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Old May 20th, 2016, 10:24 PM
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My defender has finally arrived and I am still married. Even after I put the NTO Puma interior in the living room for safe keeping. The kids are treating it as a indoor playscape b/c it doesn't have 2nd or 3rd row seats installed. I took it for a drive today. It goes straight as an arrow and is definitely not as clunky as I anticipated. I'm happy. It will be leaving on Tuesday for the paint man and some tub fabrication for the 2nd / 3rd row Puma seats (got the how to off of the forum, so thanks everyone). Quick question about gearing. 1st gear is essentially useless unless I plan on knocking over my neighbors house. I get almost no difference between 4-5. I feel like if I push it over 45 mph, the engine is going to blow. I can tell it doesn't like it. I'm not sure how it is geared, but does anyone have any gearing recommendations for getting the 3.5 V8 up to a crazy speed like 55mph?? Thanks
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Old May 20th, 2016, 10:38 PM
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Cant wait to see it.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 06:35 AM
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My defender has finally arrived and I am still married. Even after I put the NTO Puma interior in the living room for safe keeping. The kids are treating it as a indoor playscape b/c it doesn't have 2nd or 3rd row seats installed. I took it for a drive today. It goes straight as an arrow and is definitely not as clunky as I anticipated. I'm happy. It will be leaving on Tuesday for the paint man and some tub fabrication for the 2nd / 3rd row Puma seats (got the how to off of the forum, so thanks everyone). Quick question about gearing. 1st gear is essentially useless unless I plan on knocking over my neighbors house. I get almost no difference between 4-5. I feel like if I push it over 45 mph, the engine is going to blow. I can tell it doesn't like it. I'm not sure how it is geared, but does anyone have any gearing recommendations for getting the 3.5 V8 up to a crazy speed like 55mph?? Thanks
The 3.5's I've owned/driven were not as you describe. Youre not in low range are you?
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Old May 21st, 2016, 07:12 AM
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if you aren't in low then check your compression.... you wont break any records with a 3.5 but it should move you down the road and reach highway speeds.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 12:33 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like yours drives like my 12J...

Basic tune up (plugs, wires, rotor, cap, new filters) and of course check low/high range, THEN you know what you have to work with.

Wan to cruise 183 lane by lane with me and bring Austin traffic to a halt?
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Old May 21st, 2016, 01:25 PM
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Nice color combo, excellent choice ! I chose a more creamy roof in Limestone, see pics attached from my current build.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:12 PM
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Awesome color combo. Johan figured it out for me. He had it put on the transport in low. I was too stupid to realize that when I was driving around the hood. Much better now. In my defense, there are no knobs on both shifters. Thanks for the tips everyone.
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Old May 27th, 2016, 10:31 AM
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Got all of the doors taken apart today (all mechanicals out). All the original frames are showing rust and a couple of door skins will probably need replaced due to galvanic corrosion. So...Options?

1. Pull skins off, repair frame (either powdercoat or galv) then replace / put new skins on as necessary
2. New doors - aluminum skin w/ galv frame ($1500)
3. New door - galv frame and door skin - does anyone have any experience with these doors. Sp4x4 sells them. It would be about $2000 for the set of 4 doors. I'm worried about the labor that would be involved to fix the doors vs replacing them. Thanks
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Old May 27th, 2016, 02:27 PM
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I called Urban Outfitters yesterday. I also spoke to Nostalgic air and another company in the UK called Cool Air Logan. I can get the complete system from cool air logan (including all of the pulley, brackets, and the rear armrest console) for $3000 plus shipping. It looks just like the elite system. Urban outfitters is about $2000 for just the front. I know he is not using the elite evaporator / blower, but I'm not sure what he is using. Nostalgic air makes a full length dash one that fits the LHD pretty well and blows well, or they make a 16" wide unit to put in the middle. They were telling me that the smaller unit actually pushes the same amt of air out as the larger unit and the vents are much better b/c they can be directed all over the place (they are on a swivel instead of traditional vents) Looks like I can get the front part of the Nostalgic air system (either the long or short one) with all of the fixings for about $1000. Tough decision. Right now I am leading towards the nostalgic air system simply on cost and the fact that it is made in the US, so I would have some parts support. At the end of the day, if I don't like how it looks, I can just track down a different evaporator and everything will already be plumbed in. Comments??
Great post. I am doing a very similar build on a 1991 200TDI and something of a classic build but in Keswick. White Steelies and white roof. New interior with new leather exmoor seats. I am debating and researching adding AC so please keep us informed on your research and decisions on the AC front!
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Old May 27th, 2016, 02:59 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like yours drives like my 12J...

Basic tune up (plugs, wires, rotor, cap, new filters) and of course check low/high range, THEN you know what you have to work with.
There is some great V8 info on Discoweb and other Rover sites. Which plugs the motor likes, how to tune, and a lot of other goodness that directly fits your motor.
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Old June 1st, 2016, 10:28 PM
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Here you go. As it was sitting yesterday. Door repairs are next..
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Old June 4th, 2016, 09:09 PM
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Nice progress. She'll look great in her new coat. Keep us posted on your AC choice. I would like to install a system in mine, once it gets here from across the pond.


Are you installing Puma 2nd row seating?
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Old July 7th, 2016, 10:17 PM
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So..... Almost done with the 2nd / 3rd row mods for the puma seats. Landy should be in pretty primer within the next two weeks. Bought a 5.3 lmg today out of a 2013 Sierra today with 11k miles, so pretty happy day. We plan on pulling engine out within next two weeks, then work on fitment / painting the engine bay. Not a lot of pics bc the truck looks like crap right now, but I'll start posting once some things start getting buttoned up. Looks like I won't have to worry about aircon this summer with the amt of work left to do. Goal is to drive it in November before my 40th... Not done. Just drivable.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 01:21 PM
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Here is the latest. Trying to figure out my upgraded wiring harness. This thing keeps heading in the wrong direction. I'll post some pics of the 3rd row upgrades next week. Bulkhead getting pulled so it can be blasted / painted.
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Old July 31st, 2016, 01:28 PM
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Stopped in last week to see the motor get pulled, and this truck is in much better condition than some may expect. I didn't spend time with the doors, but chassis is clean for the age, and the shop did a nice job with the puma type seat curvature retro fit to the rear tub. The wiring is a bit haphazard, though. Will be fun to correct!

I have some defender envy with this one!
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Nice color combo, excellent choice ! I chose a more creamy roof in Limestone, see pics attached from my current build.
Sir, do you have the Unique Grasmere Green paint code? Thank you.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 03:25 PM
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This is what I have. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Grasmere Green 2207 paint code
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Old August 5th, 2016, 10:17 PM
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Christmas came early at the Stancey house...
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Old August 6th, 2016, 11:06 AM
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That's what I'm talking about!
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