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00KK53 - My Soft Top 12v GS TUL 90. So a soft top 90 then......

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by flat, Mar 11, 2013.

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  1. Huddy84

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    Cheers mate. Is the heater intake just sat behind your headlight or you cut a new intake for it from the outside?
     
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    I have a wing with the intake already cut but to be honest it runs fine as it is so probably won't cut it about
     
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    Big mission this week.

    Brake overhaul after I did an emergency stop and promptly spun 180 degrees.

    Took it off the road and stripped it. Replaced the following parts with OEM.
    Brake servo
    Master cylinder
    Braided flexis
    New front calipers (46mm items)
    New pads
    Stripped rear drums, cleaned and reassembled.
    Multiple multiple bleeds to get a good pedal.

    Brakes are now better and more powerful :)

    It's nice :)

    Ed
     
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    Made my own brake lines :) chap in my local motor factors lent me the stuff and showed me how:)

    Also fitted some better gauges to keep an eye on the tdi.
     

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    Not done much recently apart from been out laning etc.

    Me drivers door top got busted so replaced that with a lucky cheap eBay find.

    Squeezed 4litres of waxoyl into the chassis as I was given 5 litres free. Will do the bulkhead when I can be arsed.

    Took everything off the rear crossmember to check for rust as I had brown water stains - all actually not to bad, but flaked in places so I drilled some extra drain holes and stuffed it full of cavity wax.

    I also made a new aerial mount for the rear as I don't like the wing mount I currently have.

    MOT on Thursday then I am going to fit new door hinges
     

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    Added a rear reverse light, not really because i give a **** about people not knowing i am reversing, but more so i can see what i am about to reverse into in the dark!
    Was easy, had to make a short loom to the switch but otherwise the wiring was in situ.
     

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    You have been busy, I just got some new dials on order for mine.
     
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    the aerial mount was a disaster, doesn't give a good SWR at all so that was a waste of time!
    I need to do a repair to the loom, its got a temp crimp repair at the moment but i need to solder in a new section
     
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    I'm a radio ham I can fix it for you. If you need help with the loom let me know.
     
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    cheers that kind, thanks a lot :)
     
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    Repaired my main engine loom - it had rubbed through, quick crimp fix got me back on the road but needed a permanent (less fire inducing) repair.

    Soldered in a new plug, each cable covered with adhesive shrink, then the lot covered in large adhesive shrink and loom tape.
     

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    Bit of a mission couple of days but had an obviously dodgy bushing on the drivers side and a worsening clunk. As I dont have a press I had to butcher the old ones out then fit superpro poly bushes back in place.

    Have done all the main bushes in poly and the shock absorbers are normal rubber.

    The hardest part was getting the radius arm aligned the first time and getting the arm out where the bolt had seized to the bushing inner sleeve.

    Deffo a much better ride now. Less steering input needed to go straight so worth the effort.

    Sorry forgot to take pics of the rear as did them on a different day.

    Also took the opportunity to do a fluid service.
     

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    Had my rad recored after it blew up after Emma's wedding.

    Also sorted out my chirping U joints. Replaced both the rear ones and all is fine.

    That's all, just been driving it really.
     

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    Well I have been having some weird over-cooling ( i have a mechanical gauge) - it would never get hotter than about 70c. I thought stat stuck open type issues so replaced it with a genuine waxstat one from a random online supplier. Engine now warmed up quicker but sat at 95c all the time which was a bit hot for me and gave no leeway for working hard imo. So i boiled my new (genuine) and old bearmach stats and got some surprising results

    Bearmach old 88c stat - fully open at 83 in 8 minutes - dash temp gauge sits at 70c
    Waxstat old 88c - fully open at 91c in 10mins - dash temp gauge sits at 92-95c

    That surprised me, they are both way off. thought they perhaps were old stock or something so i brought a bearmach and a genuine again. This time i went for genuine direct from land rover (stratstones) and bearmach from paddocks. some more surprising results, this time i looked at which closed the quickest aswell.

    Bearmach new 88c - stat full open at 87c in 10mins. Dash temp gauge 80c. Closed medium speed
    Waxstat new 88c full open at 90c in 12mins. (not fitted to vehicle). closed very fast.

    So i hedged my bets and fitted the new bearmach one. warms up nicely, temp gauge sits at 80c idling and 85c when driving so that makes me feel more comfortable.

    Have kept the other 3 stats, as i have now a stat for super hot weather, and a stat for super cold weather. and a spare, that may or may not make my engine to hot.

    The bearmach ones were £6 or so and the genuine £9.

    anyway thats it, nothing else done :)

    EDIT: If anyone is interested here is the lash up i made to pressure test the coolant system :D
     

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    This is how I did my bushes mate, open the quote and click on the little green arrow at the top to go to the original post which has photos
     
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    Not done a huge amount recently, just driven and enjoyed it.

    Swapped the full length canvas roof for a truck cab roof - much warmer and quieter now :)

    Full service and grease. Tappets adjusted. All is good.

    Next few jobs will be to sort the heater out as I get a whiff of coolant when the fan is running so I think my matrix is weeping, and change a front wheel bearing that is starting to drone.
     

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    Like the look of the lane. Where abouts do you go? Im wilts/ Oxford
    We run a truck cab canvas on the series 1 & a Rear cover which velcros to the top and bungy round the back body. No need for a heater.
    Nice work to your motor. Good to see military motors brought back and used.
     
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    The lane is over hindhead/devils punch bowl area of Surrey/Hampshire
     
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    ha. MOT today, passed with no advisories :)
    MOT man said 'its what an old land rover should be' and 'enjoyed testing that one'

    Oh and my coolant whiff is gone, i nipped up all the hose clips, and now the smell has gone. must of been a tiny weep......
     
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    Nice day laning Sunday. Some lovely long easy scenic lanes and a couple that were a challenge - one because of the tightness of it and one because of the how wet it was. We abandoned that one as it would have been to damaging to us and the lane.

    Good day out.

    My fuel light stay lit constantly now though despite the tank being full:confused:
     

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