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Old August 18th, 2013, 01:44 AM
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 08:24 AM
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Seat restoration, Part 1. Sourced an Exmoor NAS seat retrim kit from Stephen at SafariHP. There are an excellent pair of instructional videos posted by Exmoor on YouTube showing how to tear down and retrim the seats.

The seats were in poor condition to start with, and what I found under the seat base cushions halted my forward progress....for a bit. Luckily, the rust was not all the way through. So I scaled off what I could and I'll move forward by painting them with Rustoleum this AM.

Next on the list was to strip the seat backs. While the skins were off, I went ahead and tightened the bases and lubed the rails. They slide much easier now. I will have to try and repair the Driver's seat back adjustment. Sometime in the past the handle completely sheared off. Hoping I can source a replacement without needing to replace the whole seat.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:30 AM
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Looking good... BTW, how is that tire hanging on the door?
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:52 AM
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Looking good... BTW, how is that tire hanging on the door?
Thanks Scott! It's a custom mount my brother did using a D1 tire carrier. Same carrier used on newer Defenders with a full rear door.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 09:55 AM
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It's amazing what a fresh coat of flat black Rustoleum will do!
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Thanks Scott! It's a custom mount my brother did using a D1 tire carrier. Same carrier used on newer Defenders with a full rear door.
Im surprised the rear door can support the tire without issue. The hinges would have a lot of weight to support.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 10:46 AM
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Im surprised the rear door can support the tire without issue. The hinges would have a lot of weight to support.
I do not disagree. But then again it's not my 90 and honestly, it seems to be holding up pretty well.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 10:47 AM
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A few more items painted.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 11:12 AM
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Those light guards command a massive premium from what I can tell. Can we add five pages to your build about them?
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 11:31 AM
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Looks good, but why go to all that work and then throw those light 'guards' on. They will bend those new back panels if they are ever put into practice.

-Jeff
Hmm....I ran them off-road on my previous Defenders without issue. I take it you've had a bad experience with them?

FYI, for those who might not have noticed, they are actually both driver's side guards. I had 2 driver's side in my old parts pile for some reason, so I cut one down to make a passenger's side guard. Pretty easy mod.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 11:34 AM
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 01:19 PM
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IMO they do more harm than good. A cracked lens is easy to replace. The guards can get hung on brush, and if any pressure is put on them, they act as a lever and dent the back panel.

-Jeff
I hear you and appreciate your input. But on the other hand, I have a pretty good case for putting them on.

I got rear ended in my first 90 back about 15 years ago. A Chevy Z71 Pickup hit me doing 45+ mph trying to squeeze into the left turn lane when I was going straight. Guess he expected I would be gone by the time he got there. Boy was he wrong!

At any rate, his frame buckled and his engine got pushed back into his firewall. Fluids spilling everywhere. It was a hell of a jolt in the 90! But when I turned to look at the damage on my truck, the corner of the rear crossmember was pushed in about an inch causing a small crease in the rear side quarter panel. The rear light guard shielded the lamps and they were completely intact. No body damage to the rear panel at all, only the side quarter. It was really quite impressive.

So, at any rate, to each his own I guess. But as I said before, I appreciate the input!
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 01:25 PM
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I think there are plenty of times people can argue either way. I've had them push in a panel but they saved the lights!
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 03:49 PM
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With or without...it looks way better than with the trucklights!

-Jeff
Now, I'll agree on that with you!!
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Freshly painted A-hoop reinstalled with stainless bolts. Also reinstalled these refreshed 5-bar sill guards.
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Old August 22nd, 2013, 04:31 PM
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Feel free to drop by and work on my truck if your bored. I'm not far from Wake Forest!
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Feel free to drop by and work on my truck if your bored. I'm not far from Wake Forest!
Brian,

I'll take that as a compliment sir! I've seen your 90 around town once or twice. If you know you're going to be up my way, feel free to give me a buzz and drop by for a visit.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 09:59 AM
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Seat bases are done! Makes quite a difference! Now working on the seat backs. Foam for those now in place.
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Seat backs are on. Last thing for the seats will be the headrests. However, I discovered last night that the Exmoor kits I received were missing the new headrest foams. Spoke w/ Scott at SafariHP this AM and new ones are on their way!
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