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Old June 30th, 2013, 01:55 AM
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TRIP REPORT: Surrey, UK - Vicenza, Italy via 130

In about an hour I'm headed to the Verona airport to catch my flight to London (Gatwick). Then I'll meet up with my buddy Michele (CUBE II), we'll catch a cab to Foxhills 4x4 in Surrey and pick up my new (new to me) Defender 130. We still haven't decided on a specific route, as we may want to check out some WWII sites etc.... I'll try to post pics and a trip update this evening once at a hotel or wifi spot.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 04:04 AM
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In about an hour I'm headed to the Verona airport to catch my flight to London (Gatwick). Then I'll meet up with my buddy Michele (CUBE II), we'll catch a cab to Foxhills 4x4 in Surrey and pick up my new (new to me) Defender 130. We still haven't decided on a specific route, as we may want to check out some WWII sites etc.... I'll try to post pics and a trip update this evening once at a hotel or wifi spot.
Will you be headed be headed down thru Munich? Some great sites around there. I am currently just north of there. Shoot me a pm if you need anything.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Nice trip brother! Keep us up dated. Can't wait to hear how the truck fares....oh and you too.
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Old June 30th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Did you check with TMO to ensure they'll ship back a vehicle that big on the government's dime? You're limited to 20 measurement tons. http://www.transcom.mil/dtr/part-iv/...iv_app_k_3.pdf
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Old July 1st, 2013, 04:10 AM
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Did you check with TMO to ensure they'll ship back a vehicle that big on the government's dime? You're limited to 20 measurement tons. http://www.transcom.mil/dtr/part-iv/...iv_app_k_3.pdf
Dure did. They said it was fine.

------ Follow up post added July 1st, 2013 03:14 AM ------

Trip hasnt went as smoothly as wanted.... Will list the multiple issues later. We will finish up the trip today...will post trip notes when i arrive. Sorry for the lame report.

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Will you be headed be headed down thru Munich? Some great sites around there. I am currently just north of there. Shoot me a pm if you need anything.
Thanks! But i dont think we will be headed through germany.
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 10:51 AM
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First thanks to JimC and Coug D90 for your offers to assist if needed. Sorry I didn't make it out your way to say howdy.

First, the bad:

So when I arrived at the LR Defender "specialist" I was merrily greeted by ..... no one. The guy knew what time I was going to arrive, yet he was nowhere to be found. I finally reached him via phone and he came scurrying along. He then couldn't find the keys and finally realized that his mechanic had accidentally left them in his pocket the evening before. Upon reviewing the truck (I was going sight unseen aside from photos) I found a depressing amount of rust on the chassis and foot wells (the pics provided were dark and had a mat over them, only showing one clean foot well and leaving out the other rotten one). There were also some other things I pointed out to the guy, he mostly played dumb, but in the end did at least give me two new foot wells (I will install/get installed).

I then got into the truck and started her up. (GOOD) She started up like a champ, no complaints…until I see that the fuel light is on! I look at the guy and am like, “there’s no diesel in here. How can you as a “professional” hand over a vehicle on an empty tank?” Again, he played dumb (I’m starting to realize he wasn’t just playing). He and his buddies then put in a bit of diesel and Michele and I hop in to continue our journey. Im a bit pieved by this point. I plug in the GPS and we get on the road. We go meet up with a buddy of Michele’s, Nigel, the owner of Mega-Squirt V8 (am I the only one who thinks this sounds like the name of a naughty site?). After about an hour we then get on the road to 1.) find a pub for a pint and some chow and 2.) head to the Dover Chunnel. ….GPS then comes up with a low battery indicator. After a little inspection, we find that the cigarette lighter isn’t wired up! As you can imagine we struggle to make it to the Chunnel in any reasonable amount of time. My Europe road atlas was only mildy helpful while transiting the UK traffic circles with about 197 exits off of each one. We make it to the Chunnel at about 2300 and see we cant get on the next train until 0138. We sit and wait and board the train at our designated time (in about 35-40 minutes @ 150GBP). Oh… did I mention we discovered I had a leaking fuel tank on the way?!?!? Once we get into France I decide I’m too pooped to drive much further and we stay at a budget hotel in Bethune (only finding a hotel that was open was a serious pain, especially with no GPS—check-in time was about 0500).
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 11:44 AM
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The less bad.
We got about 4 hours of sleep or so and got on the road from Bethune by around 1100. The truck continued to start/run well. We realized that the seats are so worn your butt is pretty much sitting on the rails and not a cushion. The fuel tank leaked, but only if we filled it more than ¾ full. Getting twice (or more) the fuel mileage compared to my D90 V8 (sold last week) was nice. There are a number of items that need to be repaired and/or replaced. I dropped Michele off at his home IVO Milan (thanks Michele for being a great co-pilot!), and continued the 2 ½ remaining hours of my drive to Vicenza. I arrived at home around 0430. Slept for a few hours then was at work by 1000. Fortunately I decided to leave around 1430 to come home and relax/nap. On my immediate to do list is:
- Replace all filters fluids
- Replace fuel tank and will likely add new lines while I’m at it
- Needs new brakes
- Alignment is a bit off as well
- Lights are set up for RHD driving and aim towards the opposing drivers (I’m guessing I need to get new bulbs, or would swapping sides work? Anybody know?)
- Replace tie-rod ends
- Foot wells

