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    Who does the work on your landy?

    Quick question for you to start your day. I've got my new to me 1996 110 SW 2.8 and it is running great. No complaints. It has recently had a pretty good working through by an incredible mechanic here in Nelspruit. I would recommend him to just about anyone. But, there are a few things that I am still looking to have done that are just outside of his capability.

    Can you suggest someone to help...I live in White River but would be willing to travel for the right guy assuming there would be no return visits...

    The List:

    - Take out back driver side window (the one that rattles to death) and put in a gull wing/bat wing/ what ever you call it.

    - I desperately need my little black box recalibrated. I ALSO need its installation checked. It's not tracking amps well and is causing my dual battery system to read funny.

    - The DASH AREA - The part behind the steering wheel that houses my speedo, tach, and temp gauge. Mine looks like a piece of swiss cheese. Would love to get a new one, installed, and then have the wiring on gauges checked, cleaned up, organized, all of the above. Between the dual battery system, the LBB, and all the gages that stuff is a total mess and if I ever have an issue while out on the road I will be unable to trace the right wires and sort any problems. I would love to have it cleaned up!

    - Dual Battery System - Thoroughly checked and cleared for take off.

    - Power Ports Installed so that I can run a GPS, Charge Phones, Computers...etc all from the inside front of the vehicle.

    - Speedo Cable - Makes a loud noise like its not plugged in...but it is.

    - And then just some little niggly wiring issues...I have a brake light that is duller than the other...replaced bulb still has issue...assuming it is in the wiring?

    -Would also like to get some LED work lights (the tiny square/rectangular ones) installed inside in strategic places so that when camping no head torch is needed.

    - I know a lot of the purist will bawk at this one...BUT... I would like to get central door locking/unlocking installed. Right now I have one key and it works for the driver side door and the rear door. This makes it hard to open the door for my wife (like a gentleman) and it makes it difficult when shuffling kids around!


    That's about all I got...any suggestions on the right guy to do this work would be great. I'm not looking for a "good" mechanic or the cheapest but rather the one that isn't 5 hours away and is the most knowledgeable at the work requested.

    Thanks all!
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    " I desperately need my little black box recalibrated. I ALSO need its installation checked. It's not tracking amps well and is causing my dual battery system to read funny. "

    Clad

    This one I dont understand. I have a LBB fitted on my 300 tdi and it doesnt measure amps at all

    I suppose you get different LBB's but I havent heard of one

    For the rest of your queries its a combination of needing a landy specialist and a person prepared to do fitting of stuff to your vehicle.
    I dont think my landy indy would fit stuff like dual battery systems or the gull wing stuff as that is a very personal requirement and one persons "looks good" is not another persons "looks good"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    " I desperately need my little black box recalibrated. I ALSO need its installation checked. It's not tracking amps well and is causing my dual battery system to read funny. "

    Clad

    This one I dont understand. I have a LBB fitted on my 300 tdi and it doesnt measure amps at all

    I suppose you get different LBB's but I havent heard of one

    For the rest of your queries its a combination of needing a landy specialist and a person prepared to do fitting of stuff to your vehicle.
    I dont think my landy indy would fit stuff like dual battery systems or the gull wing stuff as that is a very personal requirement and one persons "looks good" is not another persons "looks good"
    Hey RossJ

    thanks for pointing out an area I should be more clear. My LBB is the EMS IV and it checks Battery / Alternator voltage indicator. Which at times is giving me struggles. I have had my batteries and alternator checked and all is good. Its just an issue with the LBB and its long ago installation.

    As for any of the work in my list...just curious who other Land Rover Owners are having do similar work...especially the ones they are happy happy about. There is always a risk of having different standards...but maybe it is safe to say that if we all drive older defenders then our standards are all ready pretty close? HA!

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    90% of your list just needs a half competent auto electrician.

    Probably not much chance of that East of Middelburg though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    90% of your list just needs a half competent auto electrician.

    Probably not much chance of that East of Middelburg though.
    True, The hope would be to find a competent auto electrician that also knows land rovers!

    Middleburg is a couple hours away...could be worth it for the right guy if it came down to it.

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    all depends on whether you are willing to leave the vehicle or stand and wait.
    stand and wait is not going to happen.
    ypu need to bring the vehicle closer to JHB to get those issues sorted.
    the agents for LBB are here
    gullwings are here
    autoelectricians are here

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    LandyLuvver- I would not even think it could be possible to stand and wait for this kind of stuff to be done. Im more than happy to leave vehicle with...any suggestions on installers, electrical guys, LBB guys?

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    Am not sure if LandyLuvver still does the landy work for a living anymore but if he does then he is one of the oaks I would recomend

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    Am not sure if LandyLuvver still does the landy work for a living anymore but if he does then he is one of the oaks I would recomend
    LandyLuvver- Thoughts...? You still working on Landy's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cladd83 View Post
    LandyLuvver- Thoughts...? You still working on Landy's?
    yep - I do

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    Default Re: not a good mechanic BUT a KNOWLEDGEABLE ONE

    GOOD mechanics will often, by default, have enough sense to either think about a problem or ask about one if they have not worked on a particular vehicle before.
    That's how they become knowledgeable....and can be distinguished from the herd of Blockheads out there.

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    LMC in Bredell. ...0119795095 expect to wait a bit and probably pay slightly more than your average backyard mechanic but your problems will be sorted.

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    sadly there are not many that want to fiddle with fiddly jobs
    it is like an hour's job just to strip one of those back windows out.
    most will refer you to an autoelectrician for the electrical part
    some will refer you to a panel beater for fitting windows and gullwings
    if LMC is willing to do the job, by all means

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    Funny electrical behaviour on your instruments can often be traced back to loose earth connections. My wires are also a mess but with time I have figured out a lot of them. Every time that I had electrical problems it turned out to be a loose earth strap.

    - There is one in the console behind the steering wheel
    - Negative cable connecting the duel batteries
    - Ground running from the batteries to the earth bar behind the gear lever, below the fuse box.
    - Ground running from the battery box under the passenger seat to the chassis

    Start looking for problems here. It might save you a trip to the auto electrician. In my experience these Landies really don't cope well with earth problems.
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    I just noticed the part about central locking. Mine is a 97 model and it has central locking. I thought they all had it issued as standard. Is the central locking malfunction not perhaps the reason for the rest of the electrical gremlins?
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