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Old February 17th, 2015, 08:44 AM
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Old February 17th, 2015, 08:46 AM
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And it was not all work... given how incredible the snow has been, we also played some!!
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Old February 17th, 2015, 08:51 AM
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We are also taking a stab at replacing the original engine mounts with the mercedes hydraulic mounts. I'll keep posting progress on that. Saving the stock ones just in case!!
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Old February 17th, 2015, 08:59 AM
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Great pics of your boys using the blasting cabinet and the mill! Kids (especially boys) should all learn how to use tools. The younger the better.

Work on the build looks great too. That bottom of the tub :
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:01 AM
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Absolutely agree Don. I have all boys, but if I had girls I would also have them in there getting grease under their nails!!!
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:02 AM
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We are also taking a stab at replacing the original engine mounts with the mercedes hydraulic mounts. I'll keep posting progress on that. Saving the stock ones just in case!!
Haha, I was looking at the pic thinking - "that is a Merc mount" - Have you been talking to Robert Davis?
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:12 AM
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Yup Don. He suggested them. It's taken a good amount of time and brain cycles to figure out how to mount them without losing the original brackets. If we figure it out I'll upload the solidworks file.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 09:18 AM
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And it was not all work... given how incredible the snow has been, we also played some!!
The mountains are great for the kids too!
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:09 AM
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Such a cool project-- BECAUSE you included your family. Well done. Surprised to see the drum brakes--I'd expect that would be a definite thing to go. But I am partial to disc brakes-- probably a hold over from my muscle car builds...
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:10 AM
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Looks pretty cool!
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Old February 17th, 2015, 11:19 AM
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Absolutely agree Don. I have all boys, but if I had girls I would also have them in there getting grease under their nails!!!
That's where I got my love of vehicles, helping dad with restoration projects. I was about the size of your youngest when it all began..great garage memories. Passing that passion to our kiddos is priceless.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 12:11 PM
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Such a cool project-- BECAUSE you included your family. Well done. Surprised to see the drum brakes--I'd expect that would be a definite thing to go. But I am partial to disc brakes-- probably a hold over from my muscle car builds...
Hey Davis,

thanks for the comments. Re: disk brakes in the back... I had that discussion with my mechanic and it ended in a non-decision. His judgment (and I do trust him) is that front brakes do 75% of the work in the defender. In his view replacing the rears with discs would only increase braking power by 10% or so. He felt that getting better calipers and pads in the front would be better than replacing the drums.

So we decided to go that way... at least for now!

Would love to hear your views (or others') on this matter.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 02:31 PM
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I've started a parallel thread describing the Arduino-based sensor cluster. It can be found here:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...716#post610716
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Old February 17th, 2015, 03:01 PM
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Re disc brakes - yeah, you get most of the benefit from upgrading the fronts, but I think it's easier to have the same config at all four corners. Pads and rotors are just so easy to replace and they shed dirt and mud instead of collecting it. Admittedly drums are pretty easy, but they are fiddly compared to discs.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 08:38 PM
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Awesome memories, nothing better than spending time with the kids and Rovers. They will have those memories forever.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:35 PM
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What is your plan with the bulkhead/AC/dash?
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Old February 18th, 2015, 01:24 AM
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This is an awesome project. Adorable kids. And they're all involved in the work. I want to do this one day with my kids. Love it.
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Old February 18th, 2015, 06:55 AM
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RB,
Thanks for opening that can of worms!!
So the kids designed a brand new dashboard. It was a huge source of contention because I wanted to keep it as original as possible and they wanted battlestar galactica!
In the end they won, but I cheated a little. So. It will be a brand new, hand made dash. The structural frame is steel. The shape is hardwood. We debated fiberglass, but settled on wood due to the fact that our lines are mostly straight. Wood is then covered in 1/8 inch automotive foam and wrapped in black leather with white/silver stitching.

Instrument cluster is very simple with gauges from New Vintage in Detroit. We picked white on black face with orange lighting. We have a speedo, tach, fuel, temp, turbo pressure, voltage.
For A/C we chose a new vintage unit. The vents are rectangular brushed aluminum and will be located in the bottom quarter of the dash. The A/C controller is from Dakota Digital. Very simple, brushed aluminum, orange light.
The center stack is where the kids got their Star Wars way. They picked a 7" android tablet to control all electronics through the infinity box. That's on the top. The android will also be able to play music and send video to a 15" screen visible only to the rear seats. They also have a 1 TB hard drive connected to the 'droid to store their music and movies. We take long road trips so movies are a big plus after hours on the road.

Below that is a cluster of rocker switches from Carling to control fog lamps, heated seats, hazard lamps, work lamp, rear and front heated windshields. We got the Gen XIV carling switches that look very truck-like and are in good harmony with the font and colors from the gauges.

Below that is the Dakota digital for the AC. And below that is a pioneer stereo. The stereo is very unergonomic as it is directly behind the gear stick. It's not too bad though.

On the passenger side we currently have nothing but a big empty space. We are thinking of building a glove box, but have not come up with a good design yet.
I would add pictures but the steel frame is currently under construction so there's nothing to really show.

The overall theme is black leather with silver stitching - matching a set of puma seats we got - with brushed aluminum vents and frames, and white fonts in all gauges and switches. There will be one strip of dark ebony burl running from the center through the passenger side and two burl covers on either side, where the dash meets the doors to avoid having leather exposed to the elements when the doors are open.

Any comments on this should really be addressed at the kids. This is what happens when you tell three boys to have their way with a cluster of electronic toys!
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Old February 18th, 2015, 07:12 AM
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Correction - A/c is vintage air. Not new vintage.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 08:27 AM
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New project this weekend: rear door suit-up.
We don't get to go to the shop this weekend, so the kids and I will spend a few hours today coding the arduinos and designing a cover for the rear door.
Would love to hear some ideas or see some links. We basically want to use the door as vertical storage and try to mount a first aid kit and a tool set (well secured so they don't become a flying hazard!). Has anyone done something similar?
Thanks!!
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