Good detective work finding out what it had been towing Rude
Good detective work finding out what it had been towing Rude
Many things have been purchased for this recently. Being a sucker for a bit of originality I got this...
Shortly before I realised that our was probably missing as these sell for £25 for what ever reason.
Then in a bid to resist the damaging effects of children I got some rubber stuff...
Shortly before realising that ours was probably missing as these sell for £50- £60 for whatever reason.
Then, as Haynes cover a most vehicles on the road around this era, they do not cover (my 635) and the Discovery V8. Nope, if you need that then you have to shell out on something 'special'. This:
Selling for around £50 new, I had a bid up on a second hand item, and won.
I was also sent a revised owners manual to replace the one I already had bought, I didn't buy it and I don't know where it came from. It's new too. Strange.
Going backwards in this thing can be a nightmare with various protruding ironworks so I thought I'd give this a try...
Don't know what it's like, I'll try it and let you know if I have wasted my life buying and fitting it. Whats next?? OH yeah, the radiator. It's bent and smells of coolant, so I got this from Wales somewhere. It's used but is genuine so it'll do.
So there's a job to do soon. Then I saw this...
Oh and this..
Because we needed it.
So, how is it now we've covered about 500 miles in it? It's going good, I've repaired some silly things and it's been put to good use. Fuel wise, I can't expect any great surprises but the last 1/8th on the gauge is danger zone, it gets through that like air, the orange warning light is barely warm before it needs fuel... it's a greedy landrover.
you will never get used to the V8s fuel consumption but you will learn not to think about it
Productive day today, among 'any other business' I fitted the reversing sensors after removing unwanted iron. Iron that was heavier than my dog, namely the rotted step up that the kids keep standing on and bending and the tow bar.
Tow bar came off fairly good with a long extension but the step.... 2 bolts hold it onto the chassis using a configuration of bracketry, both were on the road to shearsville so I drilled out a pivot and smashed it off, coming to the conclusion that a replacement rather than repairing would be the better option seeing as the bolts in question were less than an inch from £40 quids worth of unleaded and grinding them out would be 50/50 suicide.
I'll take the brackets off when I take the tank out for chassis repair whenever that is. I saw a handy thing where someone sells a prefabbed rear chassis section to weld on for £210. Not bad really, it wouldn't come in much cheaper to diy it, given materials, loss of earnings etc... Figured the body will have to be raised off by about 200- 300 to fix that in... wonder what that involves? Doesn't matter, because today my bible on the Landrover V8 arrived and now I can can tell you things like the starter motor heat shield bolts on a V8 should be torqued to 10Nm or the horn to 13 so get a load of me.
I'll keep the tow bar for trailering when I need it but 99% of the time it won't be needed. What else??? Oh yeah, the reverse sensors. I bought a cheap set from china/ Birmingham to see what happens. Having had sensors on the touring I sort of know how they should work.
The hole cutting bit supplied was useless as I had to also cut through the bumper reinforcement which was like 20 miles thick so a deeper cutter was called upon. It all went together pretty well, behind the rear pillar light is a cavity where all the wires run, breaking into a grommet that carried the loom to the rear lights and all the sensors and power cable were inside. Simply hook it up to the reverse lamp supply wire and use the earth for the lamp unit.
The display is a bit different, it's wireless in this case so just needs a switched live which I found vacant on the interior fuse board. There's also a dummy air vent in the top of the dash and I sited the display on that and ran the cable through the vent grill so no holes drilled either.
It's pretty much spot on,I reversed up to a wall at tescos, seriously thought I was on top of the fucker until the red bars showed and I got out and had a look, I was about a foot away! For how long though these things will work is anyone's guess. The sensors and control unit are matched, so if it all goes bang a new set will have to be ordered and at £18 it's no big deal i suppose. We'll see eh?
Looks a lot neater without the towbar and step doesn't it? Much less agricultural.
Only just seen your post about a manual - you can download them here: land rover service factory manual RAVE download land rover resource, service manual, workshop factory manual, download, rave, vehicles including discovery, series, defender, range rover, freelander, LR3, Handbooks, Catalog, Catalogue, Land Rover Inte or if that doesn't work, Google 'RAVE manual Discovery 2'. Although that one you posted does look suspiciously like the same thing...
Have you had the rear carpet up yet? That was a source of horror for me when I prepped my Disco for MOT. Big holes. Lots of them.
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Na, not had the carpet up, looks all extraordinarily clean from underneath and is probably worth a check anyway... Is it the rear rear floor? Something about ally corroding on the steel rings a distant bell so I was prepared for replacing something like that. Have you got a reference site link to this issue? Be handy to see if I could replace the chassis rear section at the same time. I'll have a poke around the web another time when the lappy is out. I got the link for the manual, but I love a book... I read this shit in bed dude!
Reconstructing these rear steps is pretty common then? I'll see how we get on without it for now and repair it once the tank is out and I can cut the mounts off the chassis.