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Old February 23rd, 2011, 02:30 PM
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nice, Jim! thanks for the report, and congrats on your new truck. she's a beauty.

the pics of Nene. . boy oh boy.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 03:58 PM
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I started to get dizzy when I saw your pic of the Foley stable..
Thats Andrew Harrison-Smith's operation not Stuart Foley's. Nene Overland is the largest independant in the UK.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 04:51 PM
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Ok, last part here:

Sunday morning I woke up and just had to made for Folkestone to catch the 1020 train running through the channel tunnel. For some reason I was concerned I wouldn't make it on time and I pushed it a bit on the M11 getting down there. Ended up arriving early and getting an earlier train.

The chunnel is a cool experience. I've taken the ferries before, and the fast cats too when that company was still in business, but this is a far superior experience. You just drive onto these big train cars and stay in your car as the train passes under the English Channel. As you can see the cars are huge, the tour bus in front of me just drove right in. The doors were shut and 25 minutes later I was driving off in France. I found the sign on the English side that read "France" with an arrow to be amusing.

From there I uneventfully crossed Belgium and the Netherlands and then into Germany. I literally stopped at the first Esso station in Germany because I can buy fuel tax-free in Germany, up until then I was paying the standard full-bore rate in the other countries.

I got home later in the evening, parked up, unloaded my new Safety Devices NAS external cage, and went to bed. When I got up in the morning, it had snowed on my new truck.

So, a job done.

Driving impressions:
This new engine and interior are worlds apart from previous efforts. I really like it, the better seats I think are worth it all by themselves. There is obviously more sound deadening in these newer Defenders also. Its still loud at highway speeds, but not bad at all really.

Stall control and the puma's torque are very cool. Even facing up a hill, you can just let the clutch out in first gear without giving it any accelerator at all. It just moves out on its own, quite a neat trick.

Like most defenders, it still likes to cruise at about 110 kph, and with a 6th gear, it does that at about 1900 rpm. I pushed it up to 130 kph for stretches, but that really caused the fuel economy to drop.

Speaking of fuel economy, I got as high as 23 mpg and as low as 18 on the trip. The 18 is when I was running faster, but I think it might have been better if I wasn't spewing diesel on the highway and the back of the truck. The fuel vent hose is leaking for some reason (dry rot?) and the tank leaks when full.

It is a Rover, so the leak is par for the course, but it has several other defects that need fixing ASAP. The hood release broke the first time I tried to open the hood, so I've still never seen the engine. The turn signals won't cancel themselves, and I have the obligatory water leak in the driver's side footwell.

Overall, defects and all, I'm really happy with it. I paid right about what I paid for my rusted out NAS 110, so this was clearly a better value. Plus its got boost wheels.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:00 PM
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What sd cage is in the back?
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:13 PM
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What sd cage is in the back?
If I had to guess, I'd guess it was his new Safety Devices NAS external cage, which he unloaded after he parked up, and then went to bed for the night...
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unloaded my new safety devices nas external cage
...beat me to it.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:19 PM
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Ha all I saw was pictures and a mention of chicken curry
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Congrats Jim...

Tell us where the Yellow 95 so we can give it some love... I am sure that it is jealous with a Puma in the stable.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:50 PM
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Really going to put the NAS cage on? Can't imagine cutting the holes
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 06:29 PM
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Jim ... you must have driven very close to my house in the UK ... Channel Tunnel is one fine piece of infrastructure ... pity we don't have anything like that in the US!
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:46 PM
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That's awesome. Will you post some shots of your interior when you get time? Love the color. The cage is going to look awesome on it, especially with a roof top tent and parked on the Tour course this summer.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 02:41 AM
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Nice read!

nice truck too.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Ok, this isn't the most extreme trip ever, in fact, its not extreme at all. No carnage, boulder bashing, serious off-road action, or even panties thrown on the windshield
It sounds like you were driving so fast that the panties blew off the windscreen before you noticed.
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Old February 24th, 2011, 04:52 PM
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Hey Jim,
just a thought.

Before you leave the civilsed Europe and head home to te US of A, you might want to check that your puma has had all of the software updates.

From reading about it on the defender2.net forum, there's quite a lot of patches that LR have issues over the last few years for the pume to keep it running ship shape.
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Hey Jim,
just a thought.

Before you leave the civilsed Europe and head home to te US of A, you might want to check that your puma has had all of the software updates.

From reading about it on the defender2.net forum, there's quite a lot of patches that LR have issues over the last few years for the pume to keep it running ship shape.
could a Ford dealer here be capable of updating it too? (i'm thinking the transit connect puma motor). No idea if they'd help you or if updates were rover-specific, just a thought.
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Congrats Jim...

Tell us where the Yellow 95 so we can give it some love... I am sure that it is jealous with a Puma in the stable.
Hidden up on a farm in Washington ... Josh probably has the co-ordinates ... probably has the co-ordinates of all the NAS defenders plotted in real time ...
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Old February 24th, 2011, 05:02 PM
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The transit engine is only available in euro transit vans not that little transit thing that ford sells in the US.
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What a beautiful truck! Thanks for the pics and story. Makes me want to finish mine.
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Should have let me know you were coming through before. I could have given you a tour of a 135 here at Mildenhall... and taken you to the best pubs in the area!
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The transit engine is only available in euro transit vans not that little transit thing that ford sells in the US.
ah, news to me. Thanks
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