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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:26 pm    Post subject: Hello from Cambs / Beds border Reply with quote
Hi All

Just popping in to say hi. Am a long time landy fan and short time owner having just recently purchased a 1995 Defender 110 300tdi csw.

I think I now have an idea how things are going to go with owning a defender.

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I knew about some welding that needed doing but
.. didn't know the hassle and cost of having more than 7 seats from the insurance pov
.. I now have a seven seater csw (front middle, a bench seat and some seat belts removed)
After getting my 7 seat CSW taxed and insured
I went off to get a quote for some welding (ouch) and it sounded like the the exhaust manifold gasket was starting to blow during the journey.
OK ran it into my friendly mechanic to have him confirm and replace it.
Good news - It wasn't blowing
Bad news - cylinder head gasket was.
Good news - CH Gasket only blew at the back end and no sign of any mixing of fluids or the usual expected damage.
Bad news - but they did notice that the piston head at the end had a crack in it. Did I want it replaced while everything was apart already? (but I should be able to get away with it for a while if I wanted to leave it in there).
OK, so I decide that as Marjorie (yep, I named her) was new, from my perspective, I might as well get the piston head done now rather than have to take everything apart later.
Good news - Piston head arrived and fitted on rod.
Bad news - the bearing in the big end is looking a bit worn (looked a lot worn to me).
Bonus bad news - all of the main bearings on the crank shaft and the bearings in the big ends are worn and need replacing

That's where things stand at the moment, I haven't even started on the welding that needs doing, the car is waiting for some bearings and friendly mechanic is away for a long weekend and wont be able to finish off until next week.

Then hopefully I should be able to give Marge her new bench cushion and cubby box that the nice folks from Exmoor delivered, have her try on her newish footware (original steelies with some barely used michelin 205s) to replace the guilded clodhoppers (Alloys + 265s) that she is currently wearing, and start working on replacing some of her moth-eaten doors.

Whew, that was longer than intended. A just intended to say "HI"

Pete
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome to the forum Pete. That's Land Rovers for you. Any questions we're all here to (try and) help.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome along Grole....urmmm, sounds like you have quite a bit of work ahead of you! Think I might have just gone for another engine, maybe even as a stop gap till the original is rebuilt, that way at least you are closer to getting on the road.

Doesn't even have to be a 300tdi. Correct me if I am wrong won't even an old normally aspirated 2.5 fit on the same mountings?

Love to see some pics????? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome to the forum, Pete.

I'm with Adie on this one, a 2.5lt N/A would have worked as a stop gap. However, you're going to learn a lot on the steep Landy ownership learning curve.

Good luck and have fun, as well as deep pockets.

Cheers
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Grole,

Welcome to the club and forum! There's lots of good help and advice on here.

Sounds like the Landy is testing your resolve and commitment. Many would have thrown in the towel already so well done for sticking with it! Very Happy Very Happy In the end, you'll have a fantastic Landy. Keep us posted and don't forget the pics! Very Happy

As for tyres, 235/85R16's would be better for a 110 as 205's are a bit smaller. The original tyre size 7.50R16 or the metric equivalent 235/85 would be the size it came with from new.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hello and welcome to our world. No money, no luck, no skin on your knuckles, no smile on your face, no apparent end in site.........................

But at least you have a Landy - and everyone who hasn't will envy you! (maybe)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
... but 'character building', as they used to say, back in the day ..
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome to the forum.
Good luck with your new friend/enemy (it will change, sometimes daily) Smile

Any questions, just ask away.
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