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Ex-MoD 300Tdi 130 Road Trip and Project

Ok, here is the start of my long-term driver 130 project.

To recap, I posted a thread a couple weeks back about buying this 2007 end-of-the-run 300Tdi Defender 130 which had been used and abused by the RAF in Gibraltar.

This last weekend I flew back down with the rest of the family and we brought her home. First stop was to take in the scene on Gibraltar, which is an awesomely British outpost sticking off the bottom of a third-world economically depressed part of Spain.

Gibraltar happens to be covered with monkeys, which was pretty much the best thing ever.

I saw the Lloyd's sign and thought I should maybe book a little extra insurance with 2500kms to get home in a completely unknown vehicle. I didn't book the insurance because I'm confident like that.
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Old April 10th, 2015, 03:02 PM
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Job one was to replace the dirtiest air filter I've ever seen. There was oil fouling the back of it too.

Those checker plate panels will have to go soon. They're the worst quality pair I've ever seen. Anyone have some genuine ones laying around which they want to sell me?
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Gibraltar happens to be tax-free on all the stuff you wan to buy. I discovered that the 130 features a convenient bottle holder next to the rear seat.
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Old April 10th, 2015, 03:09 PM
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We made our way up through Spain, which is huge. The oil was so bad that I changed it at a rest area on Easter Sunday, garnering lots of dirty looks from passers-by. I was amazed by the difference the oil change made- previously the truck was flirting with overheating and making poor power on the hills. After the oil change, it never came close to the red zone again and turned into a veritable mountain goat charging up the grades. I've never seen oil so dirty so I never expected such a profound negative effect. Just for my edification, I decided to send some of the old oil out for analysis. I'll post the results when I get them back.
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We stopped for a night in Carcassonne France where it was amusing to see some kids in a Mini storming the castle.

I also passed Arles for all you blue fans.
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Old April 10th, 2015, 03:14 PM
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After an overnight and a quick jaunt up through Switzerland, we were home. No mechanical issues, no unexpected stops, no problems of any kind. My son gave the new Rover his enthusiastic endorsement.

Now that I've got it back to Germany though, the fun is just starting. There are a number of punch lost items that need to be addressed so that it will pass inspection. After that, there is tons of stuff required to undo the rough use and frankly idiotic work done along the way. I'll be documenting all that in this thread.
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Today I started working on the defects I need to fix to get it past inspection.

I fixed the brake lights by pulling and adjusting the brake light switch. I could tell the circuit was good by touching the two leads and lighting up the lights.

My washers are not functioning, in fact the wipers aren't even cycling when the stalk is pushed. No noise from the pump. More inspection needed.

The hazards are intermittent. Unfortunately the guy I got it from screwed this truck together in a most grabasstic way. Here is the nest of wires being the dash. Nice screw terminals.
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So I found that my brake light fix didn't hold. I spent Saturday pulling and cleaning all the ground points I could find and eventually found some corrosion behind the fuse in the fuse box. A liberal dose of contact cleaner and I've got brake lights again! I also disassembled the dash to continue un-screwing some ill-considered "fixes." I found the wiper relay to be absent and the relay base to some wrong part spliced in with more electronics-shop screw connectors. An old donor harness provided the correct red-top relay base. My latest problem is my rear fog light. I discovered that 1) the switch was actually a heated rear window switch with with the wrong face on it and 2) someone cut out the connector to the fog light ECU, leaving these badly crimped, un-insulated terminals just plugged into the unit. Does anyone have a donor harness who can cut the plug out for me? A source for the right connector would be just as good, but I'm hoping that there is a junk harness or something somewhere and someone can hook me up.
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Eeeeeek! That is some class "monkey" wiring. Funny what you find in these things, I am sure we have all seen it all. Good luck Jim! Are you staying in Stuttgart until you can bring it back?
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Agh! I'd have to stay here through 2032! I mean, I like Germany, but not that much.

I'll probably be in Europe for 4-ish more years. That's enough time for 25 year old 300's to be importable, so I think I'll find the worst one I can and import that. Then I'll restore it with this truck's parts.
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We should meet again before you leave!
I plan to visit Michael soon again, it would be nice to see you too
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Definitely Michele! I've been terrible about staying in touch, but you are always welcome!
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Got my oil analysis back, which as expected, showed the oil to be dirty as hell. Hopefully, additional samples over the next few changes will show the numbers come back into line.
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Between that wiring and the oil that 130 is lucky to have you as the new owner.

For that rear fog light ECU I am going to try and use the 2 wire switch from the 2.5na and have it go with the Orange/Red and Blue/Purple wires. Maybe I'll have to jump the black wires? I looked up prices on the fog light ECU and they aren't cheap.

I found a sources for the factory connectors if you want.
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I would definitely like a source for the connectors, and terminals too if possible.

ECU prices I've seen have been cheap, but naturally I don't need one. Even new they're only like 30 UKP. I'd get one and trade you for connectors and terminals!
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I would definitely like a source for the connectors, and terminals too if possible.

ECU prices I've seen have been cheap, but naturally I don't need one. Even new they're only like 30 UKP. I'd get one and trade you for connectors and terminals!

Jim -

Here are the connectors I've found that work for the interior and chassis/bulkhead area for my 300tdi harness:

Inside dash: 090 Connectors

I ordered HM style and they worked great.

For the connections on the chassis loom/main loom in the engine bay:
Connector Kits

These worked very nicely as well. Both shipped to the US without issue. Hope this helps

------ Follow up post added April 22nd, 2015 10:51 AM ------

Just realized your rig is a 2007. Not sure if they had the same connectors but I had found this link in my searches so might be a lead for the newer connectors if you have those instead: Installing a Defender Td5 Instrument Pack into a 200Tdi/300Tdi - Land Rover Technical Blog
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Out, out nasty old seats and grotty seat box cover!

In, in sweet Puma-style seats and HD rubber seat box cover!

Along the way I sealed up some air leaks using the Land Rover factory approve method. Only I didn't take the time to cut the tape into little circles.
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Out, out nasty old seats and grotty seat box cover!

In, in sweet Puma-style seats and HD rubber seat box cover!

Along the way I sealed up some air leaks using the Land Rover factory approve method. Only I didn't take the time to cut the tape into little circles.
Jim:

What HD seatbox cover is that? The Td5 one? Where did you source it and how much was it?
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