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    Default My High's & Low's with my Disco 2's - #1, #2 and now #3

    So after many prompts by Mr Riaan Van Wyk about me doing a post on my current Land Rover Discovery 2 TD5 - 2005 #3. I did a bit of thinking and thought better to start at the beginning of my trials and tribulations, Highs & Lows of owing 3 Disco 2's.

    My 1st taste of 4x4 was a Red SVM that I purchased when I moved to Mtunzini way back in 1994. In "those" days the beaches where drivable and with so much open beach in the north it was the perfect little 4x4 to hit the beaches and cruise between Richards Bay and Sodwana. Once back home all that was needed was a good wash inside and out and she was ready to go again. To this day I still kick myself that I ever sold her!!!!!!!!!

    The 4x4 bug had bitten. I loved the option of being able to go places that "normal" cars could not.

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    Some time around May / June 2005 My Future Ex Father In Law (Have not married or divorced his daughter as yet) was selling his 1999 Disco 2 (lets call her #1). He had bought it new and I had always been keen to own a Land Rover. So thought now is as good a time as any and jumped in with both feet and bought it from him.

    Right from the start I loved the ride and the car!

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    The Landy was in good shape and this is where the learning curve started. We had many great trips in her and she never lets us down on the long open roads. All the work done to her Good and Bad is a blur as quite a bit has been done to all 3 Disco's so details are sketchy about #1.

    Anyway moving on.

    Then in June 2009 I wrote #1 off!!! Turns out it was a really clever way to be able to check the underside of my landy for oil leaks.
    I must say it was My Bad and I accept full responsibility for this F _ _ K _ P.

    Was towing a big double axel flatbed trailer to Durban. The Flatbed had another boat trailer loaded on top of it. I was not present when they loaded the trailer on the trailer but had said to the guys to make sure that the hitch was properly weighted. When I hitched up that morning found it was quite light but time was rushed and did not have the manpower to shift the load. We got about 80km down the road to Durban and things went horribly wrong. Had the trailer swinging off the hitch that I did not even need to turn my head to see the trailer out the corner of my eye. It was no fun at all. Ended up hitting the bridge concrete wall almost head on. NO idea what speed at impact.

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    Happy to report that my passenger and I walked away without even a scratch.
    #1 had around 180 000 on the clock at her demise 1999 - 2009.
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    Bloody hell you took your time didn't you

    Gavin, welcome to the forum and I'm glad you are posting your story. At the Bainage GTG everyone oohed and aahed over your car and again at our recent function. As Markus rightly said, you have one of the most handsome D2's ever seen by us plebs.
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    If I may- me taking pics of Gavin's truck.
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    After all the paperwork and ### was sorted out went looking for #2.
    Found her in JHB and after checking her out top to bottom signed the paperwork to took her home to Empangeni. She was a 2000 TD5
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    All was going dandy with #2. Had experienced a couple of mechanical issues like.



    • Replaced Fuel Pump.
    • Handled the 3 Amigos.
    • Sorted out the Clutch plate and rear prop shaft.
    • Fitted BF Goodrich 265/70/R16 - I must say they stood the test of time!!!!! Ended up on #3.......
    • Whipped out the air suspension after it failed me too many times and fitted 4 Terrafirma Coils and Shocks.
      • TF018 on the front. Ended up on #3.
      • TF027 V on the back - I also fitted a 2inch lift spacer between the axle and coil. Ended up on #3.

    • Built a custom draw unit that stayed fitted in the back.
    • Redid the roof lining twice.
    • Re made the front tow ball mounting. On #1 it was fitted slightly to the left. The current mount has it in the centre.
    • #2 was fitted with a Sunroof which was a pain. Attached and mounted a plate to it that I will go into detail on #3.
    • Redid the starter motor.
    • And I think the head gasket was an issue but never got the chance to deal with that. The gods left that for #3.
    • Plus a couple of other "problems" that my brain has chosen to bury.


    Had #2 written off for me in Sept 2013. On a flat open single lane road, was waiting to turn into a farm road at around 7:30 in the evening. Right Indicator and brake lights on waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic to clear. Just as the traffic cleared and was about to go got smashed from behind and spun off the road. After checking that my better half was ok, got out to check damage and see what was going on. Found the truck in the road with the driver trying to restart the truck. He managed to start and drove off in the direction of Eshowe. At this point was not even sure the Landy was drivable to give chase. As fortune would have it, low and behold lay the front number plate in the middle of the road. Checked out the damage and found the truck had smashed in the back right side but the landy was still drivable. Drove out of ditch and to the farm and lost count of the number of beers consumed that night paying tribute to a fallen landy. Once again both of us very lucky. Only injury was Nikki who had a bit of whiplash. If we had been in a smaller car...............

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    Put the word out about the truck and its licence plate number and low and behold the next day a mate tells me to head to the road construction taking place in town and what do I find but the track from the accident. Minus the driver who did a runner in the middle of the night.

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    Had to use an angle grinder and crow bar to open the back door. Whole cab twisted.

    RIP - 2000 - 2013


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    This brings me to my 3rd Love (#3). November 2013 to present day and the reason for this post.

    I took my time in deciding what I wanted to drive. Test drove a couple of TD5 Defenders and in the end went back to the Disco 2. This time the hunt took me to Port Shepstone where I once again signed on the dotted line to took ownership of #3. A silver 2005 Auto TD5......

    Stay tuned......

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    More to Follow.......

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    Cant wait for the next episode Keep it comimg
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    Lovely. High on my list of retirement vehicles.
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    Gavin welcome, don’t suppose you are related to Mark Fordham, ex JHB now in Oz??

