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Old October 13th, 2015, 03:45 PM
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Old October 13th, 2015, 04:02 PM
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Should the forum vote and nominate who they think would be the best people to review Arkonik? Realizing some may have no interest in going...
You mean like: Ash, Brian, Charles, Doug, Ed, Eric, Jeff, Jimmy, Josh and Skinny Pete.. etc, etc..
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Old October 13th, 2015, 04:19 PM
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You mean like: Ash, Brian, Charles, Doug, Ed, Eric, Jeff, Jimmy, Josh and Skinny Pete.. etc, etc..
Yep...that would be awesome. And John (Red90) for a little Canadian presence
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Old October 13th, 2015, 04:26 PM
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Even brand new Defenders are (and always have been) fraught with minor eccentricities and faults, such as; small oil leaks and oil misting, ingress of water or draughts through door seals, poor cold starting, fluctuating engine idle (gasoline), seemingly excessive smoke from the exhaust on cold start-up (diesel), inefficient cabin heaters, slow windscreen wipers, minor electrical niggles, rattles and noise, electrolytic corrosion to bodywork, minor surface rust to metal parts, transmission noise or slack etc. (For more information on the eccentricities of used Defender ownership see section 10).

These are all issues that could be resolved by a proper rebuild. The quality of work does not match the price. I wouldn't have a problem with your trucks were being sold in the $70-80k price range. From what I recall, the ones I saw the customers paid around $120k. For $120k coil springs should not be installed upside down.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 04:43 PM
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I am already scheduled to be in the UK for a week, November 14th-22nd (i.e., the week before Thanksgiving). Assuming that I can work it into my schedule, I'd be willing to provide an honest assessment of Arkonik and its product. I don't suspect any of the members here will have any objections.

Andy, why don't you send me an email to discuss: will@williamhedricklaw.com

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NOPE - its me. Already sorted...

and a special guest...
Craig,

Sorry sir, I didn't read your post before I posted my offer. If you and Andy have already made arrangements, then I'm willing to step aside.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 05:17 PM
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I am already scheduled to be in the UK for a week, November 14th-22nd (i.e., the week before Thanksgiving). Assuming that I can work it into my schedule, I'd be willing to provide an honest assessment of Arkonik and its product. I don't suspect any of the members here will have any objections.

Andy, why don't you send me an email to discuss: will@williamhedricklaw.com

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Craig,

Sorry sir, I didn't read your post before I posted my offer. If you and Andy have already made arrangements, then I'm willing to step aside.
Will, Jonesey and Briggs ... that would be competition to Brandon's thread of the year ...
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Yep...that would be awesome. And John (Red90) for a little Canadian presence
..and Sam.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 07:27 PM
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I'm going that way in November anyhow... I should just show up a week earlier un-annouced before the others arrive. Wonder if I would see them getting all the crap out the door so it's not there for the "inspection".

Kinda like a references for a perspective employer... you wouldn't put any ones down that don't have good things to say, would you??
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Old October 13th, 2015, 07:52 PM
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2) You are happy to try to properly understand what it means to spend 4000 hours to utterly dismantle a 25 year old Defender to its frame, its motor to its block, its gearbox's and axles to their casings, its body to nothing and then paint it, rebuild it bolt by bolt, bit by bit....test it for 500 miles and then let it go...
This should be a signature line.

100 trucks x 4000 man hours = ...........
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Old October 13th, 2015, 07:53 PM
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Andy, Are any of your customers (owners of an "Arkonik" vehicle) on our forum? Maybe that would be the best way to set the record straight.
Looks to be about 100 shipped to the USA with State listed. Should be easy to ID them.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 08:23 PM
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Old October 13th, 2015, 08:28 PM
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This should be a signature line.

100 trucks x 4000 man hours = ...........
2 man years of labour!!! Okay. He must have the slowest workers in the world and the lowest paid in the UK.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 08:50 PM
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Old October 13th, 2015, 09:15 PM
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2 man years of labour!!! Okay. He must have the slowest workers in the world and the lowest paid in the UK.
Are there no labour laws in the UK? 4-5 trucks/month = 4.5 trucks/month 4000 tech hrs/truck 40 techs [(4.5 trucks/month)x(4000 tech hrs/truck)]/[(4.3 weeks/month)x(40 techs)] = 105 hrs/week
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Old October 13th, 2015, 09:32 PM
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And at wages well below the minimum allowed. There must be a bunch of government agencies that should be notified.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 10:00 PM
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You guys are just merciless and unforgiving.
I'm open minded to checking the place out. But I'm not an expert so in respect, I'm not qualified to really know what to look for.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 01:53 AM
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NOPE - its me. Already sorted...

and a special guest...
How about a UK Happy Hour while your here?
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Old October 14th, 2015, 02:39 AM
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Growing pains and quality control issues.

I've torn down an engine that had never been apart since installed by the factory to find that it had run fine all its life missing the top piston ring on one cylinder.

A family member bought a new Chevy and didn't catch a painting flaw on one door. When taken back to the dealer to correct, they repainted the wrong door.

A friend of mine's steering wheel came off while driving his Mercedes.

So to me, an upside down spring is a small correctable issue.

Of course it makes me wonder about other things in the assembly.

My HS2.8 engine came out of the crate from Brazil missing a lift pump and had a misaligned crank that caused the front seal to fail and led to the premature failing of the belt. Same thing happened to Prins Wildcat racer and five other HS2.8 that left the factory.

So I've seen a fair share of quality control issues.
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Old October 14th, 2015, 06:27 AM
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I am already scheduled to be in the UK for a week, November 14th-22nd (i.e., the week before Thanksgiving). Assuming that I can work it into my schedule, I'd be willing to provide an honest assessment of Arkonik and its product. I don't suspect any of the members here will have any objections.

Andy, why don't you send me an email to discuss: will@williamhedricklaw.com

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Craig,

Sorry sir, I didn't read your post before I posted my offer. If you and Andy have already made arrangements, then I'm willing to step aside.

We are scheduling for Nov 16 Will. We can coordinate offline.
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Morning all who are subscribing to this thread, thank-you for your ongoing thoughts and comments. Please remember that we don't only build fancy rigs for wealthy Clients, we also do small works and minor restorations for local people. So some of the images that i'll be posting will come from myriad projects from minor suspension swaps to total custom rebuilds. From a $100 weld to a $50k refurb, to a $100k glory-rig. I am here to be shot at. Yes, I does hurt. No, you should not stop. Your feedback is received with the intent it is given and with humility....I sat with my senior techs and production director this morning and discussed much of what I read and experienced on the forum yesterday...they were also upset but are looking forwards to the chance to show the business on the forum, in other news I have been speaking with Craig Jones overnight and we have forged the bones of a plan for him to visit in November (along with a filming guy) for an open door review of how we work. I hope that within 2 months of now we will all be able to hear his thoughts. In the meantime, we have a number of trucks arriving through Newark for delivery, one will be passing through a main JLR network dealer, so could be a chance for some of you NY guys to visit this first hand (I know we have a forum member working in the dealership - so that could be fun!) Anyway what follows are some photos of the business as it looks this morning in an Autumnal Somerset...thank-you all again for your considered comments and feedback, Andy
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