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Old November 18th, 2004, 08:35 PM
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Winter Upgrades

Well,

Spoke with Keith @ RT Designs today and ordered up some HD Trailing arms. Coming most likely week after next. Can't wait!

Can't say enough good things about Keith. Nice guy to do business with! Hopefully be getting the HD Pan Hard Rod, Tie Rods and Sewer Caps later in the Winter.

Anybody else upgrading the D this winter? The Ol' Christmass wish could use some more suggestions....

EwS
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Old November 18th, 2004, 08:50 PM
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Damn! Now I have upgrade envy.
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Old November 18th, 2004, 10:33 PM
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Old November 18th, 2004, 10:53 PM
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Man who wants to upgrade in the winter? It is cold working on the frozen ground in a windy driveway just as it starts to snow. I try not to work on it until at least spring. The only thing I try to do over the winter is to increase the heater output!
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Old November 18th, 2004, 11:34 PM
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Winter is kinda like the off season for me. Got Year end close, 1st quarter financials, taxes to prepare. I am lucky if I can get out once a month.

So I surf, plan and purchase!

Makes April 16 roll around quicker....

EwS
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Old November 19th, 2004, 01:32 AM
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Upgrade?

I have my hands full just keeping it running this winter. As soon as it got cold things started breaking. So far it's been an electrical fire , my brakes, my clutch throughout bearing is making noise, the fan clutch isn't working right, the glow plugs are shot, the alternator bearings are getting rough, my starter solonoid had to be hit with a hammer yesterday and I think my lift pump is or has failed. On top of that are the usual issues of trying to get more heat and stop the leaks.

I'm replacing things with heavey duty parts, so if it makes it to the spring it should be good for another 10 years.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 10:20 AM
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I would like to install one of these.
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It should work with only a few modifications.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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I think I'm gonna ask Santa for the VDO gauges. Hopefully, I'm off the "Naughty" list this year.
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Old November 25th, 2004, 10:40 PM
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Little stuff

I am new to the forum and have been hanging out in the "search for fix-it advice section." I just got my '94 in October and could not be happier. I have been dreaming of this day for about 10 years...I tell my wife that this is my kind of adultary.

Anyways, today i put a $3.50 upgrade in. I purchased some dark grey outdoor carpet from Depot and lined my dash board tray area. I work for Denver Fire and was able to do it at work. It looks great and hopefully it will take care of the items sliding around and making noise (cell phone, change).

Last shift at the fire house I painted my front signal lamps. I purchased my 90 from Arizona and the lamps were sun bleached to a clear. It looked like crap. So I got so translucent orange paint from a hobbie store and air brushed them. It is amazing the differance, just like new.
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Old November 26th, 2004, 01:10 AM
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You realize new lenses are like $3 each right?
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Old November 26th, 2004, 01:34 AM
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Yeah I have replaced some of my lenses, I got em from Rovers Down South.
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Old November 26th, 2004, 08:51 AM
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When I was at the Highlands Ranch Land Rover, Colorado, I asked how much the lenses were and they told me some unreal amount like $34.00 a peice. We even looked it up in the book and double checked the price. So I went ahead and did it myself. After I was done I did a search on-line and found them for about $7.00.
At the fire station there is a lot of down time, perfect for little projects like this. The paint cost me $1.50 and I was able to do all four lenses, pretty cheap, and they look like new. So, I could either waste my time in front of the TV with a remote or do something constructive like work on my new little baby at the station....
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Old November 26th, 2004, 10:36 AM
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http://www.roversdownsouth.com/lamps.htm Scroll down about half way. Call George before a dealer. He has almost any part you could think of for much less.

But I agree. Time better spent than in front of a TV.

I now want that 110 crew cab as an upgrade!

EwS
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Old November 26th, 2004, 12:41 PM
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Old November 26th, 2004, 02:34 PM
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Those the bits and peices form the re-build?

Or is it a modern art porject? MOMA perhaps?

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Old November 26th, 2004, 05:31 PM
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Old November 27th, 2004, 10:47 AM
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Parts leftover from your exo-cage?
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Old November 27th, 2004, 10:52 AM
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Winter Projects?

Hmmm, probably going to finish up with the rear spotlites, new panel where I removed the clock, get the winch in working order, oh... and headgaskets.

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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:01 PM
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Just getting the damned thing running right would be great at the moment!!!!!!
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Old November 27th, 2004, 02:09 PM
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Just getting the damned thing running right would be great at the moment!!!!!!
I second that! I just want a good running Rover!
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