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Old October 26th, 2015, 07:37 AM
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Hidden benefits

A few pictures of some of the protective measures we take..... we use stainless fixings and cavity wax everywhere we can, sound proofing and waterproofing is installed according to a set process. Under-body areas are protected in various layers depending upon their job and their position; jenolite, red lead, raptor coatings, stone chip and wax all are used to either treat or protect. Some time ago we took to replacing glass fuse holders (common on early 110 and 90) for more modern blade type holders...much more reliable and happy to supply if any one needs

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Old October 26th, 2015, 08:17 AM
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air conditioning assembly early motors

Not sure if anyone needs support with AC for their early Defender motors? We have reverse engineered air con compressor brackets and other AC components for fitting modern OEM AC to older motors - 19J TD and Rover V8 - happy to supply complete kits for an AC install on V8 and 19J TD, at cost price to forum members - we have also just gone through the same process in readiness for the first of our own 200 builds - so can supply the same equipment for 200's aswell. Note this is not an advert just an offer of help

You can see a picture of a custom build truck below, all panels are painted and assembled separate - you can see the bulkhead masked ready for its own treatment - bulkheads are always treated differently to other body panels - due to their high steel content they get greater layers of paint and protection, far more than fenders and doors etc....rear tubs and seat boxes are painted on the vehicle after they have been glazed and stone chip protected beneath.

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Old October 26th, 2015, 11:06 AM
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Andrew, may I make a suggestion?

Please have someone teach you how to post pictures right side up. One of the things important in rebuilding Defenders is detail. Exhibiting some may help your cause (well, it wouldn't hurt).
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Old October 27th, 2015, 07:54 AM
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Back to bare metal

I posted a few pics yesterday of a custom 90 we are building this month. I was showing how the bulkhead was mounted and painted before fenders are attached. So the fenders are now on, the fender inner arches are always reused we first sand-blast them and then prime coast and then Raptor coat inner and outer surfaces, The inner surface of the fenders themselves are finished in stonechip. The brand new outer fender (wing) is taken back to bare metal and then coated in smooth surface filler - this is the only way we can be certain of having no imperfections in our desired surface finish - even with original brand new wings!

Couple of other pics here of a some refurbished engine and ancillary parts....original metal expansion tanks are so much nicer than modern plastic equipment! One of the only things we don't do ourselves is transmission building i've posted a picture of a transmission going in, we use a company local to us called TES - they've been building boxes for 30 years - we used to use Ashcroft but moved away from them a while ago...in addition to their quality and guarantees TES have a beautiful metal bead blasting machine....which gets all old gearbox and transfer box cases back to new. If anyone's looking for an alternative to Ashcroft you may find them worth a call.....Andy

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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:00 AM
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TES transmission

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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:37 AM
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Enamel coating and fender edges

I'm so excited to have worked out how to post up photos in the right orientation that I decided to put some more on

We rebuild all our own motors, all ancillary items, even pulleys, are painted in black enamel and then baked for 30 minutes in our little oven...bought this oven from Ebay years ago....it was built for laboratory purposes but works perfect for small high temp applications

One of my pet dislikes is the way that even on brand new Defenders the fender seams can fill with dirt so we specially treat the joints with a very smooth and flexible filler, so as dirt and corrosion cannot get between the joints between outer and top / front fender joints, couple of examples below of this process from around the shop today (one in LR Arles and one in LR Adriatic Blue) you can see we still leave a definitive seam - we just make sure there is no gap

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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:57 AM
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Top notch quality and attention to detail.

-Jeff
Here's a finished item Jeff. We seam seal in the same way as they leave Solihull even today. One thing we have learnt not to scrimp on is door seals and only ever use OEM equipment now ...hope your'e well mate and thanks for your feedback, Andy

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Old October 27th, 2015, 09:01 AM
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A clearer picture of fender seam sealing (Santorini Black) its such a worth while improvment

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Old October 27th, 2015, 09:35 AM
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When you seal the fender seams, what product do you use? How does that effect future removal of the fender skin?

