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Old September 18th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Matthew McGee
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I'm restoring my defender and need a picture of the area where the bulkhead mounts to the frame. I can't find a schematic of it on the net. I just need to see if there are any spacers/washers that allow everything to go back together properly; a few milimeteres here and there can make a huge difference.

Any non smart ass help is appreciated.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 03:16 PM
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Jim Cheney
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If you've got as far as realizing that its a few millimeters that makes all the difference, then you truly have all the understanding of the situation you need. After that, its trial and error.

When I was putting my truck back together (after swapping chassis) I bolted down the tub and then installed the bulkhead, doors, and fenders based on that. In the end, I feel I should have installed a spacer between the tub and mounting tabs - just a couple mm's would have been great. As it is, I have to shim my door strikers out farther than I like. The number of washers used between the chassis and bulkhead is trial and error.

The primary mistake I made was assuming that it would be OK to base everything off the tub position. In fact it takes more finesse and ability to finely position the panels.
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