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    I shall attempt to do ' driveback live ' tomorrow, stopping at the various laybys to report. Stay tuned! (note to self... arrange breakdown cover tonight)

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    EASY TO PARK...

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    SAFE...

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    HEAT RESISTANT...

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    ^^ But wait....

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    Got it home. Report back soon.

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    Congrats on the new motor Rude


    Good luck with the project, hope there enough rust under there for ya


    I like that goldie colour, look classy

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    That is a "work-horse" id like to drive. Thumbs up dude


    Alot of people can say that they bought their dream car. Not alot of people can say they build it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by watty View Post
    Congrats on the new motor Rude


    Good luck with the project, hope there enough rust under there for ya


    I like that goldie colour, look classy
    Cheers dude, there is plenty of rust under there. Imagine an old fishing vessel from the war sat sunk under the ocean... it's worse than that on the chassis. The rear step up is toast but I can repair it with some 2mm steel or something.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruldal View Post
    That is a "work-horse" id like to drive. Thumbs up dude
    Thanks bro, it drives nice despite my paranoia.

    Today I spent only a couple of hours on it to rectify a safety related issue namely the passenger door catch on the B pillar that was loose making the door stick out. I gave it a quick once over to see what needs my urgent attention.

    The chassis needs descaling and protecting, it started to go last year which was an advisory at MOT time, this year it got welded at MOT time. So unless I take action, I can expect the same next year. There is no protection on any of it! The step up into the rear as I put above is rotted and broken. That can be fixed quite easily with some fabrication and welding. The tow bar is a lump and as I don't own a caravan it is coming off as it looks awful.
    I had already checked the engine over before I bought it as I had to prepare to drive it for 2 hours but the coolant was lower confirming that the rad is weeping. Fixed the following:

    • Clock illumination (bulb)
    • Repaired the cup holder mechanism so it operates without force.
    • Central roof interior light (dodgy switch on the light)
    • Removed some sagging sponge type stuff that was all brittle in the engine bay.
    • Secured the N/S/F door catch
    • Tyre pressures (N/S/F 10psi low suggesting rim leak or puncture)
    • Secured rotted off front mud flap mount temporarily. (needs welding)


    Stuff to do:

    • Relace bulb/s in third brake light
    • Chassis work
    • tow bar removal
    • repair rear step
    • Pull out front panel to straighten lights
    • replace radiator
    • Fault find innop passenger front power seat (nothing works at all here)
    • Remove or replace some seriously corroded metal from the top of the bulkhead? (don't know what purose this bolt on panel serves yet)
    • many other things...



    This seat is an issue, it's shut down in the furthest back position and I can't fit the baby's seat in the rear on that side. I was lead astray with these seats as they have a satellite fuse box on each seat. Operating the heated seat switch 'clicked' the relay down there so I assumed that that relay was for the heated part of the seat and was working. After checking everything else electrical wise there is no power to any of the seat looms, switches, lumbar support or adjustment motors on the passenger side. A little stumped I turned to google. Apparently this satellite box on each seat is ONLY for the seat adjustment features and does not interfere with the heated element which is fused separately elsewhere. So tomorrow I hope to find a supply going to the relay and I will get excited. If not then more head scratching will resume.

    So, in case you were wondering what the drive home was like, I shall tell you.

    First off, 3 hours and something spread across 3 trains is not fucking fun, and I paid 45 sheets for that, add a coffee and a copy of the SUN which I was forced to buy as I was so bored waiting for a connecting train that I needed to read about people worse off than me, like the couple who are living in a ford focus because they managed to skint themselves right out. Personally, if I was booted out my home and all I had was a ford focus to live in, I'd be off to find the nearest cardboard box.
    Back to the story, so having arrived in the middle of England somewhere above and to the right of Birmingham at a remote little train station I met my contact, the seller who very kindly arranged to collect me and my piles from the train ride.
    We got back to his, exchanged some light hearted banter, I had a piss and then I was left on the street with a little over 2 tonnes of metallic beef and a key. My paranoia gauge was about to explode, for some reason I had wound myself right up thinking the worst, I mean normally if there was a problem in this situation I'd coast whatever broken thing I had bought into the nearest retail park and hitch home, but there was a lot riding on this machine, so it had to perform... for 90 miles.
    Also it is agricultural and I haven't done that for some years, I got behind a peugoet 107 and it virtually disappeared in front of the bonnet, plus the 'unrefined' ride that comes with having big rims and springs. I had managed to make the first 11 miles paranoid central. Creaks, bangs, bumps.... RUMBLE STRIPS! I nearly pulled over and cried at how overwhelming this all was. Then, I gave myself the biggest bitch slap and told myself to pull it all together, like a hero.
    22 miles, I hit a section of tarmac on privately owned land and was cruising at 85, no shakes (this is the first car I have bought that doesn't shake on the way home), cruise control works, brakes work, it goes around corners... I'm living the dream.
    The temp gauge stayed still the whole journey too. I ended up home 6 hours later than when I had left and it was all rosey.
    Then the kids came running up to the path, headphones in hand as I had told them there was a thingy in the very back seating area for personal cd listening and of course they wanted a ride in it so off I went... again, even after my protests of "it's not really that exciting". But then I kind of remembered the lumps of crap my old man used to bring home and that was way cool at the time (maxi automatic?)

