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Old October 14th, 2015, 11:17 AM
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Old October 14th, 2015, 11:18 AM
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Old October 14th, 2015, 11:45 AM
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White 90 V8 in Audi RS5 Suzuka Grey Metallic - Just Finishing Building

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Old October 14th, 2015, 11:52 AM
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For what it is worth in your desire to get a better reputation on this site, people here want to see pictures of the chassis and mechanical parts. They want to see pictures of the bones of the truck being rebuilt and assembled. Pictures of a pretty body and interior are of little value. For the price numbers being thrown around, we expect to see a factory new level of fabrication from the chassis up.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 12:06 PM
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Old October 14th, 2015, 01:57 PM
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For what it is worth in your desire to get a better reputation on this site, people here want to see pictures of the chassis and mechanical parts. They want to see pictures of the bones of the truck being rebuilt and assembled. Pictures of a pretty body and interior are of little value. For the price numbers being thrown around, we expect to see a factory new level of fabrication from the chassis up.
John hi mate, i'll get some different photos on as often as I can of many aspects of what we do....some of the improvements will be obvious (for instance old BL Glass fuses and holders that we swap out for more modern reliable blade type fuse board) and some less obvious like pouring a quart of clear waxoil into each door frame. Overall and gently hopefully a picture will build about, not so much what we do or have done, but how in some instances what we do has improved on the enjoyment, design and longevity of Defender and its use....it's even possible that some of the products, materials and ideas, that we have, could be of help to other Defender owners on this site in prolonging their own vehicles use and looks....in relation to factory level of build - believe you me John it would be easier to build OEM Defenders than restore 25 year old ones....but the Federal Historic vehicles requirement and its guidance / spirit requires as much use of original, or age related, components as is possible, this is a good thing in my opinion and it's also close to the heart of an important Defender ownership benefit which is that mostly that Defenders are a lump of recycled, or at least, recyclable parts. We hold Land Rover jumbles here most months, I would say that 90% of the parts that we are unable to re-use ourselves, due to condition or economies, are bought by other Defender owners and soaked up into the big wonderful on-going mass of Defenders upon our roads....by the way....do you know what the warranty returns were for 90 / 110 / Defender: V8 and 19J TD during the late 1980's and early 1990's?? I take faith knowing that our failures are significantly less than what British Leyland achieved with the same raw materials thanks again for your thoughts Sir. Andy ps I have one small funny thing to share with you....Arkonik owns 2x 2014/2015 TDCi 110's for its towing and collecting requirements....they blow bulbs daily, wiper arms fly off regularly, they leak wateer in and oil out left / right and centre, doors don't close properly, locks seize up, transmissions and final drive sound like they've been to the moon and back after just a thousand miles etc etc and they cost the equivalent of $60,000 each....but....we love them

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For what it is worth in your desire to get a better reputation on this site, people here want to see pictures of the chassis and mechanical parts. They want to see pictures of the bones of the truck being rebuilt and assembled. Pictures of a pretty body and interior are of little value. For the price numbers being thrown around, we expect to see a factory new level of fabrication from the chassis up.
pps can you see the photos at the start of this thread - ratheer than just the pretty white 90 - there's quite a few of us at work??
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Old October 14th, 2015, 02:07 PM
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this may seem like a weird question.... what is the difference between landroversuk and arkonik? looks like the same walls / building, with a new name.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 03:11 PM
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this may seem like a weird question.... what is the difference between landroversuk and arkonik? looks like the same walls / building, with a new name.
On the contrary Keith, it's a great question! Short answer is that JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) approached us about 12 months ago and told us that we could no longer use the words Land Rover in our business name as it was to close to home for them (privately I think they were getting a little pissed that search engine returns on "Defender" , certainly in the UK, often had JLR network dealers themselves positioned beneath us!)....so we had to re-brand and re-title the whole set-up....the alternative was to fight them for the name....and that was only ever gonna end in pain for us! Actually when we first set up the Company I met with the brand protection people in Solihull and they had no problem with LandRoversUK at the time....its only 7 years later and their huge success under the Tata ownership that has seen them tighten down (globally) on protecting their brand...we were not the only people targeted...many UK independents and aftermarket retailers were also asked to quietly change their branding etc...I don't think in the long term it's done us any harm and it gave us a chance to re-brand aswel. We have until April of next year to completely change our building signs and re-register our Company name...in the meantime we have made the most of the landroversuk URL to drive web traffic to our new arkonik URL etc...we have a lot of friends in JLR corporate and everyone has done what they can to assist the transition for us....it was hard at the time - kinda like being us to rename your child after you had raised it for 7 years cheers mate, Andy
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Old October 14th, 2015, 03:41 PM
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Did JLR "approach" you physically or with a cease and desist letter?

