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Old October 17th, 2008, 12:31 PM
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Thats not a standard 82 up bonnet. Looks like a very cool, rare part. Congrats on your find.

Is the framework underneath steel or aluminum ?
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Old October 17th, 2008, 01:29 PM
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Hi Doug, the framework is steel and has some light surface rust it has a top rail and bottom rail with 2 support rails, i intend to remove the frame and have them passivated, but i want to refit it using solid rivets to retain the originallity.

It is very cool and i'm chuffed, i believe it is a very early bonnet, but who knows for sure.!

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Old October 17th, 2008, 08:22 PM
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I want one of those.. Nice. I have seen pix of a bonnet with a scoop on it as well somewhere.
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Old February 23rd, 2009, 07:56 AM
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Hi Chaps a few further pics taken yesterday, I am waiting for the TD5 speedo to turn up & match the td5 dash it was a bit of a fiddle to get the instument warning lights matched up to the 300 TDI wiring loom but it looks and works great, also love the IG dash it's a quality product far better than some of the others i looked at.

The rear tub has been sprayed with Line-X and it gives it a clean look and blends in the glavanised tiedowns in the seat boxes.

I have also fitted the bonnet with gas struts, as the bonnet is so light i could have used smaller units but it works great and no stay in the way when working on the motor.

I am also modifiying the wheel carrier to take my high lift and fitting a high level brake light to it, i have also had to modify the door attachment as it sits higher on the euro door than the NAS door I got..my luck.!
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Old May 12th, 2010, 10:34 AM
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Well the truck is all but finished, i am waiting for a slot in the paint booth in june and then its all done... almost.!
However the boredom demon paid me a visit last weekend... :-(

I have been noticing a little blue smoke when it was runnning, however i have not been able to run it for more than a few mins at a time due to my neighbours.

I had done a top end rebuild when I got the engine about 2 yrs ago after being assured it had been professionaly rebuilt less than 2000 miles prior to me buying it.
this was bourn out by a 2005 date stamp on the cylinder head, but it has got a little smokier so being bored one day i decided to pull the turbo off and check it, i found the turbo was passing lots of oil & the vanes were badly pitted with plenty of latteral movement on the impeller shaft new turbo required, Arse.!!!

as i was there i decided to pull the head & noticed that cyl 1,2,3 had been burning oil.
In for a penny.. I pulled the pistons to do a quick hone & replace the rings.
I then found the conrod for #3 was on the wrong way.!
Hmm.. new rings and bearings later engine is being finished with the exception of the turbo tonite.

so much for a professional rebuild.!
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Old May 12th, 2010, 10:35 AM
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some pics of the interior
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Old May 12th, 2010, 10:49 AM
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some pics of the interior showing the Wright mat and the console before and after i had modified and sprayed it.
I have also fitted and Iron goat dash to hold my touchscreen for the carpc.
the seat is an exmoor trim XS retrim kit
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:00 AM
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Exterior photos of a trial build to enable me to fit the tenax fastners for the Exmoor trim mohair top.

The hood supports will be plastic coated in black plastic along with my wheel carrier and winch bumper,
I have made hood support tubes in 45mm OD tube but have not had the time to finish the brackets
anyway i wanted to fit the hood with the hood sticks that will place the hood correctly.

I'm not totally happy with the hood as the tenax studs are not in the same place on the left and right
also the left side zip up section has the studs dipping slightly in the center, not much but i can see it and it will now bug me forever.!
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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You "may" be jumping to conclusions... Oil on the compressor is normal as it comes from the PCV system. Carbon/oil in the head would be normal if you only idled it. It does not get hot enough to properly burn the fuel (which is oil). Never cold idle a diesel, because of that reason. Start it and drive. Allowing it to idle cold causes fuel to condense in the cylinder and fouling the rings.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:14 AM
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Hi John I wish you were there to reason with my bordom demon..

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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:46 AM
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Neat build. Would love to hear your impressions of the Wright sound deadening mat system. Have wanted one for 4+ years now. Having recently "customised" my tunnel cover and seat box wrap due to a problem with flamage I'm even more interested now.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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Looks awesome Gren.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 07:03 AM
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Well its finally in colour & I crap myself everytime i put it back into the garage.

I'm waiting for the hood sticks to come back from the powder coaters where the sticks are being plastic coated gloss back to match the door tops and windsreen frame.

I had the door hinges zinc passivated before being sprayed, they were very poor quality parts and needed lots of work to get rid of casting marks and scabs, I would have fitted late type hinges but had already had door cappings galvanised so did not want to trim them.

The main fly in the ointment was the winch bumper, why are they all huge..!
I bought a Bearmach one for 50 then cut it up, I removed 3" from its depth tapered the ends, and removed the jacking tubes to take recovery swivels.
I'll post better pics of it when its back.

also have to make a tie bar for the batteries.

on the road early august.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 11:44 AM
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Looks great. Love your color choice. Really admire that rare hood/bonnet.
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 01:48 PM
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Hi Doug thanks for that.. its rover gunmetal grey, you've mentioned the bonnet before.. I'll give you first lick if i decide to take it off and fit a standard one.

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Looks great! I especially like the color!
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 08:41 AM
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Love the color too. Yes, that is a huge bumper! Great job on the battery box. The whole build looks almost too good to drive
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Old August 1st, 2010, 06:50 PM
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comfort at last

I'm on the home run & as I won't be hopping into the drivers seat in greasy clothes it was time to recover the drivers seat in Exmoor XS trim.
I had done the passenger side a while ago, and was not looking forward to clipping the seat backrest together as I now have softy computer geek fingers.

I used a wire wheel on the frame to remove the old foam prior to welding a sprung weld in the base & repainting the frame with satin black

After everything I have done to the truck it always felt like my old V8, however when I was putting it to bed it felt like a completely different truck weird..!
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finally done.!!

hi chaps after almost 3 years I've finally got the 90 on the road, the performance is picking up as it is driven I've now clocked up 200 miles and apart from a leaking rear diff seal its running very smooth.
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