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Disco 1 Rust

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by Martin47, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Martin47

    Martin47 New Member

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    Hi how easy is it to repair a rust hole under the small window in the roof at the rear .I have been offered a 300 TDI but it has rust under the small windows and I'm just wondering iif its worth doing .
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    Hi martin,

    Just so you know you have given this a Disco 2 prefix.

    Cheers
     
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    brian47 Well-Known Member

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    No such thing as rust on a Disco ...... Rot I'll admit to, but rusty, nah!
     
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    So long as you are getting it for sensible money just go for it. Have a good look around it and I'm sure you'll find plenty more rust, but as long as the chassis is ok which it probably will be, there fairly simple things to own and you'll wonder why you didn't get one years ago. I've got two and I wouldn't be without them, the old 200tdi is my work vehicle and gets a fair bit of abuse whilst the 300tdi is generally wrapped in cotton wool as it has to take us down to Greece every year.
     
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    Be very careful to check condition of boot floor. Loosen 5? screws if I remember well and lift carpet and sound deadening to check.
     
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    Thanks very much think I will have a second look at it now
     
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    Great thanks I will have another look at it
     
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    neilly Well-Known Member

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    Also

    Apart from the Boot floor.

    Check the rear wheelarches where the door closes over it , they rot at the top of the wheel arch meets the rear door pillar.

    Check the sills , they rot through.

    Check the front foot wells, they also rot through.

    Check the internal wheelarches on the front wings.

    Also the bottom of the B pillars, where the seatbelts attach , they rot through.

    Basically , they are great cars, but do not be surprised to find a lot of rot on them.

    Cheers
     
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    Sadly true. My take on D1 ownership is, that if you weld, then go for it - otherwise, be very careful unless you have deep pockets, long arms, AND know a garage you can trust to do the work properly, and not just bodge repairs.
     
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  10. biggeeeee

    biggeeeee Retired - Living the dream

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    Agreed.
    I took on a 50th Anniversary Disco year and a half ago and bought a welder.
    Really bought the Disco to use as practice and if I was successful with it good and well if not well at least I tried.
    Hadn't welded since I served my time some 25 years ago.
    Replaced the sills, inner wings back and front and patch several parts of the chassis.
    Bit of mechanical work to get it running and one of the swivel hubs replaced.
    Few electrical gremlins repaired.

    After 7 months of work it passed its MOT at the first attempt with no advisories.

    Had its 2nd MOT on Friday and failed on a track rod end and a wheel bearing.
    Was so happy that after a full year of motoring the Disco didn't fail on anything that I had sorted last year.
    Retested this morning and certificate issued.
    In total when I bought it including the cost of the motor and parts the Disco was reborn for under £1200.

    They are great motors and easy to work on and if you can keep on top of the corrosion issues, they should run
    for a long time to come.
     
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    I bought on that recently, mainly for parts but I was surprised how to look at it looked great but then taking it apart the following had rusted through:
    Both cills, both footwells
    Boot floor
    Both rear arches (plus had been repaired)
    D pillar top and bottom where gutter leaked down the inside of it
    Where roof met the front glass

    The funny thing is apart from that (haha!) the rest is great - solid chassis and all mechanicals