    Then the next day it was to convince the other half that she likes driving this vehicle. I had to do this when we got the touring, it doesn't take long. Fair play she left me with the baby and got in it for a drive. And she started to pull off to the sound of me shouting "DON'T YOU DARE HIT MY FUCKING CAR". It went quite well, and today it done it's first school run.

    Economy....

    Well I don't know yet, the gauge is divided into 1/8ths, I put 50 in it just as I collected it (that took it to 1 segment over halfway) and it was at dealer level (orange light on, off the red... the wrong side). We've done 120 miles in it and it's used 3 1/8ths so that means it has used about 30 of that 50, which is about normal for my 635, the touring wasn't much better than the 635, probably a fiver cheaper on that sort of journey but then you had all the road rage that come with it. No road rage with the Discovery yet, in fact, I found people to be most polite.

    What I like:

    Space, lots of it. The leather is cool as well as being high up again and all the benefits (and advantages) that this brings. Both sunroofs work and don't leak and it's had a lot of money chucked at it on main dealer stuff. I also am relieved that it's a good base I can work with to make better.

    What I don't like:

    Some of the interior build quality is total shit, but only some. Too many scare stories about the engine and suspension, and that rust! What the hell is that all about? The bodywork... perfect, the chassis...

    And that's it then, it has been warmly accepted into our family.

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    When you take the tow bar off, be aware that it also doubles as a bit of protection for the fuel tank, so if you plan on taking it off the straight and narrow at all, you might want to make a tank guard. And you will want to drive across the odd field here and there, it's unavoidable
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    Yes, this is unavoidable, especially when it is snowing or a shallow river is flowing. The tank has some kind of metal under cover there at the moment, which is obviously rotting, badly..... The tow bar is probably the equivalent of dragging a small scaffolding set up around all the time.

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    You are a brave man but I have to admit it looks good
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    Day 2 in LR discovery 2 ownership....

    Checked the gumph that came with it. Full service history, 99% main dealer except the last one in feb this year where it has a touch under 600 lobbed at it. I t hasn't covered many miles recently as in july 08 it was recorded at 72,077. I found out what the tow bar had been used for, courtesy of google street view...

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    At least it wasn't a plough! It's come to a better place now where it will tow the odd E9 or other hulk of rust up and down the M11 occasionally.
    Today I had a look at the innop passenger seat electrics. There was a live to to the relay, so that was a relief as I would be preparing to remove the center console otherwise. I can work with a live. I noticed in the daylight, a 20 amp fuse in the satellite fuse box under the seat, after my research last night I now know that this should be a 40 amp fuse. However inserting my test light into the fuse showed power! I thought I had done this already? Well, what was actually happening was that the fuse had blown and the only available slot in it to test was pretending the fuse was good after getting a positive live, it all depended on what side of the blown fuse the test light probe hit.
    Removing the fuse and testing the terminals showed one side live the other not live. This is correct so I studied the fuse and indeed it was blown. How did I miss that? Wood for the trees springs to mind... Well, using the fuse from the drivers seat made the seat operate fully. Result!
    What was not a result was that the 40 amp normal bladed fuse is not widely sold and after visiting 2 shops I gave in and went to the main dealer. I felt somewhat under dressed in this strange place selling off road vehicles where everyone is wearing a suit, surrounded by 60 grand motors and standing there in my battered lacoste trainers, I forgot how polite salesmen are if you don't look like you've got 60 grand in your back pocket burning a hole.
    A 40 amp fuse (their last one), a bulb for the third brake light and 2.50 later we had a fully operational seat and third brake light.
    It's worth noting that a top spec rangerover has suede door panel tops, mine has that too.. ok?

    We had another result too. The third seats in the back have a plug headphoney in thing to listen to the current CD being played or to switch to the radio and search, cool for kids. I only had one of these facilities on the O/S and didn't think anymore of it. However with an 8 year old and a 6 year old wanting to do everything the 8 year old does, this has already lead to an argument on who sits in this special seat. Well, today whist changing the third brake light bulb I noticed a hole on the N/S interior panel. I got my torch out and peered into the hole and what was inside? Another music facilitation device. Fishing it out I found the cover plate and all the buttons to be missing. Another look into this deep hole with a torch showed it hiding right at the bottom. Fishing that out with some fandangled contraption I clipped it all together and put it where it should go, stuck some headphones in and it's fully operational. The only thing is that it's missing a volume down button which I suspect is also hiding down this hole and I'll have to remove the whole panel to find it so for now, it'll do.

    The Disco done a footy training local trip last night and only done the school run today twice and a mini disco later this evening so no more fuel in it yet, but I shall check the mileage when the light comes on and see how far 50 gets us.

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