I made it back from Chicago in once piece, along with an '84 ROW 110 three door with a 300 TDi & LT77. This is my first Land Rover, although I've had my '82 Scrambler since '98, so I'm no 4x4 or high maintenance noobie. I spent the weekend going over it, and everything so far seems pretty solid. Surface rust on the frame, and some minor corrosion here and there due to metal mismatch. I'm generally impressed with how well it's built, and how heavy a number of the components are compared to my Scrambler. Slightly different tool for a slightly different job. It's a world a difference jumping from one to the other.
Two things are stopping me from taking it for a Texas inspection. First, the brake pedal catches very low, and it looks to be a rear left wheel cylinder leaking combined with air in the brake lines. The left brake drum and brake components were coated with what looks to be a mixture of dust and brake fluid (i.e. nasty grease), and there was a lot of crud and dampness under the torn wheel cylinder dust boots. Should be a simple replacement. I'll be doing both wheel cylinders, even though the other's not leaking. These have the manually adjustable rear brakes - any upgrade to automatic adjustable brakes recommended while I have everything apart?
The other inspection problem is the wipers barely move on a dry windshield - they need to work and return, and they barely do so. On a slightly damp windshield, they move normally. When it starts to rain, they go nuts and start slapping the bottom of the windshield frame. I plan on following this guy's post and lubricate everything up:
Any other ideas on this?
The only other mechanical issue I'm aware of is a leaking swivel housing. I'll likely fill it with the swivel housing grease until I get time to fix it properly.
Lots of other minor issues I need to address, like not all of the idiot lights were connected on the new TDi dash, the turn signal canceller only cancels at one spot, the heater/defroster motor no longer spins, etc....
Fun fun fun!