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Old August 26th, 2016, 11:28 AM
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What a bummer, Ben.

Pics of the crack??


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Old August 26th, 2016, 12:58 PM
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This is with engine warm, but not under load. It pools a bit, then drips down the side and evaporates.

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Old August 27th, 2016, 11:21 AM
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That just sucks. My fingers were crossed and double crossed when I had my head inspected. Hopefully you can find a replacement in short order.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 11:39 AM
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We've got a half dozen used 300tdi heads on the shelf... Stripped or complete.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 01:42 PM
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Trailer it to ABFM and work on it with Brian.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 02:20 PM
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Honestly, I'm just done with it for now. I'm completely unmotivated to attempt anything more. I did get set to put the doors back on yesterday, but had to drill one of the hinges off, broke the bit, broke trim fasteners, couldn't get the speed nuts into the bulkhead, and then gave up.

I'm cleaning up the garage and sorting parts for sale.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 09:38 PM
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Ben, I know you replaced the heads on that RRC a few years back... think how much easier this will be??


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Old August 29th, 2016, 12:38 AM
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LOL, you have a good memory. That car was also a heartbreak! I distinctly remember feeling the Defender Envy slipping away every time I drove it.

Probably one of the top 2 or 3 cleanest Range Rover Classics I've ever seen. And the engine ran unbelievably smooth after I did that job.

I probably should have just kept driving it. But the engine kept drinking coolant, and that 4.6 XD came up for sale the very next day.

Probably should have just kept the LWB.
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Old September 1st, 2016, 01:16 AM
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I'm not touching the thing, the thing scares me. Gotta back away.

Several years ago, after finishing several years of work on my Series, I got it back on the road... two weeks later, the main bearings on the engine went out. So, I'm having flashbacks, nightmares, and PTRS - Post Traumatic Rover Syndrome.

But I am doing little bits of research on my options, as much as my psyche can handle, and I hope I can get some direction from people who have been here, done this, and found some way to be successful.
  1. NEW head?
  2. Reman'd head?
  3. Give up and sell?
Honestly, it's not like we are doing bad financially, we both work full time, but I can't keep going at this rate. At some point I will have to give up and sell. I'm not sure when that is, but I suspect it is close.

I would love to do the job myself, but I know something will go wrong, and it will take 3-6 months even if nothing does. And even if I hire out, I'm afraid that as soon as it's done, I'll end up with some other problem, the whole thing will have to be dismantled, and I'll need a new transmission, or piston rings, or... something.

Something has to give, but I can't just give up on a 20 year dream! Sheesh!

Am I missing some kind of special prayer or ceremony that I don't know about?
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Old October 1st, 2016, 11:42 PM
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Well, I have not touched the truck for almost 6 weeks now, and I'm no closer to figuring out what to do. This past week I felt like I might want to work on it, but I got sick, and didn't have the energy.

It still feels like some kind of bad joke that I can't even figure out how to get the wing back on! So I think I might just put the new steering damper on, just to say I did something this coming week!

...even thinking about doing that makes me tired though. I knew I was going to have trouble getting the work done once the school year started up again. My main priority after work is trying not to fall asleep!

Wish me luck.
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 12:02 AM
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Oh man I feel your pain, been there a few times over the last few years of my rebuild. I find picking away at and completing the smaller easier jobs helps get some motivation back.
I almost lost it after I accidentally put the clutch plate in backwards (bad directions or bad interpretation from a Haynes manual) and had to pull the rebuilt transmission back out.
Ultimately I remind myself how deep in I am financially and my own man hours and that there's no option but to move on and get it done no matter what.


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Old October 22nd, 2016, 06:06 PM
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Giving it a bit of a try today. Not really sure where to start, kind of forgot everything over the past 8 weeks.
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 11:19 PM
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Today I got one of the hinge bolts off of the driver's door.

I also got the speed nut fixed door hinge bolt things attached to the mount holes in the bulkhead.

I still can't figure out why this project is giving me so much trouble. I every time I go out there the thing kicks my butt and makes me feel stupid. Took me four hours to do those two things today.
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These trucks love to fight. My 30 minute project this morning took 3 hours. I think the neighbor kid learned about 5 new phrases that will get him suspended from school.
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 11:45 PM
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LOL! I need to learn more swear words.
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Tearing off a bolt head while trying to remove it is my favorite. My second favorite is when you can't get a bolt started for whatever stupid reason.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 12:47 AM
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Well, in the last 5 days I've managed to get the speed nut bolt thingys onto the bulkhead for the wings and door hinges.

Where in the world do you all get the TIME to do this type of work? I get 2.5 months off every summer, and I can't even. (But really, I do purposefully save up projects around the house and such for the summer months.) I'm usually doing homework till 10 pm during the week, then sleeping it off on the weekends.

Anyway, I have a deadline for getting back on the road set for a week and a half from now. I could pull it off, but I really don't think I will have the time.

Next step, maybe tomorrow, is to put the steering dampener on.... if only to say I did something!

My inspiration for today.
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Does anyone know of any instructions or a video for the steps to putting the wings back on?
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