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Itís a PU sealer Jeff, it stays semi elastic. If you just had to replace an outer fender panel then it can be sliced through and the wing un-bolted as normal. If you had to remove the whole fender then no detriment at all. Mate just while writing, Iíve attached a picture of the sealant but alongside it Iíve put an instrument light panel. We are about to go into reverse - production of these Ė itís become impossible for us to buy them new anymoreÖÖif anyone on the Forum has got a similarly faded panel and wants a replacement then let us know I hope to have high quality reproductions for trial in a couple of month. Best, Andy

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Old October 27th, 2015, 09:41 AM
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Itís a PU sealer Jeff, it stays semi elastic. If you just had to replace an outer fender panel then it can be sliced through and the wing un-bolted as normal. If you had to remove the whole fender then no detriment at all. Mate just while writing, Iíve attached a picture of the sealant but alongside it Iíve put an instrument light panel. We are about to go into reverse - production of these Ė itís become impossible for us to buy them new anymoreÖÖif anyone on the Forum has got a similarly faded panel and wants a replacement then let us know I hope to have high quality reproductions for trial in a couple of month. Best, Andy

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Andy - will you be doing NAS panels?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 11:32 AM
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Andy - will you be doing NAS panels?
Yep that was the intent Sir
I'll post some pics when the samples come through
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Old October 28th, 2015, 09:36 AM
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Orange Alcantara

Few shots from around the shops today chaps. 90 Full Custom Build being masked ready to go into primer, cargo bulkhead "U" section removed ready for seat risers. Here's one of the Alcantara side trim panels which will be going into this very truck and one of the rocker covers for the same vehicle. "Spot the theme" do let me know guys if any one ever wants help in getting any of the parts that we use. I'll put some photos of the 90 on once it's in primer - warm regards to you all from Somerset - Andy

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Old October 28th, 2015, 12:38 PM
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A couple of questions:

I saw the sealant and was wondering why you would just glob it on like that. Is it over the tape? Even if Land Rover does it that way, doesnt mean it is done correctly by them either. Looks super sloppy.

Why are you sealing fenders? What advantage does this have? You will never have panel gap of a modern car so what are you trying to accomplish other than making it a pain to take apart later?

Your last pics show a truck ready for paint. If you are taking a truck fully apart why on earth are you half re-asssembling to paint? How are you going to get proper coverage on anything?
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It’s a PU sealer Jeff, it stays semi elastic. If you just had to replace an outer fender panel then it can be sliced through and the wing un-bolted as normal. If you had to remove the whole fender then no detriment at all. Mate just while writing, I’ve attached a picture of the sealant but alongside it I’ve put an instrument light panel. We are about to go into reverse - production of these – it’s become impossible for us to buy them new anymore……if anyone on the Forum has got a similarly faded panel and wants a replacement then let us know I hope to have high quality reproductions for trial in a couple of month. Best, Andy

I would be glad to try one out for you, I am trying to gather the bits to redo that portion of my dash.
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Old October 29th, 2015, 02:07 AM
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My wife and I stopped in at the Arkonik shop yesterday afternoon on our way to Bath. Andy welcomed us, introduced us to his team and gave us a tour. Saw a lot of great trucks in various stages of assembly as well as finished trucks and those soon to be rebuilt. They run a very clean shop. I can honestly say it is the only time I have seen a 19J engine you could call a work of art. Very interesting to see the custom details of the individual vehicles.

Want to say a special thanks to Andy, Paul and Stuart for their time. My wife showed the crew some of our pictures of the Series III and they were just as keen to learn about my trucks as I was in learning about theirs. A great first hand experience at Arkonik.
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Old October 29th, 2015, 03:54 AM
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I would be glad to try one out for you, I am trying to gather the bits to redo that portion of my dash.
Thanks Brett for the offer - i'll publish some photos of the new item just as soon as the samples are here - i'll then get one over to you mate - best, Andy
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Old October 29th, 2015, 10:07 AM
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Thanks Brett for the offer - i'll publish some photos of the new item just as soon as the samples are here - i'll then get one over to you mate - best, Andy
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Old October 29th, 2015, 10:11 AM
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Old October 29th, 2015, 10:38 AM
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It looks like the carpet matches the drapes. Nothing says CLASSY like bright orange faux suede on a truck full of bondo.

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Jeff, i've just googled what "the carpet matches the drapes" means....interesting turn of phrase mate, and hey there's no accounting for taste, couple of corrections on your post...this is not faux suede, Alcantara is the covering material used its manufactured and marketed by Alcantara SpA. Very expensive and infinitely better for the purpose that the Client has specified....the other correction is that we do not use "Bondo" this is an American product manufactured by 3M - our fine surface fillers are very different and used for the very best paint possible paint application....there is an implication in your choice of words that using filler on new panels is not good practice, my staff have a very different point of view and very different experience I expect to you (remember these staff are qualified, time served, decent and normal people with mortgages and children) who do their very best to do their very best. Thought i'd mention this Jeff as I'm sure (particularly as a moderate man) that it's not your intention to upset or misdirect anyone. Cheers mate, Andy
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How does the filler hold up when the vehicles are taken off-road/green laning?
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