I thought you just realized that "landroversuk" looks more like "land rover suk" than "land rovers uk"
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Old October 14th, 2015, 03:45 PM
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Did JLR "approach" you physically or with a cease and desist letter?

I thought you just realized that "landroversuk" looks more like "land rover suk" than "land rovers uk"
haha....do you know I never made the connection until a year after we started trading that landroversuk could be read that way....by which time it was a bit to late to do anything, anyway the truth is that by and large they can suck....but at least they can suck with style - Yeah it was a formal and legal letter....came to work one morning and it was on my desk...great start to that day!
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Old October 14th, 2015, 04:44 PM
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I am not stating that you are or are not doing this but, Are you using stainless hardware, galvinized/stainless door hinges, and the stainless/alumnium rivets?

Nothing makes me wonder more about build quality than when i see a freshly painted truck, and 2 months later, rust bleeding from these sited areas from someone cheaping out on hardware that maybe added up to $500 total to do the correct way.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 04:56 PM
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I am not stating that you are or are not doing this but, Are you using stainless hardware, galvinized/stainless door hinges, and the stainless/alumnium rivets?

Nothing makes me wonder more about build quality than when i see a freshly painted truck, and 2 months later, rust bleeding from these sited areas from someone cheaping out on hardware that maybe added up to $500 total to do the correct way.
very gently put!! Cheers John..we use stainless across most parts of the build; door hinges are obviously included along with hardwear like bulkhead air vent flap retainers - i'll post some random pics up over the coming days and include some shots of such...one of the things that drives me nuts is when I see nearly new painted hinges lose their paint because someone didn't take care at Land Rover when they drove a new bolt through them and into the bulkhead....its as much the hinge that then bleeds as it is the fixing - we, ourselves, pack the buggers out with copper slip before driving them home....one of my other bug-bears is the tiny little screws that hold front and centre door glass channel trim in place...they bleed and corrode instantly from the factory...it took time but we found the right sized stainless fixing in the end...arrrhhh and another thing - paint your rear cross members in direct gloss and laquer - its worth the effort..
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Old October 14th, 2015, 06:11 PM
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Andrew,

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Are any of those bonnets Tdci ( Puma )
And if there are, any chance for a Santorini Black?

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Old October 14th, 2015, 06:49 PM
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Andrew,

sent you a pm

Are any of those bonnets Tdci ( Puma )
And if there are, any chance for a Santorini Black?

Thanks
YES - you need a new Puma Bonnet. I need you to get a new Puma bonnet.
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Old October 15th, 2015, 05:29 AM
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Arkonik X 1989 V8 90 preparation

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Old October 15th, 2015, 05:34 AM
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Arkonik X 1989 V8 90 preparation etc

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Old October 19th, 2015, 08:08 AM
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Arkonik Defender works in progress today

Just a few photos folks of some bits and bobs from around the site today....top marks if anyone can tell me the age of this axle note the Optimill billet hinges - expensive but effective....not my own personal choice...but some Clients love em...note the waterproof connectors we utilise for all external lamp fixings, totally recommended Also note the fuel filler neck badges that we have manufactured to original specification...let me know if you need one (gas or diesel) and finally a trim package from Exmoor arrived in this morning and is on the "QC" mat...we have worked relentlessly with Julian at Exmoor to help improve their finishing through constant feedback...meaning not only a better finish for us and our Clients but improvements for everyone who ever buys from them I believe...

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Old October 20th, 2015, 04:48 AM
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Arkonik - don't try this at home

Grrr alpine light fitting (dont try it at home folks!!) Check out the upgrade braided fuel line we fit, expensive but sweet view! 19J restoration underway....soon be into the 200's now....

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