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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:33 pm    Post subject: Hi from South Gloucestershire Reply with quote
Hi all,

Thought I would introduce myself.

I have got the landrover bug and thought joining this forum would help me with my illness 😀

I don't have my first vehicle yet but am actively searching for a series 3 petrol, 88" with a 5 bearing engine. I have tried a couple but neither have convinced me to part with my hard earned. I will need to find a vehicle first and live with it, fix it etc before I can start helping with advice. Who knows, this site may even help me find my first landy!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Afternoon Dazgough.
Welcome to the madhouse. Ask away, someone will know the answer.
Best of luck with your search. There's one somewhere out there.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you Alan, much appreciated.

There are quite a few projects out there for sale but I am after something a bit more ready to go. Happy with fettling, fixing and making general improvements but due to time and lack of space, am not looking for a rebuild project yet.

The search continues

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi, welcome to the forum.
Any questions, just ask. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Daz and welcome. Anything you need to know, just ask and Alan will know the answer Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the warm welcome guys 😀 Hopefully it won't be too long and I will have some pics of my very first landy to upload!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Daz, Welcome to the club

Don't be in too much of a hurry to part with your hard earned. There are plenty out there and at a good price but there are many more over inflated. All are different and often the scruffy ones are the soundest underneath. Do your homework, look at a lot, ask away on here as much as you want and set your budget.

Most of all don't be afraid to walk away if you know deep down it's not the one, even if it looks great from the outside, has the right configuration, the right colour and is local to you.

Have fun and enjoy your searching and final purchase. Hope it all goes well. Look forward to seeing some pics when you finally bite the bullet!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi DazGough,

Welcome to the club and forum from Stroud! Smile

Lots of good advice so far. Take your time and look at lots of landies, don't let your heart rule your head. Whatever you buy, check the numbers match on chassis, etc and do an HPI check. A galvanised chassis is desirable too. The magazines have some good buying guides and tips.

Let us know how you get on! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome along Daz.

I'm afraid that joining this forum is not going to help clear up the nasty Landy bug which you have contracted - it's only going to make it worse.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the warm welcome guys! Much appreciated.

Taking my time was never my strong point but I know how important it is in order to make the right choice when purchasing one of these beauties.

I've slowed things down a little and am trying to view as many as I can. It's a pain when most of them seem to be hours away but I'm sure something will come up.

Marine blue and bronze green are my favourite two colours but I'm willing to consider others if it's the right condition.

Having read just a few articles, I had decided to go for a 1980 > vehicle on the basis of having the improved 5 bearing engine. Am I being too restrictive limiting myself in this manner or are the 5 bearing models worth waiting for?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Evening Dazgough.
Most important thing to look for is a good chassis (galvanized if possible and a good bulkhead. Body repairs are much more expensive than mechanical and if the chassis and bulkhead are excellent but the mechanical side is not so good then the latter can be used as a bargaining point.
Best of luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks Alan, much appreciated.

If a vehicle had a replacement crossmember and new outriggers and the rest of the chassis looked good, might it be a good buy or is there an element of, if those items needed replacing, the rest won't be far behind?

Sorry if that seems a stupid question
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Morning Dazgough.
Not stupid at all. If the welding has been done properly and the rest of the chassis is in good condition then it's probably OK. If you're not in a hurry to get one it's best to wait for a really good one to turn up. Don't rush into buying one though.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have noticed that although prices leapt up when the last Landy rolled off the production line, they seem to have stabilised somewhat. This should make things better as you can now afford to wait a little while to get the right vehicle.

Please make sure you check the gearbox works as well. There are those amongst us who may have forgotten to when buying their little gem, ahem, cough, cough............... Sad If it jumps out of 2nd, please don't believe the seller that it is only detent springs............ahem, cough etc
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cheers guys,

Yes will remember to check the gearbox 😀 The last one I checked clunked in reverse.

So could I still expect to find a series 3 out there that has had no welding done and does not need any either? or is that too unlikely now given their age?

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