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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Picking up my D90 from Port of Tacoma



I'm assuming this will be a regular occurrence.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:03 PM
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:04 PM
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Sweet. What's wrong? You're welcome to bring it by the house and we can take a look at it. If it's parked somewhere, I can come to you with tools and spares.

I'd love to check it out if you're going to be around a little while.

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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:39 PM
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Thanks Chris. I just got towed to Kimball's. Does that mean anything to you? It's on pacific ave south. We hooked up the battery, the truck did nothing except emit the smell of sulfur. I'll PM you.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:44 PM
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Never heard of Kimballs. Give me a ring and I can swing by to check it out. A couple of questions:

Does the starter run when you turn the key?

Does the motor turn over at all?

Is there fuel in the tank? (you'd be amazed......)

What motor are you running? 2.5NA?

Have you tried a different battery?

------ Follow up post added May 23rd, 2014 11:46 AM ------

Also, if we can't get it running immediately, can you get it towed to Defenders Northwest in Gig Harbor? That's Brian Hall's place. He's on his way back from ExPo but if you need a place to keep it and don't want to pay storage fees, I'm sure it would be no problem. You can also leave it at my place but it would be on the street.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 02:55 PM
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If you can get it to Portland, I suggest having Doug Shipman take a look at it.

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Old May 23rd, 2014, 03:09 PM
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Next time, push or pull start it. Don't need no stinking electrical system to run an ex-MOD Defender.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 03:12 PM
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Next time, push or pull start it. Don't need no stinking electrical system to run an ex-MOD Defender.
Which reminds me, check the connection on your fuel cut-off solenoid on the left side (standing in front of the truck, staring at the motor) of the motor. If this wire is broken (mine was really shitty when the truck showed up), you won't get fuel flow. Also trace the fuel lines back and tighten every banjo fitting.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 03:25 PM
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Thanks Chris. I'll find out what the problem is and give you a call.

I had planned to take it into Brian's shop but sadly customs didn't release it in time and this was the last weekend for a month that I could use.

Thanks for the tip Paul. It's booked in with Ship's for Tuesday.
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First thing you buy after getting a Defender is a AAA membership.

Some Land Rover peeps told me that years ago.
Now, 14 years of driving Range Rover Classics, I've used AAA 2x for less than 100 miles.
Once was a bad fuel pump, once overheated.
AAA is a nice plan B... or C.


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Old May 23rd, 2014, 04:03 PM
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Really, on a 2.5 NA, you need 30 minutes of instruction and should always be able to get it going. They are very simple. Power to the fuel solenoid and give it a push. Even a little 9 V battery will give enough power to the solenoid. If all else fails remove the solenoid guts and go.

Learn how it works. Don't rely on a mechanic. Have Chris come over and help get it going. Learning how it works is worth much more than anything.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 04:11 PM
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Thanks for the tip Paul. It's booked in with Ship's for Tuesday.
Mine is at Ship's right now. Picking her up on Monday.
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Some Land Rover peeps told me that years ago. Now, 14 years of driving Range Rover Classics, I've used AAA 2x for less than 100 miles. Once was a bad fuel pump, once overheated. AAA is a nice plan B... or C. .
If you didn't have AAA that number would have been 2x/year. Haven't you heard of Murphy's Law
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 05:00 PM
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 06:08 PM
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Henry is up and running and driving back to Portland. Turns out, he just had a dead battery. He stopped by the house and I got to see his new truck. It's really sweet. Abe and Doug found him a good one. Overall the truck is very straight. Motor looks great, better than my old 2.5NA. His truck is an 83 but only left service recently and it looks like they made some small updates to the motor ancillaries.

It was like a Withams lot in front of my house:



Congratulations on your new ex-MOD, Henry!
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 10:56 PM
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Made it. The truck cruised happily along I-5 at 70 once we got out of traffic. Thanks for everyone's advice. It was great to meet you Chris. Looking forward to seeing you in PDX.


Paul, is your truck cream? I saw a cream 90 in Portland on Wednesday, the same day the truck got cleared. I thought it must have been an omen!
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Paul, is your truck cream? I saw a cream 90 in Portland on Wednesday, the same day the truck got cleared. I thought it must have been an omen!
Yes, my truck is cream. Crater Lake plates? Doug must have been out for a test drive.
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