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Old January 22nd, 2008, 09:46 AM
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Holes in body

Just underneath the v8 emblem, I've got holes, that look to be damage from rocks while offroading. I bought the truck with these holes already there. There was a land rover sticker covering the holes, I took the stickers off unfortunately, and I can't find anywhere that sells these stickers/decals. Is there any way to repair these holes? Does anyone know where I can get these stickers? Refer to the pictures below.

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 10:00 AM
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Those holes are corrosion. You can get the rover stickers at RN or anywhere really, but fenders are cheap and easy to replace, you may as well fit a new one.

That, and check over the truck carefully, because to have holes corroded in the aluminum body work doesnt bode well for the steel parts. It might just be a bad repair or something, but I haven't seen holes like that on a truck any newer than 25 years.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 10:15 AM
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Those holes are corrosion. You can get the rover stickers at RN or anywhere really, but fenders are cheap and easy to replace, you may as well fit a new one.

That, and check over the truck carefully, because to have holes corroded in the aluminum body work doesnt bode well for the steel parts. It might just be a bad repair or something, but I haven't seen holes like that on a truck any newer than 25 years.
I'm not sure it it's corrosion. It looks like damage from a rock or something. It even looks like it was drilled. If I decide to replace the fender, it is hard to match paint?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 10:19 AM
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It is corrosion, there is a steel bracket behind that part of the fender.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 10:37 AM
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So for an amateur...like myself not knowing much about bodywork, would it be easy for me to install a new panel by myself? Where would go to get the paint matched?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 10:50 AM
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All you have to do is go to any auto paint shop and tell them the paint code for alpine white. You can find that by searching here. The hardest part (and most expensive) will probably be getting someone to paint it for you. It will be a project, but it will be fun.

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:06 AM
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Back to the decal (if you decide to replace). I have ovals under my V8s. They are better quality than that and have a black plastic edge to them. I bought them years ago from the dealer. If I remember, they were the same as the rear ovals on 110s.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:18 AM
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You dont have to know anything about body work to replace defender panels - its all nuts and bolts. In your case, the front cage comes off, you remove the wheel arch eyebrow, undo the fender and thats that. Assembly is reverse of removal!

Corrosion on aluminum doesnt look like corrosion on steel. It tends to look like shale flaking away, and eventually you get holes.

The paint will match pretty well. With all the seams and waviness on defender panels, you dont have to have a really close match for it to look good.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:39 AM
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If you clean out all the corrosion, you can just weld a couple patches on skim it with a little bondo and paint over it.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:54 AM
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Do what Ron said.

I replaced both my outer fender skins. They took forever to get, and were expensive.

Or

Call RDS and have your bodyshop drill out the cage holes. Much Cheaper and quicker.

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:59 AM
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If PO put a sticker over that corrosion and didn't tell you about it, my radar would go off as a warning sign, and I would think a full body inspection would be in order.

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It is common to have corrosion there. Check under the bottom seal where the rear tailgate goes, door bottoms, and near the cappings on the bed. Also, where the bulkhead and the front fenders touch and where the cage touches the fenders. Finally, the sills tend to rot where the steel brackets hold them on.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Was that a D90 from the North, i.e. exposure to road salt?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:43 PM
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Was that a D90 from the North, i.e. exposure to road salt?
Yes, the carfax said it was originally from Chicago, then Wisconsin.
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Lets see pix of the underside - the rear crossmember, the outriggers etc.

There is more corrosion in those pix than just a couple holes, it looks like you've got several starting up there.

Also, those LR logos arent OEM. There are nice OEM ones available. Those are the kind of "resin pool" decals commonly for sale on ebay.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 01:25 PM
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Lets see pix of the underside - the rear crossmember, the outriggers etc.

There is more corrosion in those pix than just a couple holes, it looks like you've got several starting up there.

Also, those LR logos arent OEM. There are nice OEM ones available. Those are the kind of "resin pool" decals commonly for sale on ebay.
Would you advise me to put a better sticker to cover the corrosion for now, as my finances will not allow a replacement fender as of now. let me know where I can get 3 new "nice OEM" stickers. I'll take a few pictures in a few minutes.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 01:35 PM
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I recommend you don't put anything over the corrosion to hide it.

That way you will see it everyday and will constantly be reminded of the need to address it. It may be painful, but obscuring it could lead you down the dangerous path of deferred maintenance. If you can't fix it properly now, then suffer looking at it so that you fix it as soon as you can.

Oh, and stickers are lame.
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 01:40 PM
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Sure, slap some stickers on there.

A search for "decal" at Atlantic British turns up about 78 options - some of which are cool, some of which suck.

When it comes time, dont pay more than about 250 for a fender, and dont bother trying to find a NAS one, just cut holes in a normal one for the cage and side light.
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Yes, the carfax said it was originally from Chicago, then Wisconsin.
My truck has been in Chicago for years now and not one Birmabright panel has corrosion like that. It looks more like Ron said that someone botched a repair on the bracket behind the peice.

No other D's in the Land Rover Club have any holes on the birma from salt either. Frame maybe, but that is steel. . .
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 02:37 PM
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Here are the pictures of the defender 90. I have all of the pictures in a photobucket account...just copy and paste the link.

http://s34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...Defender%2090/


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