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcochezzi View Post
    Gavin welcome, don’t suppose you are related to Mark Fordham, ex JHB now in Oz??

    Cheers
    Hi Marcochezzi.

    Not that I know of........

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    So lets kick off with some of the costs incurred since I have had #3

    Dec 2013 – New Glow Plugs – R2000.00

    Was having a starting issue only in the mornings when engine was cold, once warm no problem starting.

    Found out that the local LandRover agents that fitted the Glow Plugs miss treaded one. Durning the rebuild could not get one out.


    Jan 2014 – Auto Box Selector – R2500.00

    Auto Box was showing warning faults and not changing correctly, turned out to be a simple wire fault


    Oct 2014 – Injectors R30000.00

    Ouch!!!


    Nov 2014 – Fuel Pump – R13000.00

    Fuel pump plus some repairs thrown in.


    May 2015 – Turbo – Flat Bed – R3000.00
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    July 2016 – Turbo – R4500.00

    Blew halfway to Durban. Turbo let go just as I throttled down at the toll plaza. Pulled into the petrol station about 200m after. Landy billowing white smoke and had petrol attendants very concerned…..


    Aug 2016 – Power Steering Pump – R9000.00

    Started hearing a noise = $$$$$


    Mar 2017 – Engine Rebuild – R50000.00

    Could have been far worse. Happy to pay R50000.00. Pulls like a train again and going strong.


    Feb 2018 – Starter Motor – R535.00

    More of an inconvenience, Turn key and nothing…..



    Mar 2018 – BF Tyres – R13800.00

    For 4 new shoes.


    July 2018 – Pro Shaft Refurb – R3000.00

    Started hearing a noise =


    Oct 2018 – Oil Heat Exchanger – R4600.00
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    Dumped a fair amount of oil into the coolant line. Oil all over the place. Lucky the problem was picked up straight away. No damage to engine. The new after market part built to last.
    Total Pro at flushing the coolent system. 8)


    Oct 2018 – Turbo Hoses – R2100.00

    Was ordering replacement Silicone water hoses so replaced the turbo hoses same time.
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    I had a drawer box in #2. After the accident box had taken a bit of a beating so redesigned it and made a new box for #3. The main reason for the box is I enjoy landscape photography and hate having to pack for each outing. Usually on location about 45min before sunrise so the less I need to do before leaving wins. Only have to grab my camera bag and lenses and go. With the back door locked no one going to be able to open any of the draws.
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    The box is chained to the rear seats mounts and to make sure it does not move have inserted a tyre tube which is slightly inflated between the rear seat and box which keeps the chain under tenson and "pushes" backwards.

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    The pic from that trip.

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    I do have a Flicker profile of other images taken. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gavin_fordham/

    The photography side is helped greatly due to the ease that I can get to most of the locations in the Landy. And having almost all that I need inside the box means I can get some unplanned images.
    And if I get into a tough spot can get myself out with not too much fuss......
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    Part 1

    Fitted a compressor in the engine bay and wanted it to do a bit more than just pump tyres. When I do have to walk to get to photo spots its nice to be able to "clean" up and bit before heading home.

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    Believe it or not but I am a little lazy so did not want to have to open the hood each time I wanted to use the compressor, so I fitted an air switch to the rear bumper as most of the action happens at the back door.
    The air switch has proven to be very reliable. Plus only needed to run a tube to the rear and not wire.

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    The airline from the compressor is split, one line goes to a quick couple located just under the left side in the middle of the Landy and continues to another coupling fitted to the tow hitch frame.
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    All quick couples have dust covers to keep the fittings clean.

    The other line goes through a one way valve to a water tank (holds 10L) fitted under the right side between the wheels.

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    The incoming line is connected to the top of the tank and at the rear a bleed tap to aid the refilling of the tank. When filling and water starts to come out of this tap, tank 100% full. The water take off point is at the front which is the lowest point. My Landy does sit a bit higher in the rear. Also fitted a bump valve which is used to drain the tank directly.

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    To keep it simple and allow the same fittings to be connected to air and water used the following for filling.

    Connects to the water quick release and the other side to a garden hose. Open the bleed value on the top of the tank, open the tap on the connector and wait till water comes out of the tank bleed line.

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    This is the "tap" which can connect directly to the quick release of either the air or water line or connect a hose line if I need to run any hose and give myself a bit is distance from the Landy.

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    The sprung lever makes a great auto shut off when connected to the water line.

    See Part 2
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    Part 2

    Refilling the Tank and Tap fitted directly to water line
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    System In action.

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    Awesomeness Gav!

    Must say I'm stoked that fellow members can also see your ride and what you did with it.

    Edit: A pity I couldn't join you on the trip to that beacon on the Nkwalini pass. But have been there and have a pic of my Triton at the same place. And got nothing near as worthwhile picture wise as your one of the cars going up and down the pass.
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    TD5 Engine.

    Nothing fancy done to her since the Engine rebuild. List of items changed since purchased.



    • · The Centre Silencer Box Removed.
    • · Flexible Exhaust Connector Replaced
    • · Bonnet Lining Removed.
    • · Plastic Engine Cover Removed.
    • · Turbo Heat Guard Removed.
    • · Madman System Fitted.
    • · Silicone Hoses Fitted.
    • · EGR Removed.
    • · Manual Water Pressure Gauge Fitted.
    • · Manual Oil Pressure Gauge Fitted.
    • · Plate Fitted to Prevent Engine Cover Coming Loose.
    • · After Market Oil Cooler Fitted. (Landy Parts)



    Was having loss of power, found out it was the Mass Air Flow Sensor causing ###. Cleaned but did not help. Replaced with Original Part. Power Back!!!!

    Plan to get the ECU modified to increase performance. Will let you know how that turns out.

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