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Old December 4th, 2013, 04:28 PM
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I've got a ton of projects going on with my Defender, so I'm going to start a build-up thread...

First project is replacing my mangled rear quarter panels (rear wings if you're in the UK):




Any advice or recommendations on this project will be greatly appreciated. I just ordered the parts from Safari HP!
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Old December 4th, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Disregard the rusty bumper... I unbolted my cage from the rear bumper and I haven't cleaned it up yet...
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Old December 4th, 2013, 07:03 PM
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With the amount of work it will take to redo, you will be money ahead to get a take off tub from the UK.

-Jeff
I ordered the RH/LH quarter panels today, as well as the corner cappings for each side and the rear panel behind the LR plate... I'll just have to spend the time drilling rivets. I spent less than $600 on the parts. The rear tub was going to be at least $1,500 plus shipping, which would have been quite expensive, I'm sure. I'll enjoy the labor, so it's all good.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 07:19 PM
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Did you get the tub quarters for both sides? Or did you just get the skins? If just the skins, what method are you going to use to attach them?
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Old December 4th, 2013, 08:42 PM
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Did you get the tub quarters for both sides? Or did you just get the skins? If just the skins, what method are you going to use to attach them?
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Take plenty of triangulated measurements before you start.

There are more spot welds than rivits. You will want to get a spot weld drill, clecos and cleco clamps.

Also might want to consider galvanizing the cappings while its apart, or at the very least, primed and painted on the back sides.


-Jeff
I bought the skins... Going to use a spot weld drill as suggested and rivet/glue method to reattach the panels. I'll definitely do my homework on the project. I was going to ask about galvanizing or painting the interior of the panels... I definitely want this to last.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 09:41 PM
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It just dawned on me that I'll have to drill all of the rivet holes in the new panels... Clecos, check! There's a million forums talking about replacing panels, but I've yet to find good pictures or a possible video. I'll take photos of course, but my project is bound to be a trial/error...


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Old December 5th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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I'm considering another color on my Defender since Coniston green shows off every spec of dirt. I don't care if it lowers the value since I plan on being buried in the thing.

We have a Corris Grey 2014 Sport with Dynamic package on the showroom that looks bad ass with all of the black trim... I'd like to use a grey like this...



I know I'll have to paint a few areas in the interior and under the hood, but I'm fine with it. I'll probably disassemble the thing as soon as I get moved into my next house.

Anyone good with photoshop? Curious to know what it would look like.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 01:51 PM
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I've seen photos of defenders in Bonatti grey. I think they look great.



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Old December 5th, 2013, 01:54 PM
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Dan, do you think you have time/space to disassemble the body of the truck?

The reason I ask is because painting is more thorough that way.

I understand how you feel about changing a few body panels and wanting to change color. My truck started brown and after seeing that I needed to replace several front and rear panels, I decided to completely repaint.
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Old December 5th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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With the amount of work it will take to redo, you will be money ahead to get a take off tub from the UK.

-Jeff
Call Dave at Urban, see if he's got anything on the water or in stock
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Old December 5th, 2013, 02:10 PM
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Dan, do you think you have time/space to disassemble the body of the truck?

The reason I ask is because painting is more thorough that way.

I understand how you feel about changing a few body panels and wanting to change color. My truck started brown and after seeing that I needed to replace several front and rear panels, I decided to completely repaint.
I just sold my house, so I'm looking for something to rent for a while that has a garage. As long as there's enough room to build a small paint booth, I'll be good. I'd rather paint the individual panels all at once.

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Call Dave at Urban, see if he's got anything on the water or in stock
I only needed the rear quarter/wing skins and the one rear panel on the back... they're already ordered and en route along with the one piece doors I bought from Dr. Aaron...
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Old December 5th, 2013, 02:23 PM
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Not a fan of metallic on a defender. I like Nimbus grey, its a special edition Audi color.

For Land Rover colors, I like RAF blue. Keswick green is nice as well.

-Jeff
Aye, the metallic may show off every flaw in the panels... noted!

Nimbus grey is an awesome color! Thanks Jeff
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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:57 PM
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I've installed my hardtop... huuuuugggeeee difference! I've had to actually turn my radio down a few times because it was too loud... and the heat works now!

Next thing on my plate is rebuilding my doors... can someone tell me where I can find replacement hardware for the window mechanisms? I want to replace pretty much all of the interior guts on my station wagon doors other than the glass itself... and I also need the window cranks.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:48 PM
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Here are a few pics of my old Bonatti Grey 110:











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Old January 21st, 2014, 08:05 PM
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Taillights have arrived!
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:05 PM
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New LED taillights installed... I'm not terribly happy with the way they look, but it's much better than what I had.


Oh, and all those drips on the driveway are from a Nissan Pathfinder...
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:12 PM
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Wipac?
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:18 PM
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For an early door:

MTC8477 x 2
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:19 PM
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Wipac?

Yep, got em from Rovers North... I do like the more stock look of the other brands, but I already had these guys bought and shipped before I realized they were the Wipacs.


I forgot to add a pic of the 90 after I installed the hardtop, so here it is...
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 07:22 PM
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I need to take those lamp guards off... they're getting kinda crusty...
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