Soon I would like to make the interior more family friendly and tolerable for the wife and incoming man-cub by adding sound deadening material (likely dynamat), new front seats, seat covers for rear, cigarette lighter wired up, and new door seals/gaskets. If you guys notice items in the pics that I need to attack please feel free to mention as I am open to advice! Obviously the chassis is enduring mission.

Though I am not happy with the dealer I purchased the D130 from, I am happy that I HAVE A 130! I can bring it back to the states when I PCS here. Also I paid far less than what I’d find one back home. Its good to have made it back home after 2 long days of driving, now I have work to do!
More pics can be found here: https://plus.google.com/photos/10817...OmWg_2niKy_twE
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 12:50 PM
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Glad you are both home safe. Thanks for the update, now get to work.
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 01:09 PM
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On the lenses it should be marked with an area you can tape off to avoid dazzling other drivers ... to do it permanently you need to change lenses.

Hella H4 Euro spec headlights are very cheap and can be installed in about 30-45 mins!
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 03:37 PM
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Perhaps chase up the dealer since he provided a 12 month parts and labor warranty in his description of the truck. Glad you made it safely.
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 04:14 PM
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Congrats. Brits can get headlight cutouts to tape over the EEC spec sidewalk illumination. Given where you are, get a set of correct headlights and ditch what you got.
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You took the scenic route to the Tunnel then!

Who did you buy the truck from?

Doesn't sound too bad for a 130 of that age. They've often had a hard life. My B reg 110 needed a complete rebuild 5 years ago.
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Old July 3rd, 2013, 10:38 AM
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Congrats. Brits can get headlight cutouts to tape over the EEC spec sidewalk illumination. Given where you are, get a set of correct headlights and ditch what you got.
Yeah I think that's a good idea... just order new headlights.

Thanks for the tips everybody!.

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You took the scenic route to the Tunnel then!

Who did you buy the truck from?

Doesn't sound too bad for a 130 of that age. They've often had a hard life. My B reg 110 needed a complete rebuild 5 years ago.
Yeah it was a pain in the rear... once we got out of the UK the navigation was pretty easy with a map. She'll get some much needed TLC now

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Perhaps chase up the dealer since he provided a 12 month parts and labor warranty in his description of the truck. Glad you made it safely.
I've emailed him and am awaiting a reply. Funny, before I bought the truck he answered within seconds via smartphone....now its crickets. We'll see.
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It was a fun trip a little long and tiring maybe, and I couldn't stand France anymore, it seemed never ending!

I snapped a few pics with my phone I'll upload later.

Memorable moments...
...walking in the yard while Matthew was busy paying the taxi driver, to find the place desert, and the 130 waiting there...first thing I usually crawl under to check chassis, and oh boys...uhm it seems a pain in the @rse...the whole truck doesn't look too bad from a few meters, then you see some weird things...

...waiting in a corner while Matthew points out all the wrong things and the kid/seller doesn't seem to care at all...all of a sudden I had a vision of Matthew killing the little guy with his bare hands, and me having to bail him out of jail..."hello there, is it Mrs. Mo? Hey, how are you doing today? I'm Michele...yeah weather is lovely here, erm, listen, Matthew has been thrown in jail but don't worry, no big deal...yeah he's fine, he just killed a guy, but he deserved it"...

...enjoying a couple of beers and my much missed smoked salmon in a nice pub...


...messing with the GPS plug only to realize the wires behind the dash aren't there...


The truck runs fine and pulls away smoothly, I suggested Matthew to give it a full service as soon as possible to start with...I checked the oil level before leaving the motel in France, and I think the engine is overfilled

With some elbow grease (and maybe a sand blaster ) it will become a kickass expedition truck!!



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You took the scenic route to the Tunnel then!
I forgot to PM you, we could've met while in Surreyland...
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I forgot to PM you, we could've met while in Surreyland...
& I could have shown you the direct route to the Chunnel.
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& I could have shown you the direct route to the Chunnel.
M25 to m20......should do it just follow the lorries with foreign number plates and TIR plates.
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Photos.

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One day I'll have a proper camera again
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