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P4T

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181 posts

29 months

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Pixel-Snapper said:
My I ask if this is a keeper or do you do this to pass the time and will sell on?
The intention with the Defender from the outset was always to restore then sell on..

As the year has progressed the sheer amount of time and money I have spent on the thing makes the whole exercise pretty pointless. I would be lieing if I said I didnt enjoy doing it but I feel pretty exausted at the moment as I have been working 7 days a week for the whole of 2012 (with my main occupation and the land rover) to try and make as much progress as possible and Im still not finished!

From a financial point of view it isnt worth doing however I will be safe in the knowledge that I have brought a vehicle back from the brink and it will hopefully provide someone with another 20 years of good service.

Anyway Its not far off now so keep watching!

molineux1980

790 posts

105 months

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Brilliant stuff.

oobster

5,320 posts

97 months

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Wish I could afford to purchase the finished vehicle from you, would be ideal for the coming winter plus it looks/will look excellent!

Greg_D

5,057 posts

132 months

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Oh Man,

I have just discovered this thread, read through with great excitement, and it.....isn't........quite.......finished.....Aaaaaargh i was so wishing to see a finished picture, everything is lining up for it to be a lovely thing when done and a credit to you.

well done and stick at it, it will be worth it.

Yachtworker

905 posts

41 months

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PS it won't be finished until you put the Wavehunters and Kernow stickers back on biggrin I can send you one if you like.
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vrooom

3,563 posts

153 months

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now, that is awesome. i want a defender now...

P4T

Original Poster:

181 posts

29 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
Yachtworker said:
PS it won't be finished until you put the Wavehunters and Kernow stickers back on biggrin I can send you one if you like.
Haha.. Im not a big sticker fan but thanks for the offer!.. Goes to show the thing spent some time as a surf wagon! Im pretty sure that it was parked with the off side facing the sea at some point as everything was rustier on that side!

Thanks for the nice comments everyone!.. Im trying desperately to get it finished asap!

AWG

463 posts

42 months

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Firstly, I love defenders... of all ages I also enjoy reading restoration and project threads, so to have read this over the last couple of lunch breaks has made my day. I wish you the best of luck and a liftime of enjoyment with this! From threads I have read in the past I see a common stage where people have hit the wall and have wanted to give up, I was amazed at how far back you took the restoration in the beggining. Amazing work matey and look forward to seeing the finished result.bow

P4T

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181 posts

29 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Well a bit of an update for everyone...

Have managed to get quite a bit done this week... Started with finishing off putting in the rear load area trim panels then put in the bench seats.







Finished off the headlining by fitting the rear end section. Had to wait with this as had a new rear wash jet on order..



I cleared the boot out to get ready to fit the rear carpet. I used the old one as a template to make my own new section.







And with the new carpet in place...





Next job was to re fit the seat belt buckles for the middle row of seats...



I made a new section of carpet for the middle row footwell..



I started to fit the middle row seats...







Next job was to glaze the new rear door then hang it...





Over the last couple of days I have managed to wire in the rear lights and I managed to get the headlights and front indicators back in with the light surrounds and grill panel..



I am off work tomorrow so should hopefully make some more progress and in an ideal world by this time next week I will be getting ready to drive her for an MOT...( Hopefully!)

Mark-C

1,888 posts

91 months

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Just found this thread and have read it from the start ... excellent work thumbup

yonex

4,906 posts

54 months

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Stunning build, god only knows what value you could put on this but if I had the money it would be very high on my list.

80quattro

1,377 posts

81 months

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I'm looking forward to seeing completion pics of your car. Its inspired me to try to commit some more to my BMW I have in readers cars, and I'm only planning some very light tasks compared to your build, such as 'fit wheelarch', 'fit stereo', 'get brake pad warning light sorted'!

DoodoolTala

851 posts

40 months

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mig25_foxbat2003

2,395 posts

97 months

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OP, who did your seats? Did she design the piping and so on? They look incredible, like they wouldn't be out of place in a high-spec Range!

JonnyO

167 posts

86 months

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My perfect Land Rover.
Well done!

Rosscow

2,270 posts

49 months

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OP, it's looking great! biggrin

Only one slight niggle for me - the rear bench seat frames look like they could have done with a decent rub down and re-paint, they look pretty tired/rusty?

P4T

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181 posts

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Rosscow said:
Only one slight niggle for me - the rear bench seat frames look like they could have done with a decent rub down and re-paint, they look pretty tired/rusty?
Yep, I agree with you there.. If I was to do another they would have been on the pile of parts to get blasted and powder coated. They have had a quick lick over with hammerite and in the flesh they dont look too bad. I think the flash on the camera has made them look worse!..

P4T

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181 posts

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Well a bit of an update for everyone....

The plan was to be driving the Land Rover for its MOT tomorrow morning but unfortunately that isn't going to happen!.. I have got quite a lot done over the last couple of weekends and I've been at the shed every night this past week but unfortunately it is still not ready!..

One of the first jobs I tackled during the week was to fit my front side repeaters. They are the later type with clear lenses so I had to cut the correct hole into the wings which was quite laborious however worth the effort.



Once the side repeaters were in place I could tidy up the front wiring and fit the front wheel arch extension spat.



And the off side...



I fitted the rear door catch.. Still not shutting as nicely as I would like so need the adjustment is on the to do list..



The biggest job of the week was to hang my side doors.. This turned into a much bigger job than I had anticipated due to alignment issues..



The main problem I have encountered was the front doors not hanging true.. After a lot of investigating it seemed that my bulkhead wasn't sitting at the correct angle. This was always going to be a possible problem when rebuilding a LR from chassis up so I was being pretty optimistic hoping I wasnt going to have to re allign. Anyway after loosening alot of bolts I was hoping not to touch again I got the ratchet straps out and hey presto things seem a lot better!..

The rear doors lined up without much issue which was handy!..







Another problem I encountered this week was that I seemed to have 3 hinges for the OSR and only one for the NSR which meant to get my doors hung I had to go out and buy a new hinge. The hinge is currently not painted so thats another job to add to the list!



Whilst struggling with door alignment I took a break and did some satisfying jobs like putting my new number plates and LR badges on!







Anyway after all the door alignment was sorted...



Another satisfying job I managed to get half done was to put my various bits of chequer plate on..





Another job I tackled was to get the spare wheel carrier in place..





Thats about where I am.. There are a couple of small jobs to get sorted before MOT time which will hopefully be later this week if I can put some evenings in.. Wish me luck!.. I'm going to need it!

5potTurbo

4,368 posts

54 months

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Great job! cloud9

...and good luck, although from what we've seen, I suspect you WON'T need it! thumbup

groomi

8,847 posts

129 months

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Great project.

I'm really not a fan of chequer plating on cars, although presumably it helps durability in some way?
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