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Old November 1st, 2009, 01:57 PM
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Slow progress. This weekend all I got done was installing the ECR LED's - its always nice to install parts that have been sitting in your stash for several years.

Fortunately, the NAS plinths do cover the holes left by the old trailer-style lights, but only just. I had to carefully place the first light on each side to ensure that the inside light would cover the big hole.

Not much explanation required for the pix, but the old hole is pointed out with the red arrow. Not that I'll be going back to trailer lights, but this mod is theoretically reversible.

One thing to note is that the roll cage support is in the way if you try to install the regular NAS-style lights with bulbs. The ECR LED's are flat on the back, so they don't "foul the cage" as they would say in brit mags.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 08:45 PM
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Some more slow and minor progress last weekend.

The back seat is installed. There was some space remaining between the cross-piece on the frame and the part of the tub where the seats mount, so my wife made some ABS spacers in Solid Works and cut them out on a laser cutter. Not that there would be a problem with the galvanized steel against aluminum, but its also nice to have a plastic piece in there to separate the metal parts.

Eww, seats need a cleaning.

On the motor I've almost finished reassembling the parts I pulled off and sent to the powder coater. These were previously a gold color, but I had them re-done. Next mission is to swap out the valve covers and plenum so they aren't white.

And my assistant is always ready to use her rubber mallet to "fix the ro-ro." I'm going to have to go back and find all the bolts she's stuffed into holes, fix the scratches she's putting in the paint, and re-buy some of the parts she is carrying off and hiding - but I wouldn't miss those opportunities for anything at all.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:32 PM
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Priceless!

Not the quality time with your kid, but the fact your wife made you spacers using Solid Works and a laser cutter!
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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:58 PM
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Old November 18th, 2009, 09:47 AM
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The picture of that little girl with a big rubber mallet next to the windsheild gives me apprehension. It may work with your daughter. Mine would have taken a swing...
Cabell's 3 yr old daughter calls rovers RoRo as well.
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Old November 18th, 2009, 11:01 AM
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I am pretty sure this has been covered before, but how did you get the LR limited ed. Badge looking so good? We have D110 LRNA/1 here at our dealership but the number badge is grey and faded. I would love to 'restore" it.

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Old November 18th, 2009, 12:42 PM
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The plaque was pretty easy, but it was a few steps. I bead blasted it, the powder-coater put a flat black on it. I sanded the black off the letters and then they did a gloss clear powder coat over the top. It should be pretty good for a long time now.
yes and this is what he said.
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Old November 19th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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What changed your mind on the engine, I recall a wish list for a TDI, even a 2.8 TVG?
Just curius as to why the turn around, although the 4.6 looks very good & nicely done.
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JimC,

What changed your mind on the engine, I recall a wish list for a TDI, even a 2.8 TVG?
Just curius as to why the turn around, although the 4.6 looks very good & nicely done.
See Post 102 http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...&postcount=102
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Old November 19th, 2009, 09:06 AM
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What changed your mind on the engine, I recall a wish list for a TDI, even a 2.8 TVG?
Just curius as to why the turn around, although the 4.6 looks very good & nicely done.
German emissions laws. In about a year I'll be assigned in Germany, and they actually check the emissions compliance of the engine which is installed. Petrol engines with catalytic converters get a Green Sticker, which means you can drive anywhere. Diesel engines get a Green, Yellow, Red, or no sticker at all depending on their level of emissions compliance, and many cities restrict vehicles without green or yellow stickers. The 2.8 only qualifies for a Red Sticker, and I'd have to have the latest Puma diesel to get a green one. Moreover, the place where I'll be assigned is in a Green Sticker area, so if I ever want to drive to work I had to install either a gas engine or a Puma diesel.

Clear as mud?
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I am pretty sure this has been covered before, but how did you get the LR limited ed. Badge looking so good? We have D110 LRNA/1 here at our dealership but the number badge is grey and faded. I would love to 'restore" it.

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Drill the rivets out
Use a light sandpaper on the badge. Make sure you hit every area that is black
Use a prep clothe to clean
Spray with krylon semigloss black
Sand off raised area for a nice new looking badge
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Old November 19th, 2009, 10:34 AM
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Drill the rivets out
Use a light sandpaper on the badge. Make sure you hit every area that is black
Use a prep clothe to clean
Spray with krylon semigloss black
Sand off raised area for a nice new looking badge

The only problem with that is that the aluminum remains unprotected and can start corroding again. I went with a clear powder coat to avoid that, but the method is pretty much the same.
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The only problem with that is that the aluminum remains unprotected and can start corroding again. I went with a clear powder coat to avoid that, but the method is pretty much the same.
This is what I plan on doing, very good Jim.
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Looks great Jim.. you better stop over with that thing when you are done....
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Drill the rivets out
Use a light sandpaper on the badge. Make sure you hit every area that is black
Use a prep clothe to clean
Spray with krylon semigloss black
Sand off raised area for a nice new looking badge
Jim- you used this method but then used a clear coat protectant on the whole badge?
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Old November 19th, 2009, 12:49 PM
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To be specific:
1) removed badge
2) bead-blasted
3) had it power-coated flat black
4) sanded down the face
5) had it powder-coated clear gloss all over.

I don't know what it cost, it was with a bunch of other parts. You could accomplish the same thing with spray paint, but as far as I'm concerned, anything worth doing is worth over-doing.

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Looks great Jim.. you better stop over with that thing when you are done....
You'd better stop off and see it before I leave the country again. I'm gonna finish putting the body together and then its going to Pendy for motor tuning, under-body neon, toyo proxes, etc.
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Did your 4.2 ECU and old valve covers and wires I sent you?

When do you need the sills by? How are you going to paint them?
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Jill says a box showed up from you, so yes.

I need the sills by early December so they can go to the paint shop when I take the roof.
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Jill says a box showed up from you, so yes.

I need the sills by early December so they can go to the paint shop when I take the roof.
Ok, will see what I can do. I take it you don't need the little brackets or do you?
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