can’t begin to express how fudging excited I was to have this thing home.  Maybe I’m a weirdo but I would have walked straight past a McLaren P1 to fondle it’s saggy headlining and stroke the swoop on the top of the headrests.  

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  • Jack D changed the title to Project Madonna. 1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE - Finishing touches.

Caution Dome.  More incoming.  
 

I spent a good day polishing learning to polish on the old hector, it had the most dull paint I’ve ever come across - probably from all those hedges and country lanes.  Went in full danger with the rotary.  It came up rather nicely however was still naked without rear badging and coach line. 


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Fleabay came up with something vaguely similar to the original coach line.  I went with a twin line as fitted to 1989-91 instead of the single fitted to mine originally.  What do you think?  

In progress 

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Finito

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49 minutes ago, Jack D said:

Caution Dome.  More incoming.  
 

I spent a good day polishing learning to polish on the old hector, it had the most dull paint I’ve ever come across - probably from all those hedges and country lanes.  Went in full danger with the rotary.  It came up rather nicely however was still naked without rear badging and coach line. 


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Fleabay came up with something vaguely similar to the original coach line.  I went with a twin line as fitted to 1989-91 instead of the single fitted to mine originally.  What do you think?  

In progress 

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Finito

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That looks the fucking bollocks! Brings back good memories! Great car; well saved! 👍 👍 👍 😎 😎 😎 

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