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Old June 26th, 2013, 04:11 PM
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Restoration Time/ Advice.

I bought my truck 10 years ago and it is my daily driver. It really is becoming less of my daily driver and more of a driving restoration project waiting to happen. I need some advice on stuff. My truck runs pretty good but most of my plans are cosmetic. I would love any advice. My truck is a soft top btw.

1. AC- The truck has the factory installed aftermarket AC but it sure heats up my truck, and causes it to run sluggish. I have noticed a different AC system for sale on one of the online retail sites. Is there a better AC to install, or should I simply just ditch the AC all together. I do live in Texas, and the drive home is the only struggle.

2. Paint- I am getting a touch of clear coat failure on the hood. Considering how I am AA yellow, I am worried about loosing that bit of greatness. Anyone have any tips on dealing with CC failure?

3. Interior- Most of my plastic stuff is shot. I am planning on gutting the dash and starting over on all that. I have also noticed my rubber transmission covering is now starting to stick to my shoes. Any ideas on potentially insulating the transmission tunnel, and providing an asthetic option also?

Any other tips would greatly be appreciated.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 04:17 PM
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Post some pics. I thought the AA yellow was single stage paint, ie- no clear coat..?
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Old June 26th, 2013, 05:10 PM
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Dude-

I hope that might be the case. Some compound might hook me up. I will get some pics up shortly.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 05:19 PM
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Could have been repaire with CC before he bought it.
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I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 05:41 PM
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my 94 had no clear coat.. every time id wax it some of the red would come right off on the rags.

the AC causes the truck to run sluggish? maybe your compressor is on its way out, causing more than normal drag on the belts?

Exmoor Trim makes lots of options for Defender interiors. Mats, molded rubber, carpets etc etc..
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Old June 26th, 2013, 06:52 PM
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Exmoor is good option for the floor. Whats the issue with your dash? I have never seen a good alternative for the stock dash other than the puma dash but that is big money.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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I took some pics, and will get them posted shorthly. I do not know if the truck has had any body repair or CC sprayed before I bought it. I am thinking I might take it to a good paint and body shop today to get a close look.

As far as the interior, the dash and stuff like that have simply cracked with the Texas extremes on heat and cold. I am would like to simply replace with stock. I really don't want to do anything over the top in regards to making it "new again", I just want it to be respectable, and drivable.

As far as the wheel flares on the fenders, I am trying to decide between new or simply spray the old ones with a bed liner type of material. New will cost close to $500. Any ideas on that?
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Old June 27th, 2013, 10:22 AM
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Any ideas on that?
Not without pics
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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Ok. Here are some pictures of my hood. These make it hard to see the actual cc failure/oxidation, but this is tough to capture in pics.

As far as the wheel flares, they are the same ones on every 94-95 defender. Just the basic black ones.

This pic shows the problems best right on the seam of the hood.


This one the damage is worse, but harder to capture on a cheap camera in bad lighting.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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Use bumper black paint on the flairs- it has some inherent flexibility and works great...
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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:54 PM
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Meguiar's Ulimate Compound worked wonders on my Coniston Green Paint. It had serious oxidation on it's south side.
It worked so well that one of my friends asked, "who painted your truck ?" Easy on and off by hand, then apply one of their liquid waxes .... great product !!
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Old June 27th, 2013, 05:18 PM
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I will probably pick up some Mequiars stuff on my way home today. Still not 100 confident that this is not clearcoat so I might try a really small spot first. Thanks for the input. I also like the wheel flare idea also.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 05:27 PM
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Many of those spots look like water stains. If it's the clear coat (if it's there at all) seems like you could chip-it-up with a finger nail.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 08:29 PM
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The LHD dash parts are getting hard to source and when you can are VERY expensive. You can, however, get the top dash pad as it is the same for LHD or RHD. They are not too expensive and easy to install.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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Re: fender flares, take a look at this post


http://www.discoweb.org/forums/showthread.php?t=66274

I just did this today and it looks phenomenal! Less than $50 in materials but it is time consuming. You could knock it out in a single day though. The most time is in sanding the old flares and cleaning them. But the look is second to none
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Old June 28th, 2013, 03:23 AM
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I need to take a look at the fender flares I got from Paddocks. Think they're glossy.
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Old June 28th, 2013, 11:25 AM
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Re: fender flares, take a look at this post


http://www.discoweb.org/forums/showthread.php?t=66274

I just did this today and it looks phenomenal! Less than $50 in materials but it is time consuming. You could knock it out in a single day though. The most time is in sanding the old flares and cleaning them. But the look is second to none
Those are BEAUTIFUL !!

What is the source of the flairs ?

Also please post the whole thread of pix's here on our forum as you did on Disco forum

Thanks !!
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Old June 28th, 2013, 11:58 AM
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I'm not sure what the source is. I found this forum post and did it to mine, so this was not my work. Regardless, ill post his pics



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Old June 28th, 2013, 12:11 PM
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I just posted the entire process here;

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eferrerid=4489


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Re: fender flares, take a look at this post


http://www.discoweb.org/forums/showthread.php?t=66274

I just did this today and it looks phenomenal! Less than $50 in materials but it is time consuming. You could knock it out in a single day though. The most time is in sanding the old flares and cleaning them. But the look is second to none
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Old June 28th, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Pretty sure the trucks didn't come with clear coat
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